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Welcome to Plummer Youth Promise where since 1855, we’ve embraced the most vulnerable young people in our community, offering them unwavering support and helping them become productive, valued members of our community.
Some of these young people have spent years in foster care and are on track to age out of the system with nowhere to go. Others have experienced the devastating impact of poverty, drugs, violence or even jail. Many have no one to rely on. They are alone.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
At Plummer, we believe that what these youth really need is something most of us take for granted — the stability and support of a family. That belief drives everything we do.
Our Promise is bold. We work tirelessly to connect each of these kids with a family that will be with them forever. Sometimes that’s their biological family, other times it’s a new family.
For too long, it’s been assumed that finding families for teens was not possible, and that work had to focus on the development of skills. We believe that all kids – even teens – need and can achieve family. And we’re proving that it can be done. Our model has piqued interest locally and nationally, and we’re now teaching others. This means more young people will be helped.
At the same time, we recognize that our young people need to heal from trauma and develop skills. To that end, while working on building family relationships, we help youth cope with their pasts, find a place to live and acquire the social and vocational skills they will need throughout life.
Please take some time to read the success stories on this website and learn about our programs, and our focus on permanency, preparedness and community. Then, join us in this critical mission. Help us ensure that our slogan – Family for Everyone – becomes a reality.
At her death in 1854, Caroline Plummer generously bequeathed more than $23,000 for the founding of a “farm school of reform for boys.” Ms. Plummer, who had cared for her siblings after the death of her parents, knew the many challenges facing children in her beloved and growing city of Salem, Massachusetts. By 1855, ten Trustees had been appointed to establish a “school for the instruction, employment and reformation of juvenile offenders.”
Although Plummer was established as a reform school that served as an alternative to jail, it also functioned as a boys’ orphanage. Residents from ages five to 18, attended school, church and worked at Plummer. In addition to operating as a farm, Plummer ran a printing press and had a marching band.
As theories of psychology, child development and the social service delivery system evolved, Plummer changed. In the 1950’s, records suggest the organization ceased to operate as a reform school and started operating as a group home for teenaged boys. Referrals to the home came from the Department of Social Services (now called the Department of Children and Families) rather than the court or private families.
In 2006, Plummer started a period of growth spurred by emerging knowledge and data on best practices in caring for youth in child welfare. Plummer staff became innovators when, in 2010, they developed an Intervention Model emphasizing that young people need families, skills and community to become healthy adults. By 2012, Plummer had begun serving boys and girls in residential and community-based settings.
The name was changed to Plummer Youth Promise in 2017 to reflect both the commitment of the program to connect troubled young people with permanent families and the promise of a successful outcome. Plummer operates six programs and serves more than 200 young men and women each year.