City of Worcester
• Worcester’s Web Resource for Kids - of all ages… is the amazing
work of several high school kids from South High Community
School. It’s ‘For KIDS by KIDS’!
• Mayor Lukes gathered the teenagers together and asked them
what they thought she could do to help the kids of Worcester.
• First they decided to call themselves the Youth Philanthropy and
Civic Involvement Council and that they should meet every Friday
to keep working for kids.
• They also decided that Worcester needed one main resource for
kids so that they could see what there is for them to do in
Worcester; they don’t like being bored.
• After lots of work, they came up with this list and hope you find
what you’re looking for, and if not, please let us know.
• Keep checking back too, because the work will continue…and if you
have ideas for us, just write us at
2008 - 2009
• Rubby Wuabu • Averi Hamilton
• Donna Tran • D'Angelo Madera
• Iris Sanxhaku • Bibi Hernandez
• Janice Nyamekye • Sheena Seymour
• Kofi Owusu • Jesus Moreta
• Samantha Farrar • Mr. Joseph Caforio
• Jasmine Rodriguez • Mr. Peter Sherman
• Cyndi Rodriguea • Mrs. Maureen Binienda
• Jesse Barjolo
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts provides school age
children with meaningful opportunities for education, training, volunteer
and community services in Disaster Relief and Health and Safety
Also offered are After School Programs, Internships, Youth Leadership,
Education opportunities, Classes, Emergency Services and Safety
Red Cross of Central Massachusetts
2000 Century Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site is www.redcrossworcester.org/services/youth.html
Cub/Boy Scouts of America,
Mohegan Council, Inc.
• Cub Scouting is a year round family program designed for boys
who are in the first grade through fifth grade, or ages seven to
ten years of age.
• You’ll find camps, after school programs, Youth Leadership,
Recreational Activities, Physical Fitness, Jobs and Summer
• The phone number for the Scout Service Center is
The web site for scouting is www.mohegancouncilbsa.org
• Kids' Programs: Preschool Wednesdays and Budding Scientists
• Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays
• Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., it's preschool time for families at the
EcoTarium. New themes every week!
• Preschool Group Field Trips.
• After the program, visit our Discovery Room.
• Explore structures from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Peep and Chirp
from the Emmy award-winning preschool science television series
Peep and the Big Wide World!
• Budding Scientists - Kids Ages 4-6
• Join us for a new program for curious little explorers. Simple, safe,
science and nature experiments to grow your budding scientist!.
• Designed for families and their children aged 4-6. You bring the
curiosity, we'll provide the smocks.
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, Massachusetts
Classes may be out of session at Worcester Academy in the
summer ... but there's still plenty of fun happening on campus!
Throughout the summer we offer a variety of camps for boys and
girls ages 7 to 18. Campers looking to hone their athletic abilities
can sign up for our Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball or
general Sports Camp. Those more artistically inclined will have a
blast in our Worcester Academy Summer Arts (WASA), filled
with music, theater and visual arts activities. Of course, each
camp offers plenty of swimming.
The Worcester Academy Biology Camp (BioCamp) introduces
motivated students to the exciting field of biology. This is an
investigative and entirely hands-on program in which participants
pursue research questions within varied biological disciplines.
Web Site: http://www.worcesteracademy.org
Address: 81 Providence Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing
American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their
leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and
guide them to becoming mature young adults.
Worcester (CL-144) Division of the United States Naval Sea Cadet
Corps was founded in 1998 at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve
Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has been in continuous
operation since then. At the Worcester Division, it is our goal to instill
patriotism, honor, courage, and commitment in the cadets.
If you are interested in joining us or are just intrigued by what you
have seen, email Midshipman Daniel Cushman, Operations Officer
Higgins Armory Museum enjoys the distinction of being the only museum
in the Western Hemisphere entirely devoted to the study and display
of arms and armor.
At the Higgins Armory Museum, public programming has something for
everyone – from historical combat and fencing classes to lectures,
concerts, gallery talks and demonstrations.
Higgins Armory Museum offers a wide range of educational programming
for visitors of all ages.
A Legendary Birthday Party
Throw your little Lord or Lady a birthday party unlike any other - in a
place unlike any other.
At the Higgins Armory Museum, birthdays aren't just fun, they're an
adventure from another time!
100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Girl Scouts of Central
Western Massachusetts, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Montachusett Council, Inc.
Girl Scouting is a girl-driven program aimed at addressing the
ever changing needs and interests of girls.
Opportunities are available for every age level from Kindergarten
through High School.
Girls can participate as individuals, as a group or with a favorite
adult. Girl Scouts offers Camps and youth Leadership.
The main office is Girl Scouts of Montachusett Council, Inc.
