‘My Summer in the City’ grants highlight Boston Foundation summer investments for youth in 2013

July 8, 2013

Grants create critically needed jobs, summer opportunities for youth in 24 parks and open spaces throughout Boston

View the calendar of ‘My Summer in the City’ events here

BostonThe Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, has announced that it is investing more than $600,000 in funding for summer programs in and around the city of Boston in 2013, providing much needed opportunities for youth to build skills, retain learning and gain employment during the summer months. The investment includes more than $325,000 in grants for "My Summer in the City," a network of nearly 30 programs providing activities and summer jobs for youth in the city of Boston. The full slate of summer programs begins this week, with special events planned in neighborhoods throughout Boston during July and August.

This is the fourth year for My Summer in the City, an initiative developed and coordinated by the Boston Foundation and funded in conjunction with the Yawkey Foundation, the Barr Foundation, an anonymous corporate donor and several individual donors. In addition, the Foundation will invest $200,000 in support of the Boston Opportunity Agenda’s Summer Learning Project, which will serve 1500 students from 50 Boston public schools to reverse summer learning loss, improve skills and build school-community partnerships by providing an engaging, active summer learning and skills program.

The Foundation is also committing $50,000 to the Summer Fund, a donor collaborative managed by Associated Grant Makers to ensure that at-risk and economically disadvantaged children in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea and Somerville have access to quality summer camps and programs, and $50,000 to Camp Harborview, which brings 900 inner-city youth ages 11-17 to Long Island in Boston Harbor for an immersive summer camp program emphasizing sports, arts, aquatics, education and leadership development.

Together, the grant recipients will create programming in Boston parks and open spaces for thousands of Boston youth and create more than 250 employment opportunities for youth in the city of Boston. Many of those jobs will be available to young people with CORI records, who often find gaining employment exceptionally difficult. In addition, the My Summer in the City programs will expand their program offerings to seven days a week, giving people safe opportunities for recreation throughout the summer.

“We are pleased to be able to continue the growth of My Summer in the City with the expansion of weeknight programming this year,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “My Summer in the City and these other valuable programs provide opportunities that make a notable difference in the quality of life for young people in the city throughout the season.”

Launched in 2010, My Summer in the City (MSITC) seeks to ensure that a range of quality summer programs and activities are available to Boston’s youth and families throughout the summer months. The initiative supports a diverse range of programming, reflecting the unique character of the city’s many neighborhoods, with four core elements:

  • Programs and activities are based in neighborhood parks and outdoor spaces;
  • Programming takes place during non-traditional, extended hours – weekday evenings and nights after 5pm, and on weekends;
  • Employment opportunities are created for youth and young adults; and
  • Organizations work collaboratively with local community partners to provide programming in a selected open space.

The 2013 My Summer in the City grantees include:

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Boston Housing Authority
Catholic Charities
Charlestown Against Drugs
Codman Square Neighborhood  Development Corporation
Franklin Park Coalition
Friends of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
Hawthorne Youth & Community Center
Hyde Square Task Force
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
The Institute for Pan African Cultural  Education (PACE)
Madison Park Development Corporation
Mattapan Pop Warner Football and  Cheerleading
Medicine Wheel Productions
North American Family Institute
North End Against Drugs
The Oscar Micheaux Theater Program
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
ROC Teen Saturday
Sociedad Latina
South End Technology Center @ Tent  City
Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center
Steppin’ in the Bean
Sustainability Guild International
United Somali Youth, Inc.
West End House Boys and Girls Club
YMCA of Greater Boston

An interactive, regularly updated calendar of “My Summer in the City” programs and events can be found on the Boston Foundation website at http://www.tbf.org/blank/my-summer-in-the-city. Many of the programs will be featured in video to be produced by PressPass TV this summer. Call the contacts for each organization (accessible by clicking on an event title) to learn more about their summer programming plans.


The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of more than $900 million.  In 2012, the Foundation and its donors made $88 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of close to $60 million. The Foundation is a partner in philanthropy, with 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 that address the region’s most pressing challenges.  The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements custom philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. Through its consulting and field-advancing efforts, TPI has influenced billions of dollars in giving worldwide.  For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.