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Boston College School of Social Work
Center for Social Innovation


Lunch with Leader Andrea Perry


Andrea Perry is the Executive Director of YouthConnect, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in partnership with the Boston Police Department. In early 2012, Andrea was named by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for youth violence prevention.

Andrea has over 19 years of experience working directly with Boston’s at-risk youth in various neighborhoods of the city, including her work as a VISTA volunteer creating mentoring programs for Boston Public Schools, in a juvenile court clinic, with a teen parenting program, and as a member of an on-call trauma response team.  She received her undergraduate degree at Smith College, and her MSW at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  Andrea also completed Boston University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership program.

YouthConnect places clinical social workers in police stations across the city to provide police-referred high risk and proven risk young people and families with voluntary, comprehensive clinical and case-management services.