Youth

Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center, Inc.

Phone: 

617-296-7450

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Afterschool programming: 2pm - 6pm

Mission: 

The mission of the Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center (GBNCC ) is to provide relief to the most vulnerable, distressed and underprivileged people of the Boston area, with particular emphasis on the Haitian community and the youth in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale and the surrounding communities.

As faith leaders, we explore the root causes of factors that are jeopardizing the health and welfare of our congregations, and take a vested interest in building the capacity of our community through outreach and education. The Dorchester Nazarene Church was among the first Haitian congregations in Boston to openly address the issue of HIV/AIDS prevention and education. We strongly embrace the idea of reaching out and addressing the needs of the whole individual in a culturally complete and sensitive way. Our aim is to promote the health and welfare of our community and also to serve as a supportive link to the wider U.S. social and economic system.

For the past 7 years, the GBNCC has been home to many successful programs and activities that have significantly impacted the lives of many thousands of individuals. GBNCC ’s main program areas are Adult Basic Education (ESL/Computer Literacy), Youth Services (including the Higher Education Resource Center), Health Education, and Food and Nutrition Services.

We have attracted funding from local foundations and corporations, including the Boston Foundation, CCHER, Boston Capacity Tank, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Clippership Foundation, English for New Bostonians, BMA, Komen Foundation, the Boston Foundation and many others. We combine grants, donations, volunteer efforts, church support, and professional services to cover our expenses, and are continually developing relationships with new funders.

Location

130 River Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call for more information.

Key Programs Offered: 

CREW (Counseling, Recreation, Education and Work) Afterschool Program, Higher Education Resource Center for Teens

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Dorchester Nazarene Compassionate Center, Inc.

Created: 
02/22/2010

Counseling, Recreation, Education and Work Program for 9-13 year-olds (CREW)
Higher Education Resource Center Program for 13-18 year-olds. (HERC)

College counseling and tutoring offered through these programs.

English for Speakers of Other Languages program available at no cost Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm. Classes are tailored toward speakers of Haitian Creole.

Salvation Army Children's Learning Center

Phone: 

(617) 822-5172

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

School Age Program
(During School Year) M-F: 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
(During Vacations & Summer) M-F: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Preschool
(Year Round) 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Locations

26 Wales Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
10 Melville Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

The Children's Learning Center is a year-round quality School Age Program (preschool also offered). They serve a nutritious lunch and snack prepared on site every day.

Created: 
02/22/2010

Wesley Child Care Center Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 436-5800

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F 9:00am-5:30pm

Mission: 

We are a licensed and accredited program designed for the needs of school aged children. We offer a balance of tutorials, computers, recreation, a after school program and arts and crafts with nutritious meals provided. We also have a new language program that now is teaching french and spanish.

Location

29 Stanton Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk in, and we serve children from the ages 5-14yrs old.

Key Programs Offered: 

Wesley School Age Program

Created: 
02/23/2010

GoKids Boston

Phone: 

(617) 287-5437

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

11am to 7pm Membership hours 4pm to 6pm

Mission: 

At GoKids Boston, our mission is kids. We are driven to improve the health, wellness, and overall outlook for adolescents, pre-teens and teens. We provide kids personalized instruction and support to become more physically active, improve fitness, eat nutritiously, and gain self-confidence. We are proud to be a part of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We embrace the University’s urban mission, and focus on reducing health-disparities in underserved families.

Location

UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Children’s Hospital Boston and UMass Boston

Key Programs Offered: 

Clinical referral program (through Children Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center); and General Membership program

Brookview House Inc

Phone: 

617-265-2965

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Contact Brookfield for information on year-round services. Summer Youth Program (Ages 6-12) M-F: 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Mission: 

Established in 1990, the agency’s mission is to help homeless and at risk families learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. With sites in Roxbury and Dorchester, we provide a safe, community setting with customized services to give homeless moms and kids the help and skills they need to succeed. We believe: Family homelessness can be solved. Motivated homeless families can break the generational cycle of poverty if given the right resources: o A safe place to stay o Access to support, education, job and life skills training o Support for their children Children of all ages are traumatized by homelessness and poverty but with proper attention and support can thrive. Every homeless family needs a customized plan with concrete goals and support to become self-sufficient. Brookview House serves the following people: Women committed to do what it takes to lift their families out of homelessness. Their children, who have been traumatized by instability Children and adults in the community at risk of becoming homeless Brookview targets families -- more than a third of the homeless population - at risk of long-term public dependency, who demonstrate the capacity to move toward self-sufficiency.

Location

2 Brookview Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Brookview House conducts monthly tours to introduce people to our work. In just an hour you can hear from someone who has been through our program and tour our supportive housing and youth development space. Staff and Board members will also be on hand to answer questions and share their perspective on Brookview House. Tours take place at 2 Brookview Street in Dorchester from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. For more information, call Mercedes Tompkins at (617) 265-2965 x 208 or E-mail: MTompkins@BrookviewHouse.org Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer at Brookview House, please submit your info in the form here.

Key Programs Offered: 

Affordable housing services, training and education (help moms develop skills so they can support their families), youth development, homelessness prevention and stabilization. Above & Beyond Programs Homework support, creative expression, arts & crafts, oral discussions, reading & writing assignments, technology and math exploration, field trips, dance & step, and snacks.

Created: 
11/03/2010

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

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

All-Dorchester Sports League

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

ADSL
P.O. Box 220643
Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: 

(617) 287-1601

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Our sports programs typically run from April through August with registration beginning in March. For specific times and dates, visit http://www.alldorchestersportsleague.org.

Dorchester Youth Soccer: The fall season begins on the weekend after Labor Day and ends on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The spring season begins on the second weekend of April and ends the weekend after Memorial Day.

Mission: 

ADSL’s mission is to prepare young people in Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods for success in education, employment, and community life by breaking down racial barriers, building skills and self-esteem, promoting non-violence, providing personal support through sports and education programs.

They offer sports, fitness/nutrition and education programs for Dorchester youth which emphasize life skills, academic focus, and healthy and active lifestyles that are required to succeed in community life and become successful adults.

Location

All Dorchester Sports League
1565 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

More information about our programs can be found on our website or by calling the office at (617) 287-1601 or emailing ADSL at alldotsports@verizon.net

Key Programs Offered: 

ADSL offers sports, recreation, fitness, and education services for youth between the ages of 5 - 18. Sports offered include:

  • T-Ball
  • Little League Baseball
  • Babe Ruth baseball
  • Softball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Sports & fitness clinics during August
  • Weight Lifting and training during the Fall and Winter at our Fitness Center at Town Field
  • Partnership with Dorchester Youth Soccer, a component of ADSL (ages 4-14). 
  • Partnership with Dorchester Youth Lacrosse.
  • Education Resource Center (ERC)

     ADSL's Education Resource Center offers participants a friendly and quiet space to study after school for internet research projects, homework help, and 1-on-1 tutoring. 

    The ERC is open to current and new participants free of charge Tuesday & Thursday between 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Anyone interested should contact the office at: (617) 287-1601 or email us at alldotsports@verizon.net

Created: 
09/20/2012

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.

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