Archives Guide ~ Boston Centers for Youth and Families (6000)

Historical note

Since July 2002, Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) has functioned as the City's youth and human services headquarters, combining the services once provided by Boston Community Centers, the Boston 2:00-6:00 After School Initiative, the Mayor's Office of Community Partnerships, and the Recreation Division of the City's Parks and Recreation Department under one roof. The mission of Boston Centers for Youth and Families is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with community center councils, agencies and businesses to support children, youth, individuals and families through a wide range of comprehensive programs and services according to neighborhood needs.



6010 Community Centers

Historical note
The Boston Community Centers began as the Boston Community Schools Program. Chapter 18 of the Ordinances of 1972 established the Community Schools Program under the Public Facilities Department. Mayor Kevin H. White designated all new schools built in the City of Boston to be Community Schools. Services and programs provided in each school were determined by a group of locally selected neighborhood residents known as the Community School Council. The Council was responsible for allocating its budget, assessing the needs of its own neighborhood and responding to those needs with programs. Representatives from each Council met monthly to discuss overall policy and fiscal arrangements and this body of representatives was known as the Boston Community School Board.


6010.001 Records 1972-1984 39 record cartons

Scope and Contents note
Records of the Community Centers Programs formerly called the Boston Community Schools Program. Includes administrative files, board minutes, committee files, financial records, and work plans. This collection is unprocessed.