Boston – The Boston Foundation has announced more than $550,000 in grants to 87 community-based organizations in every neighborhood of the city to provide positive activities through the summer to local youth. Two separate programs providing an additional $75,000 in summer funding were also announced.
The program, My Summer in the City, was announced today at an event at the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester. Attending the event were Mayor Thomas M. Menino, leaders from the 87 organizations receiving grants through the program and large numbers of young people served by the organizations. The funding is also expected to create approximately 100 jobs for teenagers.
“Boston has a wealth of community-based organizations that provide constructive activities to our young people during the summer months, and we are delighted to support and expand that work,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. ‘This funding recognizes and strengthens the efforts of organizations across the city, and through them will touch as many as 20,000 young people in the next few months.”
Every organization that receives a grant is required to provide a complete calendar of events for all of their summer programming, which will be available on the Boston Foundation’s www.MyNeighborhorhoodBoston.org website to serve as an easily accessible overview of programming available by neighborhood.
A key funding priority for the Boston Foundation summer funding initiative was open-space programming, as well as community and resident engagement. In particular, six nonprofit organizations will serve as neighborhood leaders. In addition to the programming they offer directly, these organizations will bring together local nonprofit partners to provide a full summer schedule of activities in open spaces and parks in each specific neighborhood. The leader organizations include:
- South End Baseball League, serving the South End and Lower Roxbury
- Charlestown Against Drugs, serving Charlestown
- East Boston Athletic Board, serving east Boston
- Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, serving Dorchester
- West End House Boys & Girls Club, Allston-Brighton
- Roxbury YMCA, serving Roxbury, and
- The City of Boston at the Strand Theater.
Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Initiative
In addition to the 87 organizations receiving $544,000 in grants, a pilot program serving young people in Chinatown and Roxbury will receive $50,000 in support to build partnerships between young people in these two city neighborhoods. The YMCA of Greater Boston will serve as the lead agency, partnering with Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, OrigiNation and The Strand Theater. A Community Advisory Group, with a 12-member youth council, will collaboratively direct the programs at the two YMCA sites and at the Strand Theater.
As part of this initiative, 12 youth from Chinatown and Roxbury will be employed 20 hours a week to plan community events, conduct outreach and take part in arts and cultural enrichment workshops. Programs will take place between 6 and 10 p.m. twice a week for nine weeks.
Grant to the Private Industry Council
A third element in the Boston Foundation summer funding will be a $25,000 grant to the Boston Private Industry Council for youth summer jobs in Grove Hall and Bowdoin Street, Geneva and Franklin Field neighborhoods along Blue Hill Avenue. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services, State Street Foundation and other funders, the grant will evaluate the impact youth jobs have on the community. The goal is to understand better the relationship between higher levels of youth employment and lower levels of violence.
Organizations receiving My Summer in the City Grants
e inc. / Environmental Learning Center
Alternatives for Community and Environment, Inc.
Anthony Perkins Community Center
Appalachian Mountain Club
Artists for Humanity, Inc.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Inc.
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc.
Body By Brandy 4 Kidz
Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service
Boston Center for the Arts, Inc.
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
BHA Unity Days
Boston Neighborhood Network Television
Boston Police Department (B2)
Boston Police Department (B3)
Boston Ten Point Coalition, Inc.
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.
Centro Presente, Inc.
Charlestown Against Drugs
Church of the Holy Spirit
City Mission Society of Boston
City School, Inc.
City Stage Co., Inc.
College Bound Dorchester
Design Studio for Social Innovation
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc.
East Boston Athletic Board, Inc.
East Boston Social Centers
Ella J. Baker House
Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Inc.
Fenway Community Development Corporation
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Franklin Park Coalition, Inc.
Freedom House, Inc.
Fund for Boston Neighborhoods, Inc.
Gavin Foundation, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc.
Grace Street Church
Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, Inc.
The Holland Community Center
Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.
Huntington Theatre Company, Inc.
Hyde Park Main Streets
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc.
Jubilee Christian Church International
Lena Park Community Development Corporation
Madison Park Development Corporation
Medicine Wheel Productions, Inc.
Mystic Learning Center, Inc.
North End Against Drugs, Inc
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Project R.I.G.H.T., Inc.
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
Riverside Theatre Works, Inc.
Roxbury Family YMCA
Sociedad Latina, Inc.
South End Baseball
Sportsmen's Tennis Club, Inc.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Teen Challenge Boston
Teens Against Gang Violence
Theater Offensive, Inc.
United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury
Uphams Corner Community Center, Inc.
Vietnamese American Civic Association, Inc.
West End House Boys & Girls Club
Whittier Street Health Center
YMCA of Greater Boston
Youth Enrichment Services, Inc.
(Additional organizations are receiving grant support through collaborations with the organizations listed above.)
The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with assets of $682 million. In Fiscal Year 2009, the Foundation and its donors made over $95 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of over $81 million. The Foundation is made up of some 900 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges. For more information about the Boston Foundation, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.