Greater Boston Area

MetroLacrosse

Phone: 

(617) 288-9898

Mission: 

MetroLacrosse is a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the social and economic disparities that exist in urban settings by inspiring personal, educational and athletic success among urban youth and teens.

Location

25 Thomson Place, First Floor
Boston, MA 02210
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

If you are or know someone between the ages 9-18 you can sign up here

Key Programs Offered: 

The organization’s year-round programs; -A ten-week spring season -A one-week overnight summer camp in New Hampshire -A four-week summer day camp in Boston and Chelsea -Winter clinics and fitness sessions -Year-round Intramural Programs in collaboration with community-based strategic partners -SAT, ISSE, and SSAT test preparation -Secondary school placement advising and academic tutoring -College exploration and advisory services -Year-round educational support programs in collaboration with community-based strategic partners

Created: 
02/23/2010

University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-5000

Website: 
Mission: 

The University of Massachusetts Boston, one of five campuses of the University of Massachusetts, is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban universities. A comprehensive, doctoral-granting campus, we provide challenging teaching, distinguished research, and extensive service which particularly respond to the academic and economic needs of the state's urban areas and their diverse populations.

The University of Massachusetts Boston strives to:

- Sustain a faculty dedicated to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching
- Provide innovative and programs that can respond in a timely manner to societal issues and problems
- Meet the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students
- Continue to promote diversity among students, faculty, and staff
- Conduct educational, scholarly, and service activities that contribute to meeting the needs of a diverse society
- Nurture both pure and applied research to advance knowledge and to create a better society for all
- Devote research and public service activities to the cultural, social, and economic development of Great Boston and the global community
- Dedicate itself to understanding and improving the environment and the well being of citizens of this region

Location

UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Student interested in taking courses or enrolling can Apply Here

Applications can also be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Fax: (617) 287-5999

Created: 
10/14/2010

Boston Arts Project

Phone: 

(781) 492-3552

Location

81 North Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

If interested in talking with us, please contact Lynn Currier.

Key Programs Offered: 

One Voice
One Voice is a professional arts program offering exciting classes for youth from 4 to 19, taught by some of Boston's top teachers.

"Our focus is on nurturing children as individuals, and on developing their confidence, intellect, self-discipline, creativity and sense of community."

This summer we are opening a new center and offering: Dance, Hip Hop Songwriting, Theater, Filmmaking, Spoken Word, Improvisation, Visual Arts, Composition, Outdoor Sports, Performances, Field Trips to Concerts, Radio Stations and TV Stations

Call or email for more info and to register

Sites in Dorchester and Randolph!

Boston Arts Project and Haitkaah Social Justice Center (our sister company) are opening a youth center in Fields Corner, and are interested in finding another youth organization that might want to be a partner and rent an office in our space.

Countdown to Kindergarten

Phone: 

(617) 635-6816

Mission: 

Countdown to Kindergarten engages families, educators and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten. Mayor Menino, the Boston School Committee and Superintendent Johnson partner with 28 local organizations to implement a school readiness campaign that helps families participate actively in their children's education right from the start, understand the value of kindergarten, and learn how to choose schools and then register in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In Boston, our work has promoted teacher collaboration on school readiness issues; doubled the percent of families visiting schools to make informed registration decisions; and increased the percentage of children who enter BPS at kindergarten rather than first grade. It has also resulted in more schools being ready to engage families.

Location

Countdown to Kindergarten
26 Court Street 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Families should start preparing for Kindergarten (K1 for 4 year old and K2 for 5 year old) a full year in advance of their start date, which is the September before their child turns 4 or 5. For a few families, it may start sooner. Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a number of a very limited number of seats for K0 programs for children who are 3 by September 1. There are 75 Early Learning Centers, Elementary and K-8 schools in the City of Boston. Families can choose from a number of schools that are located in their ZONE.

Attend a Countdown to Kindergarten Information Session for answers to all your questions about BPS schools, the registration process and more. Starting in November, Information Sessions provide tips on the transition and kindergarten selection/enrollment process, along with suggested activities to help families prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten.

Key Programs Offered: 
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/05/2011

Boston Harbor Association - The Harbor Walk

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Boston Harbor Association
374 Congress Street, Suite 307
Boston, MA 02210

Phone: 

(617) 482-1722

Email: 
Mission: 

The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) is the leading harbor advocacy group working to promote a clean, alive, and accessible Boston Harbor. Founded in 1973 by the League of Women Voters and the Boston Shipping Association, TBHA prides itself in its creative and innovative programs to help educate the public and build a consensus for a clean and alive Harbor. The Boston Harbor Association is making a difference today and for future generations with solutions and programs that promote maritime industrial activities, environmental protection, and public access around Boston Harbor.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring

Phone: 

(617) 224-1300

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday- Friday: 9-5:30 pm

Mission: 

 

 

 

 

Since 2001, Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring (AFC) has empowered foster and adopted youth in Greater Boston to flourish through committed mentoring relationships.  AFC is one of only a few mentoring organizations in the country that exclusively serves this population, and provides the most targeted, specialized mentoring service for young people who have been removed from their homes due to alleged abuse or neglect.  Youth in the child welfare system constitute one of the more underserved populations in our community; because of this, these youth can benefit significantly from committed mentorships and increased access to employment training, education, and other critical job- and life-skills resources.

