The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families is a nonprofit focused on supporting Boston 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 36 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

Chair: Michael Christopher, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Treasurer: Ken Ryan, Jr., Boston University

Clerk: Matt Meyersohn, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Director: Claire Durant, Boston Red Sox

Director: William Gross, Boston Police Department

Director: Michael Lynch, City of Boston

Director: Heather MacFarlane, MacFarlane Energy

Director: John McGonagle, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Director: Christian Onuoha, Santander Bank

Director: Leo Rusk, The HYM Investment Group, LLC

Director: Kenneth Ryan, City of Boston, Property and Construction Management

Director: Louisa Stephens, Associates of the Boston Public Library

Director: Marcita Thompson, Boston Red Sox

 

 

Learn about BCYF and
the work we support at Boston.gov/BCYF

Contact Information

Phone:  617-635-4920

Email:  contactus@FoundationforBCYF.org

Address:  1483 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

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The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) and this website are not a part of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) or the City of Boston. The Foundation for BCYF is a separate and independent entity which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs and this website. Neither BCYF nor the City of Boston direct, supervise, or control the Foundation for BCYF and neither BCYF nor the City of Boston are responsible for this website or any of the Foundation for BCYF's contracts, acts, or omissions.

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