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Mayor Walsh encourage Boston youth to be SUPERteens

May 9, 2016

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. 

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. 

"It’s important to provide meaningful opportunities for our younger teens who have aged-out of traditional summer camps and programs," said Mayor Walsh. "This program gives the teens real work experience that will prepare them for future education and employment."

Sponsored by Comcast, The Boston Foundation and The Foundation for BCYF, 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.

All SUPERTeens applicants must complete an application and return it to the desired BCYF community center site by Friday, May 27. To get your first choice center, don’t delay in returning the application. Completed applications can also be returned to BCYF’s Administrative Office, Attention Donna Reeves-Jackson, 1483 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120. The SUPERTeens 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 Menino, 125 Brookway Road, Roslindale; BCYF Mildred Avenue, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan; BCYF Ohrenberger Community Center, 175 West Boundary Road, West Roxbury; 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.  There is the potential for more centers to be added in the coming weeks.

The SUPERTeens program will run seven weeks beginning on July 5 and ending on August 19.  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 5 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 Boston.Gov/BCYF. Deadline to apply is May 27.