Teens ages 13-19

Teen Empowerment, The Center for

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. 48 Rutland Street Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 

617-427-1488 or 617-427-1599

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

Mission: 

To empower youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

Dorchester Site
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please contact us if you are interested. We having several youth hiring times.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/18/2009

Neighborhood House Charter School

Phone: 

(617) 825-0703

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of the Neighborhood House Charter School is to offer a quality education to a diverse community of Boston children through a neighborhood-based school that integrates education with social services and health care programs for the benefit of students and their families that otherwise have limited public educational opportunities. In pursuing this mission, the NHCS commits to developing and sharing with other public schools innovative practices that improve public education for all students.

Location

Neighborhood House Charter School
21 Queen Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Charter School Association, Massachusetts DOE

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Start by checking the Admissions page.Child must be four years of age by September 1st of year entering K1.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/05/2011

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Phone: 

617-288-7120

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

The drop in membership program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 18. Each day Monday-Friday from 2:00-6:00pm members will participate in activities based on a rotation schedule. All Members under the age of 12 not participating in a specialized program from 6-8pm are required to depart the Club at 6:00pm. Teen Programming will run until 8:30pm, all teens must depart by 9pm.

 

The Bantam Program serves members ages five and six. Members are grouped according to age and will travel to each area with designated staff members. Bantams will meet each afternoon at the McLaughlin site and participate in developmentally appropriate programming. The cost is $50 per session ($150 per year) and registration is limited to 50 children.

Mission: 

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide A safe place to learn and grow. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Hope and opportunity.

Locations

Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Clubhouse
35 Deer Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 18. Members must be five by September 1st. BGCD has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up. Orientation After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Registration for summer programming begins in March and is offered on first-come-first-served basis (cost varies by year).

For more information, visit http://bgcdorchester.org/who-we-are/membership-info/

Key Programs Offered: 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester provides a safe place for our members to learn and grow, create meaningful relationships with caring adult professionals and participate in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. BGCD offers exceptional out-of-school time programs year-round for youth ages five to 18. These programs are designed to complement each other; together, they form a comprehensive youth development plan that helps our members thrive today and develop the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.

The key programs offered include:

  • ·         Aquatics               
  • ·         Athletics
  • ·         Early Education and Care
  • ·         Education             
  • ·         Fine Arts               
  • ·         Inclusive Services              
  • ·         Kids Café             
  • ·         Licensed School Age Care              
  • ·         Media Arts (Film & Photography)
  • ·         Music
  • ·         Social Recreation
  • ·         Summer Programs
  • ·         Teen Center
  • ·         Tween
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/20/2009

Email: 

info@bgcdorchester.org

Website: 

www.bgcdorchester.org

Addtional Location: 

Walter Denney Youth Center

270 Mount Vernon Street

Dorchester, MA 02125

 

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1483 Tremont St Boston, MA 02120

Phone: 

617-635-4920

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Community Centers are open during the summer and during school vacations. Many provide special school vacation activities and camps. Call your neighborhood community center for a complete schedule.

Cleveland: 11 Charles St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5141,
Grove Hall: 51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-2643,
Holland Community Center*: 85 Olney St., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-5144
Leahy-Holloran*^: 1 Worrell St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5150
Perkins Community Center*: 155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124; 617-635-5146; Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Denotes location with pool
^Formerly the Murphy Community Center

You can see the all-BCYF calendar here for some special citywide events.

Mission: 

The Mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's residents by supporting children, youth and families through a wide range of programs and services. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with Community Center councils, agencies and businesses to support children, youth, individuals and families through a wide range of comprehensive programs.

The Perkins Community Center Adult Learning Program's goal is to provide student-centered adult education classes which help learners meet their education and life goals.

Location

BCYF
United States
Key Partners: 

The Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents join the Community Center through membership. Many activities are free.

Many community centers rent their facilities out for meetings and events. Contact your neighborhood community center to get more information about fees and availability.

Go to www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/volunteer.asp to find out more about volunteer opportunities at Boston Centers for Youth & Families or call the BCYF Administrative Offices at 617-635-4920.

