Bird Street Community Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Thursday: 2pm-9pm Friday: 2pm-11pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 2pm - 5pm


To provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow.


Bird Street Community Center
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Annapolis Street Neighborhood Association, Black Ministerial Alliance High-Risk Youth Network, BOSTnet, Boston College, Boston Latin School, Boston University, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Cape Verdean Community Task Force, Center for Teen Empowerment, City of Boston, The City School, Diablo Glass School, Dvee Media, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, David A. Ellis Elementary School, R. W. Emerson Elementary School, Generations Incorporated, GOTCHA, Nathan Hale Elementary School, Hancock Street Civic Association, Harvard University Phillips Brooks House, Higginson-Lewis K2-8 School, High Risk Youth Network, Jones Hill Association, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Ellis Mendell Elementary School, New Bostonians, Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Project Hope, Read Boston, William E. Russell Elementary School, Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Saint Mary's Women and Infants Center, Strand Theater, Suffolk University, Upham's Corner Teen Health Clinic, Upham's Corner Main Streets, Upham's Corner Violence Prevention Partnership, Whittier Street Health Center, Youth Violence Systems Project

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteering Register here: or Contact: Shamekia Franklin ( or call at 617-282-6110, x12.

Board of Directors Anyone interested in Board participaton should leave a message with Andrea Kaiser ( at Bird Street.

Board Committees Community members are welcome to join and contribute their expertise to our Board Committees, including marketing, finance, personnel, events, nominating, and resource development. Please contact Andrea Kaiser, Executive Director, at (617) 282-6110, ext. 21 if you are interested in joining a Board Committee.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • SACC (School Age Child Care)

    Massachussetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed, 5 day per week after-school program designed for working parents of children ages 5-13. SACC operates from 2:00 to 6:00 pm during regular school days. On school vacations, SACC offers full-day care from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (small additional fee required for vacation weeks). The program's activities include homework support, literacy, math coaching, science, arts, chess and Spanish Clubs, recreation, computers, field trips and special events.

    SACC programs operate out of seven different sites:

  • The Bird Street Community Center at 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • David A. Ellis School at 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury
  • R.W. Emerson School at 6 Shirley Street, Roxbury
  • the Nathan Hale School at 51 Cedar Street, Roxbury
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, 750 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • Ellis Mendell Elementary School, 164 School Street, Roxbury
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 School, 906 Albany Street, Roxbury
  • New in the Fall of 2009: the Higginson Lewis K2-8 School, 131 Walnut Ave, Roxbury


  • Youth Development

    Serves youth ages 10-22. Services include the teen center, academic support, youth leadership training, workforce development (including part-time academic year and summer youth employment), life-skills classes, arts and culture, critical thinking skills, community service, recreation, organized sports, and youth violence prevention. There are over 50 programs for young people to choose from! Membership is $15 per year plus a $5 refundable locker fee. Some field trips and special activities have separate fees. Scholarships are available for both memberships and activities.

  • Summer Day Getaway

    Day camp located at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. Camp is Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:45PM. This nature program features boating, kayaking, free swim, archery, a ropes course, step classes, sports, and field trips on Fridays. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided, and transportation is provided roundtrip from the Bird Street Community Center. Registration forms available online at

To register or receive more information about these programs, contact Alicia Linton at (617) 282-6110 x16.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Upham's Corner Community Center, inc.