Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mayor Menino's Office: Youth Opportunities

on Youth Zone: April Resources & Opportunities
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm
April Youth Resources & Opportunities

Deadline TOMORROW for 2012-13 Mayor's Youth Council Applications!: Are you a high school sophomore or junior who wants to make a difference in your community? Each year, teens from all over the city are selected as volunteer representatives to outreach to peers, advocate for youth issues, and meet with city officials. Applications are available NOW at Applications due TOMORROW: Mar 30.  Recommendations can be sent by the recommender after Mar 30, but send ASAP. 617-635-2240,

Boston Shines 2012: Join over 5,000 volunteers in helping to make Boston shine! Make a difference in your neighborhood by contributing to Boston’s citywide clean up event. Volunteer on Apr 28! Group and individual registration online:

Summer Stuff 2012: Boston Public School's Summer Stuff houses summer job, program, and event information for middle and high school students. Summer Stuff Jr. is available for elementary school youth and is full of summer camp options.
BOSTONavigator: BOSTONavigator now has new features! These updates make your search and ability to access youth programs easier than ever. Find programs located in Boston that are providing transportation or making special accommodations for Boston students from early childhood through age 24. Emailing search results is easier too, now with the ability to add comments for the addressee. Check out all of the new features:
Phillips Brooks House Summer Urban Program: Join one of the 10 affordable summer programs in Boston and Cambridge for children. Camps include academic enrichment, fieldtrips, and recreation. Deadline: FCFS. Priority given to low income families and returning campers. For locations and details:

Mayor’s Youth Boston Facebook Page: Become a fan of MYB on Facebook! Learn about job opportunities, resource fairs, scholarships contests, and important deadlines on a DAILY basis.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families Summer Guide: BCYF’s Summer Guide is here! Check out all the summer programs that community centers are offering for the summer of 2012. This guide includes important information about a variety of summer camps, sports leagues and more.

BCYF Citywide Open Houses: All BCYF Community Centers across the city will be hosting open houses for Boston residents. There will be games, music, membership info, facility tours, programming info, and more. Learn about summer and afterschool programs.  Apr 18, 4-7pm.  To find the BCYF center nearest you, 617-635-4920,

BCYF April Vacation: Check out activities at Boston Centers for Youth & Families over April Vacation Week! Go on field trips, meet new people and more!

Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament: Show off your street hockey skills during April Vacation, Apr 17-21, 9am-4pm. Tournament takes place at outdoor rinks citywide. For boys and girls in age brackets of U8, U11, and U16 years old. Must bring a birth certificate to play. Deadline for team registration is Apr 7. For more info and a team application: Mike, 617-635-5206 x105,,

BCYF FACTS Program (Fourteen Year-Olds Acquiring Confidence, Training & Skills): FACTS gives 14-year-olds the chance to work within BCYF community centers. Get prepared for future employment through hands-on experience at community centers by assisting with summer programs and events for their younger peers. 617-635-4920x2209.

Snap Shot Teen Photography Program: Snap Shot introduces teens to all aspects of photography. Led by a professional photographer, the program includes visits to art galleries and museums, “photo safaris” around Boston and gives the teens the opportunity to serve as “staff photographers” for many BCYF programs and events across the City. Participants are paid by John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars Program and attend a workshop every Friday. 617-635-4920,

Boston Bar Association Summer Jobs Program: Boston high school students entering grades 11-12 can apply to work in law firms and legal departments. Participants are paid. Applications available in April. Contact your guidance counselor or PIC career specialist for more information.

The Artemis Project: Apply now for this FREE, five week computer science program for rising 9th grade girls. Learn how to design your own websites, build and program robotics and MORE. Deadline: May 1. Jun 25-Jul 27.  

Connections 2 College Program: Live and learn at Suffolk University through this college preparedness program. Take college courses, SAT prep and work part-time. For students entering grade 11 and 12 with GPA of 2.5 or higher. Jul 8-Aug 7. Deadline: Apr 6.

City Spotlights Leadership Program: Develop skills in leadership, dance, music, spoken word and acting while exploring hip-hop culture. Students will be PAID a stipend. Ages 14-19. Jul 9-Aug 10.

Career Days at Bunker Hill CC: Take FREE college classes this summer! Course titles include: App Master, CSI, Creating Onscreen Magic, The Next Iron Chef and MORE. For students entering grades 11, 12 and graduating seniors. Jul 9-20.

