Close to 300 youths, ages 12-19 in grades 7-12, regularly access the Teen Center on an annual basis; more than 100 additional teens are served through sports tournaments each year. Most of the Teen Center “members” attend Boston Public schools. Our greatest growth over the past few years has been among the middle schools children ages 11-13. This is a direct reflection of the needs in the neighborhood to keep these youngsters off the streets at an earlier age.
Our dedicated staffed vans provide after-school pick-up and safe delivery of youths to their homes in the evenings. The Teen Center, located in a renovated school building at 278 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, is open year round:
- Fall/Winter/Spring: After school from 2:00-9:00 pm, Monday – Friday
- Summer: Open seven days/week from x a.m.-11:00 pm
The Teen Center is open to youths of all backgrounds and faiths; most members are from immigrant families from Cape Verde. It was newly arriving Cape Verdean families who, in partnership with Catholic Charities of Boston, opened the Teen Center in 2002.