Champions of Change
Champion of Change
Emmett Folgert M.Ed.

Emmett Folgert is a founder and executive director of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative (DYC), a 30-year-old front line community based agency that serves high and proven risk teens and their families. Emmett is a program developer, gang peace negotiator, public policy advocate and pro social media producer. His experience includes creating workforce training programs for youth with criminal records as well as direct service to street gangs, runaway homeless youth and substance abusers. He helped create several violence prevention initiatives including: Safe Haven Teen Centers, Street worker Outreach Programs, the MA Statewide Violence Prevention Program, the Mayor’s Clean Team and Safe City Academy, a work/study GED program. Emmett created the Center for Urban Expression (CUE), a program where adults and youth partner to create high impact pro-social media products that address the problems urban youth face. Emmett is a writer and producer of high impact pro-social media including the Miramax Film “Squeeze.” He is a commentator on local and national print, radio and television programs. Emmett is a guest lecturer in the Boston area and was one of many architects of the Boston Miracle, a highly effective community and police partnership that reduced violence in Boston.