Summer/Vacation Programs

DFSI Summer and Afterschool Resource Fair, Mar. 16

Enrich your child's education! The Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative will host a resource fair for families of the Lee, Lee Academy, Holmes, and Fifield schools on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Lee School (155 Talbot Ave in Dorchester). Dinner for families will be available 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This is a great event that lets families know about summer program options in and around Dorchester.
 
To reserve a dinner or for more information, contact Laura Santel at 617-474-1453 or laura.santel@dotwell.org.

Hopeline Summer 2011 Job Registration, Now Open (Feb. 1)

The Boston Youth Fund provides thousands of Boston teens between the ages of 15 and 17 with job opportunities during the summer months. The Boston Youth Fund participants work in a variety of jobs within community, faith-based, and government agencies. Positions include administrative assistants, mural painters, peer leaders and many more! Don't forget to register with the Hopeline to become eligible! Registration opens February 1, 2011 and ends March 4, 2011. Generation Next Academy at the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue, is one of many registration sites. For more information on this site contact Iman Davis at 617-740-2598 or via email Iman.Davis@dotwell.org. You may also register by calling 617-635-HOPE (4673) on Feb 22, 23, 24 & 25 from 10am - 2pm. Furthermore, you can register online 24 hours a day from Feb 1 at 10am until Mar 4 at 11:59pm. Registering with the HOPELINE does NOT guarantee a summer job. You can get complete details and the registration form at: http://www.bostonyouthzone.com/teenzone/employment/byf/. >> Read More

Camp Shriver at UMass Boston

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Center for Social Development and Education | 10th Floor, Healey Library | University of Massachusetts Boston | 100 Morrissey Blvd | Boston MA 02125 | 617-287-5000 617-287-7250 | csde@umb.edu

Phone: 

617-287-7247

Email: 

barbara.gildea@umb.edu

Website: 

http://www.csde.umb.edu/shriver.html

Mission: 

Camp Shriver is an inclusive summer program for children with and without intellectual disabilities. The goals of the camp are: To provide sports; and other recreational and enrichment activities for all participants. To use sports as a vehicle for improving not only campers’ sports skills and overall motor development, but also their self-esteem, social skills, and confidence in building relationships with peers. To create an atmosphere of understanding, learning, and sharing so that campers from diverse backgrounds with and without disabilities can engage in positive peer relationships and develop new friendships.

Location

United States
Key Partners: 

UMass Boston,

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

The Camp Shriver Learning Lab enables UMass Boston students to participate in this unique summer program. About 12 undergraduate interns will be selected to participate in the summer learning lab, through the Center for Social Development and Education and the Psychology Department. This internship program is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with children with and without disabilities and to learn more about child development and developmental disabilities from psychological, sociological, educational, and recreational perspectives. The internship program includes (1) hands-on fieldwork with campers as Assistant Counselors and Assistant Coaches and (2) an advanced psychology seminar on child development and disabilities.

Seekers of Knowledge Inc

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Seekers of Knowledge Inc P.O. Box 240082 Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: 

617-379-2421

Fax: 

617-822-2421

Mission: 

Our mission is to support the development of young girls through the arts of creative expression, academic support, and social/emotional development. We instill in each seeker the importance of encouragement, understanding, team building, respect, discipline and community service.

Location

Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Summer Arts Series 2010 Monday July 5 - Friday August 27 (8 weeks) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm: 10 hours each day Check back for 2011 Summer Series information. Program includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Summer Series Costume, All Field Trips (family trip in August).

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

DotHouse Health

Phone: 

617-288-3230

Website: 

http://www.dorchesterhouse.org/

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mission: 

To be an essential resource for our community in its efforts to achieve the highest levels of health, well being and quality of life for its residents.

To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional health care and other essential services in an environment that respects our consumers, our staff and our diverse community.

To be a leading force for change in the health, economic and social well being of our community.

