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BCYF G.I.R.L.S. programs focus on Growth, Intervention, Respect, Leadership, and Service for Girls.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) provides high quality programs and services for Boston’s girls. G.I.R.L.S. helps Boston’s girls meet their full potential through programs that meet their interests and needs. G.I.R.L.S. meets girls’ needs in an empowering, supportive, and welcoming environment. We want all girls to become healthy, strong, self-confident, and successful women. BCYF girls' programming is inclusive of girls of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.

G.I.R.L.S. programming includes:
  • BCYF Girls' Nights
  • BCYF Girls’ Leadership Corps
  • Youth Trainings
  • Staff Professional Development
  • Girls Only Program Time: designated times and spaces set aside for girls programming

Fall/Winter 2022 Girls Nights

For Fall and Winter 2022, we are offering a variety of Girls Nights for Boston girls. Pre-registration is required for each event by emailing


  • October 27: Halloween "Spooky Skate" at Chez Vous for girls (and boys) ages 17 and under. Email to reserve a spot.
  • November 19: Girls Leadership Corps Thanksgiving "Crafternoon." Saturday, November 19 at BCYF Tobin Community Center. Email to reserve a spot. 
  • December 10: Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Email to reserve a spot.  FULL, waitlist only.
  • December 29: Bowling for girls and boys ages 6-18: Email to reserve a spot. 

BCYF Girls’ Leadership Corps

The BCYF Girls' Leadership Corps (GLC) is for girls ages 12 - 14. GLC takes place during the summer. 

Leadership Corps members:
  • take part in personal and leadership development workshops
  • learn to establish positive and healthy lifestyle goals
  • build essential skills and confidence to become successful and independent women
  • develop and support girls programming
  • lead community service projects, and
  • engage other young women in workshops to address issues facing young women.

Trainings and professional development

BCYF G.I.R.L.S. facilitates training opportunities for both youth and staff. Trainings address issues that concern girls and women in Boston.

Partners providing training include, among others:
  • Girls’ LEAP
  • Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
Training topics include:
  • interventions for violence perpetrated against women by men or by other women
  • trauma response and sensitivity
  • teen pregnancy
  • healthy relationships​
  • exploitation ​prevention, and
  • sports-based youth development focused on girls.

The BCYF G.I.R.L.S. Initiative is grateful for the sponsorship of the Shannon Grant and the Foundation for BCYF, and the support of Beats By Girlz, Girls' Leap, Love Your Menses, InnHer Uplift Consulting LLC, the Boston Police Department's Civic Engagement Unit and G.R.O.W. Girls program, the YWCA, and the Boston Housing Authority.

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