In 2017, Jaquan Bennett was in Mattapan looking for a bite to eat when he met a man working in the Boston Center for Youth and Families Streetworker Program that works to prevent violence and connect kids and families to important resources. The streetworker told the then-27-year-old about a city program that could help him learn a skilled trade.

Unemployed, and with a past that included jail time, Bennett gave the man his phone number. A year later, he said he got a call back.

“He asked me,…

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