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Mayor Walsh announces the start of enrollment for BCYF superteens pre-employment program

April 27, 2015

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the start of enrollment for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) annual citywide BCYF SUPERTeens Program this summer.  Youth ages 13-14 in the SUPERTeens program will have the opportunity to attend weekly leadership development workshops, gain work experience in BCYF community centers and participate in field trips to Boston’s arts and cultural institutions. 

"Our SUPERteens program is a great opportunity for Boston's youth who might be aging out of summer camp, but not old enough to get a job, to gain valuable experience and stay busy while school is out," said Mayor Walsh. "In order for all of our young people to succeed, we must help create the opportunities to teach real world skills that will prepare them for higher education and careers."

The program will run seven weeks beginning on July 6 and ending on August 21.  The teens will work Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Participants must be at least thirteen years old on or before July 6 to participate and will receive a stipend at the end of the summer for successful completion of the program.  The application and other information can be found on BCYF’s website at http://www.cityofboston.gov/BCYF

The SUPERTeens Program will operate at 14 BCYF community centers.  All SUPERTeen applicants must complete an application and return it to the desired BCYF community center site by Friday, May 22. Completed applications can also be returned to BCYF’s Administrative Office, Attention Snap Shot Program, 1483 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120. The SUPERTeen Program will operate at the following community centers: BCYF Blackstone, 50 W. Brookline Street, South End; BCYF Charlestown, 255 Medford Street, Charlestown; BCYF Cleveland, 11 Charles Street, Dorchester; BCYF Curtis Hall (Girls-only,) 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain; BCYF Holland, 85 Olney Street, Dorchester; BCYF Hyde Park, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park; BCYF Leahy-Holloran, 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester; BCYF Mildred Avenue, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan; BCYF Menino, 125 Brookway Road, Roslindale; BCYF Perkins, 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester; BCYF Roslindale, 6 Cummins Highway, Roslindale; BCYF Shelburne, 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury; BCYF Tobin, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill; and BCYF Vine Street, 339 Dudley Street, Roxbury. 

Program goals include providing hands-on work experience and/or service experience for each youth, engaging youth in high-quality leadership development workshops based on BCYF’s Youth Development Outcomes, and developing creative writing skills by teaching youth to share personal learning experiences in writing.