Cambridge Community Services (CCS), established in 1938, is a private non-profit community-based organization. Its mission is to identify human service needs in Cambridge, and to develop innovative strategies and programs that can be instituted as ongoing resources in this and other communities. The agency’s current emphasis is on youth education and employment.
Cambridge’s urban setting is home to a large population of youth and families that are low-income. Many of these families are headed by single parents, and or have recently arrived as immigrants and refugees. Each day, they must negotiate a complex set of economic, cultural, linguistic, and academic barriers. For adolescents in these families, the availability of supportive services in the community is of critical importance. CCS addresses this need through a variety of comprehensive programs and services that are designed to offer young people individual guidance from caring adults, intensive academic assistance, exposure to a wide variety of career options, and access to higher education opportunities.
For over seventeen years the City Links program has been providing linguistic minority youth in Cambridge with well-supervised public sector internships, support from work-site mentors, counseling on access to higher education, academic tutoring, and extensive training in and exposure to public service careers and leadership development. In addition, students are paired up one-on-one with a mentor who provides career, educational, and personal guidance.
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