If you would like Boston Centers for Youth & Families to attend your community event, contact Sandy Holden at 617-635-4920 x2213 or sandy.holden@cityofboston.gov.

Key Programs Offered: 

Education, recreation, childcare, community meetings, and more. BCYF Program Guides can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/. You can also view information about each center at the guide entries linked above.

GIRLS Initiative (Growth, Intervention, Respect, Leadership & Support for Girls): The GIRLS Initiative features the Girls' Leadership Corps made up of peer leaders representing all of Boston's neighborhoods. These peer leaders will be leaders both at their local community center and as part of a citywide corps. Each week, they will facilitate workshops at their assigned neighborhood community centers and support programming for girls. During the summer, the GIRLS Initiative sponsors several "Girls' Night Out" events at various community centers around the city. Contact Erika Butler at 617-635-4920 x2314 for more information about the programming available just for girls through the GIRLS Initiative.

Almost all neighborhood community centers provide a free, walk-in breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under during the summer through the school department. Contact Boston Public Schools at 617-635-9000 for more information about free summer meals. Many community centers also offer a free senior lunch program. Call your local community center for details.

Created: 
02/23/2011

Dorchester Locations:
Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester 02124
617-635-5146

Cleveland Community Center (Grover Cleveland School)
11 Charles St.
Dorchester 02122
617-635-5141

Holland Community Center
85 Olney St.
Dorchester 02121
617-635-5144

Marshall Community Center - CLOSED
35 Westville St.
Dorchester 02124
617-635-5149

Leahy-Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell St.
Dorchester 02122
617-635-5150

Center for Teen Empowerment, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 427-1599 (617) 427-1488

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F, 10am-6pm

Mission: 

Empowering youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

The Center for Teen Empowerment
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Cares, Bird Street Community Center, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Floorlords, Young Cape Verdean Club

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We hire 10-12 youth through a competitive hiring process. The youths' job is to organize events and initiatives (free or nominal charge) that will involve community members.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

Parent to Parent

Phone: 

617-636-8881

Mission: 

Parent to Parent (P2P) is a partnership between Tufts Medical Center and program sites in the Dorchester and Chinatown neighborhoods of Boston and Quincy. The primary goal of P2P is to reduce infant mortality and morbidity by improving access to health care for pregnant women and their children. P2P redefines prenatal care to include social services, education and advocacy. Maternal and child health outreach workers are trained to provide access to social supports and medical services for pregnant women, mothers and their young children.

Location

800 Washington Street, Box 116
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Asian Youth Essential Service (Y.E.S.)
199 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
617-482-4243
P2P Contact: Marie Mook, Phone: 617-482-4243 Email: MMook@bostonasianyes.org

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-288-3230
P2P Contact: Bach Yen Tran, Phone: 617-288-3230, Email: bach-yen.tran@dorchesterhouse.org

Codman Square Health Center
637 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-9660

Neponset Health Center
398 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
P2P Contact: Jenny Nguyen, Phone: 617-282-3200, Email: JNGUYEN@hhsi.us

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
632 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
617-825-3400
P2P Contact: Janie Gibbs, Phone: 617-822-7122, Email: JAN_GIB6@yahoo.com

Geiger-Gibson Health Center
250 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-288-1140
P2P Contact: Luisa Maldonado, Phone: 617-288-1140, Email: LMaldonado@hhsi.us

Uphams Corner Health Center
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-287-8000
P2P Contact: Hong-Hoa Nguyen, Phone: 617-287-8000

Manet Community Health Center
110 West Squantum Street
North Quincy, MA 02121
P2P Contact: Xuan Du, Phone: 617-376-3030, Email: xuanmydu@hotmail.com

Created: 
12/01/2010

College Bound Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mission: 
To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, using education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.
 
At College Bound Dorchester, formerly FDNH, we believe in the transformative power of education. Every day we have the privilege of working with students from ages 3 months to 70 years. Our teachers, mentors, peer leaders and staff provide the supports these students need to realize their future goals. We take this responsibility seriously and know that, if we are successful, we have the power to change not only individual lives but also the entire Dorchester community.

