Building Circles of Care That Transform Communities, 
One Young Person At A Time

About Us
Since 2000, St. Stephen’s Youth Programs has been providing young people from some of Boston's most disadvantaged communities with year-round, out-of-school time academic enrichment. We offer after-school and summer programming at churches in the South End and Lower Roxbury. We also run stand-alone summer programming at four church-hosted sites in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Chelsea. Throughout the year, our programs offer teens quality employment as tutors and mentors for younger students. In total we serve about 800 young people in grades K-12 each year.

Great Friend, Champion Of Justice

We join people of faith from across the Diocese and the globe in mourning the death of Tom Shaw. In his twenty years as our bishop, Shaw was ever conscious of the social context of his ministry. His was a leading voice on anti-poverty and civil rights issues including opposition to the death penalty, and pushing for immigration reform, marriage equality, and transgender rights. |Read more.|

Bishop Shaw had a deep concern for young people. In 1999 he named Tim Crellin Vicar of St. Stephen's Church and encouraged Tim to develop our youth programs. He staunchly supported B-SAFE and was instrumental in expanding the program to neighborhoods in Dorchester, 
Mattapan, and Chelsea. 
|Above: Shaw with another great supporter of SSYP, Mayor Tom Menino.|

The cassock-clad Shaw was a familiar sight around B-SAFE and he got to know many of the young people who grew up in our programs, including Jorge Fuentes. According to Br. GeoffreyTristram, Jorge's murder in September of 2012 was "...sacrilege, it was profoundly sinful, the kind of societal sin which he spent his life fighting against." |Read more| After Jorge's murder, Shaw convened a group of clergy and lay leaders to identify meaningful actions Massachusetts could take to alleviate some of the root causes of violence in our communities. |Read more| about B-PEACE for Jorge.

Climate Change: Teens Demand Action 

On September 21st, more than 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City to call for action on climate change. Among them, were teen Community Organizers from St. Stephen's Youth Programs. It was the largest march for action on climate to date |photos|. The Rev. Tim Crellin, Vicar and Executive Director of Youth Programs praised the teens' positive attitude and commitment: "I am so proud of our team -- the teens were amazing. It was a long day but we were part of something really important

Happy Fall!
On Friday, September 26th, our B-READY scholars welcomed the crisp and lovely autumn season with a Harvest Festival hosted at St. Stephen's. Over 150 students from both of our year-around sites celebrated together with exciting activities including a Caramel Apple Dipping Station and numerous rounds of Squash Bowling!  With help and great leadership from our YLC middle schoolers, our young people brought in the new season with lots of laughs, smiles, and even some sprinkles! One thing's for sure -- our students know how to have a good time, make new friends, and enjoy the simple pleasures that autumn brings.




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Johanna Acevedo   
Curtis Almquist
Jay Borden
Luke Burns
Candice Caines
Chris Cato
Walker Coppedge
Timothy Crellin 
Lee Englert
Diane Gipson 
John Kania
Constance Liu
Kate Malin
Stuart Mathews
Michael Melendez
Jim Napier
Mildred Plaza
Cam Roberts
Kathy Ruiz
Jane Tierney
Betsy Walsh
Chris Wilmerding
Amy Whitcomb Slemmer 
Shawna Young 


          
Did You Know?
We evaluate our students’ numeracy and literacy skills twice per year and use industry-accepted approaches for conducting comprehensive program evaluations. |Read our most recent report|.

Our students are less likely to be held back and more likely to
graduate from high school than Boston Public School peers who do not attend our programming.

Last year our second graders' numeracy scores improved 145% over the course of the school year. 

In 2014, 100% of our seniors graduated from high school (79% did so with a well-formulated plan for their post-graduation year).