Youth ages 6-12

Boston Public Library, Grove Hall Branch

Phone: 

(617) 427-3337

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon, Tues, Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location

BPL Grove Hall Branch
41 Geneva Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Richard Kort, Branch Librarian

Key Partners: 

Part of the City of Boston library system. Click here to read more about Dorchester's libraries.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a free library card online, click here!

Charge for services: 

No

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Grove Hall: Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs

    Tuesdays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Stories and songs followed by movies.
    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Computer Troubleshooting: If you need assistance with submitting a resume, establishing an email account, or applying for a job online, this program is for you.
    10:30am, Japanimation: Do you love Anime and Manga? Then join us every Wednesday for Anime screenings and lively discussion. For teens ages 13-18.
    Thursdays: 12:30pm, Library Basics: Learn how to use the library and find the information that you need. Library Basics will keep you up to date on the latest BPL programs and services.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Job Seekers Roundtable: Offers people who are seeking employment an opportunity to share experiences, strategies, and ideas with other job seekers. Library staff will explore and share job leads and schedule guest speakers.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

State/City/Municipal Building

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Grove Hall collection has a strong component of African-American literature.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool story hours are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
An annual musical program of jazz has been offered over the past several years, inspiring local interest in initiating a neighborhood jazz festival.

HISTORY
The first library in this section of Roxbury opened May 1, 1898 in the rear of Mr. Mowry's Drug Store at the corner of Warren Street and Haynes Park with one table, eight chairs, two shelves and 200 books. It was so well patronized that the Trustees of the BPL voted in 1905 to open a reading room. In 1919 the building on the corner of Warren and Savin Streets officially became the Warren Street Branch Library. In 1926, this branch moved into its new quarters in the New Roxbury Memorial High School and thus became the Memorial Branch Library. The Memorial Branch was replaced in December 1970 by the Grove Hall Branch Library located at the corner of Warren and Crawford Streets.

On April 4, 2009 the new branch library at 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester opened. Located in the newly-renovated Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the new library was designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects. It features a designated young adult room and young adult librarian, in keeping with its unique configuration, adjacent to the high school.

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.

Location

All Dorchester Sports League
1565 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester 02122
United States
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.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Jared Blandino - Executive Director

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

Charge for services: 

Small fees for our baseball leagues range from $30 - $50; most of our programs are free.

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

Number of people served each year: 

Over 1,000

Created: 
09/20/2012

Boston Arts Project

Phone: 

(781) 492-3552

Location

81 North Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368
United States
Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Lynn Currier

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.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

Phone: 

(617) 624-8000

Location

United Way of Massachusetts Bay
51 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210
United States
Mission: 

United Way was built on the idea that if we are to make meaningful, lasting change, we have make it easier for these efforts to come together. To make the greatest impact possible, United Way aligns a network of more than 200 independent health and human service under the same set of community goals.

- Children will be nurtured and enter school ready to learn.
- Youth will have adult guidance and positive options for the future.
- Families will have safe permanent homes, and the skills and opportunities to build better futures.

United Way also supports 2-1-1, a free and confidential helpline for people looking to connect to health or human services. Need help with basic needs, mentoring or other services? Dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

Project D.E.E.P

Phone: 

(617) 635-5027

Fax: 

(617) 635-5298

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Thursday: 3 - 8 p.m.;
Friday: 3- 6 p.m. (Subject to change)

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

Project D.E.E.P. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational program, which operates through collaborations with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and charitable institutions like the Boston Foundation. The mission of the program is to foster the educational, athletic and social growth and development of middle school children of all races, creeds and ethnic backgrounds throughout the Dorchester community.

Project D.E.E.P. has been very lucky to receive the support of its community. From the area's elected officials to the local parents who wait in line for hours to sign up their children, all of Dorchester has supported the organization since day one. The staff has worked hard to develop a large and strong volunteer network, one that grows each year and makes programs like the tutorial component possible.

The people at Project D.E.E.P. truly care about the children. The organization's assets do not involve the awards it has received, but the dreams it watches over. Children everywhere have dreams, and Project D.E.E.P.'s main concern is that those dreams do not go to waste. That is why every child who takes part in Dorchester's ground-breaking educational outlet is treated as the most important person involved in the program.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Beth Connell, Executive Director

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Sponsor a Student Program: Each year, middle school students from all over Boston struggle with their school work, the pressures of standardized testing, and the fear of getting into a good school. On top of these challenges, kids are also balancing friends, family and after school sports and activities. Thankfully, Project D.E.E.P. has been a shining resource in helping Dorchester students manage these responsibilities so that our students come out on top.

