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 supports 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 Boston Centers for Youth & Families to support 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: Christian Onuoha, Northeastern University

Vice Chair: Matt Meyersohn, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Clerk: Angela Holm, Comcast

Director: Michael Christopher, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Director: Michael Dorsey, The Boston Family Office

Director: Claire Durant, Boston Red Sox

Director: Nia Grace, Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

Director: Heather MacFarlane, MacFarlane Energy

Director: Kittricc Rosser, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Director: Leo Rusk, The HYM Investment Group, LLC

Director: Ken Ryan, Boston University

Director: Marcita Thompson, Boston Red Sox

Learn about BCYF and
the work we support at

Contact Information

Phone:  617-635-4920


Address:  1483 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120

Stay in Touch


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.

© 2021 Foundation for BCYF