81 Gold Star Boulevard, Worcester, Massachusetts
The phone number is 508.853.1070
Email at email@example.com
Web site is www.mgsc.org
The Bancroft School
2008 Summer Programs
At Bancroft we provide at wide variety of Summer Programs,
such as summer school, day camps, sports camps, theatre
camps, and many more.
See what school can be....
Please feel free to visit our Web Site and research Summer
Programs. By clicking on a specific camp you will be brought to a page that will describe that camp
At the bottom of each page you will find a link to a download-able registration form, along with
emergency contact, and medical health forms that will be need to be completed and sent to the
Special Programs Office.
Once again we will be offering Summer Extended Day Care.
2008 Summer Programs include Theatre Camp, Summer School, Softball Camp, Boys Lacrosse
Camp, Girls Lacrosse Camp, Field Hockey Camp, Wrestling Camp and Chess Camp.
In addition Bancroft hosts a Soccer Camp and a Basketball Camp. For more information on these
camps, please contact Steve Kelley at (508) 853-2640 ext 260.
Bulldog Basketball Camp
June 9 - June13
COED camp for Ages 7 - 17
Kicks Soccer Camp
August 18 - August 22
COED camp for Ages 7 – 17
110 Shore Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: http://www.bancroftschool.org
Telephone: 508-853-2640 ext.209
Foothills Theatre Company
Foothills Theatre School provide high quality training for both children
and adults who are looking to immerse themselves in a new training
program, explore new interests, or improve in social interaction and
All classes are taught by working professional actor/educators.
Theatre Basics for children aged 8-12
Designed as both an introductory and intermediate course to encourage
creativity and explore the magic of theatre.
Audition Technique for teens aged 13-18
A unique opportunity to develop auditioning skills! Students will leave the
course with monologues and songs ready to present for school, college,
community and professional theatre auditions.
100 Front Street, Worcester, MA
Web Site: www.foothillstheatre.com
Center for Crafts
The Craft Center offers a variety of classes designed specifically
for children ages 4-17. Children and teens benefit from our low
teacher to student ratios and our professionally equipped studios.
• The Craft Center also offers adult/child classes.
• Summer Fun is the Craft Center's summer day camp and offers a
range of art experiences for children ages 6-12 and teens ages 13-
• The Craft Center is committed to reaching out to area youth and
fostering in them an appreciation of fine crafts and craftsmanship
and a lifelong desire to create.
• The Craft Center works with community partners to meet expressed
community needs with after school programs, craft classes and art
• Our programs offer high-quality, hands-on, educational and creative
experiences for youth. All of these activities develop critical
thinking and fine motor skills as well as an historical understanding
of crafts and craftsmanship.
Programs offered through the Worcester Public Schools are:
• Teen Apprentice Program (T.A.P)
• Tools for Teens
25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.Worcestercraftcenter.org
The YWCA of Central Massachusetts provides activities for children ages 3 – 18
years of age. Programs include Marshall Arts, a guided approach for middle
school girls to improve eating and physical activity.
The YWCA of Central Massachusetts also includes swimming, recreation and
Summer Camps as well as after school programs, Youth Leadership, sports,
classes , arts and music and dance. Also recreational activities, physical
fitness and child care. G.E.D. Classes, young parents, summer programs,
career counseling, transitional housing for woman and domestic violence
• The YWCA of Central Massachusetts offers support services to pregnant
and parenting teens between the ages of 16 and 20 years of age.
• Teen parents enrolled in either program learn how to cope with the
responsibilities of child bearing and child rearing; have access to education
and job skills training, and receive the necessary support to go on to college
or enter the workforce.
Young Parent Program and the Teen Parent Program
One Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Telephone: 508. 791.3181 or (508) 767-2505
Web Site: www.ywcaworcester.org
DRAGONFLY EQUESTRIAN CENTER
• Each camp day begins with our morning meeting, a cold drink and fresh fruit as we focus on our goals for
that day’s session. Each child is encouraged to grow and enjoy each moment with positive affirmation and
• Both classroom and field instruction is experienced throughout the week. Camp is held rain or shine.
Helmets and boots are required.
About Dragonfly Equestrian Center and NEESMARC:
• Dragonfly is our boarding and instructional facility. New England Equine Sports Medicine and
Rehabilitation Center proudly offers comforts for horses with special needs.
• During our Summer Program at Dragonfly, the children will be exposed to classroom type learning (without
the classroom). They will learn equine anatomy, personality, each horse’s history – where they came from –
why they are here – and where they will be going. This builds a relationship and understanding for the
child as to how to react and treat his or her assigned horse. They will groom and bathe. They will walk and
talk. They will fall in love with their new equine friend and their time spent at Dragonfly.
• Children don’t have to ride – they can choose the horsemanship course. We feel learning from the ground
up is the best and riding is more than having your horse tacked up and waiting for you…
• PROGRAMS MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 30, 2008.
