Cleveland Community Center

Nothing But Treats | Oct 28

BCYF Cleveland Community Center's Halloween Party. All ages welcome. Food, games, prizes, face painting and other treats.

When: Wednesday, October 28, 5-8pm

Where: 11 Charles Street, Dorchester 


Boston 2024 Public Meeting | May 19

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The City will hold nine public meetings on the Boston 2024 effort in locations across the city. The meetings will be an opportunity discuss the benefits of hosting the Games and impact on the City. For the meeting in Dorchester:


When: Tuesday, May 19th


Where: Cleveland Community Center

11 Charles St., Dorchester

For more info:

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Spring Talent Showcase at BCYF Cleveland Community Center Apr. 27

Seekers of Knowledge and BCYF Cleveland Community Center will be presenting their Spring Talent & Cultural Showcase! All are welcome to participate. The event will be on Friday, April 27, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and is open to youth ages 5 to 18. The BCYF Cleveland Community Center is located at 11 Charles Street in Dorchester. For information on signup or registration please contact Cynthia Gaines at 617.698.2421. Please see attached flyer to spread the word!

Cleveland Center Open House Nov. 3

The Cleveland Community Center will be hosting an open house from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3rd. Check out new programs and events happening at your neighborhood community center! There are a lot of activities in your backyard, so get involved! The Cleveland Community Center is located at 11 Charles Street in Dorchester. For more information contact Ze’ at 617.635.5141.

Cleveland Center Poetry Night Nov. 4

Interested in rhymes? The Cleveland Center is having a poetry night this Friday! Come for light refreshments, snacks and a whole lot of poetry.  The Cleveland Center is located at 11 Charles Street in Dorchester. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more info contact Laticia at

If you have talent, flaunt it. If you’re gallant, want it.

No need to distress, just come and express.

At least there will be poetry for free by the likes of you and me.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1483 Tremont St Boston, MA 02120



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.


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.


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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 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

Key Programs Offered: 

Education, recreation, childcare, community meetings, and more. BCYF Program Guides can be found at 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.


Dorchester Locations:
Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester 02124

Cleveland Community Center (Grover Cleveland School)
11 Charles St.
Dorchester 02122

Holland Community Center
85 Olney St.
Dorchester 02121

Marshall Community Center - CLOSED
35 Westville St.
Dorchester 02124

Leahy-Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell St.
Dorchester 02122

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