BCYF Programs & Events

BCYF provides a variety of programs and opportunities to enhance the quality of life and meet neighborhood interest and need for all Boston residents. BCYF operates a network of 29 community centers, 19 pools and one beach to provide a wide range of affordable activities including school-aged and adult education, family literacy, high school equivalency exam preparation and testing, youth employment, violence prevention and intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment.

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    BCYF SUPERTeens Program

    Do you have what it takes to be a SUPERTeen? SUPERTeens offers youth ages 13-14 a summer leadership experience through working at a BCYF community center, participating in weekly workshops, and going on fun and educational excursions.

    We are also looking for supervisors to work in the SUPERTeens program this summer! Check out the details in the attachment below.

    SUPERTeens Flyer and Application »

    SUPERTeens Supervisor Position »

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    Want to be a BCYF Lifeguard?

    Want to be a lifeguard for BCYF?  We are looking for Lifeguards, Head Lifeguards, Supervisors, and Waterfront Lifeguards for indoor pools, outdoor pools, and a beach for summer 2016.  Please see the flyer for details and schedule your swim test today!

    BCYF Summer Lifeguard Position Information »

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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.

    We are also looking for a Snap Shot instructor! Check out the details in the attachment below.

    Snap Shot Flyer and Application »

    Snap Shot Instructor Job Description »

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    Apply Now For Camp Joy!

    BCYF offers Camp Joy for Boston residents ages 3 to 22 with disabilities and their siblings. The four-week summer camp provides structured, daily opportunities for participants to make new friends, have fun, learn, and grow during the summer months.

    Camp Joy Camper Application Packet »

    Camp Joy Staff Application »

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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.

    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.

    BCYF HiSET Testing Schedule »

    Register for the HiSET Exam »

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    BCYF Teen Programs & Events

    16 BCYF community centers have teen-friendly spaces and programming specifically designed by and for teens. These are spaces to connect with others, participate in a range of programs, and enjoy unstructured time having fun, hanging out, doing homework, getting assistance with job searches, and more.

    Last year over 8,000 Boston teens participated in BCYF teen programming.

    Look on the Community Center & Pools page to see programming for each BCYF Center, and check Twitter and Facebook for updates. Our current BCYF teen programs are listed below:

    Dorchester: BCYF Cleveland & BCYF Leahy-Holloran (coming soon!)

    East Boston: BCYF Paris Street & BCYF Pino

    Hyde Park: BCYF Hyde Park

    Jamaica Plain: BCYF Curtis Hall (coming soon!) & BCYF Hennigan

    Mattapan: BCYF Gallivan & BCYF Mildred Avenue

    Mission Hill: BCYF Tobin (coming soon!)

    North End: BCYF Nazzaro

    Roslindale: BCYF Roslindale

    Roxbury: BCYF Vine Street

    South Boston: BCYF Curley

    South End: BCYF Blackstone (coming soon!)

    West Roxbury: BCYF Roche

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    BCYF Summer Programs

    Across Boston, BCYF offers a rich menu of summer opportunities for youth and families from summer camps and swimming, to sports programs, community cookouts, free drop-in enrichment activities, summer jobs, and more.

    BCYF Summer Page »

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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, determine membership rates and the forms of accepted payment.

    BCYF Membership Form »

    BCYF Youth Membership Form »


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  • See a listing of upcoming BCYF events.

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Videos & Multimedia »

  • Blue Hills Boys and Girls Club Annual Community Breakfast 2016
    Mayor Walsh joins members of the Boston Police at the Blue Hills Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester to celebrate community policing and the importance of raising money for such organizations.Watch Video »
  • BCYF Citywide Spelling Bee 2016
    The Boston Center for Youth and Families in Mattapan hosts the 9th annual citywide youth Spelling Bee with the winner going on to Washington D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.Watch Video »

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