• Dates and Fees
• WEEK #1: 7/7/08 – 7/10/08 (Young Riders)
• WEEK #2: 7/14/08 – 7/17/08 (all)
• WEEK #3: 7/21/08 – 7/24/08 (all)
• WEEK #4: 8/4/08- 8/7/08 (all)
• WEEK #5: 8/11/08 – 8/14/08 (all)
• WEEK #6: 8/18/08 – 8/21/08 (Young Riders)
• AGES 5-7 $300/WEEK
• AGES 8-14 $300/WEEK
• YOUNG RIDERS $450/WEEK*
• BRING YOUR HORSE $500/WEEK (INCLUDES STALL, FEED AND CARE)
• Late Registration Fee Add $50.00
• Space is limited. Reserve early.
• *Young riders are those who are currently comfortable at W/T/C and looking to perfect their skills. This
is a riding intense program geared with either Dressage or Jumping focuses.
• Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm. Early and extended day available for minimal fee/hour (8am arrival/5pm
departure). Must be scheduled in advance.
94 Old Westboro Road North Grafton, MA 01536
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Worcester is designed for children who would like
or need a mentor. They serve Boys who are ages 6 – 13 and Girls who are 6 – 12
There is one on one mentoring as well as after school programs and
The School Based Program:
In this program, Bigs visit their Littles at their elementary school or middle
school or at an after school program like Boys and Girls Clubs. The visit are
about once a week and the Bigs help their Littles with homework, play sports,
do arts and crafts, play board games or just talk.
Activities are usually restricted to the school or site grounds and take place
during the calendar year.
The Community Based Program:
Bigs and Littles share activities they both enjoy. Activities include sports, arts
and crafts, baking cookies, seeing a movie, fishing, going to a sporting event,
taking walks, going to a museum or just hanging out.
In this program you schedule your visits at a time that is convenient for you
three of four times a month.
484 Main Street, Suite 360, Worcester, Massachusetts
Phone number is 508.752.7868 or 800.540.7868
Web site: http://www.bbbsworc.org
Boys and Girls
Boys and Girls Club offers meaningful and worthwhile programs to the
young people of Worcester.
Open to kids ages 8 – 18
Offers after school programming from 2 – 6pm for ages 8 – 13
Offers after school programming from 2 – 9pm for teens 14 – 18
National programs are available in the areas of education, the
environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy
prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.
Boys and Girls Club offers programs in:
Character and Leadership
Education and Career
Health and Life Skills
Sports, Fitness and Recreation
65 Tainter Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site www.bgcworcester.org
The American Red Cross
The Red Cross provides school age children with meaningful
opportunities for education, training and volunteer and community service in
areas of Disaster Relief and Health and Safety Services.
Babysitters Training Course for Ages 11 - 15
Designed for the 11 YEAR OLD and up who wishes to learn how care for infants
and children. Course includes basic first aid, how to respond in an emergency,
how to interview, how to handle behavioral problems in a creative way!
Participants receive a book, certificate and a Babysitters bag. Bring a
snack/lunch if desired!
Basic Aid Training for Ages 8 – 10
BAT teaches basic skills and knowledge necessary for children to identify and
prevent potentially harmful situations, to be able to treat common injuries, and
to respond in emergency situations. The program emphasizes prevention
highlight its importance in reducing injuries. The participants manual uses
coloring, games, puzzles for topics such as "All Choked UP", "Ouch", "Cautious
Kids", and "Safe Wheels".
Pet First Aid:
Designed for the individual interested in learning the appropriate care for small
pets. Cat and dog manikins are used for demonstration. Each participant receives
a Pet First Aid manual.
You can call the American Red Cross at 508.595.3700
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site www.redcrossworcester.org/services/youth.html
Girls Inc. addresses girls’ needs using Identity Programs
that empower girls ages 6-18 in the areas of math and
science education, pregnancy and substance abuse
prevention, media and financial literacy, sports participation and violence
Trained facilitators deliver the programs; they focus on gender equity, and
involve the participation of the girls on a regular basis where they can engage
in long-term relationships with the staff and other girls.
Girls Inc. is Worcester’s community agency offering facility – based after school
Girls Inc. serves a diverse group of 4,700 children aged 5 – 18 years of age.
Girls Inc. offers a Dance Program, Girls Only Basketball League, Youthnet Year –
Round Program, After School Program, Licensed School Age Program,
Gymnastics, Girl’s Circle, Preteen Strong, Smart and Bold and also American
Red Cross Courses.
• 125 Providence Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
• 76 Lincoln Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
• Camp Kinneywood at 280 Olean Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site http://www.girlsincworcester.org
Community Action Council
The Worcester Community Action Council provides GED and pre-
employment skills training for young people ages 16 – 21 years of
age who have not finished high school and meet income eligibility
WINGS offers GED preparation, computer training, job placement
assistance, educational and career counseling and individualized
There are also guest speakers who instruct in kids in life skills,
health and wellness and career development.
