**This position will be: In-Person | No COVID Vaccination required**
The Boston Parks & Recreation Department provides residents and visitors with clean, green, safe and accessible open space in 2100 areas of parkland throughout the city.
**This postion will be Hybrid | NO COVID Vaccination required**
The mission of CCHERS is to promote the development of “academic community health centers” that integrate service, education, and research; to influence and change health professions education, improve health care delivery, and promote health systems change, to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health.
**This position will be: In-Person | COVID Vaccination Required**
Our History In 1961, a small group of friends shared a deep commitment to their struggling community and a belief in the transformative power of tennis. They recognized that by focusing on the well-being of youth, they could improve the health of the entire community. These beliefs led them to establish Sportsmen’s Tennis Club (now Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, STEC), the first indoor non-profit tennis club built by and for the African American community. They knew that quality tennis instruction and interaction with caring adults could develop well-rounded young citizens, and, through tennis, STEC began to identify and fill gaps that weaken youth, families and community. STEC is located in Harambee Park, which is part of the Frederick Law Olmsted Emerald Necklace. Harambee, a Swahili word meaning “pull together,” is fitting for STEC – we were created 60 years ago by committed community residents pulling together through their shared belief in the power of tennis to make a difference in their community. For 60 years Sportsmen’s has been a guiding force in the lives of thousands of low and moderate– income minority youth. STEC has helped introduce local players to worlds of opportunity, and the world of tennis to Boston. Since its inception, STEC has been guided by a vision of tennis as a sport that can open doors of opportunity and hope, doors which should be open to all members of society. While promoting excellence in tennis, we identify and fill gaps that weaken our youth, families and community. STEC was the first African–American tennis club in the US. The founders were committed to introducing and teaching tennis to inner city Boston youth. They believed that quality tennis instruction and interaction with caring adults could develop well-rounded young citizens.
**This position will be: In-Person | No COVID Vaccination required**
Vine St Community center offers year-round services to children and adults. We offer various programs within our facility such as child care, computer classes, dance and music classes.
** This position will be: In-Person | COVID Vaccination required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://forms.gle/x1yb7TKGzLUBmQoC8
COVID Vaccination required. Apprentice Learning (AL) offers innovative career education programs for middle-school youth in Boston Public Schools (BPS). Since 2012, AL has provided career education, work skills education, and workplace-based learning to over 825 students which jumpstarts economic mobility with successful early work experiences. AL’s programming serves youth who attend under-resourced schools and who face additional barriers to success. Over 70 local businesses, schools, and other youth organizations partner with AL to offer one-day career explorations, 12-week workplace apprenticeships, and two paid internships for alumni: a summer STEM career exploration for girls, and job skills for ninth grade students. As the entry point for career supports and services, these engaging experiences broaden the horizon of career possibilities for youth who often may not have access to opportunities, social capital, or adult role models. Mentor relationships build bridges across differences and introduce the business community to the talent and potential of Boston’s next generation workforce which operationalize equity. In 2021-22, AL has provided career education, work skills education, and workplace-based learning to over 150 eighth graders and 73 ninth grade students. AL currently serves youth, ages 13-16, in five BPS Schools in Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. 39.5% are Hispanic, 32.5% are African American, 16% are multiracial, 10% are white, and 2% are Asian. AL serves all students, including English Language Learners and those with special needs. The elements of AL’s program include: -Workplace Explorations: Seventh graders are introduced to workplace vocabulary (e.g. punctuality, resume) and learn fundamental communication skills (introducing oneself, active listening skills). Programs have been led by AL staff and have been 100% virtual or offered in classrooms. -Grade Eight -Apprenticeships: In six weekly prep seminars, participants identify their signature strengths and learning styles, practice self-presentation and communication skills, and learn to take direction and self-advocate to be successful in the workplace. Apprenticeships were 100% virtual with 16 worksite partners in 2020-21 and in 2022, as shorter apprenticeship was offered at the school site with visiting worksite partners. Alumni Internships -Rising Ninth - City Summer Internship (CSI): Rising ninth grade girls can participate in a five-week career internship which blends classroom-based career education and literacy with workplace internships in STEM-related and other fields where women are under-represented. Interns earn a $300 weekly stipend for punctuality and participation. Companies include Foley Hoag LLP, Slalom Consulting, NorthStar Asset Management, and Related Beal. This was a hybrid program in 2021. We are planning for an in-person 2022 program. -Current Grade Nine- LaunchPlus & Job Skills 2.0: Started in 2021 to address the need to support youth for virtual summer jobs. Launch+ offers 40 alumni, who are current ninth graders, a virtual 40-hour paid internship over 14-weeks to deepen their professional skills, and get extensive support on completing digital summer job applications that culminate in every participant completing at least one summer job application.
