Youth

Dorchester Community Center for the Visual Arts (Dot Art)

Phone: 

617.905.7432

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office: M-F, 10am - 5pm Program times vary

Mission: 

To make exemplary visual arts education available to everyone in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods.

Location

18 Samoset Street 3rd Floor
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact us! Stop by our office/gallery space Monday Through Friday, any time between 10am and 5pm. We offer classes and workshops year round, and seek to employ teachers for our programs who are from the Dorchester community.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Classes, School Residencies, Public Art Programs, Events and Parades, Art Parties for Children and Adults. Classes offered with sliding scale pricing. See here for program and service specifics.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Bird Street Community Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-282-6110

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

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

Mission: 

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.

Location

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: http://www.birdstreet.org/involved_volunteering.html or Contact: Shamekia Franklin (sfrnaklin@birdstreet.org) or call at 617-282-6110, x12.

Board of Directors Anyone interested in Board participaton should leave a message with Andrea Kaiser (akaiser@birdstreet.org) 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 http://www.birdstreet.org/summer_day_getaway.html.

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.

Created: 
11/03/2010

Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (ABCD)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-288-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am - 5pm

Mission: 

To expand resource access for family members and individuals in Dorchester.

Location

ABCD Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center
110 Claybourne Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Multicultural Independent Living Center of Boston Family Inc., National Community Action Programs, City Action, City of Boston Department of Community Development

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk-in or apply for afterschool and the summer program

Key Programs Offered: 

ABCD Dorchester neighborhood service center provides: fuel assistance for low-income families, free tax preparation, an after school program from 2pm-5pm,  help with food-stamp and Mass Health applications. ABCD also has a job development program that helps individuals with resumes and job searches, and has a summer works program for youth ages 14-21. Most of the services and programs are free but some go by a sliding scale and/or vouchers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/05/2010

Big Sister Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 236-8060

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission: 

The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston helps girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women.

Location

Big Sister Association
161 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 
Key Partners: 

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Public Schools

Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Project R.I.G.H.T.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 236-8060 or visit http://www.bigsister.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
Key Programs Offered: 
 
ONE TO ONE MENTORING PROGRAMS
 
Community-Based Mentoring:  Our traditional program pairs a girl between the ages of 7 - 15 with an adult female mentor.  Big and Little Sisters enjoy a range of activities from arts and crafts and museum visits to sporting events and nature walks, or just taking the time to talk about what is going on in the Little Sister's life.

School-Based Mentoring:  This program creates a one-to-one mentoring relationship between a Big and Little Sister.  This program takes place in a school setting and is designed specifically for elementary school girls (grades 2 - 8).  Matches meet during the Little Sister's lunch time or after-school program throughout the academic year, and are encouraged to keep in touch via letters or e-mails over the summer months.

New! Neighborhood-Based Mentoring:  This one-to-one mentoring program matches a Big Sister with a middle-school aged Little Sister.  Matches will meet for an hour and a half at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester on Saturday afternoons.  Big and Little Sisters spend time doing one-to-one activities together and group activities with the other matches in the program. 

 

GROUP MENTORING PROGRAMS

Big Sister’s Group Mentoring programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of girls between the ages of 11-17; a time when peers begin to have a strong influence on a girl’s choices and decisions. Big Sister offers two Group Mentoring programs:

Life Choices:  Life Choices creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives. Life Choices groups meet once a week for 90 minutes in schools or community centers, as well as in the Boston Court Clinic and are facilitated by experienced Big Sister social workers or Masters of Social Work (MSW) level interns.  Groups run for approximately 15 weeks. 

Team Enhanced Approach to Mentoring (TEAM):  Like Life Choices, TEAM creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives.  However, the distinguishing characteristic between Life Choices and TEAM is that TEAM adds mentors to the mix by bringing in groups of volunteers (Big Sisters) to mentor the girls. TEAM groups are led by experienced social workers and/or Masters of Social Work (MSW) interns in conjunction with the Big Sisters. 

 

 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/25/2010

Boston Collegiate Charter School

Phone: 

Mayhew/Boston St: 617-265-1172 Sydney St: 617-282-6710

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-5:00pm, Weekends: 9:00am-1:00pm

Mission: 

The mission of Boston Collegiate Charter School is to prepare each student for college. We offer an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum for students in grades five through twelve. 100% of our graduates have been accepted to college; over 80% of them will be the first in their families to attend. Boston Collegiate Charter School is a tuition-free, city-wide public charter school in Dorchester, serving over 550 students in grades 5 through 12.

