Summer/Vacation Programs

Holland Elementary School

Phone: 

(617) 635-8832

Mission: 

We are beautiful people. We will learn, grow and become strong. As a scholar of the John P. Holland School I must learn to respect myself, my teachers and my fellow classmates. I must strive to do my best work in academic subjects. I must discipline myself at all times.

Location

John P. Holland Elementary School
85 Olney Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Holland Community Center

Healthworks Foundation Fitness Center at St. Mary's

Phone: 

(617) 825-1600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Not open on the weekend

Mission: 

The Healthworks Foundation 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 Foundation 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

St. Mary's Branch
90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call for more information!

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

DOTtots: A Weekly Neighborhood Playgroup

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

DOTtots Playgroup
C/O C. Gillis
14 Hinckley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 

(617) 436-8227

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Thursday mornings 9:30-11:30 AM

Mission: 

Parents and caregivers of children under 5 are invited and encouraged to attend this weekly neighborhood playgroup. It is a great opportunity to connect with other local parents and give your child(ren) an opportunity to socialize with other youngsters. Come for support, conversation, even snacks! We have toys and equipment for children from birth to preschool and everyone is welcome.

Location

Dunn Hall at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish
800 Columbia Road
Dorchester 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Just come on in and play

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Teen Empowerment, The Center for

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. 48 Rutland Street Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 

617-427-1488 or 617-427-1599

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

Mission: 

To empower youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

Dorchester Site
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please contact us if you are interested. We having several youth hiring times.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/18/2009

Center for Teen Empowerment, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 427-1599 (617) 427-1488

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F, 10am-6pm

Mission: 

Empowering youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

The Center for Teen Empowerment
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Cares, Bird Street Community Center, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Floorlords, Young Cape Verdean Club

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We hire 10-12 youth through a competitive hiring process. The youths' job is to organize events and initiatives (free or nominal charge) that will involve community members.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

VIP Child Care Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 825-1880

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-5:30pm

Mission: 

To provide quality child care to residents of the greater Boston area.

Location

VIP Child Care Inc.
103 Clayton St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Cape Verdean Community UNIDO

Mission: 

CVC UNIDO promotes the power and the potential of the Cape Verdean community. We advocate for, inform, and organize our community to reach its cultural, social, and economic well-being.

CVC UNIDO’s mission is to outreach to, inform, and organize the Cape Verdean community around issues of self-empowerment and social and economic development while advocating for and accessing resources that meet the self-identified needs of the community. This mission is accomplished by a consortium of native Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American individuals and representatives of local organizations that serve the Cape Verdean community in Greater Boston through a series of different programs and activities that reach out to families and youth. Goals are to bring the Cape Verdean community together to develop our collective power and strategize solutions to current challenges; to create opportunities, and an environment, where youth and families can gain tools to empower themselves and the community; to improve family cohesion through developing nurturing and parenting skills; and to assure services delivered by local, municipal, and state agencies are coordinated and culturally competent.

Location

492 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Bird Street Community Center, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Log School, Settlement House, MassCosh, Northeastern University, St. Patricks Church, Upham's Corner Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Cape Verdean Providers, GOTCHA- Youth Employment Collaboration, Boston Cape Verdean Student Association Collaboration, Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge, Youth Empowerment Project- Youth Leadership Development, “Boston… Connecting Cultures” Mural Project, Dudley Youth Council, College Bound, The World Is My City, Recreational Activities, Adult ESOL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Dorchester Occupational Health Initiative, Fuel Assistance & Information & Referral Family Fun Days, and VALOR (Values Affecting Learning Our Roots)- Family Support Program.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 282-1464

Fax: 

617-282-1573

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 10am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc is to work with children, parents, and young adults within the community to guide them in achieving, to the fullest extent possible, their God-given potential. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where we will attend to the spiritual, educational, physical, and social needs of children, parents and young adults. We believe in working in partnership with parents and the community to better equip children, youth, and their families to become productive members of society and to encourage and support parents in their own personal growth and development.

Key Partners: 

Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church

Key Programs Offered: 

Unlike some after-school programs, Greenwood Shalom moves well beyond simply homework assistance. Program participants are instructed in literacy and math skills based on Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks. Tutors teach components of the Children's Defense Fund's curriculum Freedom Schools. Further, they engage in "Harambee" gatherings, where community members entertain and inspire them. Monthly field trips are also important components to the children's after-school experience. To ensure the success of the program, Greenwood Shalom offers Parent Empowerment Seminars, advocates for children and their parents and teaches parents how to become more involved in their child's education. Recognizing the significance of studies on teacher-student ratios, Greenwood Shalom boasts a one-to-five staff-student ratio. This is accomplished through the use of high students as assistant tutors, volunteers from Sudbury United Methodist Church and Hearts for Boston. Greenwood's cultural sensitivity and our specialized work with children with special needs are a few of the key areas that set our after-school program apart from most others. For the 2005-6 school year, 30% of the children had disabilities. These children require a one-to-three (and sometimes one-to-one) staff-student ratio.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/30/2010

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

Leahy Holloran Community Center

Phone: 

(617) 635-5150

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

COMMUNITY CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION Monday — Thursday: 1:00 — 9:00 p.m. Friday: 1:00—10:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Teen Center Tues.—Thurs. 3:00 –8:45 PM Fri. 3:00—9:45 PM Sat. 10:00 AM—4:45 PM

Mission: 

The Leahy-Holloran Community Center is a non-profit organization. The center has been serving the Dorchester Community since October 1973. We serve Pre-Schoolers, children, teens, adults and the elderly. During the academic year we offer Pre-School/K1, childrens' after school activities, adult classes and a teen center. Some of the programs currently available are swimming lessons for adults and children, children’s drawing classes, adult computer classes, sewing lessons, line dancing, water aerobics, adult and children ceramic classes. The name of the Murphy Community Center was changed to the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in 2009.

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Download the membership application here. Family Membership Family Membership Cost: $20.00 Senior Discount: $10.00 Youth Membership - 12 -17 years: $10.00 All memberships follow the program year of September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011. You must have a current LHCC Membership to register for any program/activity.

Key Programs Offered: 
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Murphy Community Center

Created: 
02/03/2011
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