Summer Transportation Institute: Learn about the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry at UMass Boston for FREE. Learn about bridge design, transportation and careers with field trips, projects and computer training. For students entering grade 9-12. Jun 27-Jul 29.

Upward Bound: Get ready for college with Upward bound and Upward Bound Math/Science programs offered in the summer at four universities in Boston. For students in grades 9-10. Take classes to prepare for the SAT and MCAS or focus on math and science skills. Students can receive a stipend. Deadline: Varies by program. Contact Roxbury Community College, Suffolk University, UMass Boston, or Wheelock College for more information.

If You Have A BYF HOPELINE Tracking Number: Check out the list of Boston Youth Fund Summer Work Sites. This list is intended to give you examples of the type of work sites available, but does not guarantee the availability of slots at each of these sites for the 2012 program. Some worksites may have additional requirements and/or an additional application attached. If you have a BYF tracking number and are interested in working at one of the organizations, you can download their attachments or contact that organization directly. Below is a sample of some of the BYF Summer Work Site programs:  and follow BYF on Twitter

Artists for Humanity: Artists for Humanity is currently looking for students interested in entrepreneurship and creating art. Interested applicants must attend an introductory tour on Apr 3, Apr 17, May 1 or May 15 at 4:30pm, schedule an interview, and be registered with the Hopeline. Artists for Humanity Gallery. 617-268-7620,

Tenacity: Be a part of this program that makes learning fun!  In this tennis program, youth will receive tennis lessons, a number of resources to provide them with a chance to succeed, AND of course –a good time! Apply: 617-562-0900 x27
Teen Voices: Young ladies can use their tracking number to help change the world for girls through media. Contribute to teen voices publications, learn about journalism and explore your writing skills. For more info Application:

ABCD SummerWorks Job Registration: Apply online 24 hours a day and follow the step-by-step instructions (requires a working email account). Read and complete the application with a parent or guardian. A complete application includes a signed application, CORI form, checklist, and eligibility documentation. You can also apply in person at your local neighborhood ABCD office. Applicants must be residents of Boston, be between the ages of 14 and 21 years old, and be income eligible. Submitting an application does NOT guarantee a summer job.  617-348-6548,

Teen Visitor Aides: Responsibilities may include restocking literature in the Visitor Center, giving directions, and managing lines and crowds. Teens also have the opportunity to attend professional development workshops facilitated by museum staff with other teens. Jul-mid Aug. $8/hour, deadline: Apr 6. Stephen, 617-369-4359,

MFA Teen Arts Council: TAC members have the opportunity to work on a variety of activities such as creating and producing teen-focused events, greeting and giving information to museum visitors, and creating wall labels to accompany the museum’s art collections. Summer and 2012-13 school year positions available, $8/hour. Deadline: Apr 13. Stephen, 617-369-4359,

Tech Apprentice Program: Interested in technology? TechBoston is looking for Boston juniors and seniors to apply for its 7-week paid internship at local companies. The internship runs from Jul 9-Aug 24. $10/hour for 35 hours/week. Deadline: Apr 6. Apply online: Cecilia,

Global Youth Service Day Events: Global Youth Service Day is an annual celebration of youth in service, engaging youth in over 100 countries and six continents for the world's largest annual day of youth service! There will be several GYSD projects over Boston Public Schools’ April Vacation, Apr 16-19, with large scale service opportunities occurring Apr 20, 21, and 22. For a full list of events:

Teens in Print: Have you dreamed of seeing your name in print? Would you like to visit great venues like Fenway Park?  Teens in Print offers both paid and unpaid summer positions to learn how to use the press to cover topics that are important to teenagers. Apply now! Ric, 617-541-2651,,

Boston PIC: If you attend a BPS High School, connect with your Private Industry Council (PIC) Career Specialist who can help you with your resume, job interview skills and job search.

Teen Resume Guide: Create a Resume to be able to share with potential leads. This guide includes a variety of formats samples, tips on how to tell your story, and great action words to describe your work and volunteer experience.

Job Tips for Teens: There are many things to keep in mind as you look for a job. In addition to money, a job or an internship can provide you with new skills and a chance to investigate careers you might be interested in pursuing. This guide includes advice for young job seekers in Boston and resources to help you in your search.

