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Free Weekday Summer Programming for Youth

With the start of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) summer programming set for July 7th, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Christopher Byner, BCYF’s Interim Executive Director, today announced that BCYF will offer FREE weekday summer programs for youth at 13 locations throughout the City. These programs are in addition to the extensive summer opportunities offered at the 35 BCYF community centers and through BCYF’s recreation division.

This summer BCYF will host 10 free daily drop-in programs for youth ages 8-18 called “*Summer Fun Stops*” at locations. The Fun Stops will run from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will offer a variety of fun and engaging structured activities led by BCYF summer staff. There is no pre-registration, just show up! A short form must be filled out on the first visit. Lunch is available onsite or nearby at all Fun Stops.

Activities at the BCYF Fun Stops include: arts and crafts, science projects, group games, sports competitions, and swimming (most locations.)

Locations and telephone numbers of the Summer Fun Stops include:

BCYF Holland Community Center, 85 Olney St., Dorchester, 617-635-5144;

BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center @ Garvey Park, Neponset Ave., Dorchester, 617-635-5150;

BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center, Mildred Ave., Mattapan, 617-635-1328;

Looking for something more sport oriented? BCYF offers three more free daily programs: the BCYF East Boston Summer Recreation and Sports Center and the BCYF Moakley Park and While Stadium Sports Centers. The Sports Centers are available to youth ages 7 to 14 and run throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Youth are invited to attend one of these sports camps to try out a new sport or improve on their existing skills and most of all, have fun while being active! Activities offered differ slightly by location but may include: baseball/softball, tennis, basketball, football, golf and soccer as well as a variety of non-sports recreational activities. The White Stadium Sports Center also offers an academic enrichment program every Monday. Information and an application for the Sports Centers can be found on the Summer Page of the BCYF website, www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf.

For more information, check out the BCYF website.