College Readiness 101

ACT Lawrence operates a wide array of services and programs through our Financial Capability and Opportunity Center. ACT Lawrence provides workshops in youth jobs and college readiness for college bound youth (ages 14-22). There are seven (7) weekly workshops including two (2) college tours covering topics such as how to be successful in college / financial aid 101 / applying for scholarships / high school to college resume / admissions process and experiential learning. To learn more, please click here.


For more information, please contact:
Nathalie Lora, Office Coordinator
[email protected]
Facebook: ACT Lawrence
Instagram: @actlawrence

The Arc of Greater Lawrence, Healthy Balance

Young people with intellectual and developmental (I/DD) disabilities face unique personal, social and environmental barriers that may reduce their access to physical fitness activity opportunities. CLASS engages students with I/DD in recreation and healthful activities in after-school programming. Healthy Balance is run in collaboration with Merrimack College faculty and student volunteers. To learn more about CLASS, Inc., please click here.


For more information, please contact:
Robin Ellington, Director of Marketing
[email protected]
978-975-8587, ext. 1227
Facebook: CLASS, Inc.  
Twitter: @CLASSIncMA

Various Programs and Resources

Our public library aims to provide an inclusive space for all ages for people to learn and be active members of their community. Programs are available for all ages, free of charge. We also have a wide range of resources that can be found on site and online via our catalog


For more information, please contact:
Jessica Vilas Novas, Library Director
[email protected]

Teen Corner

Our Library offers a wide range of resources and programs for all ages. For youth, we have a dedicated "Teen Corner" staffed by a Teen Coordinator ready to engage with youth with after school programming, and a summer camp.


For more information, please contact:
Allan Zapata, Teen Coordinator
[email protected]

Bridging the Opportunity Gap

The Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board is composed of knowledgeable and influential business and community leaders who are appointed by the Mayor of Lawrence on behalf of the fifteen communities that make up the region. There are currently subsidized employment opportunities for DYS committed youth. To learn more, please click here.


For more information, please contact:
Wiberto Mejias
[email protected]
Facebook: Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board

Engineering Outreach Program at MIT

Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is a five and a half year academic enrichment and career exploration program for public school students from Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, Massachusetts who have a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering.

Each SEED Academy module focuses on a different technical discipline – from mechanical engineering to robotics to biological engineering. Through a hands-on instructional approach, students increase their mastery of academic subjects, strengthen their understanding of the practical application of math and science concepts, discover new academic and professional opportunities, and gain exposure to a college environment.


For more information, please contact:
Anahita Zare, SEED Academy Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Facebook: MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
Instagram: MIT OEOP

Residential Education & Job Training Program

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. Students have the option to reside at Job Corps while attending the program. To learn more, please click here.


For more information, please contact:
Joanely Mercado Nunez, Admissions Counselor
[email protected]
Facebook: Shriver Job Corps

Upward Bound Math and Science Program

Upward Bound welcomes 50 students from the Lawrence high school system to live at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham for six weeks of intensive study/college prep in the summer. A faculty comprised mainly of Nobles teachers empowers students seeking careers in math or science. The program is the product of a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston. To learn more, click here.


For more information, please contact:
Edgar De Leon, Director
[email protected]
Instagram: @noblesupwardbound