**This position will be: Hybrid | COVID Vaccination required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://csrox.org/programs-services/youth-resiliency-development/youth-police-in-partnership-ypp/ypp-application/
Children’s Services of Roxbury (CSR) is one of the largest minority-operated nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, serving more than 6,000 children and families annually. Our mission is to bring peace of mind to children and families across Massachusetts. When a family is at peace, children are healthier and communities are stronger. With roots in the Black church, CSR was founded in 1972 by a dedicated group of community leaders and activists who recognized that too many families and children of every race, ethnic, and linguistic background find themselves trapped in systems which they do not trust, and therefore cannot use effectively to meet their needs. CSR places the family at the center of the system – concentrating on building a network of professional and community supports that can nurture trusting relationships, communicate respect, and teach the skills of empowerment. Each year, we serve more than 6,000 children and families who have experienced significant and repeated trauma, including loss of family members due community violence or illness, housing and food instability due to poverty, and abuse or neglect due to parent addiction, mental health concerns, or domestic violence. Children’s Services of Roxbury provides wraparound programming to serve our families. Our five program areas are: 1. Emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and stabilization services for homeless families 2. Supports for children and families struggling with domestic violence and substance abuse including family stabilization, comprehensive foster care and adoption services, and parent mentoring 3. Affordable childcare for Boston’s most vulnerable families, including homeless, abused, and neglected children, and children of teen parents 4. Children’s mental health services, including an extensive partnership in 15 Boston Public Schools 5. Youth development programs, including the Youth and Police in Partnership program (the subject of this request) CSR Behavioral Health was selected by MassHealth as its only Specialized Black Provider of Children’s Behavioral Health Services in 2008. In 2018, Behavioral Health was selected as a Boston Public School’s Partner for excellence in serving students experiencing homelessness.
**This position will be: Hybrid**
Based in Dorchester, MassCOSH is a nonprofit, membership coalition of residents, labor and community groups, health professionals, young people, and activists striving for safe, secure jobs and healthy communities. The mission of MassCOSH is to bring together workers, unions, community groups, and health, safety, and legal professionals to organize and advocate for safe, secure working conditions and communities. The core organizational goals are to: (1)Educate and mobilize workers to become involved in efforts to improve their working conditions and to influence public policies that govern these conditions. (2) Develop leaders and peer educators in the movement for safe and healthy jobs. (3) Build community-labor-environmental alliances to effect change at the public policy level and in the workplace. MassCOSH works with the most economically distressed communities of central and eastern Massachusetts: Greater Boston, Lowell, New Bedford, Lynn, and Brockton. In Greater Boston, MassCOSH focuses efforts on adults and youth, immigrants, and people of color in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Chelsea.
These neighborhoods have the highest rates of immigrants and/or companies that employ immigrants. Teens Lead @ Work, provides an empowering environment where teens develop their organizing skills, educate and build relationships with other teen workers, and promote safe, healthy work and strong enforcement of the Child Labor Laws. The program builds bridges among Boston teens of many different backgrounds. Generally, at least three-quarters of participants are teens of color, at least two-thirds are young women, and at least half are immigrants or first generation. Most live, work and go to school in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and East Boston. All live in Boston.