Project Excel is a General Education and Development Preparation
Program GED for young people between the ages of 16 and 21 who
have not completed the regular High School program of studies.
The Denholm Building,
484 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.wcac.net
AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides
individuals age 17 and above education awards of up to
$4,725 in exchange for a year of service.
Members may apply for a second year, increasing their total
award to $9,450.
Worcester Community Action Council, Inc
484 Main Street, Second Floor, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.AmeriCorps.org
Dynamy is a not-for-profit mentoring and internship focused experiential
educational organization founded in 1969.
Our mission is to challenge, support, and empower people of all ages to
discover their purpose and to practice their values via internship programs
and mentoring activities.
Dynamy currently operates two core programs:
Youth Academy, and Internship Year.
Identifies promising low-income 8th grade students in the Worcester Public
Supports them in completing their high school education.
Motivates and prepares them for college and internships.
Guarantees them access to higher education.
Dynamy Internship Year is a powerful mix, of work, independent living,
structure, and coaching.
Dynamy also offers an After School Program, Internships, Youth Leadership,
Educational Opportunities and College bound programs.
27 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Web site: www.Dynamy.org
Friendly House offers after school programs, art and recreation programs,
summer camping programs, senior services, basic needs services, a
continuum of shelter services, community organizing efforts, and a host of
information and referral services.
Friendly House works with entire families, both nuclear and extended, as an
integrating force for the families and the neighborhoods it serves.
Friendly House provides a continuum of comprehensive coordinated
neighborhood basic services to inner-city families.
Friendly House offers an After School Drop In Program for children ages 6 – 12
Friendly House also offers activities for teenagers 13 – 16 years old, including a
counselor in training program.
Friendly House has an Explorers Dreams, once a week program where children 8
– 13 years old travel to WPI where students meet with them for two hours
to play basketball, go swimming, have tutoring, mentoring special projects
and other activities.
Friendly House also offers advocacy and shelter services, hotel/motel
emergency placement, transportation, homework help college bound
programs. They also have summer programs, immigration sources, arts,
music and dance programs as well as recreational, sports and youth
36 Wall Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: http://www.worcesterresources.org
• Resources for middle and high school students
• The Consortium can help you plan for, get into and pay for college – no matter your cultural background
or socio-economic level. Consortium services include:
• Inspiring young people to want to attend college
• Preparing them for the challenges of higher education
• Providing academic programs and financial aid information
• Providing assistance in completing college and financial aid applications
• Advising and testing for academic placement and career goals
• Providing support to help students stay in college
• With federal and state funding, the Consortium provides in-school services to middle and high school
students in Worcester. Educational Talent Search (ETS), a federally funded TRIO program, serves 7th-
12th grade youth in Worcester. Youth who have the potential to succeed in college but who are
educationally or economically disadvantaged are eligible for ETS at no charge.
• GEAR UP Worcester: GEAR UP, funded through a contract with the Massachusetts Board of Higher
Education, provides services to middle and high school students in targeted schools in Worcester. The
GEAR UP program also provides professional development services to teachers and guidance counselors
at GEAR UP schools statewide. All services are provided free of charge.
• Worcester Educational Opportunity Center (EOC): The Worcester Educational Opportunity Center
(EOC) has established itself in Central Massachusetts as a primary source of information and advising
about postsecondary education for students, parents, guidance counselors and other educators.
Worcester EOC provides independent academic, financial aid, early college planning, and career services
to individuals who are pursuing postsecondary education. To fulfill its mission, EOC:
• Works in partnership with colleges and school systems throughout central Massachusetts
• Works with current and potential students, parents, teachers and counselors to ensure accurate and
appropriate information about the college access process
• Works closely with state, federal and community agencies involved in college access and financial aid
• To learn more about the Consortium and planning for college, please call 508-754-6829 or visit
Pride Productions, Inc.
Pride Productions is a non-profit corporation formed in 1994 to highlight
the benefits and contributions of our diverse cultural community.
PPI's mission is to "empower youth to expand their opportunities for the
future using media and technology" in a safe learning environment.
The Community Access Technology Center and the Multimedia Clubhouse
provide an after school learning environment where teens ages 14 – 17
work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and
build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.
Members from both programs work closely with adult mentors, students
and professionals in the fields of art, science and education.
210 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA
Web Sites: www.ppiworcester.org
Urban Garden Resources of Worcester, better known as UGROW, is a
grassroots, city-wide community gardens program.
YouthGROW is an active partnership with youth to address issues of
hunger, sustainable food systems, environmental justice, and
What is YouthGROW?
YouthGROW is entering the 5th season!
Twenty 14-16 year old youth; 4 are designated “youth leaders”
8 week – 3 days a week program with additional after school prep
Growing over 2000 pounds of food each season distributed to
neighborhood families, food pantries, and sold at the
Artichoke Food Co-op ( http://www.artichokecoop.org/)
Leadership building, consensus run, youth empowerment, community
organizing, mentoring, a different way of running a youth program!
