Boston housing officials and city-based nonprofit Economic Mobility Pathways are seeking more participants for a mentoring program aimed at helping low-income Bostonians out of poverty.
Within its first year, roughly 50% of the 266 participants in the program, dubbed ‘AMP Up Boston’, have achieved at least one of their key goals of pursuing homeownership, securing a job or completing education, said Kim Janey, former acting-mayor of Boston and current CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways, or EMPath. The program is now entering its second year and its own goal is to double participation, she added.
“As a result of this partnership, we see our participants achieve amazing things,” Janey said at a Friday news conference at the Alice Heyward Taylor Apartments in Roxbury. “If the study confirms what we know about our work, we are excited for the potential to replicate it in other cities across the state and nationwide.”
The program, a partnership between EMPath and Boston Housing Authority, is open to BHA residents who are between the ages of 18 and 55. Participants are paired up with an EMPath mentor to set a range of goals focused on education, career advancement, homeownership and finances, among other areas.
For more information about AMP Up Boston and eligibility, families can visit ampupboston.org.