Boston Youth Zone Newsletter October 2016 edition

Featured Programs

SuccessLink 2016-2017 School-Year Employment Program

The registration for SuccessLink for the 2016-2017 school year will be available on October 28th! Stay tuned to our employment program page and our social media pages for updates on when it will become available!



Winter Camp Joy

Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency, is pleased to offer the Winter Camp Joy Program to Boston residents ages 8 to 22 with disabilities for the tenth year. The program provides structured, weekly opportunities on Saturdays for participants and their families to make new friends, have fun, learn, and grow.

Boston Tuition-Free Community College Plan

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang and Mayor Martin J. Walsh launch the application for the tuition-free community college plan, which provides a cost-effective entry point into higher education for Boston's young people. Please visit the link for more information.


Like to dance, sing, or act, and want to make a change in your community? Apply for the City Spotlights Teen Leadership Council at Citi Performing Arts Center, a school year youth employment program. Teen Leaders will work collaboratively to create an educational performance and workshop on a social justice topic of their choice. Teen Leadership Council will tour their performance and workshop in various Boston communities. Teen Leaders will get paid minimum wage for up to 10 hours per week, with regular rehearsals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-6:30pm from early December to late April. Apply by Friday, October 14.

The second annual Youth Arts for Social Change Conference is on Saturday, November 12 from 10am-4pm at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. Showcasing creative teens strengthening our community, this FREE youth conference will feature presentations from various youth organizations and artists. FREE and OPEN to the public!

Fun Things to Do

Actors' Shakespeare Project Youth Programs The Hamlet Project: September 19 – November 12, 2016: Mondays and Wednesdays 5 - 8 pm, Saturdays 11 - 3 pm. An interdisciplinary piece of original theater taking Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy Hamlet as the launching point. Opportunities to perform in different neighborhoods throughout the year. Artists from all disciplines welcome! No experience necessary! Cost: $400; full and partial scholarships available. 617-776-2200 x288.

The Girl Hackathon is a two-hour program that empowers upper elementary/middle school girls to experience the creativity and excitement that occurs when the power of coding is unleashed. Designed to teach the basic concepts of coding through Hopscotch, a creative coding platform for the iPad and the iPhone, the Girl Hackathon pairs mentors with teams of two girls to provide a hands-on experience into the world of coding, ultimately sparking a lifelong interest in the possibilities of technology. For more information, including registration and sponsorship opportunities!

YMCA OAKtoberfest 5K Race & Taste: Lace up your sneakers for the Oak Square YMCA OAKtoberfest 5K race through the streets of Brighton! There will also be FREE food from local restaurants and LIVE music! Race fee of $30, October 16.

Coffee Hour: Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library is hosting a weekly coffee and conversation hour. Coffee and friends - the perfect combination! Wednesdays, 10:30am, Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02111. 617-436-8214

Jobs & Volunteering

YEAR UP Recruitment: For young adults interested in taking their next step in their journey towards a career & higher education, Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide through a one-year intensive program. This FREE program serves youth ages 18-24 who receive an educational stipend and earn up to 31 FREE college credit recommendations while taking classes and completing an internship at top companies in Boston to prepare them for a professional career. 45 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109. Contact Saida at or 857-305-9990 to RSVP for an upcoming Fast Track session.

Partners in Career and Workforce Development: Project Hope is hosting a free 8-week employment and training program designed for individuals interested in entry-level employment with one of the Partners HealthCare hospitals. All program graduates receive job search support until employment goals are reached. Next Informational Sessions are on August 19, September 2 and September 16. All information sessions begin at 9:30AM @ Project Hope, 550 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119. To register for an Informational Session, call 617-422-1880 ext. 234 or register online.

Urban Improv is looking for 9-12th graders for our after school program called Youth Unscripted! This year we’re focusing on community and leadership. We’ll be doing lots of fun activities, visiting different neighborhoods/organizations and doing workshops using our interactive improvisational model many of you are already familiar with. Students don’t need to have drama/public speaking or theater experience, we’re just looking to bring together different high school students from around the city who would be interested in learning some leadership skills and meeting new people. It’s a great resume builder AND students receive a stipend for attending 13 of 16 sessions. For more information, please call 617-524-7049.

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