Perkins Community Center

BCYF: FREE Girls Nights

The Boston Center for Youth and Families Girl’s Initiative is offering Girl’s Nights events this summer, with activities including roller skating, rock wall climbing, BBQs, an ice cream social, and a spoken word event! Dates as followed:

August 3: Chez Vouz, 11 Rhoades St. Ages 11-17, from 4pm-7pm (Roller Skating)

August 6: Gallivan Community Center, 61 Woodruff Way. Ages 8-17, from 7pm-8am (Skate Night, BBQ, and sleep over)

August 11: Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave. Ages 12-18, from 6pm-8pm (Lip Sync Battle and BBQ!)

August 17: Menino Community Center, 1483 Tremont St. Ages 8-17, from 5pm-8pm (Rock Wall, BBQ, and more!)

August 23: JP Licks, 659 Centre St. Ages 6-18, from 4pm-7pm (Ice Cream Social)

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BCYF Perkins Community Center Presents: Talent Show | Aug. 18

Come show off your talent! Any age, any talent!

When: Aug. 18 at 6pm

Where: Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave.

BCYF Perkins Fitness and Health Fair | June 27

flyer for perkins center health fair

Stop saying "I can't!" Be inspired to get active and healthy this summer! Come to the Perkins Health and Fitness Fair!

  • Health Connector Resources
  • Personal Trainers
  • Exercise demos
  • Free Smoothies
  • Activities for kids
  • Healthy Dish Competition(1st & 2nd prizes)
  • Free fruit and vegetable basket to first 30 people

When: Saturday June 27th


Where: BCYF Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Ave Dorchester MA

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Boo-Tastic Fall Festival | October 31

What: Fun for families! Play Carnival Games! Win Prizes! Visit the Haunted House! Watch Scary Cartoons! make your own Candy Apple! All youth will receive Candy Goodie-Bags! Lots of fun for everyone! For entry, bring 1 can of food per person. The cans will later be used for a Thanksgiving Food Bag Giveaway.

When: Thursday, October 31 from 5pm-9pm

Where: Perkin Community Center, 155 Talbot Avenue Dorchester MA


For more information please call 617.635.5146 

Perkins Community Center






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: 



Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1483 Tremont St Boston, MA 02120



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Community Centers are open during the summer and during school vacations. Many provide special school vacation activities and camps. Call your neighborhood community center for a complete schedule.

Cleveland: 11 Charles St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5141,
Grove Hall: 51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-2643,
Holland Community Center*: 85 Olney St., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-5144
Leahy-Holloran*^: 1 Worrell St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5150
Perkins Community Center*: 155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124; 617-635-5146; Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Denotes location with pool
^Formerly the Murphy Community Center

You can see the all-BCYF calendar here for some special citywide events.


The Mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's residents by supporting children, youth and families through a wide range of programs and services. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with Community Center councils, agencies and businesses to support children, youth, individuals and families through a wide range of comprehensive programs.

The Perkins Community Center Adult Learning Program's goal is to provide student-centered adult education classes which help learners meet their education and life goals.


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Key Partners: 

The Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents join the Community Center through membership. Many activities are free.

Many community centers rent their facilities out for meetings and events. Contact your neighborhood community center to get more information about fees and availability.

Go to to find out more about volunteer opportunities at Boston Centers for Youth & Families or call the BCYF Administrative Offices at 617-635-4920.

If you would like Boston Centers for Youth & Families to attend your community event, contact Sandy Holden at 617-635-4920 x2213 or

Key Programs Offered: 

Education, recreation, childcare, community meetings, and more. BCYF Program Guides can be found at You can also view information about each center at the guide entries linked above.

GIRLS Initiative (Growth, Intervention, Respect, Leadership & Support for Girls): The GIRLS Initiative features the Girls' Leadership Corps made up of peer leaders representing all of Boston's neighborhoods. These peer leaders will be leaders both at their local community center and as part of a citywide corps. Each week, they will facilitate workshops at their assigned neighborhood community centers and support programming for girls. During the summer, the GIRLS Initiative sponsors several "Girls' Night Out" events at various community centers around the city. Contact Erika Butler at 617-635-4920 x2314 for more information about the programming available just for girls through the GIRLS Initiative.

Almost all neighborhood community centers provide a free, walk-in breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under during the summer through the school department. Contact Boston Public Schools at 617-635-9000 for more information about free summer meals. Many community centers also offer a free senior lunch program. Call your local community center for details.


Dorchester Locations:
Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester 02124

Cleveland Community Center (Grover Cleveland School)
11 Charles St.
Dorchester 02122

Holland Community Center
85 Olney St.
Dorchester 02121

Marshall Community Center - CLOSED
35 Westville St.
Dorchester 02124

Leahy-Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell St.
Dorchester 02122

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