Charge for services: 

N/A

Number of people served each year: 

N/A

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Community Center/School

Created: 
05/06/2011

Dimock Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 442-8800 (x1324 for "General Information")

Email: 

contactdimock@dimock.org

Website: 

Location

Dimock Health Center
55 Dimock St
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Mission: 

At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Ruth Ellen Fitch, President & CEO

Charge for services: 

Yes

Key Programs Offered: 

Adult Basic Education and GED Services - ext 1219 For more than 30 years, Dimock has operated education and training programs to improve the quality of life of its students and their families. All programs are free to qualified applicants.GED programs are designed to prepare students for all areas of the GED exam. Adult Basic Education programs are planned to help students improve basic reading, writing and math skills. Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project (BPFAP) - ext 1331 Case Management Services - ext 1324 Case Management Services help those living with HIV/AIDS take better care of their health and organize their lives for the benefit of all those around them. Case manager make referrals about estate planning, help with health care proxies, etc. Community Care Center - ext 1324 Dimock Community Care Center’s HIV Services emerged in 1991 amidst a clear need in the community for AIDS-related services and was designed to reach a cross-section of people of color at varying risks for HIV/AIDS. Today, prevention and education staff, Case Managers, a Primary Medical Staff, as well as Dimock Substance Abuse and Mental Health departments work together to address the issues of those in our community who are at risk as well as those who are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Early Head Start - ext 1461 Early Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Early Head Start is for families with pregnant mothers and for parents with children ages 0-3.The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. Early Intervention Program - ext 1375 The Dimock Early Intervention Program provides a range of therapeutic service and support to children, from birth to age three, and their families. The Early Intervention Program is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A goal of the program is to help a family support and sustain their child’s maximum developmental growth in the context of the family’s everyday life. All services are voluntary. GirlsWorld - ext 1437 GirlsWorld is a collaboration of Dimock Community Health Center and the Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Two twelve-week sessions include four major components: Expressive Arts Groups, Academic Support, Mentoring, Community Service and a Physical Activity (ex. Golf, Basketball, Aerobics and Swimming). GirlsWorld grew out of services designed specifically for girls. Girlsworld motivates young women to develop their potential by remaining true to their dreams. Young women are encouraged to develop self-confidence and coping skills needed to resist negative peer pressure. Girl’s World provides a variety of creative outlets such as theater arts, photography and creative writing. Head Start - 617-822-4020, ext 19 Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Head Start is designed for families with children ages 3-5. The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services. HIV Counseling and Testing - ext 1324 HIV Counseling and Testing is available on an anonymous and confidential basis. All services are available in English and Spanish, both by walk-in or appointment. The Mary Eliza Mahoney Emergency Family House Shelter - ext 1151 The program is designed for families having difficulties in finding and securing safe affordable housing. While locating and securing safe, permanent housing for guests is the main focus, Mary Eliza Mahoney staff work to assist all families in navigating service-based programs both on and off campus. This new housing program provides food, shelter, health care, youth services and referral services for education, training and housing through pro-active case management. The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) - ext 1326 The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) provides health education and referrals to the Substance Abuse population, African American and Latino HIV positive men involved in the criminal justice system. Preschool - ext 1466 A center-based preschool educational program, Dimock’s Preschool is licensed to serve 95 at-risk 3 and 4 year old children, the program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, since 1996. The Preschool provides children with opportunities for learning and exploration as the foundation for the basic skills in language, reading, and problem-solving. Further it provides a rewarding and stimulating environment that is not only safe but challenging for youngsters and helps parents develop more effective strategies for dealing with children at home. Peer Leadership Program Dimock knows that youths have special needs and that sometimes it’s much easier to talk to another teen. Dimock’s Peer Leaders are an integral part of the planning, development, and delivery of services to youths. Using peer-to-peer discussions, interactive video, role-plays, and workshops they encourage discussion and awareness on a range of issues. SmartKids After School Program - ext 1463 The mission of the Smartkids After School Program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and their families. Our directors and staff are committed to fostering social, emotional and academic development. Working unified with families, city resources and communities and educators for the prosperity of our students and their futures. Smartkids provide a quality play based educational program to meet the academic needs of children. The staff recognizes each child as a unique individual with special needs and talents. We maintain a safe comfortable environment, which encourages respect for one’s self and others. The program is full year and offers a variety of activities, which includes, but not limited to Academic Enrichment, Culture and Arts, Physical activities, a computer Lab and a Library. We accept vouchers. Tae Kwon Do The Tae Kwon Do Program teaches youngsters (4-teenagers) how martial arts including sparring, weaponry and forms can be important for good physical health and discipline. This program promotes self-esteem, responsibility, and learning, in all of which empower youths to make healthy lifestyle choices. Youth Entrepreneurship Program This program helps youth build basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and encourages them to think creatively, make decisions, solve problems, and always be open to learning. Using entrepreneurship as a vehicle, the program captures and brings to life, often for the first time, the imaginations and abilities of low-income young people.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