Sociedad Latina's Youth Fitness Boot Camp: Sociedad Latina will host its 2nd Annual Youth Fitness Boot Camp, a week-long series of FREE activities such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles workshops, and fitness sessions such as yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, hip-hop dance, and self-defense during April vacation. Apr 16-19 Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St., Roxbury. 617-442-4299 x123,

BAC Summer Academy: Boston Architectural College’s Summer Academy is a 4-week design exploration program that includes hands-on experience working in the BAC design studios. Explore the processes of architecture and design.  Jul 2-27. Tuition is $1800, including all materials and supplies. Rolling admissions. Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need. Scholarship deadline: Mar 30.   617-585-0101,

Northeastern Summer Science Camp: NU is hosting middle school students for 2 weeks this summer. Participants live on campus for two weeks and participate in both academic and social activities through classroom work, field excursions and interactive demonstrations. The entire program including food and housing is FREE. Applications due Apr 27. 617-373-8380,

Camp Shriver: Camp Shriver is an inclusive summer program for children with or without intellectual disabilities. This sports-oriented day camp runs from 8:30am-2:15pm each weekday during the summer. Jul 9-Aug 3. Deadline: Apr 13. Barbara Gildea,

Bikes Not Bombs Spring Programs: Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for spring sessions of its Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action programs. In both programs, you’ll choose a bike and learn the skills to build it and maintain it. At the end of the program, the bike is yours to keep.  Applications are available online. Mon-Thurs, 3:30– 6:30pm, May 7-Jun 14. Elijah Evans, 617-522-0222 x101,,

Earn-A-Bike Summer Sessions: Bikes Not Bombs will run two Earn-A-Bike sessions this summer. Session 1: July 4 - Jul 20, Mon - Fri 2-6pm. Session 2: Jul 25 - Aug 10, Mon - Fri, 2-6pm. Elijah, 617-522-0222 x101,,
LatinSummer Boston: This 2-week summer enrichment program provides students in grades 1-7 a chance to learn about the classical world! T-shirts provided! Registration fees range from $65-250, depending on financial need, and are accepted by mail or online until May 15. Weekdays from Jul 23-Aug 3, the Roxbury Latin School.

Athena Conference: Hosted by Harvard women to promote gender awareness issues among high school youth of all genders. This year's free conference, “Growing Up Gendered”, will feature discussion, Self-Defense, food, and more. Apr 21, 10am-6pm. Student Organization Center at Hilles.,

Boston Rio+20 Project: In conjunction with the Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest, this event will showcase youth addressing development issues through the arts. Activities include workshops for emphasizing the importance of youth and arts in addressing sustainable development. This event will also include performances and presentations from local organizations. Mar 31, 4pm. Berklee Performance Center.

Biomedical Research Institute: This opportunity is for rising high school juniors and seniors who want to participate in research in the biomedical field. This two-day program is taught by Emmanuel College professors, from 9:15am-3:15pm. Students will become engaged participants in current research projects ongoing at the college. Registration fee: $25.

Youth to Health Careers Mentoring Program: The Boston Area Health Education Center is looking for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health. Mentors will work with students in everything from academic support and career exploration to leadership development and just having fun. 4 hours a month. FREE. Ages 13-18. 729 Mass Ave, 2nd floor, South End. 617-419-3402,

Camp Cardiac: Camp Cardiac is looking for high school students ages 15 and up who are interested in careers in medicine. This 1-week summer day camp provides an opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field.  Scholarship deadline: Mar 12. Early Enrollment cost: $600, deadline: Mar 12. Regular Enrollment deadline: May 14, cost: $700. Michael, 312-659-0246,

Boston City Lights: FREE training and performance opportunities for Boston children. Train in singing, dancing, and acting. All students are taught to teach. 1154 Washington St. Duggan Hill. 617-695-2856,

Zumix: Check out this non-profit cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts. It's also an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger and fear. 260 Sumner St., East Boston. 617-568-9777,

Summer Teen Studio Art Intensives: The MFA will be offering summer weekly studio art intensives for youth ages 12-18. Intensives include lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fashion drawing, and more. Classes will be instructed by experienced educators and professional artists. Weekly classes will run from Jun 25-Aug 13. Cost: $210-275. Limited scholarships available.

