Transforming 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 sites in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Chelsea. |Read our Annual Report.|

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. Watch a video about what SSYP means to teens and check out highlights from our 16th summer of B-SAFE. 

Sweet 16!
On the most beautiful day of the summer so far, the entire B-SAFE community from all six program sites gathered to celebrate sixteen years of providing young people from across the city with quality enrichment programming. Program participants, staff members, volunteers and lots of partner church friends converged on Lars Anderson Park in Brookline for a fun-filled day. A magician delighted audiences, and face painters left everyone looking fabulous. Our partners provided delicious picnic lunches, and an ice cream truck distributed 800 novelty treats.The day was so much fun, we're already looking forward to anniversary #17! 

Service Bowl 2015
On March 21st, St. Stephen's Youth Programs was honored to host the third annual day of service to celebrate the winners (and losers) of the Superbowl. This year Mayors Walsh and Murray were joined by Bill Basl Director of AmeriCorps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. They work with our local partners including AmeriCorps, Generations Incorporated, Massachusetts Service Alliance, and The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program. Mr. Basl enjoyed meeting interns serving at St. Stephen's this year through AmeriCorps VISTA and Mass Promise Fellowships, including Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory and Brittany Marcum.

The Mayors and their staff members arrived ready to work and pitched in to help repaint our art/teen room. Other volunteers did projects at the Blackstone Innovation School across the street from SSYP, the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, and around the neighborhood where retreating snow has left the streets and sidewalks needing a lot of cleanup. 

During the closing ceremony, three of our teens spoke eloquently about what being part of the St. Stephen's Youth Programs family has meant to them. The mayors complimented each other's commitment to mobilizing community service efforts focused on ending poverty, unequal access to education, and racism. Also offering thanks to all involved were The Right Reverend Alan Gates, Bishop of Massachusetts and Danielle Morrissey, Principal at the Blackstone Innovation School. See coverage here.

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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.

In 2014 our second graders' numeracy scores improved 145% over the course of the school year. 

In 2015, for a second year in a row, 100% of our seniors graduated from high school (all but one did so with a well-formulated plan for his/her post-graduation year).