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Boston teens invited to apply for Snap Shot Teen Photography program

April 5, 2019

The BCYF Snap Shot program teaches teens about photography while they explore Boston’s neighborhoods, museums, and historic sites.

Boston youth ages 16 - 18 are invited to apply now for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) Snap Shot Teen Photography Program. This unique summer job program is made possible via a partnership between BCYF and the John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Program.  The BCYF Snap Shot program teaches youth about photography while they explore Boston’s neighborhoods, museums and historic sites. The young people also photograph many BCYF community centers, programs and events. Youth receive a paycheck while participating in the program.

“This is a great summer employment opportunity for teens that are interested in learning photography while exploring our City and making new friends," said William Morales, Commissioner of BCYF. "I want to thank John Hancock’s MLK Scholars Program for being a longtime supporter of this program.”

A professional photographer teaches the program. Participants learn about different techniques, equipment and concepts. They are also introduced to a variety of professional photographers through books, websites and exhibitions in art galleries and museums around Boston.  The program also includes field trips to different neighborhoods in Boston. At the end of the summer, their work is showcased at an exhibition.

"Last summer she had an opportunity to work with the Snap Shot Program where got to go out into the  city and photograph nature, landscapes, people and more depending on the project for the week,” said Aurany Aquasvivas, age 16, from Hyde Park who participated last summer. “Because of the program, I became a little less shy and made new friends and even reconnected with a childhood friend."

The program will run from Monday, July 8 through Friday, August 16.  Participants will work 20 hours each week. Interested young people can apply by visiting BCYF’s website at Boston.Gov/BCYF.  Deadline for applying is Friday, May 10. For more information, contact Donna.Reeves@Boston.Gov.

About Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency. BCYF operates 36 community centers in Boston that offer a variety of engaging and enriching programs for people of all ages created through community input and need. BCYF also oversees citywide programs including the nationally-recognized violence intervention and prevention Streetworker Program, the GIRLS Initiative, Camp Joy special needs program and many aquatic offerings.