ADSL Baseball: The All Dorchester Sports League registration is now open for baseball. Register: Mar 31; Apr 2, 3, 9, 10, 14. Registration is open from 4:30-7:30pm on weekdays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays. Participants must turn 5 by May 1 and cannot be over 18. Fees vary by age. 617-287-1601,

Healthworks Youth Fitness: Children can learn yoga, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and more.  Ages 5-8 from 5-6pm and ages 9-12 from 6-7pm.  Enrollment fee: $15. 450 Washington St, Codman Sq. 617-825-2800

Row Boston Summer Clinics: Week-long rowing clinics will be held from 9-4pm during the weeks of Jul 9- Jul 20, Jul 23- Aug 3, and Aug 6- Aug 17, Aug 20-Aug 31 These clinics are open to both boys and girls ages 12-18 with all skill levels. No rowing or swimming experience required and all transportation is provided from Boston to the Community Rowing Boathouse in Brighton. Register: 617-779-8277,,

School Breakfast Video Contest: If you’re a middle or high school student who has a knack for making videos, enter the School Breakfast Video Contest: Eat. Film. Screen, with a 30-second video promoting a healthy school breakfast. Prizes include a Flip Video Ultra HD 8GB camera video or a $1,000 Visa gift card. The winning video will also be shown on WHDH-TV. Submit your video by Apr 5!

Massachusetts SADD Student Advisory Board: Current high school freshmen, sophomores, and  juniors can apply to be a member of the SADD Advisory Board, to participate in peer outreaching, strengthen leadership skills, and meet students from across the state. Deadline: Apr 16. Robin, 508-481-3568 x248,

MassSTAR: Sign up or nominate a high school sophomore to be a part of the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation’s MassSTAR conference which is held from Jun 8-10. This non-profit organization’s mission is to empower leadership in high school students. Deadline: Apr 15.

NAGC Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards: This award recognizes excellence in children, grades 3-6, who have distinguished themselves in academics, leadership, or the arts. Awards include a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a Certificate of Achievement. Deadline: Apr 15.

ICA Teen Art Council: The Institute of Contemporary Art is looking for youth ages 14-18 to serve as members of the Teen Art Council during the 2012-2013 school year. Apply now by downloading an application:

Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest: Students responding to this year’s writing contest should study the Holocaust and then respond to a writing prompt in an essay of no more than 1,200 words. First place winners can win a scholarship ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Deadline: Apr 19. Must be submitted online.

YOUTH Travel Scholarships: Calling all youth-serving organizations! Apply for a scholarship to get awards like free kayak trips, over-sand vehicle tours, reduced price ferry tickets, and more! Application process is simple… just work with your students to design a trip with a basic budget and explain why your teens will benefit from this experience. Deadline: Apr 13, 5pm.

City of Boston Scholarship: If you are a resident of the City of Boston, have a high school diploma or GED, and plan to pursue higher education at a post-secondary institution in Massachusetts, apply to receive the City of Boston Scholarship. Deadline: Apr 2.

Boston Scholarship Guide: Information about local scholarships available to help you pay for college!

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) National Scholarship: Applications are now available for 1 of 9 $500 scholarships for teens entering their freshman year of college. Deadline: Apr 20. Robin, 508-481-3568 x248,,

South End Book Scholarship: Are you a high school senior, live in the South End, and plan on going to college? If so, you can apply for a scholarship toward college books. Deadline: Apr 15.

Thomas W. Payzant Public Service in Education Scholarship: Are you a student graduating in 2012 who has been accepted into an accredited higher education program, someone who has demonstrated strong leadership and service to his/her school and/or the district, while maintaining a solid academic record? Applications for the $2,000 scholarship are now being accepted. All materials are due on Apr 30 by 5pm. Elizabeth Sullivan, 617-635-9015,

Free Financial Aid help from ACCESS!: ACCESS is hosting walk-in hours to help students and families with the financial aid process for college. Bring a valid photo ID and the most recent tax returns for you and your parents to get started on your FAFSA today! Every Mon & Wed, 3-6pm. Center for College Affordability, 31 St. James Ave, Suite 520, Boston.

College Preparation & Financial Aid Counseling: Weekly programs are designed to help teens explore college options, learn about college life, and prepare for the experience.  Enjoy college tours, SAT prep, help with college apps, and financial aid assistance.

Prepare Your FAFSA for College Financial Aid!: Get help paying for college by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Begin your application today! For a list of documents required from you and your parents, check out Please remember to check the deadline to submit the FAFSA at each of the schools you are applying to!

