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Massachusetts Promise Fellow of the Year Responds to the Needs of Local Families

A key mantra for the staff at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs—and especially for Latasha Scott, the middle school coordinator for the youth leadership corps there—is to ask people what they need, not assume the staff already knows.

St. Stephen’s is a nonprofit organization with two sites, in Boston’s South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods. Its mission is to promote equity in education, employment, and opportunity for youth and families in the surrounding communities.

As with so many businesses and organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic forced St. Stephen’s to find new ways to fulfill its mission. The organization moved all of its programs online and set up weekly opportunities for families to get supplies they might need, for free.

Full story: Families still need help during the pandemic. She makes sure they get what they need.