Partners for Youth with Disabilities

aka PYD   |   Boston, MA   |
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Partners for Youth with Disabilities

EIN: 22-2627798


Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring and career-readiness programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.

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Board President

Ms. Lynn Gonsalves

Main address

89 South St Ste 103

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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Formerly known as

Partners for Disabled Youth



Subject area info

Arts education

Visual arts

Performing arts

Leadership development


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Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

People with disabilities

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NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite progress since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1985, individual and institutional ableism still exist. Disability remains highly stigmatized, and people with disabilities continue to be denied equal opportunity, access, and independence. For example, labor force participation for Americans with disabilities was 21.2% compared to 68.7% for individuals without disabilities. Workers with disabilities on average earn 37% less than their peers without disabilities for the same work. Youth with disabilities are four times more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system (Gagnon & Richards, 2008). 38% don’t complete high school, compared to 19% without disabilities (Education Week, 2015). 80% of youth with learning disabilities are bullied at school and this frequency is greater for youth with disabilities that affect their appearance. (Council for Exceptional Children, 2008).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mentor Match

PYD's founding and cornerstone program carefully pairs and actively supports 150 youth with disabilities matched with caring adults in a unique one-to-one mentoring relationship to foster independent living skills and self-esteem.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
At-risk youth

Since 1994, Access to Theatre (ATT) has brought together a diverse group of youth people with and without disabilities in Greater Boston to explore their creative talents and experience hands-on music, acting, movement, and visual arts through afterschool and summer programs and performances.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
At-risk youth

Career Readiness Program is a career development program for Boston urban youth with disabilities in high school, which addresses barriers to employment and independence. Partnering with inner-city Boston schools, we offer work-based experiences, mentors from the business community, as well as classroom learning through a Universal Design for Learning curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

PYD's National Center was founded in 2005 to meet a need for providing training and resources for other mentoring and youth-serving organizations interested in replicating PYD's time-tested mentoring programs or making their programs more inclusive of youth with disabilities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Inclusion Champion PYD National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities 2011

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

BOSTnet STAR Awards - Disability Inclusion Star, Regina Snowden, PYD Executive Director 2010

BOSTnet Build the Out-of-School Time Network

Excellence in Non-Profit Management, Regina Snowden, PYD Executive Director 2008

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc.

Local Hero Award, Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2006

Bank of America

Best Practices Award in Teen Programming 2005

Boston Foundation and Boston After-School for All Partnership

Coming Up Taller Award 2004

President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts

Community Partnership Award 2014

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Social Innovator 2018

Social Innovation Forum - Boston

Affiliations & memberships

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

United Way Member Agency

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to reach equity of opportunity for all youth and young adults with disabilities. Our goal is to ensure that youth with disabilities gain confidence, self-advocacy and career readiness skills. It is through mentoring, a social network, and career development opportunities that improve a young person’s self-perception and leads to greater independence and success as an adult. The U.S. Department of Labor has recognized mentoring as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition to adulthood.

We are currently formulating our next multi-year strategic plan to be shared in 2019. Using this plan as a guide, executive leadership works closely with the PYD Board of Directors, staff and other stakeholders to grow programs and fundraising efforts. As part of the strategy to reach our overarching goal, we ensure a passionate and knowledgeable staff who are leaders in the field of youth development. PYD encourages professional development and trainings for its employees. PYD provides one-to-one mentoring and group mentoring, job readiness and leadership development programs, both direct service and eLearning. The organization evaluates program progress and challenges through standardized measures.

Over the past 33 years, PYD has served thousands of youth with developmental, sensory, learning, and physical disabilities and their families. Through these three decades of experience in the youth development realm, we have time-tested, substantive methods for program delivery. Due to our history of success, we have become a national leader in the field. We rely on a diverse revenue stream to fund this work, growth and impact. Our Board of Directors guides and works with us on our path of growth. Further, we work with The Analysis Group, a private firm, to ensure our evaluations and measures are efficient and evolve.