Bottom Line's College Access Program: Bottom Line helps students get into college, graduate, and succeed in life. The one-on-one counseling they provide will give you the time and attention you need to navigate the college application process. High school juniors in the class of 2013 can learn about eligibility requirements and apply online at 500 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain. Ann, 617-524-8833,

BPS College and Career Guide: The Boston Public Schools are committed to making sure that every high school graduate has the resources they need to meet success. Get tips on financial aid, college planning, cool events and much more.

Opening of the Swan Boats: The Opening of the Swan Boats in the Public Garden Lagoon is one of Boston’s traditional rites of spring! Mayor Menino will be joined on the first ride of the year with students from several Boston Public Schools including the Ellis Mendell Elementary School, the Conley Elementary School, and the John Winthrop Elementary School. Families and residents can come and take a ride immediately following the Mayor and winners as well as enjoy face painting. Apr 14, 10am. Boston Public Garden Lagoon.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Presented by Bikes Not Bombs, this fundraiser will feature two films from the national Wild and Scenic Film Festival, dinner, dessert, and a silent auction. An award will also be presented to two featured activists for their work in regaining clean rivers and creating opportunities in Ghana. Mar 31, 6-10pm. Elijah Evans, 617-522-0222 x101,

EcoFest: The EcoFest is a family and youth-focused afternoon of films and environmental activities, serving as an earlier part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Early bird admission discounts are available. Mar 31, 11am–4pm. Elijah Evans, 617-522-0222 x101,

Art in Bloom 2012, Family Day at the MFA: Come to the Museum of Fine Arts to create your own art, enjoy storytelling, and participate in other activities for families. Free with museum admission. Apr 28, 11am-3pm. 617-267-9300,

Big Apple Circus: Take the family to the Circus for plenty of entertainment. See the spirited horses, jugglers, clowns, and more! Ticket prices vary. Through May 13. Boston City Hall Plaza.

On Our Way to the Top Talent Showcase & Fundraiser: Expressions, the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, and Youth in Crisis will be hosting a fundraiser in the Strand Theatre. There will be special guest performances by artists such as Breje and the Beano Boyz. There will also be additional performances by Slap Braclets, Shall, C.N.M and Rock Your Life Girls Program. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Mar 30, 7-10pm. 617-312-0348, 774-244-7015.

The Earth Day Network: Earth Day is April 22. Join the Earth Day revolution! More than one million people participate in Earth Day activities. You can be part of the movement. Check out

Earth Day-Party For the Planet: Learn about the incredible animals that call the Zoo home as well as all the ways everyone can contribute to create a healthier planet. Apr 22, 10am-3pm. Franklin Park Zoo.

13th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup: Join other volunteers to pick up trash and improve the appearance of the Charles and surrounding open spaces! Clean up supplies and snacks provided, along with a free t-shirt for volunteers. Apr 21, 9am-12pm., 781 788 0007 x303

Earth Day on the Greenway: Celebrate Earth Day by learning about sustainable and organic practices. Enjoy a number of fun and FREE activities: face painting, music, games, and more! Apr 20, 11am-1pm. Dewey Square Park, Summer St. to Congress St.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts: The Girls Scouts will partner with the Franklin Park Zoo to celebrate Earth Day by throwing the biggest party for the planet. This family fun event will celebrate the year of service completed by the Girl Scouts’ for their 100th Anniversary. There will be guest speakers fun crafts and activities planned for the day. Apr 22, 10am-1pm. Register by Apr 6.

6th Annual Mass Audubon Volunteer Day: The Boston Nature Center in Mattapan is asking for teen and adult volunteers to participate in an annual clean-up day. Enjoy time with friends, family and other volunteers while lending a helping hand at one of sixteen sites across Massachusetts. Apr 28, 9am-12pm.
Environmental Protection Agency: Join the Environmental Protection Agency in helping to make the streets of Chinatown clean! Meet every Sun, 11am-1pm, to participate in a community-wide neighborhood cleanup. All ages welcome. Jinhe,
Take Mayor Menino's Climate Action Pledge!: Feel like you want to help the environment, but don’t know what to do?  Join other Bostonians as they take Mayor Menino’s Climate Action Pledge online and strive to conserve energy in their own households!