 

Location

Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring
727 Atlantic Avenue 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Key Partners: 

Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Mass mentoring partnership (MMP)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We achieve our mission through our programming that serves youth in out-of-home care, including:

AFCMentors
One-to-One mentoring for foster & adopted youth ages 7 and older

AFCLeaders

Group mentoring program addressing the specific challenges faced by teens who are preparing to “age out” of the child welfare system.

  • Offers discussion groups, social and emotional supports, and job/life skills trainings for youth ages 14 and older

AFCVolunteers

Volunteers assist AFC in a variety of ways! Join our team of volunteers and make a difference.

 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
09/11/2012

Boston City Singers - Inspiring Young Voices

Phone: 

Jane Money: (617) 825-0674 Melissa Graham (617) 265-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Tuition-based training sessions for nine choruses take place in the Dorchester and Jamaica  Plain neighborhoods of Boston, MA.  
After school and on Saturdays during school year.
Offices are open all year around.

Mission: 

Boston City Singers provides comprehensive music training to children and youth in Boston’s inner city and neighboring communities. BCS believes that by exploring the world of singing, their singers develop stronger leadership and teamwork skills, experience the power of self-esteem and self-discipline, and enjoy the beauty of artistic expression.

Boston City Singers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Locations

Boston City Singers
17 Waldeck Street (office address only)
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
All Saints Church - Ashmont - Dorchester Rehearsal location
209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester, ME 02124
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Boston Cultural Council
  • Community Music Center of Boston
  • Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy
  • YOFES
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For an auditions, training sessions and rehearsal schedules, please call Jane Money, Founder, Artistic and Education Director at 617-825-0674.

Please call Melissa Graham for tuition information, concert schedules, donations, sponsorships, to hire Boston City Singers to perform at your next event or administrative matters. 

Key Programs Offered: 

 

Kodály Singing Classes, Neighborhood Training Choruses, Concert Chorus II, and Concert Chorus. 

Created: 
05/31/2011

BCS inspires and trains the artist, student, and ambassador within each child!

Boston City Singers teaches over 350 inspiring young singers in nine choruses. Most BCS singers are boys and girls (ages 4-18) from Boston‘s underserved neighborhoods.  BCS accepts new k-12 students with varying musical abilities; offers a sliding scale tuition.  Over 80% of members require substantial scholarship support to participate. Boston City Singers uses a distinctive curriculum that trains children as young as four years old to learn to sing well. Each  singer progresses through several levels: Kodály Singing Class, Neighborhood Training Chorus, Concert Chorus II, and Concert Chorus. The singers learn about diverse communities and cultures by performing an extensive repertoire including gospel music, international folk music, opera, jazz, and medieval chant.
Website: bostoncitysingers.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bostoncitysingers
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fh9_ZQ256U

 

Neponset River Watershed Association ("NepRWA")

Phone: 

(781) 575-0354

Email: 

staff@neponset.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm

Mission: 

The Neponset River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations. NepRWA accomplishes this mission through: Environmental monitoring, science, research and planning; Outreach and education to the general public and targeted audiences; Demonstration projects that highlight new and existing best practices; Political action at the local, state and federal levels; On-the-ground cleanup, restoration, and preservation projects; and Advocacy and, when necessary, litigation. NepRWA always strives to use a collaborative approach to carry out its mission but will employ legal action or other non-collaborative methods when necessary. NepRWA works in the 14 towns of the Neponset River Watershed: Boston (Dorchester, Hyde Park & Mattapan), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood. Roughly 300,000 people live in the Neponset River Watershed.

Location

Neponset River Watershed Association
2173 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021
United States
Key Partners: 

NepRWA partners with various municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, civic associations and organizations as relevant opportunities surface.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents can volunteer, become members, attend events, or intern with NepRWA. Please visit www.neponset.org or call 781-575-0354 to learn more.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/29/2010

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

The Network/La Red

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

PO Box 6011 Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 

Hotline: 617-742-4911 (Voice); 617-227-4911 (TTY), Office: (617) 695-0877

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office: 7 days, 9am-5pm Hotline: 7 days, 9am-midnight

Mission: 

 

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. We strengthen our communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.

Key Partners: 

GLBT Domestic Violence Coaltion, Jane Doe: Mass Coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, Mass Transgender Political Coalition, Boston Pride, Governor's Commission against sexual and domestic violence, Mass Office of Victim Assistance / State Organization = GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition, Jane Doe Inc.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call hotline for all services, call office line, email, or visit website for volunteer opportunities and upcoming community events.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
09/11/2012
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