Children & Youth

Catholic Charities believes that every child deserves a promising future.

We show our commitment to youth through programs that support their health, wellness, productivity, leadership development, and education. In the City of Boston and the surrounding area, youth are faced with gang violence, drugs and many complex issues. We help young people address these issues with an informed and rational perspective. We encourage them to stay involved in the communities and our staff lead by example. Our mentoring and tutoring programs help create positive self-esteem, encourage school attachment, and promote the ability to make positive life choices, while teaching youth to interact appropriately with their peers and adults in their lives.

 

Youth programs include:

Sunset Point Camp

Sunset Point Camp, located in Hull, serves as a dream “vacation” for 400 children each summer. The camp was a donation to Catholic Charities in 1918 by the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus. For many years, the camp was known as the “Children’s Vacation House.” The goal of the camp has always been to provide children from low-income neighborhoods throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond, without regard for their race, nationality, or religious affiliation, a week away from home and the difficulties they endure. They swim in our pool and the ocean, go paddleboating and kayaking, enjoy team-building exercises with their fellow campers and staff, paint and draw in Arts and Crafts, enjoy ice cream socials and treasure night, along with a host of other activities centered around having fun.

Teen Center at St. Peter's
The Teen Center at St. Peter’s serves teens ages 12 to 19 from the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. There are approximately 300 members of the Teen Center annually, with as many as 135 participating in education or recreational activities daily. Through the center, adolescents of the mid-Dorchester corridor are provided with work opportunities, access to various support services, and a safe place for recreation. Work and activities aim to provide the skills necessary for academic success, while also increasing self-esteem and enhancing the perception of teens as a positive force in the community.

Youth Mentoring
This program is for Brockton youth whose families are involved with the Department of Children and Families. A youth mentor serves as a role model, getting the youth—ages six to 13—involved in social and community activities, encouraging them to make safe decisions and avoid risky behaviors, boosting their self-esteem, and monitoring their progress at school and at home.

Peabody Out of School Time Program (OST)

Peabody Out of School Time Program (OST) Español
Our school-age program is a year-round program open to children ages 5–13 years. During the school year our hours of operation are 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. During summer and school vacations we are open from 7:00 a.m–5:30 p.m. Children participate in arts and crafts, field trips, homework assistance, community projects, outdoor activities, and music. We are also open most “Snow Days.”

The program serves children in Peabody, Salem, Beverly and Danvers. The Peabody Child Care Center is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

If you would like to support our youth programs at Catholic Charities, you will be helping young adults in your community find opportunity and a promising future.