11th Annual All Girls Sports Festival: The All Girls Sports Festival was created to enhance sports and fitness opportunities for young women and girls. While participating in athletic activities, discover readily available resources both in and out of school. All girls must be Boston residents between the ages of 11-15. The festival takes place Tues-Fri of BPS’ April school vacation week, 8:30am-3:30pm at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College and the BCYF Rec Center at Madison Park. Barbara Hamilton, 617-635-5206 x101, Registration forms will be online

ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative: This initiative is currently looking for 50 rising female high school juniors and seniors to become 2012 ANNpower Fellows. Students chosen will attend a leadership training in Washington, D.C., meet influential female leaders from around the world, and attend the Vital Voices Annual Global Leadership Awards. Fellows will also be eligible for a grant to implement projects in their communities and put their ideas into action. Application deadline: Mar 31, 5pm.

S.E.T. in the City: High school girls are invited to take part in this day of career exploration in Science, Engineering & Technology. The day will begin at Boston University with kickoff speakers and Science Bazaar. They will then visit Wentworth, Harvard, Emmanuel, Simmons, or the Biogen for lunch and activities. The day concludes with an Omni show at the Museum of Science. Apr 28, 9am-6pm. Register online:

Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester: If you are a resident of Dorchester and a “Little Miss” ages 7-9, or a “Young Miss” ages 10-12, then you can apply. Winners must be able to attend the Dorchester parade.  Annissa, 617-474-0797,

The Red Thread Fellowship: Applications for 2012-2013 Red Thread Fellowship Program are now available! Open to college-bound women of international backgrounds, the fellowship consists of two parts: a scholarship award and a year-long mentorship support. Candidates for the program must submit their applications along with recommendation letters online by May 31.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts: Approaching its 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts is an affordable option for families and offers financial assistance. Be a part of history this year by volunteering your time and talent with Girl Scouts and make a lasting impact on your community. 888-9-GIRL-SCOUT,

Spring Classes at the Children’s Art Centre: The Children’s Art Centre is accepting registration for Spring Community Classes for children ages 10 mos–4 years and their parent or caregiver, where art is used to promote healthy development. Classes start Apr 23. Scholarships available by need. 617-375-8159,
Talk Read Play: Boston’s children thrive when they talk, read, and play! Find programs for younger children! Also, check out valuable resources and be the first to hear about awesome events.

Kindergarten Readiness Nights at the Children’s Museum: Kindergarten Readiness Nights feature hands-on activities that encourage children to use skills they will need in kindergarten. Admission $1 per person. First Friday of every month, 6-8:30pm. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500,

Countdown to Kindergarten Play to Learn Playgroups: Boston children ages 1-3 and their parents can sign up to attend free parent-child playgroups this winter. All caregivers are welcome to attend to build a community of peers for support, to foster nurturing behaviors and to help children learn skills for success in school. Rosa, 617-635-9288,,

Follow the Mayor’s 24 Hour Hotline on Twitter: Get updates and alerts on important things going on around the city from weather advisories to approaching deadlines! @NotifyBoston

Follow BYF on Twitter: Follow the Boston Youth Fund on Twitter to get summer job updates! @BostonYouthFund

Jobs and Community Service: Become a fan of JCS and get updates on literacy, job training & placement, and support services.

Green Boston: Be a fan of Boston’ s Go Green Facebook page and learn more about the City’s efforts to protect the environment.

Boston Walk MS- National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Join others for a fun spring walk at Harvard University’s Athletic Complex in Boston. This walk offers 3 and 5-mile accessible routes, and there are rest stops along the way, supplied with snacks, beverages, and restrooms. Apr 1, 12pm. Check-in opens at 10:30 am.

116th Boston Marathon: Come out and cheer at the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon, on Apr 16. The historic course starts on Main St. in the town of Hopkinton. The route in Boston continues through Kenmore Sq. on Beacon St. onto Mass Ave. The course turns right onto Hereford St., then left onto Boylston, finishing at the Boston Public Library.

7th Annual Walk for Change: The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center would like you to join them to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence. Apr 22, registration starts at 9:30am, walk begins at 11am. Canal Park near Cambridge Side Galleria.

Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger: Be a part of the country's oldest continual pledge walk and the largest one-day fundraiser to alleviate local hunger on May 6. Your support will help provide nutritious meals for those who would otherwise go without, right here in Massachusetts. Register online.  

30th Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race: This run will include a 6, 9, and 19 mile races, a 24-mile, five-leg canoe relay race, and a 26-mile professional marathon. The Annual Run of the Charles showcases the ongoing improvements in the Charles River, while drawing 1,500 paddlers and hundreds of spectators to enjoy a day on the river. All races finish at DCR’s Artesani Park where people gather to enjoy a day of music, refreshments, exhibits, raffle drawings, picnics and awards at the FREE Finish Line Festival! Apr 29. Register online.