**This position will be: Remote**
The Seymour Institute serves as fiscal agent for the Ella J. Baker House (EBH) as well as partnering with EBH on its educational and training programs for youth. The Seymour Institute was incorporated in 2014 to educate and train Black church leaders as well as other interested members of the community. An uncompromising commitment to the poor inspires the Seymour Institute’s mission because of the greater vulnerability of economically disadvantaged populations to the harms that arise from improper societal action. Hence the support of and partnership with EBH to serve such disadvantaged students in the Boston area through educational summer and year-long programs. Since the early 90's the Ella J. Baker House has provided services for at-risk-youth delivering educational support through a drop-in center, writing program and a variety of summer programs among other services. At its peak EBH served 1,000 youth annually.
The organisation serves all of Dorchester and its surrounding communities helping to equip young people ages 6 - 19. A summer academic program for middle-school students is offered. Teens 13 -19 may participate in the W.E. B. DuBois Society, a year-long program run in collaboration with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. The W. E. B. DuBois Society has been in operation for over fifteen years, creating seminars conducted by Harvard professors for high-school students of African descent. Students from the W. E. B. DuBois Society have gone on to matriculate at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and other prestigious universities. In the summer, Seymour Institute/Baker House offers The DuBois Nubian Junior Research Fellowship which is a virtual summer educational and research employment opportunity for high school students from the Boston area.
Students learn black history through multi-media resources such as movies, music and documentaries. They also research the ancient African kingdom of Nubia and a range of other topics important for understanding the black experience in the US. They are assigned reading material on each subject and discuss their research online with an assistant teacher for an hour before each daily seminar. They write daily to document their research and prepare a two-page paper each week. The culminating assignment is an essay for which a prize is offered. The program runs for 5 weeks from July to August during which time it promotes online social gatherings with other teens and college students. Throughout the year, The Ella J. Baker House also runs the Violent Prevention Task Force, a community and faith-based working group that focuses on collaborative crime analysis through the monitoring of youth violence trends and information gathering.
**This position will be: Hybrid**
In 1991, eight (8) entities within Grove Hall (three neighborhood resident groups, a church and four service organizations) came together to form a collaborative to address the issue of violence within the Grove Hall neighborhood of Roxbury and North Dorchester. They established Project R.I.G.H.T. (Rebuild and Improve Grove Hall Together) to increase the capacity of neighborhood resident groups and community-based organizations to prevent crime and violence within Grove Hall. In 1994, Project R.I.G.H.T. was incorporated and became a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Project R.I.G.H.T., Inc. is also known as Project RIGHT, Inc. and PRI. Since its inception, PRI has worked on public safety, violence and substance abuse prevention, electoral advocacy, and housing and economic development issues through grass roots models of sustainable resident and youth organizing.
Our resident leadership has prioritized that we work on long-term solutions to some very complex and controversial social issues. PRI has formed very strong and unique collaborations, with strong resident leadership, that network and plan community-driven actions to solve problems impacting their neighborhood. At present, there are over forty (40) organizations represented in the collaborative. PRI places a priority on increasing the number of residents involved in neighborhood associations, block watches and tenant associations within our target area. We identify resident leadership on unorganized streets to assist them in organizing their streets. Through our support and technical assistance, resident based entities have expanded their outreach efforts, grown organizationally, and worked more pro-actively in partnership on public policy issues, neighborhood concerns and housing/economic development within Grove Hall. PRI has developed a very diverse support network for resident based groups, youth, community based organizations, merchants and faith based institutions by providing them with assistance in advocacy, leadership development, organizing, fundraising, public safety, economic and housing development, substance abuse prevention and evaluation.
