BCYF

"Boston's Next Top Model"

Boston’s Next Top Model is a self-esteem and self-care program designed to build confidence and social awareness in girls between the ages of 11-17. Through learning to model, the girls will have the opportunity to learn how to posture themselves, both figuratively and literally.  Read more

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Al Copeland

BCYF’s goal a work-in-progress: ideal community centers at all sites

To the Editor:
I am writing in response to your editorial “Community Center Reforms Require Better Planning” in last week’s Dorchester Reporter. Thank you for noting that there is “merit” and “promise” in our FY12 budget plan. As we enter another difficult budget process, our top priority is keeping high-quality services available to all of our communities.

As you mentioned, Boston Centers for Youth & Families consolidated eight of our 46 community center facilities last year through the FY11 budget process, two of which were in your readership area. I am happy to report that all eight sites remain open and provide important services to the neighborhoods in which they are housed. The main goal of consolidation was to improve the quality of our programs and services by enhancing our staffing levels at our remaining sites.  Read more

Marshall Community Center faces big challenge

Bill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanBill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanOf the three community centers set to lose city funding for some of their preschool or after school teachers come January, the Marshall may have the biggest challenges before it.  Read more

City slashes funds for pre-school programs, parents fume

The funding for teachers at preschools for three- and four-year-olds in nine Boston Center for Youth and Families community centers has been cut for next year, potentially leaving hundreds of parents and toddlers in the lurch.  Read more