More Than Words is a nonprofit job training and youth development program that nearly 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by taking charge of our bookstore.
We work with the most vulnerable young adults in Greater Boston: those who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school. At More Than Words they earn a paying job, working approximately 20 hours per week in our businesses learning critical customer service, technology, inventory management, and leadership skills. They also work a second paying “YOU” job, attending workshops and site visits and receiving focused support to ensure they persist in school and map plans for their future work, education and life. Our youth are showing up, giving and receiving feedback, and leading their peers.This model works because WORK WORKS. After a habit-forming, skill-building 6-12 months in our core program, we continue to support our graduates as they go on to achieve measurable, positive outcomes.