Participants must be referred by Winthrop Public Schools
MassStart is a school based, community centered program that offers services and supports to youth between the ages of 8-13 and their families. The program aims to reduce substance use, delinquency and promote academic achievement through an incentive based, positive youth development model.
MassStart is funded by the department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and is located in the Winthrop Schools. The program offers daily support to youth and maintains constant communication with teachers. A primary focus of the model is to increase parent to school attachment so students will achieve academic success.
Children and youth enrolled in the program also receive out of school support with homework, participate in recreational groups, attend field trips, and meet once a week with a MassStart mentor. The program operates year round. Families also receive tailored services determined by the family with the support of the case manager through home visits.
The program is voluntary, lasts up to two years and is free to families who qualify.
40 Hermon Street
Winthrop, MA 02152