9 Castle Street, #1, Worcester, MA
Youth Effects provides opportunities for youth to express themselves in
a positive directions. They participate in activities targeted at
improving school performance with general help is given when needed.
• Youth guidance is aimed at helping youth become a better citizen with
training in leadership skills and encouragement and guidance to
become virtuous role models for others in the community and to
connect youth to community service.
• Provide assistance in educational and job training.
• Provide economic, social, cultural and emotional support to area
Southeast Asians in an effort to successfully integrate them into
mainstream American society.
• Cultivate connections and linkage between area Southeast Asians and
the mainstream American community.
• Support the cultural heritage of the many Southeast Asian cultures
represented throughout the greater Worcester community.
• The Southeast Asian Coalition also offers after school programs,
camps, youth leadership, arts, music and dance, immigration sources
and cultural events.
120 Chandler Street #1L, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.seacma.org
• High School, Middle School, Elementary, Preschool, Toddler
• The Youth Classes program combines looking at authentic art
objects in the Museum galleries with art-making experiences in
the Museum studios.
• Our philosophy places value on the process of creating art. We
provide an environment where students can explore other cultures
through our outstanding collection of artworks spanning
antiquities to contemporary art.
• Students will have the opportunity to try new materials and gain
self-confidence. All youth, not just those with perceived talents,
benefit from working with art materials and learning about self-
• Professional artist/educators consider the unique capabilities of
each student and give individualized attention during the lessons.
• The Worcester Art Museum offers after school programs,
internships, jobs, child care, educational opportunities, summer
programs as well as art classes.
• Please consider your child's age, as well as interests, when
selecting a class.
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.Worcesterart.org
• Through Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program, young people develop leadership skills, investigate
the fundamentals of aerospace science, acquire the habit of exercising regularly, solidify
their character, and participate in exciting hands-on activities that prepare them to become
• Youth between the ages of 12-18 may join the CAP Cadet Program and remain in cadet status
until they turn 21.
• Middle school students may join before turning 12, if their school participates in the CAP
• Civil Air Patrol-Worcester Cadet Squadron ~ 25 N Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605
• Meetings Every Tuesday, 6 to 8:30 PM-Behind UMASS Hospital
"I am pushing myself to be a better person." Cadet Kristin Miller
"I made my first solo flight at a CAP encampment." Astronaut Eric Boe
"I've learned discipline -- something not stressed enough in today's
society." Cadet Theresa Paredes
Coast Guard Enlistment Incentives. As of 22 June 2006 the US Coast Guard matches
USAF incentives for cadets that have earned the Billy Mitchell Award (enlistment as E-3).
From the CG Recruiting Manual:
4. U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
a. Applicants with two years of experience are eligible to enlist in pay grade E-2.
b. Applicants with three years of experience or cadets who receive the General Billy Mitchell
Award are eligible to enlist in the pay grade of E-3. 24 Apr 07
• Parents' Guide in Spanish. "Guia Para Padres" is now a link on the Parents' section of the
cadet web page.
• Email: email@example.com
• Web Site: http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/htm/teens.htm
Oak Hill Community Development (CDC)
The Oak Hill CDC grew out of concerns of neighborhood residents
associated with Friendly House, a non-profit multi-service center,
about affordable housing.
To empower, enable and support community members in their
efforts to revitalize the Union Hill and Oak Hill and Upsala Street
area neighborhoods of Worcester.
• Youth Community service projects are ongoing.
74 Providence Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Youth Opportunities Upheld
Y.O.U., Inc. offers a comprehensive continuum of human
services to adolescents and families each year in
Y.O.U. Services five distinct areas:
• Community Based Services
• Educational and Vocational Schools
• Family Centers containing Licensed Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Clinics
• Residential Out of Home Services
• Family Networks
81 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA
Web Site: www.youinc.org
Half of YMCAs' members nationwide are under age 18. YMCAs give
teens a safe place to call their own, a chance to connect with
adults who care about them and an opportunity to get involved in
programs that help them grow, such as:
• Teen nights and teen dances
• Camps,, Internships, Youth Leadership, Child Care, Educational
Opportunities, homework help and Summer Programs.
• Strength training for preteens
• Tutoring Youth centers/rooms
• Teen centers/rooms
• Junior high after-school programs
• Youth employment programs
• Preteen dances
• Mentoring programs
• Youth and Government
• Midnight basketball
• YMCA Earth Service Corps (teen-led environmental action clubs)
Greendale Family Branch YMCA
75 Shore Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Bridge of Central MA, Inc.
Provides child and adolescent transition services as well as Mental
Health Emergency Services, counseling, educational opportunities
and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning
A program designed to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and
questioning youth, ages 14 – 23.
