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About Us


Here at Strong Roots Youth Foundation, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2017, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to help youths to tap into their natural abilities and talents and make the best choices in life in order to be great leaders! We lead, instruct, advise, council, mentor, and redirect youth onto the right path of life. We are on a mission to touch upon the lives of youths and young adults of all walks of life and give them an opportunity to get an education that will allow them to live a productive life. WE ARE CREATING LEADERS!

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Our History

The Strong Roots Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established by Reverend Willie Wiggins Jr in 2017. The Strong Roots Organization is proud to initiate the "STRONG ROOTS SAVING YOUTH PROGRAM to assist in the guidance, development, mentoring, and leadership of high-risk youths and gang members. We also advocate for first time offenders in the court of Law. We ask the Justice of the peace to allow the offender to be released on a probationary period of one year.

Our goal is to teach young adults and youths ages 15 19, basic life skills, respect towards all humanity, the importance of education, obeying the law and those in authority.  We help and high-risk youths and gang members that are deprived but have the ambition and motivation to advance and improve their lives through education and proper mentoring through our program.


The Problem

Violence and drug abuse are critical areas of contention in Massachusetts, and urban communities are becoming a more unsafe place for people (especially youths) to live. Youth violence is a complex social problem that requires a multifaceted response.

Gang presence and violence continues to plague our cities. Dysfunctional families, undisciplined youth, lack of education and opportunities are intertwined with gang violence, substance abuse, trauma, mental health issues, and the availability of guns. A continuum of care to address the fundamental causes of violence (not just the symptoms) is needed.

In addition, neighborhood safety concerns must be addressed with a didactic strategic plan in place and initiated. With our presence and the presence of other organization partners we can make a difference (the streets talk). The Strong Roots Saving Youth Program has developed a strategic comprehensive plan that will include elements of prevention, intervention, education, redirection, and mentoring.


In January 2019 statistics showed:

  • Gang violence is up by 25% from last year.

  • Approximately 160 "documented gangs" in Boston (but not the names of the gangs)

  • 100 "active" gangs, with about 30 gangs "actively driving violence"

  • About 5,300 total individuals

  • Approximately 2,800 "active" gang members

  • ​The remainder — or about 2,500 individuals — are classified as "inactive," "deceased," or "long term incarcerated"

  • 66.4% black non-Hispanic

  • 14.1% white Hispanic

  • 9.7% black Hispanic

  • 2.3 % white non-Hispanic

  • 0.4% Asian


The Solution

This year we will help change the lives of 50 youths. These are youth that are either in a gang or going to join a gang. They will either be killed or kill someone within two years of being on the streets. Our goal is to get one person per month to participate and complete the Strong Roots Youth one year Program. We are seeking funding through private, public, and government funding. Your contributions will go toward achieving the goals of Strong Roots Youth Foundation. We also have engaged gang member on the streets of Boston and have helped several turn their lives around.

Cities and towns that the “Strong Roots Saving Youth Program” will cover with funds provided through this grant:

We will cover the Boston areas of the South End, Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan in which we have found to have a direct bearing on the gang activity in Boston. Having grew up within the very urban communities that we serve we know first-hand what youths and families are experiencing. We have empathy and sympathy for them, but we know that we must be firm in our mission and in our guidance and council. We know what it is going to take to make our communities a safer place to live.

These areas have the highest and most violent crime rates. We are ready to increase awareness of our presence by making our personal presence known and shown to them. And by letting them know that there is hope for them and that we are there to help them. Although our services are in high demand, most of them are not going to come to us for help so we must go to them. We will help and assist 40 to 50 youth and modify their behavior, thought pattern and way of life.


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Updates (1)

  • September 4, 2019 by Strong Roots Saving-youths, Organizer

    Five days, 17 shootings in Boston
    By Gal Tziperman Lotan Globe Staff,July 8, 2019, 8:14 p.m. In Roxbury, a man walked down Maple Street on Saturday; six people were shot on the street late Friday night.(Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

    The violence began just before midnight on July 3, when someone was shot at a street corner in Roslindale.

    By sunset Sunday — a span of just over four days — 17 people were wounded in shootings in Boston, including an 8-year-old girl. All 17 victims are expected to live, police said.

    Police said Monday they have not made any arrests in the shootings and declined to say whether any are related. They declined to release the victims’ names and in many cases declined to provide their gender or age.

    The July Fourth holiday is often marred by violence in Boston. During the first week of July 2019, three people were killed and seven injured in shootings, according to Boston Police Department statistics. In 2018, two people were shot and killed and another 15 were injured in the first week of July.