Locations

Boston Collegiate Charter School
11 Mayhew Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Lower School
215 Sydney Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachusetts Charter School Association

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Enrollment at Boston Collegiate Charter School is accessed through an annual public lottery. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons can contact Deborah Green, Program Director at 617-265-1172x235 or dgreen@bostoncollegiate.org.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
04/20/2010

City Year Boston

Phone: 

617-927-2500

Mission: 

City Year puts idealism to work by tapping the civic power of youth for an annual campaign of idealism that generates transformative community service, breaks down social barriers, inspires citizens to civic action, develops new leaders for the common good. City Year's mission is dedicated to helping to build a strong democracy through three essential - and interconnected - civic strategies: citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship. These three civic strategies are nonpartisan and pre-political. Together, they can serve as the civic foundation for a strong, active and responsive democracy.

Location

287 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
United States
Key Partners: 

Agassiz Elementary School, Condon Elementary School,
Haley Elementary School,
Hennigan Elementary School,
Holmes Elementary School,
Neighborhood House Charter K-8 School,
Ohrenberger K-6 School,
Renaissance K-6 School,
Tobin K-8 School,
Young Achievers K-8 School

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteer with City Year: http://www.cityyear.org/boston_ektid8061.aspx

Interested in serving with City Year for a high-impact service day?
1. Check our website for the upcoming Volunteer Force schedule, coming September 2009.
2. Call our service hotline at 617-927-2300 for additional information.

Join City Year corps members in providing a safe, fun environment for students in grades 1-5 during the February and April public school vacations. Contact Christina Clark at cclark@cityyear.org.

Are you an organization in need of volunteers to do physical service or health and human services? Call City Year Boston's Physical Service Hotline at 617-927-2300 to set up a site visit.

For more information on becoming a service partner, please contact Nikki Tabron, Director of School Partnerships, at ntabron@cityyear.org

Becoming a Heroes team leader is a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local middle and high school students. For more information contact Nicole Yongue at nyongue@cityyear.org.

For more information on becoming a City Year Boston supporter, please contact John Kaiser at jkaiser@cityyear.org.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/19/2009

Friends of the Children - Boston

Phone: 

(617) 983-3682

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission: 

Friends of the Children-Boston is a prevention/early intervention program whose mission is to help high-risk children develop the relationships, goals, and skills necessary to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and violence in order to become contributing members of society. We believe that our society's most vulnerable, at-risk children have the strength, motivation, and ability to rise above adverse circumstances if given the opportunity to do so. Our Friends provide that opportunity.

Location

Friends of the Children – Boston
555 Amory Street
Boston, MA 02130
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Public Schools, Greenlight Fund

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Boston College High School

Phone: 

617-436-3900

Website: 
Mission: 

Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory school.

We strive to challenge our students to become young men of integrity, educated in faith and for justice, committed to academic excellence and service to others.

As a Jesuit, Catholic high school, we strive to reflect the diversity of our church and community.

Our mission since 1863 has been to form leaders of competence, conscience and compassion who seek to do all things ad majorem Dei gloriam - for the greater glory of God.

Location

Boston College High School
150 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

All candidates for high school (grade 9) admission must fill out an application and take either the SSAT or Catholic High School Entrance Exam. All applicants for the Arrupe Division (grade 7) must fill out the Arrupe Division application and take the ISEE. Please pay special attention to the deadlines for each. Each fall we offer an Open House for grade 9 applicants, Information Nights for Arrupe applicants, and from October through February, we invite any interested 6th or 8th grader to spend the day with us as an "Eagle for a Day."

To get started, please create an online Eagle Admission Account. This account will allow you to apply online, schedule visits and check the status of your application materials

As a reflection of our Jesuit ideals and keeping with the school's founding principle's, we offer financial aid to qualifying families.It is our hope that our offers of need based financial aid open the doors of our school to young men who would not otherwise be able to fmfake the education offered by BC High a reality. For the 2009-2010 school year, almost 500 students will receive need-based aid with the middle 50 percent of those awards falling between $4,300 and $9,999.

As you continue to investigate your options for the next step of your academic journey, please feel free to contact us by phone at 617-474-5010 or e-mail us at the Admissions Office (admissions@bchigh.edu).

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/19/2009
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