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Raw Art Works

  • Raw Art Works
  • 37 Central Square
  • Lynn, MA 01901
  • (781) 593-5515
  • 1988

Program Description

For three decades, Raw Art Works (RAW) has passionately pursued its mission to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth. RAW is a youth arts organization, rooted in art therapy. At its core, RAW believes that all kids should be seen and heard and that everyone has a story to tell. Located in Lynn, RAW offers a variety of free programming for kids, ages 7-19. From painting, to printing, to filmmaking, RAW uses art to ask kids, "What's really going on?" in their lives, giving them the tools to create in unexpected ways and envision new possibilities for their future.

In 1997, RAW's art therapy staff began working after hours to help teens navigate the complexities of the college process. In a community where the dropout rates were almost double the state average, many of our teens did not see the possibility of higher education. RAW believed it could change that reality. Twenty years later, we have built a thriving college access and career exploration program - Project Launch.

RAW staff and a team of volunteer mentors offer endless support to help find the right path for each RAW teen. Launch helps seniors write strong resumes and essays, as well as with job, college, and scholarship applications. Staff work with parents and guardians to help them understand college costs and the financial aid process. For teens for whom college is not the right choice, Project Launch assists in finding career training opportunities. Project Launch also provides life skills workshops on topics such as how to dress for an interview, manage time properly, organize their finances, and cook a healthy meal. Project Launch is more than a post-high school prep program; it offers real-life opportunities designed so youth can strengthen their abilities to navigate in the adult world.

Services Provided

  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 250
  • Middle School: 150
  • Elementary School: 150
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Lesley University
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • North Shore Community College
  • Salem State University