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The Work Force is a comprehensive after-school educational enrichment and work-readiness program for low-income teens in Cambridge public housing. Holistic in design, the program provides participants with sustained networks of learning and support over a critical five-year span: from the eighth grade through high school graduation. Our goal is to help our participants to acquire the wide range of skills necessary for long-term success. The Not-for-profit arm of the Work Force is through the Cambridge Affordable Housing Corporation. Tax ID 22-3026442


The Work Force model has evolved through the years, but our steadfast commitment to delivering quality outcomes remains unchanged. Since 1984, our innovative approach to youth development has achieved a remarkable record of success, boasting nearly an 80% participant retention rate, and virtually a 100% high school graduation rate. A recent third party study of program alumni from the past ten years found that:

  • Nearly 95% of participants enrolled in college or a technical program upon completing the program
  • Over 90% are currently pursuing high education and/or are employed.
  • And, in keeping with our central goal of helping our young people join the social and economic mainstream, two-thirds who completed the program four or more years ago are no longer living in public housing!