over 1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Health Center

Created: 
11/22/2010

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Phone: 

(617) 282-1567 x 193

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

After School: 3-5:30, M-F Summer: 8:30-3, M-F

Location

BELL National Headquarters
60 Clayton St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Mission: 

BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is a community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the academic performance, self-esteem and life opportunities of Black and Latino elementary school children living in low-income, urban communities.

 

BELL was founded in 1992 by a group of students at Harvard Law School. Led by Earl Martin Phalen (BELL's current CEO), members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association collaborated with a parent group to develop a tutoring, mentoring and homework-assistance program for children. The success of those initial efforts and the recognition of the dire need for academic support among Black children led to the founding of BELL.

BELL currently operates two programs: BELL After-School and the BELL Summer. BELL has been operating high quality programs in Boston since 1992, in New York City since 1996, in Washington, D.C. since 2000, and Prince George’s County (MD) and Baltimore since 2004.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

For more information or to enroll contact Pam Alden at the number listed above.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
  • BELL After-School takes place at the Tobin, Mattahunt, Kenny, Holland, and Mather schools, and is open to students from those schools. There is no cost for the after-school program, and space is still available. Applications can be downloaded at http://bellnational.org/education/bell_sign_up.php.
  • BELL Summer takes place in Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roslindale. Summer program tuition is based on income. Enrollment information and forms available at http://bellnational.org/education/bell_sign_up.php.
  • Any male participants in BELL Summer may choose to join Boys of BELL, to specifically address the interests and needs of Black and Latino boys, the most vulnerable student population.

For more information or to register for any of these programs, contact Pam Alden at the number above.

Charge for services: 

After-School: no, Summer: charges based on income.

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

51-250

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Community/Cultural Center

Created: 
04/20/2009

Ella J. Baker House, The

Phone: 

(617) 282-6704

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location

411 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Mission: 

Mentor, monitor, and minster to high risk youth in Boston's inner city.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Jeanette Boone, Actg Executive Director

Charge for services: 

No

Scholarships available: 

No

Vouchers accepted: 

No

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

51-250

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Private Building

Dorchester Place Out of School Time

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

20 Roseland Street, Dorchester, MA, 02124

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Email: 

N/A

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 4:00 PM Extended day care are available for working parents. Morning hours are available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and afternoon hours from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester 02124
United States
Mission: 

Recognizing that Out of School Time programs are critical to a child's academic success in school, College Bound Dorchester provides students with a range of activities including homework assistance, writing, visual and performing arts, science exploration, physical education and field trips. Out of School Time programs serve children ages 5 to 13 years between the hours of 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm during the academic year, and all day during school and summer vacations. Programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and income eligible slots are available for parents meeting the requirements. Vouchers are also accepted.

Executive Director/CEO/President/Coordinator/Other: 

Mark Culliton

Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

Yes

Vouchers accepted: 

Yes

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

501-1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/24/2010

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Dorchester Place Preschool

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Website: 

N/A

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Location

Dorchester Place Preschool
18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Mission: 

N/A

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

The day care is licensed for a capacity of 70 children. The weekly fee for day care is $162.50 per child. Vouchers are available through the Department of Transitional Assistance and referrals are made through the Department of Social Services. Subsidies slots are also available through Community Partnership. For more information, contact us at (617) 282-5034.

Charge for services: 

Yes

Scholarships available: 

Yes

Vouchers accepted: 

Yes

Transportation provided: 

No

Number of people served each year: 

501-1000

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Type of facility in which this program/organization located: 

Other

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