Safe Homes hosts a weekly Drip-In Center where GLBTQ youth can
receive services from our professional and volunteer staff.
Much of the Safe Homes programming is led by youth who help plan and
implement the Drop – In Center.
Safe Homes is based in Worcester and serves youth from across
4 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.thebridgecm.org
Programs, Classes & Events
• Mass Audubon offers a broad array of programs, classes, camps, and
special events throughout the year. Mass Audubon members enjoy
discounts on programs, classes, and most special events.
• Mass Audubon conducts a variety of educational programs for people
of all ages, both at our sanctuaries and at your site, in any season. We
work with schools and other groups—such as home schoolers, scouts,
seniors, garden clubs, and community centers, just to name a few—to
cultivate awareness and stewardship of the natural environment.
• Our experienced educators specialize in providing "hands-on/minds-
on" interactive learning experiences that encourage investigation of
the natural world. Our programs explore the varied habitats of
Massachusetts and help enrich an understanding of human
interrelationships with the environment.
• The Audubon Society also offers camps, internships, classes,
recreational activities, education opportunities, green programs,
summer programs and meeting space.
414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
Telephone: 508.753.6087 x13
Web Site: www.massaudubon.org
The First Night Youth Council
The First Night Youth Council engages 15 area teenagers in planning
teen oriented activities for the New Year’s Eve event.
The Youth Council is responsible for design, development, production,
selection and implementation of a performance and activity venue
specifically geared to the tastes and interests of area teenagers. It
also includes arts, music and dance.
Teens on the Youth Council also learn about budget planning, project
management, marketing, leadership, group dynamics and teamwork
and are accountable for the results they produce.
First Night Worcester
Post Office Box 351, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.firstnightworcester.org
• Young Parent Support Service
In an effort to help young parents be successful in their new role
Pernet offers a Young Parent Support program.
• There is a Community Computer Lab, Family and Youth Mentoring,
Summer Programs, Health Care, Summer Food site and Pantry,
Emergency Services, and Parent Support Groups.
• This program helps parents age 23 and under by teaching parenting
skills, methods to manage time, and how to establish a network of
• Youth Program
Pernet Family Health Service offers youth programs that are based
on the availability, skills, and interests of community volunteers.
• Currently, we offer a Homework Club led by students from
Assumption College and Holy Cross. This drop-in activity is free and is
open to any school-aged child. The Homework Club takes place on
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:30 until 5:00 pm and
includes play time at Crompton Park and a snack.
237 Millbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.pernetfamilyhealth.org
The Worcester Public Library
TAG! You’re it!
Get involved and speak up about programs and services for teens at the Worcester
Public Library. There are recreational activities, summer programs, a Teen
Advisory Group, a Teen Writers Club, volunteer activities, some employment
and a Teen Anime club.
The Teen Advisory Group, aka TAG, meets monthly to discuss and plan while having
a bit of fun and a bite to eat.
TAG membership is open to all Worcester’s teens, 13 – 18 years old.
Programs for all ages are ongoing, babies through adults.
Main Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.worcpublib.org
Francis Perkins Branch, 470 West Boylston Street, Worcester
Web Site: www.worcpublib.org
Great Brook Valley Branch, 89 Tacoma Street, Worcester
Web Site: www.worcpublib.org
Central MA Housing Alliance
YAH – Youth Against Homelessness Youth Council
Youth Against Homelessness is sponsored by the Central
Massachusetts Housing Alliance. We are teens around the state
working together towards ending homelessness.
We volunteer in an effort to assist the CMHA in their mission of:
supporting prevention programs, ensuring the availability of high
quality and appropriate sheltering and support services;
encouraging the availability and access to decent affordable
housing; and empowering people through education.
7-11 Bellevue Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.cmhaonline.org
Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) is a
diverse group of youth who distribute about
$15,000 of Foundation discretionary funds.
YCI members determine the grant making focus, review proposals,
determine awards and evaluate their grants.
• Youth Leadership opportunities, college bound programs and
• Sophomores, juniors and seniors in public and private high schools
throughout Worcester County
• Ages 15-18
• Minimum C+ average
• Submit completed YCI online application by posted deadline
• Have a successful face-to-face interview
• Attend, actively participate in, and be on time to all YCI meetings
(November through April), which usually take place in the
• Dress in business casual attire
370 Main Street, Suite 650, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: http://greaterworcester.org/special/YCI.htm
Healthy Options for Prevention and Education
Through a collaborative effort of youth, service
providers, and families, the HOPE Coalition will result
in increased access to year round, out of school
prevention, recreation, wellness, and development
activities for youth ages 12-21, planned in partnership
with young people.
Our Goal is to see:
• Reduced rates of youth violence and see fewer teens using
drugs and alcohol.
• Happier, healthier young people connected to families,
schools, services, programs and
neighborhoods, and ready to lead in their communities.
