Featured Programs

BCYF April Vacation: Check out activities at Boston Centers for Youth & Families over April Vacation Week! Go on field trips, meet new people and more! www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf

Aquarium Lecture Series: The New England Aquarium is excited to offer an after school career lecture series to area youth who are interested in a future marine-related career. Grades 7-12.  Apr 4, 7pmwww.neaq.org/education_and_activities/programs_and_classes

Discover Scuba Day: Come learn the basics of scuba diving at the BCYF Recreation at Madison Park Pool from experienced staff from Boston SCUBA on Apr 27, 12-2pm. Ages 10 and up, costs $20 per person.www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf

BCYF City at Your Service: Mattapan residents are invited to join the Mayor’s Office of Human Services and learn about all that is available to you through the Mayor’s Office of Human Services’ departments on Apr 10 from 6:30-8pm at the BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center. Departments include the Boston Youth Fund, the Women’s Commission, and more. www.cityofboston.gov/news/default.aspx?id=6046

4 Day Marine Science Course, Marine Biologist in Training: A challenging opportunity for students ages 13-17 interested in learning first-hand about marine science at the Aquarium while building skills for problem solving, leadership and environmental stewardship. Sundays, 10am–4pm, Apr 28–May 19. Deadline: Apr 10. Cost: $240, Financial aid is available. www.neaq.org/mbit 617-973-6745, jsigman@neaq.org 

Boston Bikes Essay Contest: The contest is Boston residents ages of 11-15; the winner will get a personalized bike. Write a 250 word essay entitled, “Things I Could Do in Boston on a Bicycle,” and submit to the community service office in the district where you live, with your name, address, and phone number by Mar 31. Find your local community service office: www.cityofboston.gov/police/districts

Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo: Young women and men need help in making prom affordable. Donate a gently worn dress, shoes, suit, tie, or accessories. Please dry clean before donating. Drop off now through Apr 21. 617-635-4217. Drop off Locations:

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Bagly Prom: Bagly invites you to their annual GLBT youth prom. Anyone is welcome to attend. Bagly events are free of violence, pressure, & harassment. Free clinical tests available.  Fee: $15 at the door and $10 pre-sale. May 18, 7pm-11pm. Boston City Hall. 617-227-4313, www.bagly.org

Walk for Change: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is holding the 8th annual walk for change to bring together survivors, family members, and the community to raise awareness and provide funding for the BARCC’s free services. Sun, Apr 7. Registration: 8:30am, walk: 9:30am. $25 adults, $10 kids, $5 dog, Canal park, Cambridge. Kim Sebastiao, events@barcc.org www.barcc.org 

Safe Dating: This six-session program aims to equip students with the skills to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution. Apr 2-18, 6pm at the Dorchester YMCA. dpowell@ymcaboston.org, 617-436-7750 X231

Big Business Network Inc: Learn the fundamentals of business and investing combined with basketball! Free program at the Anthony D. Perkins Community Center. Orientation for the Spring '13 session will be on Mar 30th, 9:30am. Kendric Price, 617-304-1159 info@bigbusinessnetworkinc.org bigbusinessnetworkinc.org


BAC Summer Academy: Boston Architectural College’s Summer Academy is a 4-week design exploration program that includes hands-on experience working in the BAC design studios. Explore the processes of architecture and design.  Jul 1-26. Tuition is $1800, including all materials and supplies. 617-585-0101, www.the-bac.edu/summer

BCYF Lifeguard Intern Institute: This FREE training program will provide pool skills and classroom instruction to qualify for Lifeguard Certification for youth ages 16+. BCYF Mason Pool: Mar 14-Apr 19, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 5-7pm.  Register: 617-635-5241. www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf

Teen Studio Art Intensives: The MFA offers weekly studio art intensives by experienced educators and professional artists for youth ages 12-18. Intensives include lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fashion drawing, and more. Spring session: Mar 23-May 4. Summer session: Jun 25-Aug 13. Cost: $210-275. Limited scholarships available. www.mfa.org/programs/studio-art-classes

