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BCYF offers a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. BCYF’s 35 facilities are located throughout Boston.

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    BCYF Open House!

    Check out your local BCYF community center at the BCYF Citywide Open Houses on Wednesday, April 16 from 5-7 p.m.  Stop by your local BCYF community center and learn about the programs and activities they offer, speak with staff and see what's going on. All BCYF centers will host an open house on this date and time.

    Open House Flyer »

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    April Vacation Week Activities

    April school vacation week is fast approaching and Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ (BCYF) is urging young people to sign up today for one of the many programs and activities being offered that week. BCYF’s community centers located throughout Boston offer a variety of vacation week activities and programs.

    April Vacation Activities »

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    BCYF All Girls Sports Festival

    Boston’s girls ages 11-14 are invited to attend the 13th Annual BCYF All Girls Sports Festival, a wonderful four-day event that gives participants the opportunity to explore and learn new sports and fitness activities and take part in valuable personal development workshops. Registration is due April 15th. For more information, please contact Barbara Hamilton at barbara.hamilton@boston.gov or 617-635-5206 x101.

    AGSF Flyer »

    AGSF Registration Form »

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    Snap Shot Summer Photography Program Now Accepting Applications

    This summer employment program introduces participants to all aspects of photography. Led by a professional photographer the program includes opportunities to conduct “photo shoots” around Boston, visit museums and art galleries, dedicated computer lab time to edit digital photos, weekly personal development workshops led by John Hancock, and the responsibility of serving as a “staff photographer” at various events for Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

    Snap Shot Flyer and Application »

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    BCYF Lifeguard Institute

    Want to be a lifeguard? This FREE training program for high school youth ages 16-18 will provide Pool Skills and Classroom Instruction to qualify for Lifeguard Certification. See flyer for details.

    Lifeguard Institute Flyer »

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    BCYF Summer Guide 2014

    Across every neighborhood of Boston, BCYF community centers offer a rich menu of summer opportunities for young people and their families.  Whether it’s a traditional summer day camp or a sports league, a new rock climbing instruction program or an educational offering, you'll find it all inside BCYF Summer Guide 2014.

    BCYF Summer Guide 2014 »

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    Youth Standing Strong Against Violence

    In recognition of the 2014 National Youth Violence Prevention Week, we are partnering with the Boston Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Boston Public Schools to host a Peace Rally on Thursday, April 10th which will include the announcement of the Anti-Violence Hip-Hop Video contest winners!

    Peace Rally Flyer »

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    BCYF Draper Pool Renovations

    Beginning in September, the BCYF DraperPool will undergo a renovation.  The BCYF Draper Pool staff and programming will move to the West Roxbury Education Complex Pool on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury but pool memberships will also be honored at any of BCYF’s 14 other pools.

    BCYF Draper Pool at WREC Schedule »

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    HiSET Exam Testing Information (formerly the GED)

    The new HiSET Exam (formerly the GED) for Massachusetts High School Equivalency is now in place.  This new exam is computer based (taken on a computer) and BCYF is one of the first places in Massachusetts to offer this exam.

    PLEASE NOTE: All registration is online.  There will no longer be registration at the BCYF Administrative Offices.  For more information or to register to take the HiSET please visit http://hiset.ets.org/take/schedule .

    If you have additional questions about taking the HiSET through BCYF, please contact Michael Farma at michael.farma@boston.gov or 617-635-4920 x2202.

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    Want to join your local BCYF community center?

    Fill out this application online and bring a print out with you to the center.  Make sure you contact the center to find out what documents you need to bring with you to complete the application process.  Membership fee may apply so please contact center to determine membership rates and forms of accepted payment.

    BCYF Membership Form »

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    BCYF Fit Kits!

    BCYF is offering a FREE way to help you and your family GET MOVING this summer.  Visit one of the 10 participating BCYF Community Centers to borrow a FIT KIT filled with sports and recreation equipment and a fun activity guide to get you started. See flyer for details.

    Fit Kit Flyer »

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    BCYF Recreation Programs

    Check out all activites and programs the BCYF Recreation Division is offering including programming at the new BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park.

    BCYF Recreation Page »


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Videos & Multimedia »

  • BCYF Spelling Bee 2014
    Mayor Walsh joins a collaborative effort between BCYF, BPS, and the BPL to host Boston's 2014 Citywide Spelling Bee for a select 24 students in grades 4 through 8.Watch Video »
  • Junior Celtics Program Launch
    Mayor Wlash visits the launch of the Junior Celtics Program.Watch Video »

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Calendar »

  • See a listing of upcoming BCYF events.

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