Location

DotHouse Health Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Codman Square Health Center, DotWell, SCI

Key Programs Offered: 

DotHouse Health (Formerly Dorchester House) is a federally qualified health center located in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. 127 years ago, our founders had a brilliant vision. They understood that a person’s well-being wasn't just about one facet of a person’s life, but it was about the well-being of the whole person. It’s about taking care of the whole person across their life span. We continue to follow this vision by not only offering healthcare but, also community and social services to the people of Dorchester. We offer our 23,000 patients extensive case management, financial and legal services as well as a number of community programs. By connecting our patients with comprehensive primary care, social services and internal programs – all under one roof – we support the overall good health of our patients and build a stronger, healthier community.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Dot House/Dorchester House

Perkins Community Center

Phone: 

617-635-5146

Email: 

perkinscc@cityofboston.gov

Website: 

www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf

Location

Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Centers for Youth & Families Joseph Lee Elementary School Lee Academy Pilot School Codman Square Library DotWell

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For Adult Education, including GED and ESOL classes, contact Papa Diop at (617) 635-1894. Drop-in registration every first and third Wednesday of the month. For all other after-school, summer, and recreation programs: call the front desk at (617) 635-1895.

Key Programs Offered: 

School Age Child Care After-School and Summer Program Piranhas After-School Program: Meets M-F, 3:20 - 6. 4 - 5pm writing. 5 - 6pm pool. $150/year. 1st month: Deposit and &35. Then: $35 every 3 months. Piranhas Swim Team: Membership overlaps with After-School Program, but open to others also. Swim meets 6pm Fridays.** Open Swimming: Saturdays. 10:15 - 11 Children, 11 - 12 Lap Swimming, 1 - 2:30 Community/Open Swim, 2-4:30 Adults.** Fire Star Homework Drop-in: Call center for more info Boston Raider's Mentoring: Academic help for youth aged 7-18. M-F, 3-8pm. $20/month. Strong Women, Strong Girls: Mentoring for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5 at Perkins on Thursdays, 4 - 5:30pm. Open Gym Peewee Basketball: Saturdays, 9am - 1pm. $65/season. Season runs approximately October - April. Self-Defense: Free self-defense classes taught on Saturdays from 9 - 11:30 am. 16 years and up. Karate: Classes offered for ages 5 and up, adults included, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-8. Call center for pricing information. Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition site

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/29/2011

Healthworks Community Fitness

Phone: 

(617) 825-2800

Email: 

kchipman@healthworkscommunityfitness.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 6:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday Closed

Mission: 

Healthworks Community Fitness provides a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which women can become empowered to take control of their physical and emotional wellbeing. The member/scholarship program gives women free access to the environment needed to develop the whole woman- mind, body, and spirit. Healthworks Community Fitness understands that gaining access to fitness is the first step for many women towards empowerment. Since this is often a difficult step, it is crucial for women to obtain support.

Location

Codman Square Health Center Branch
450 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call for more information!

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes, meeting space available during the day for women's groups

Created: 
11/28/2011

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Walter Denney Youth Center

Phone: 

617.822.3701

Email: 

Office Manager Tara Lewis, tlewis@bgcdorchester.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday - Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

July 7 - August 15
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday – Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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.

Location

Boys and Girls Club, Walter Denney Youth Center
270 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club 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.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.)
Cadets: ages 8 - 9
Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17
Orientation
After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. The orientations are held according to the following schedule:

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 (September 8 – July 1)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Summer 2008 (July 5 – September 8)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
9:15 – Friday
9:30 - Monday & Wednesday
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Partnership with Berklee College of Music

Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/23/2009

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center

Phone: 

617.288.7120

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1

  • Bantams: Programmed activities only;
    Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Cadets: Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; 
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Juniors/Intermediates/Seniors:
    Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.;
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

July 7 - August 15

  • Cadets & Juniors:
    Session 1– July 7– July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 – July 28 – August 15 ; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Bantams:
    Session 1 Morning – July 7 – July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 1 Afternoon – July 7 – July 25; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Morning – July 28 – August 15; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Afternoon – July 28 – August 15; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Intermediates/Seniors Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.; Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
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.

Location

Boys and Girls Club, 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 is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club 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.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.) 
Cadets: ages 8 - 9 Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17

Orientation: After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Also home to the Dorchester Music Clubhouse

Partnership with Berklee College of Music Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/23/2009
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