Our day-to-day work involves training and supporting emerging and existing leadership by providing an inclusive network for resident led organizations to engage in community building and human development efforts. *Substance Use BPHC’s No Drug Coalition Substance Abuse Outreach and Treatment referral and recovery group discussions Treatment referrals The 84 Movement (Teen smoking awareness program) *Trauma Grove Hall Neighborhood Trauma Team *Youth Development Summer Youth Leadership Development Program Department of Public Health’s Violence Prevention program (outreach for at-risk youth) Boston Public Health Commission’s Violence, Intervention, Prevention Program GIRL I’MPOWERED (Female Teenagers group school based discussions focusing on healthy relationships Grove Hall Senior Empowerment Initiative workshops (Support group for teens and young adults) Adolescent Support Group (Open to the community) Student Support Groups (Burke HS, Trotter Elementary) School Outreach and support (training on educational disparities issues) *Arts Paint Night (creative painting workshops for all ages) SPARC art workshops for seniors Our Place Theatre Workshops *Civic Engagement Support for Neighborhood Resident Associations (capacity building for residents) Grove Hall Youth Workers Alliance (networking) Grove Hall Problem Properties Task Force Choice Neighborhood Outreach Program Blue Hill Avenue Neighborhood Response Team Civic engagement (voter mobilization and community service) Grove Hall Peace Walks and Peace Council meetings Parent support and advocacy around public school education School Outreach and support (training on educational disparities issues) *Public Safety Resident training on zoning, development, public safety and other issues Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative (community policing) Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Grove Hall Schools Public Safety Committee *Sports Mike’s and Al’s Basketball League (Several leagues run through the year and serve different age groups) Friday Late Night Activities at Roxbury YMCA (until midnight with rides homes for youth)
**This position will be: In-person | NO COVID Vaccination required**
Boston Scores partners with Boston Public Schools to provide urban youth in grades K-12 with after-school soccer & enrichment programs. Students, divided by gender, typically participate in Scores activities 3-5 days per week. This includes 2 days of soccer practices, 2 days of enrichment classes, and one soccer game day in which teams are transported to nearby soccer fields to play other Scores teams. As we move into 2022 and beyond, Scores plans to augment our traditional school-based soccer & enrichment programs with new community-based programs that will serve more youth and enhance coach training. More flexible implementation will leverage our soccer and enrichment expertise to serve Boston families in new ways. Boston Scores’ programs were born out of the desire to close the opportunity gap for students in inner-city Boston, with a specific focus on soccer and out-of-school time enrichment activities. While soccer is generally played across economic classes internationally, the sport is dominated by a “pay to play” model in the United States, requiring considerable financial contributions to cover equipment costs, travel expenses, club fees, and much more. Play equity gaps lead to health equity gaps and systemic barriers to joining high quality teams and leagues deprive our society of a vast resource of youth talent. At Boston Scores, students can join a free soccer team at their school. After their soccer practices, students move with their teammates from the field to the classroom, where they engage in hands-on curricula that connect to their real-world experiences. They emerge empowered to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities.
**This position will be: Hybrid: In-Person and Remote**
Health Comes First is a storytelling and community organizing group that builds leadership among BIPOC youth in Boston schools. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our work has uplifted student voice and established democratic structures for mental health support during the school day. This work began as an Artist-in-Residence project housed within the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture in the City of Boston. In March 2020, a core group of high schoolers came together over Zoom to talk about the pandemic and our lives. We shared stories; we cried; and we imagined what could be different. After many long meetings, we launched a campaign to advocate for programming at a pilot school, Boston Latin Academy (BLA).
We wanted to change how schools like ours address mental health. A year later, we achieved a historic win. We convinced a supermajority of teachers at BLA to pass a historic proposal to put health first in the school schedule. Upon return to in-person learning in the fall of 2021, everyone at BLA now has access to what we call “wellness block:” a robust set of one-to-one and group programming for 1700+ students and 100+ staff twice a week, every week, for the entirety of the school year. Teachers at the school have called this the most significant change at Boston Latin Academy in the past half-century. Because of our efforts, students at BLA are now participating in an array of over 80 wellness modules.