• Young people and adults working together in an atmosphere of
mutual respect and understanding to achieve these goals.
Web Site: www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/HOPEcoalition.htm
Building Brighter Futures
An initiative that is designed to increase meaningful job
opportunities and career potential for low income youth
between the ages of 16 and 19 years of age.
With business, government, non-profit and youth partners, this
initiative is leveraging systemic change
in youth employment practices and resources city-wide.
There are Youth Leadership opportunities, a Volunteer Data Base
and volunteer opportunities available.
Web Site: www.unitedwaycm.org
The JCC's Youth Department provides children in grades K - 6
with a rainbow of safe, fun programs to enhance their
mental, emotional, physical, and social development.
The JCC programs include camps, after school programs,
internships, sports, recreation, child care, summer programs,
Youth Leadership and classes.
The JCC offers a variety of professionally-run programs and
activities to meet your child's needs during these important
In addition, our school vacation camps give parents peace of
mind while their children have a wonderful time in a safe and
633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.worcesterjcc.org
Latino Educational Institute (LEI)
Innovative Services for Latino Adolescents (ISLA) is an after
school and summer program for Latino students in grades 3 – 7.
The Middle School component focuses on the development of
leadership skills and the enhancement of physical, social and
emotional wellbeing that would assist students in their transition
from elementary to middle school.
Latinos Involved in Discovering Educational Resources (LIDER) is an
after school program that engages the student and his or her
parents in educational activities that facilitate the access to
higher education institutions.
It serves students in grades 11 and 12.
Also included in the Institute are homework help, summer programs,
college bound programs, English as a second language, jobs,
educational opportunities, youth leadership and internships!
486 Chandler Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.worcester.edu/lei/
Spectrum Health Systems
Spectrum’s Behavioral Health Division offers a full array of CARF
accredited substance abuse and mental health treatment services.
Spectrum’s outpatient counseling programs serve adults and
adolescents with chronic substance abuse and/or mental health
10 Mechanic Street, Suite 302, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site; www.spectrumhealthsystems.org
Worcester Youth Guidance
• Community Healthlink, Inc.’s Youth & Family services offers
counseling for youngsters and parents, as well as family therapy.
• Previously known as the Worcester Youth Guidance Center it was
established in 1920 and is one of the longest-running services of
its kind in the nation.
• More than 3000 youngsters and teens receive services annually
through programs available in Worcester, Clinton, Leominster,
Fitchburg and Gardner. Programs include:
• Burncoat Family Center
• Early Intervention
• Juvenile Court Clinic
• Lipton Academy
• Flexible Support
• School Support
• Home-Based Services
• Victim Services
• Highland Grace House
• TFK – Together For Kids Coalition
• CAPPC – The Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative
72 Jacques Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.communityhealthlink.org
Henry Lee Willis Center
Incorporated in 1991, Willis Center was founded to
address the social and economic needs of minority
• We continue our work in the community in association
with other partners, serving approximately 17,000
children, adults and families annually.
• We provide services for substance abuse recovery,
serve children and adolescents, operate emergency
family shelters, support developmentally disabled
children and adults, engage the community in cultural
and arts education, and distribute food and household
goods as available.
119 Forest Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.williscenter.org
Worcester Youth Center
The Worcester Youth Center is the only free "drop-
in" center with structured programs and support
groups for teens in the city of Worcester.
Each year the center serves more then 400 young people ranging in the
ages form 11-21, with approximately 100 using it daily.
The center register more the 15,000 visit a year.
• When they arrive, most young people at the Worcester Youth
Center see little hope in life.
• Ninety-eight percent live in poverty. Ten percent are homeless.
• Many have family members battling alcohol or drug problems or
serving time in jail.
326 Chandler Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.Worcesteryouthcenter.org
• Regatta Point Community Sailing, located on Lake Quinsigamond in the State Park,
offers sailing and learning programs for children ages 10 – 16.
• Regatta Point Community Sailing is a non-profit charitable organization that
teaches responsible boating and promotes environmental awareness.
• While learning to become competent sailors, our participants also see first hand
how responsibility and collaboration impact individual and group success.
• Our young sailors challenge themselves, setting their own goals as they pursue
Deckhands, Mate, and Junior Helmsman certification.
Requirements for all sailors 17 and under
• Proof of ability to swim 75 yards and tread water for 3 minutes is required for all
sailors 17 and under.
• Red Cross, YMCA, and other certifications are accepted. Swim tests are given at
the YMCA for a nominal fee.
• While we do not offer swimming lessons, swimming is available at our facility, and
we practice and teach basic water safety.
• Children sail in groups of three or four under the supervision of our trained staff.
• Web Site: www.Regettapoint.org
• Telephone: 508.757.2140
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Youth Services Department is comprised of three
• Family Based Services (FBS)
• Intensive Adolescent Services (IAS)
• The “Se Puede” Program
• Consisting of five Youth Advisors, the IAS program provides
case management services to Latino youth between the ages of
12 and 17.