The Boston Youth Zone E-Newsletter includes youth events from the City of Boston Calendar! Now you can search for events, sign up for email or text message reminders, map the location of the event and much more. Check out some cool events:
Tue, Apr 2, 4-5pm
Creative Drama Class
BPL Honan-Allston Branch

Thu, Apr 5, 3-4:30pm
Drop in Craft for Easter
BPL Fields Corner Branch

Thu, Apr 5, 4-5pm
Lego Club
BPL Charlestown Branch

Fri, Apr 6, 2-4pm
Newspaper Horoscope Blackout Poetry
BPL Mattapan Branch

Mon, Apr 9, 5pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month
BPL Dudley Branch

Sat, Apr 14, 11am
Community Gardening Project Kickoff Project
BPL Grove Hall Branch

Wed, Apr 18, 6:30-7:30pm
BPL Adams Street Branch

Thu, Apr 26, 5:30-7:30
Movie: In the Time of the Butterflies
BPL Grove Hall Branch

Sat, Apr 28, 12-4pm
SAT Practice Test (free)
BPL Central Library Branch

Mon, Apr 30, 4-5:30pm
Dia! Celebration
BPL Jamaica Plain Branch

Parent University: Save the date for the next BPS Parent University on May 5 at Northeastern University. Parent U is a learning experience designed to help parents get a better understanding of how their children learn and develop and how to bring other parents together to work for school improvement.

Moving Beyond Icebreakers 101: In this training, participants will explore the depth and richness of several interactive exercises, and their ability to increase positive participation, create and maintain relationships, and discuss challenging topics- all while engaging the minds and energies of participants. Learn how seemingly simple activities can help your team members connect to the goals of your meeting, as well as to one another. Cost: $50. Apr 19, 9:30am -12:30pm,

BEST Youth Worker Certificate Training: This 8-session, 32-hour course provides youth workers with grounding in the youth development approach. Learn about healthy relationships with youth, positive youth outcomes, and more! $350/person. Scholarships available. Apr 24-Jun 12, 9:30am-2pm. Must attend all 8 sessions. Health Resources in Action, 95 Berkeley St., Boston. Register:

Highland Hitters "Red Sox Ticket Giveaway!": The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring a ticket giveaway for Massachusetts-based 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that would like to receive tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The open submission period begins Apr 2 and closes Apr 30. 

Free Aquarium Tickets for BPS: Apply for a free trip to the aquarium through the “Free to Learn” program. Registration for the 2012-2013 school year is available now. Each year, the aquarium offers free admission to Massachusetts children in grades K-12 from schools that meet the criteria for financial need, which is determined by the percentage of students in the school who are eligible for the federal free or reduced lunch program.  The tickets are only good from Sep 2012–Feb 2013. Deadline: Apr 23.

Free Aquarium Tickets for Community-Based Organizations:  If your CBO would like to visit the aquarium, please visit the Community Programs at and complete the visit request form. Summer booking fills up fast. 617-973-0281

Add a Photo or Logo to Your Programs on BOSTONavigator: Programs can now add an organization logo or photos to personalize your program page. At your user login, click the ‘image’ button. From there, you can add up to five photos. Be sure you have permission to publicly publish any images you select. Remember to update your program information to allow for more accurate search results throughout the website.

Rate Your Program on BOSTONavigator: Tell your past program participants to use BOSTONavigator’s ratings feature! Encourage them to complete a review of your program to get the word out about your work and help other youth connect to programs that will benefit them.

Do You Want to Add Information to the Boston Youth Zone Newsletter?: If you would like to add information about your program, please email by the 23rd of each month. Please include details about the program, cost, location and who someone should contact for more information.


The Mayor’s YOUTHLINE is a resource for young people, parents, educators and youth workers. Teen listeners offer a variety of referrals to art, athletic, educational, employment, entertainment, legal, health and social service programs and organizations. Call the YOUTHLINE at 617-635-2240 or search the online database of youth programs at

The Mayor's Youth Council is working to connect young people in Boston with resources and opportunities. For more information on the MYC and our projects:

If you have submissions for the Boston Youth Zone E-Newsletter, please email them to by the 23rd of each month.


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