DIAL/SELF helps young people become independent by connecting them with housing, employment, education and civic opportunities.
We believe that all youth possess unique strengths which are enhanced by community support and collaboration and that all youth should have the right to exercise choice in their own lives.
We are a community-based non-profit agency that has been serving the youth and communities of Western MA since 1977. We provide a wide array of services that foster youth empowerment and community service. Over the course of the last four decades, more than 40,000 area youth have been served by the agency in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties and the North Quabbin region.
Established in 1996, DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps partners with area schools and youth-serving agencies to create innovative full-time service opportunities throughout the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. We serve a geographic area that spans from Greenfield to Springfield, from rural to urban settings. For 10 months each academic year, DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Members support local youth through mentoring, creative activities, experiential learning and positive youth development. They use a student-centered approach to encourage young people to develop autonomy, belonging, and confidence in themselves as learners.