East Boston Task Force Teen Nights: The East Boston YMCA hosts a FREE Teen Night with a different program every weekend for youth between the ages of 13-18. Youth are also able to come and use the Health and Wellness Facility for FREE. Application required. Joey, jgaeta@ymcaboston.org, Carlos, cfuentes@ymcaboston.org

Boston's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition: EITC is a coalition which includes the Mayor's Office for Jobs and Community Services, along with non-profit, corporate, and community partners.  EITC provides low and moderate-income taxpayers with FREE financial services. From Jan-Apr, EITC provides free tax preparation at 28 volunteer-staffed locations around Boston. The Coalition also now offers a year-round financial coaching program including help for students with guidance on their online FAFSA form. www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/eitc/default.asp

Fashion Club: The Dorchester YMCA is hosting a Fashion Club for teens, by teens who will have the opportunity to learn about fashion! New members and volunteers are welcome. The club meets every Friday, 5-6:15pm. Dorchester YMCA. Darrel, dpowell@ymcaboston.org , 617-436-7750

Safe Dating: A six-week session to help equip students with the skills to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution. Sessions held at the Dorchester YMCA. Contact Darrel, 617-436-7750 x231, dpowell@ymcaboston.org

ICA Media Workshops: The ICA’s Teen New Media program is providing workshops on Videogame Design, Animation, Graphic Design, Digital Collage and more. Workshops are taught by professionals and are open to high school students. Equipment and supplies are provided. Scholarships and school credits are available for BPS students. Gabrielle Wyrick, 617-478-3132, www.icateens.org

Northeastern Summer STEM Program: NU hosts middle school students for 2 weeks this summer. Participants live on campus and participate in academic and social activities through classroom work, field excursions, and interactive demonstrations. The entire program including food and housing is FREE. Deadline: Apr 26. 617-373-8380, www.stem.neu.edu/programs/nussp

Spring 2013 Bikes Not Bombs: Bikes Not Bombs is currently accepting applications for spring sessions of its Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action programs. At the end of the program, you get to keep the bike that you work on and learn about. Applications available online. Elijah Evans, 617-522-0222 x101, elijah@bikesnotbombs.org,http://bikesnotbombs.org/

Summer 2013 Earn-A-Bike: Bikes Not Bombs will run two Earn-A-Bike sessions this summer. Session 1: July 4 - Jul 20, Mon - Fri 2-6pm. Session 2: Jul 25 - Aug 10, Mon - Fri, 2-6pm. Elijah, 617-522-0222 x101,elijah@bikesnotbombs.orghttp://bikesnotbombs.org/ 

Athena Conference: Hosted by Harvard women to promote gender awareness issues among high school youth of all genders. This year's FREE conference, “Growing Up Gendered”, will feature discussion, Self-Defense, food, and more. Apr 6, 10am-6pm. Student Organization Center at Hilles. athenaoutreach@gmail.com,www.hcs.harvard.edu/~athena

Urbanity Dance: Urbanity Dance will host children ages 3-11 for a summer of dance. Students will come to terms with movement discovery, self-expression, and choreography in addition to receiving individual technical instruction. http://urbanitydance.org  

Boston Children’s Chorus: Youth ages 7-18 can audition for the Boston Children’s Chorus. BCC harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city's diverse communities to inspire social change. Auditions will be held May 10 and 11. www.bostonchildrenschorus.org

School Breakfast Video Contest: If you’re a middle or high school student who has a knack for making videos, enter the School Breakfast Video Contest: Eat. Film. Screen, with a 30-second video promoting a healthy school breakfast. Prizes include: $1,000, $300, or $200, American Express gift card for the top 3 winners. The winning video will also be shown on WHDH-TV. Submit your video before Apr 5: www.meals4kids.org/school-breakfast-eat-film-screen