We are creating an organization that will provide all of our students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and succeed in life. We know there are challenges ahead and obstacles in our way. However we also know that as we work harder and focus on high expectations and data driven assessment, the paths of opportunity will open for all.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit collegebounddorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Bartholomew Family Child Care The Little House Log School Ruth Darling Child Care Center

Provide ABE/ESOL and Child Care: 9am to 2pm.

Computer Skills classes for enrolled students.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH)

Created: 
11/29/2011

On November 4th 2009, College Bound Dorchester received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At the ceremony, Mrs. Obama commended Art a la Carte and all of the award winners by stating, "Ultimately, each of your programs is using achievement in the arts as a bridge to achievement in life." She continued, "You ask our young people to dream, and you give them the tools to fulfill those dreams. You affirm that their contributions are valuable, and their success matters to all of us. You help them see beyond the circumstances of their lives to the world of possibility that awaits them. And for that, we honor you."

Steppingstone Foundation, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Steppingstone Foundation Admission Department 155 Federal Street, Suite 800 Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 

617-423-6300

Email: 
Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

After school and Summers, Saturdays 9-2. Family Information Meetings are held at a Dorchester location in October, November and December. See website for more information.

Mission: 

To develop and implement programs which prepare urban schoolchildren for educational opportunities that lead to college.

Location

155 Federal Stree
Boston, MA 02110
United States
Key Partners: 

Our key partners are the Boston public, parochial and charter schools from which our students come, and the placement schools we work with, incuding the three Boston public exam schools and a number of independent schools in the area.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

The Steppingstone Academy is a free, summer and after-school academic program that prepares motivated Boston schoolchildren who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to gain admission to and succeed at public exam and independent schools. The Steppingstone Academy offers 14 months and 26 months of tuition-free rigorous summer and after-school classes for current Boston schoolchildren in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. Families interested in applying attend a Family Information Meeting [held in October, November or December] - students are nominated by teachers, principals and community leaders [in 2009, due Friday, Dec. 4]

Key Programs Offered: 

Tutoring, mentoring, college counseling.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Peace First

Phone: 

(617) 261-3833

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday

Mission: 

Peace First is dedicated to building effective school climates by focusing on two major efforts within a school: teaching children the skills of conflict resolution and civic engagement; and providing educators with the critical skills and knowledge to integrate social-emotional learning into the school’s curriculum and culture. Combined, these efforts strengthen schools’ social and academic environments, creating stronger schools and more successful students. This is accomplished through an innovative, weekly curriculum taught by young adult volunteers and reinforced by intensive coaching for principals and teachers.

Location

25 kingston street; 6th floor
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-8214

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon & Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Tues & Weds: 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat: 9am-5pm

Location

BPL Codman Square Branch
690 Washington St
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative

    Partnership with Perkins Community Center, Joseph Lee Elementary, Lee Academy Pilot School, DotWell

  • LiveWire Learning Community

    New initiative between Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative and FableVision Learning. Read more about this exciting new project here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Codman: Monday and Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing programs

    Tuesdays: 11am, Preschool Storytime: stories and activities
    Thursdays: 4pm, Chess Time: Every Thursday at 4 we will get out the library's new chess boards for kids to play chess with.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Daycares and camps are welcome to an hour of stories & preschool-appropriate movies and TV shows from the library's collection. 3pm, Game Day: Ask at the desk for the board games - there will be a variety of board games for you to choose from. All are welcome!

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Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds a very good reference collection on African-American history. There is a large Children's section of biographies as well as an excellent collection of material in large print format. We have a large urban fiction collection. Local History collection is for in-library use and cannot be borrowed. Additional copies, if found elsewhere in the library, may be available for borrowing. Codman Square has medium sized collections of Spanish and French language materials.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool Story hours, Toddler Tales, Chess and Movies programs are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Book readings by local authors and programs that respond to the community interests and hobbies. Summer reading programs are offered for children.

The Codman Square Branch is teamed with the Joseph Lee Elementary School and the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Perkins Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

HISTORY
Opened in 1905 the branch was named for John Codman a local preacher and patriot. Originally housed at 6 Norfolk Street, the branch moved to its present location in 1978. The building was designed by Eco-Texture, Inc.

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