PYD is a pioneer in programs that result in greater opportunities for young people to succeed as adults. PYD’s mentoring, social programs, family supports, career development, and inclusion trainings work to level the playing field and expand horizons for people with disabilities. Due to our history and capacity, we recently became home to the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, comprised of over 60 organizations dedicated to mentoring for youth and young adults with disabilities. A total of 1,933 individuals were served throughout PYD in FY2018, and of those, 548 were youth. Over the next two years, our goal is to increase the number of participants in core programs by 15% each year. To facilitate this growth, the organization will continue to expand the use of its online platform to train/support mentees, teachers, mentors, and employers who engage young people with disabilities, as well as as partnering with organizations seeking to replicate PYD’s mentoring models.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Partners for Youth with Disabilities’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$28,933 -$18,267 -$152,704 -$98,523 $1,094,959
As % of expenses -1.5% -1.0% -8.8% -5.6% 54.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$31,120 -$21,881 -$155,936 -$102,255 $1,089,886
As % of expenses -1.6% -1.2% -9.0% -5.8% 54.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,825,732 $1,681,350 $1,639,577 $1,673,682 $3,364,318
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.4% -7.9% -2.5% 2.1% 101.0%
Program services revenue 0.9% 1.2% 2.5% 6.1% 3.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 64.2% 68.4% 56.9% 47.8% 42.9%
All other grants and contributions 34.8% 30.1% 40.5% 45.7% 53.6%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.5% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,913,333 $1,814,592 $1,733,506 $1,772,149 $2,000,207
Total expenses, % change over prior year 35.2% -5.2% -4.5% 2.2% 12.9%
Personnel 66.4% 60.5% 68.0% 74.2% 73.1%
Professional fees 10.2% 10.8% 11.4% 10.5% 17.6%
Occupancy 3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 2.6% 2.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1%
Pass-through 12.6% 16.1% 10.3% 4.3% 0.9%
All other expenses 7.3% 8.9% 6.7% 8.2% 5.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,915,520 $1,818,206 $1,736,738 $1,775,881 $2,005,280
One month of savings $159,444 $151,216 $144,459 $147,679 $166,684
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $12,881 $0 $0 $7,739 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,087,845 $1,969,422 $1,881,197 $1,931,299 $2,171,964

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.6 2.0 3.5 3.6 7.2
Months of cash and investments 2.6 2.0 3.5 3.6 7.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.8 2.8 1.9 1.1 7.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $414,319 $300,815 $510,266 $535,117 $1,201,203
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $387,602 $404,692 $267,797 $370,068 $700,432
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $18,680 $18,680 $16,997 $24,731 $19,771
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.6% 51.9% 66.2% 60.6% 75.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 19.7% 27.8% 45.2% 63.6% 11.9%
Unrestricted net assets $454,123 $432,242 $276,306 $174,051 $1,263,937
Temporarily restricted net assets $225,967 $110,992 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $225,967 $110,992 $169,767 $169,823 $438,975
Total net assets $680,090 $543,234 $446,073 $343,874 $1,702,912

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Board President

Ms. Lynn Gonsalves

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Lynn Gonsalves

Stephen Mastrocola

Retired - Ernst & Young

George Recck

Babson College

Lynn Gonsalves

Joseph DeAngelis

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Andrew E. Bentley

Partner (Taxation), PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jay S. Krish

Vice President of Governance, Risk, and Compliance Technology; State Street Corporation

Dianne Lescinskas

Program Development Manager, Massachusetts Autism Commission

Lori Andrews

Retired - SVP, Global Total Rewards, Liberty Mutual Insurance

J. Van Gurley

President & CEO, Metron, Inc.

Jean M. Joy

Retired – Wolf & Company, P. C. Shareholder Audit Partner and Director of Professional Practice

Pam McIntyre

Managing Director, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Mark Rocca

Partner, EY, Assurance Services

Manu Thakral

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation