2021 YouthConnect Worcester Summer Program Overview

YouthConnect Summer Evening Program

July 6- August 27, 2021


Provide neighborhood-based summer, recreational, educational, and cultural activities to isolated and underserved Worcester middle school age youth.

On Site Programming Options and What They Offer:

YMCA: Coed, M-F, 5:30-8:30 PM. Social Recreation, Basketball, Wellness Center, Painting/Arts& Crafts, Summer Reading, Computer Lab, Cooking, and Swimming.

Boys & Girls Club: Coed, M-F, 5-9 PM.  Basketball, Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Social Recreation, Visual Arts & Dance, College & Career Prep, Swimming, Prevention and Gender Specific Programs.

YWCA: Coed, M-TH, 6-9 PM. Gym Activities, Sports, Fitness Classes (Cardio Boxing and Afro beat dance class), Swimming, Workout Room, Arts and Crafts, Leadership Program, Safe Enough Spaces, and Gender Specific Programs.

Friendly House: Coed, M, T & TH, 5-9 PM. Basketball Skills and Drills, Nutritional Cooking, Creative Baking, Life Hacks, Arts & Crafts.

Girls Inc.: Girls Only, T & Th 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Swim and Gym, Dance and Performing, Self-Care, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, and Fitness Classes. 

BGCW & ME4 @ GBV: Coed on Wednesdays, Boys only Fridays; 5:30-9pm. Mission E4 and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester is teaming up to provide fun and engaging social recreation, cultural arts, and job readiness programming on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be our co-ed nights featuring group games, pool and foosball, cooking, arts & crafts and babysitting certification class. *Friday information will be under gender specific programming.

Gender Specific Programming, on site and what they offer:

Girls Night at Camp: Fridays ONLY, 6-9 PM. The YWCA of Central Massachusetts and Girls Inc. of Worcester are partnering to provide girls in Central MA an enriched camp experience. Outdoor activities, such as swimming, nature walks, cookouts, and campfires will be included along with leadership development curriculum at YWCA’s Camp Wind- in-the-Pines located in Leicester and Girls Inc., Camp Kinneywood, located in Holden, MA.

Boys Night at ME4: Fridays ONLY, 5:30-9 PM. The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and Mission E4 will provide an enrichment program to boys in the city, at the renovated and expanded Mission E4 site with use of the GBV gymnasium. This will give boys the opportunity to learn martial arts, play basketball with their peers and participate in Passport to Manhood, a leadership program.

Virtual Programming and What They Offer:

WYC: Worcester Youth Center will offer STRIVE program using the VOICE Curriculum.  The program will incorporate the themes: leadership skills, self-identity and social justice.  There will be time to incorporate visual arts and poetry.  This program will be delivered 100% virtually. Participants will have to attend activities as a cohort. Program will not be available for anyone who wants to join after the 2nd session.  Pre and post survey (voluntary) and MADPH parental consent forms required. Cash stipend is available upon successful completion. Limited to 20 participants.

2020 YouthConnect Worcester Summer Program Highlights