The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families

About Us
The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families was born out of the Community Schools movement in the 1970s. As new schools were being built throughout Boston, a committed and caring group of individuals advocated keeping them open during after-school hours. This dedicated group of Bostonians envisioned these buildings serving as neighborhood-based hubs of civic engagement and community resources, teeming with children engaged in variety of enriching after school activities. Their vision laid the groundwork for the establishment of a network of school-based and stand-alone community centers that offers an extensive range of high-quality, outcome-driven programs based on neighborhood needs and interest. Today this network of 35 community centers is operated by Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) the City's largest human services agency.

The wide-range of programing and events offered by the BCYF community center network would not be possible without the financial support of the Foundation for BCYF, a separate 501(c)3 organization focused on fundraising to support BCYF programs and events.

The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families support free and affordable programs for all ages and in every neighborhood. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with community-based organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood need and interest. The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families provides programs and services for Boston's families seeking:

  • Quality after school programs that keep children and youth safe and engaged;
  • Performing and visual arts programs that inspire creativity and self-expression;
  • Youth violence prevention and intervention efforts that connect at-risk youth to services;
  • Adult education that builds skills and changes lives;
  • Youth employment opportunities that build the foundation for future success; and
  • Recreational sports and fitness activities that promote healthy bodies and minds.

Board of Directors
The Foundation is governed by a caring and committed volunteer Board of Directors. Board members have deep roots in Boston and provide strategic planning, fundraising, and support to Boston Centers for Youth & Families. Their work ensures that the programs reflect the needs and interests of the community and are accessible to all Boston residents.

Kenneth Ryan, Chair
City of Boston, Property and Construction Management
Makeeba McCreary, Vice Chair
Executive Director, AbekaM
Michael Christopher, Clerk
Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Robert Dougherty, Treasurer
Realtor, Group Boston Real Estate
Sally Cahill, Director Ziba Cranmer, Director
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Hunt Alternatives
Claire Durant, Director
Executive Assistant to the Chairman & EVP/Business Affairs, Boston Red Sox
William Gross, Director
Superintendent In-Chief, Boston Police Dept.
Meghan Haggerty, Director
Policy Manager, MassPort
Michael Lynch, Director
Director of Cable and Web Services, City of Boston
John McGonagle, Director
Director of Community Relations, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Ken MacDonald, Director
City of Boston, Boston Transportation Department
Matt Meyersohn, Director
Senior Director, Sports Partnerships, Managing Director Sports & Kid Power Partnerships
Nikko Mendoza, Director
Vice President for Engagement Strategy and External Affairs, Boston 2024 Partnership
Christian Onuoha, Director
Credit Risk Project Analyst, Santander Bank
Leo Rusk, Director
Project Manager, The HYM Investment Group, LLC
Chloe Ryan, Director
Manager, ONEin3 Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Ken Ryan, Jr., Director
Director of City Relations, Boston University
Louisa Stephens, Director
Executive Director, Associates of the Boston Public Library
Marcita Thompson, Director
Director, Fenway Park Tours and Event Operations, Boston Red Sox
Rochelle M. Valdez, Director
Principal Fellow, Hurley Dual Language K-8 School
Dhakir Warren, Director
Senior Manager Social Innovation, Hunt Alternatives

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers serve Boston residents of all ages, providing preschool and school-aged education, youth employment, violence prevention and intervention, adult education including ESOL, GED, workforce development and family literacy programs, senior wellness activities, and recreation and enrichment programs for every age group. BCYF centers are located in every neighborhood, providing affordable programs for thousands of children and families representing Boston's diverse cultures and languages. For more info:

Contact Us

Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families
1483 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120

Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families
1483 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02120