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BCYF Snap Shot Photography Program

CLOSURES: All BCYF pools, gyms, and fitness centers are closed. All BCYF programming will be suspended by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

YOUTH MEAL DISTRIBUTION: Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. You can learn more and find a location online.

SUMMER REGISTRATION: We have not yet determined when summer registration will begin. We anticipate mid-to-late April, and will update our website and share via social media at least 14 days before the date registration will open.

Summer 2020 applications will be available in spring. Learn more about the program below.

This summer employment program introduces participants to all aspects of photography. Led by a professional photographer the program includes:

  • opportunities to conduct “photo shoots” around Boston
  • visit museums and art galleries
  • dedicated computer lab time to edit digital photos
  • weekly personal development workshops led by John Hancock, and
  • the responsibility of serving as a “staff photographer” at various programs and events for Boston Centers for Youth & Families.
Have questions?

If you want to learn more about the program, please contact Donna Reeves-Jackson:

Phone: 617-635-4920 x2209
Fax: 617-635-5074
BCYF Administrative Offices
1483 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

How to apply

How To apply

All interested applicants must complete the Snap Shot application.

To take part in the program, you must be a Boston resident between the ages of 16 - 18. Youth up to age 21 who are pursing a high school diploma or HiSET/GED are able to apply.

Application deadline was June 1, 2019.

If you're hired, you must:
  • be available to work from Monday, July 8, to Friday, August 16, 2019
  • commit to a weekly schedule of Monday through Friday at the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, located at 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain (this location is subject to change)
  • attend a John Hancock and Boston Globe kickoff event in June
  • attend customized professional and life skills workshops on Friday mornings (date, time, and location to be decided later), and
  • complete and Pass a CORI/SORI background check.

Learn more in the 2019 flier and information sheet.

MLK Summer Scholars

To celebrate the conclusion of the MLK Summer Scholars summer program, a recognition ceremony and photo exhibit event will be held to honor the students at the end of the program. Students will be joined by friends and family. They will have the chance to network with City officials and community leaders.

John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Program

The Snap Shot Photography Program is made possible via a partnership between:

The MLK Summer Scholars Program enables students to have on-the-job training in community organizations. They also take part in weekly life skills training workshops managed and developed by the Boston Globe Foundation and Boston Cares.

MLK Summer Scholars gain employment training as well as educational skills to assist in becoming community leaders of the future.