GOTCHA (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around)


GOTCHA, (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around) started in 2003 as an annual summer youth workforce development collaborative based in the Dudley Street, Uphams Corner and Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester with 150-250 teens working at 20-25 nonprofit organizations.

In 2008 GOTCHA launched its first year round program with youth working after school. Six of the organizations (Bird Street Community Center, Cape Verdean Community UNIDO, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Bay EDC, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and The City School) play a planning role (Planning Partners) and the remaining, which varies from year to year, are worksites for teens.

The 20-25 organizations or worksites represent a variety of non-profit organizations that work on community organizing, planning, advocacy, education, legal, health, human services and community development. The Planning Partners located in Roxbury and/or Dorchester all work with youth and families and are linked by their shared commitment to community building, youth leadership development and youth services.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bird Street Community Center
Boston After School & Beyond
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Children's Learning Center
Children's Services of Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp
Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Greater Four Corners Action Coalition
MA Alliance for Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
Rosa Parks Daycare
TAG (Talented And Gifted Latino Program)
The City School
Youth and Police In Partnership

Key Programs Offered: 

Dudley Youth Council
Resident Leadership Institute
SACC (School Age Child Care)
Summer Leadership Program
Youth Development Program