• The IAS Program has a family services component which serves
up to four Vietnamese families.
• This component includes a part time Vietnamese parent-aide
that provides case management services to families with youth
between the ages of 12 and 17.
11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.centrolasamericas.org
Children’s Friend Inc.
School Aged Mother’s Program
Children’s Friend collaborates with the Worcester Public Schools to
offer the School Age Mothers (SAM) Program.
At the SAM Program, pregnant and parenting teens can continue their
education while learning about pregnancy and parenting issues.
SAM Health Education and Social Service
Granite Street School
120 Granite Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
SAM Infant and Toddler Center Girl’s Inc.
125 Providence Street, Worcester, MA
Web Site: www.childrensfriend.org
In 1993, the establishment of the 32º Masonic Learning Centers for Children
suffering from dyslexia, free-of-charge and one-on-one.
The Learning Center is accredited by the International Multi-sensory Structured
Language Education Council (IMSLEC)
• Focusing on Success
• Helping Children
• The Learning Centers focus on dyslexia because millions of school children with
dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle
to acquire skills that many of us take for granted. Dyslexia is a learning
disability that afflicts some 15% of the population, however, it is treatable. The
32º Masonic Learning Centers provide one-to-one tutoring during convenient
after-school hours at no cost to student, family, school or insurance carrier. The
tutors, primarily schoolteachers, are specialists in dyslexia remediation.
• Contact the Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center
• If your child has been diagnosed with a language-based learning disorder, please
call the Scottish Rite Masons at 800.727.5608.
Masonic Learning Center
1 Ionic Avenue, Worcester, Massachusetts
Telephone: 508.754.6717 or 1.800.882.1020
Web Site: www.childrenslearningcenters.org
• Camp Without Barriers for Children and Adults with Disabilities
• From campfire sing-a-longs and late night ghost stories, to boating, nature
walks, swimming, and arts and crafts, Easter Seals camps provide the same
excitement and activity available at other summer camp programs. The
difference? Easter Seals campers experience the joys and challenges of camp
in a fully-accessible setting.
• As a veteran service-provider for children and adults with disabilities, Easter
Seals meets the need for accessible camping with 140 camping and recreation
facilities across the country.
• Day and residential camp sessions, as well as weekend and after-school
programs, are available. (Hours, duration, activities, eligibility requirements,
transportation availability and tuition vary from camp to camp)
• 484 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
• Telephone: 508.757.2756
• Web Site: http://www.easterseals.com
• This year the State Project is to raise the funds needed to
restore the Colonel Timothy Bigelow Monument on Historic
• One of the objects of the C.A.R. is to preserve and restore
places of historical importance associated with men who
forwarded American Independence.
• Bigelow, a blacksmith and ardent patriot, was one of
Worcester's first military heroes. He trained and led the
15th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army to
Concord and Lexington on April 19, 1775. Bigelow fought in
many battles during the Revolutionary War to defend his
beliefs in American Independence. Bigelow's memorial,
which was dedicated in 1861, is in need of major repair.
• The State President and Senior State President is seeking
sponsors when they re-enact the "Call to Arms". This is
when patriots left their home towns in Worcester County and
met on Worcester Common on April 19, 1775 to march to
Lexington and Concord.
• Visit http://www.nps.gov/vafo/home.htm to learn more about
• The Social dances of Latin America were born in blood and
fire during periods of conquest and colonization.
• Latin American countries are highly multi-ethnic and include
people of European, mestizo (European and indigenous) and
• Our dances represent the diversity of our Latino culture.
• The Academy includes classes for ages 5 – 7, ages 6 – 12, ages
13 – 18 and summer programs!
344 Chandler Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Web Site: www.ritmosacademy.org
An interactive multi media youth production program created and
produced by young people and designed to be an on-going conversation with
youth around the world.
Production projects include: Young Views - Real News, a weekly youth news
segment; Teen Central, a 30 minute production focused on topics of
interest to youth as well as independent projects created and developed by
youth. Youth mentoring youth is a key component of the program.
Members of Teen Central participate in such activities as: script writing,
set design, creating costumes and props, creating foley sounds, creating
original music compositions, on air talent, camera, audio, lighting, linear and
non-linear editing, blogging, and web related activities.
Young Views-Real News can be seen on WCCA TV13 and airs on Saturdays
at noon and 8:30 PM and Sundays at noon and 7:00 PM on Channel 13. Teen
Central shows alternate with Young Views and can be seen on WCCA TV13
during the same time slots.
If you’re between the ages of 12-22, get involved and learn valuable career
skills in television at a state of the art facility. Call 508-755-1880.
Past Teen Central Photos
Youth Program Needs
Teen Central Intern Opportunities
Web Sites: www.wccatv.com/teen-central
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