These programs are developed and run by faculty, students, and community partners. Options during wellness block include: - Restorative justice circles - Insight meditation - Open music lab - Afro-centric affinity girls group Our work is designed and run by youth—many of whom have never ever seen their voices and stories turn into actions and commitments by adults. We are a youth-led group. With the support of adult staff, youth organizers develop curricula and lead workshops to train other young people on arts, storytelling, and organizing skills. We have earned media attention from outlets such as The Boston Globe, Boston Neighborhood News, and the Dorchester Reporter. Currently we are working with Cristela Guerra on a multi-month feature as part of WBUR, Boston’s largest NPR member station
**This position will be: In-Person | No COVID Vaccination Required**
CCAB serves some of the most vulnerable residents in the community, ensuring they have access to life's basic necessities, while offering hope and a path from crisis, to stability, to self-sustainability through four core programs: 1) Basic Needs -- food, shelter, and living assistance; 2) Adult Education and Workforce Development; 3) Refugee and Immigrant Services--resettlement, legal assistance, and interpreter services; and 4) Family and Youth Services--child care, counseling, youth development, mentoring, and family assistance. CCAB offers people an integrated approach, beginning by providing families with immediate assistance and then working to help them reach their goals of financial stability and self-sufficiency. The Teen Center at St. Peter’s currently serves 170 youth ages 11 to 19 year round with after-school and summer programs, providing in-person learning pods, academic support, counseling groups, job opportunities and career counseling, as well as athletics and other recreational activities, all at no cost to families.
**This position will be: Hybrid | NO COVID Vaccination required**
All types of participants serves, across the city. Our youth programs focus on youth ages 15 to 22.
**This position will be: Hybrid | COVID Vaccination required**
We work with youth year round on public art projects.
** This position will be: Hybrid | No COVID Vaccination required**
The Condon Community Center has been in operation for over 40 years. During that time, it has evolved and expanded to service a wider population with a richly diverse field of programming ( including both in-person and virtual experiences). Our facility offers programs that serve children as young as 3, stress inclusion for those with disabilities, focus on the teen population, attract new new-comers to our sports and aquatics programs, and serves as a hub for large senior citizen events. We operate under the umbrella of BCYF, Boston Centers for Youth and Families. We build upon the message of incorporating multiple disciplines to foster well-rounded individuals. Using education and sports to build character is a central theme lived out daily at the Condon Community Center. Physically, our building directly abuts the West Broadway Public Housing Development/Complex. This factor directly impacts the fact that we can boast about being one of the most diversified centers in the city; serving a wealth of ethnicities. The most recent statistics, provided by the Boston Housing Authority, identify 480-500 low-income families living in direct proximity to our center. Our center is comprised of a full-court gym, computer lab, regulation swimming pool, multi-purpose meeting space, and a recently renovated teen space. The Condon Community Center is housed (in tandem) with the James F Condon Elementary School, a fully transitioned to a K-8 school. Also, we are physically "sandwiched" between 2 other long-standing local non-profits: the Laboure Center and the West Broadway Task Force; allowing for the mutually beneficial sharing of community resources. Year-round programming at the Condon Community Center includes, but is not limited to: aquatics programming including: swimming lessons, water aerobics, adult lap swim, and family swim; athletic programming including: basketball, flag football, soccer, street hockey, volleyball, and pickelball; youth/teen programming including: Superteens, Girls' Leadership Program, tutoring, SAT prep classes, field trips, a feeding program, special events and celebrations; technology programming including: intro to microsoft suite, music technology 101, resume writing, e-mail intro & online billing for Seniors; geriatric programming including: crocheting, coffee clutch, bingo, and resource fairs.
**This position will be: In-Person | No COVID Vaccination required**
The Parks & Recreation Department provides residents and visitors with clean, green , safe and accessible open space in 2100 areas of parkland throughout the City.
**This position will be Hybrid | NO COVID Vaccination required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://citymissionboston.org/sji-application
History City Mission is the oldest multi-service agency in New England and the second oldest in the United States. Founded by members and clergy leaders of Old South Church and Park Street Church in response to the hardships facing Boston residents, it has served the educational, economic, and social needs of impoverished area residents since 1816. Since its inception, City Mission has acted as the conscience of the community, often pioneering key social programs that later become separate nonprofit agencies that attracts broad community support. Guiding Principles As City Mission develops programs to unite communities and transform individuals, it chooses to emphasize programs which, at their core, embody the following three guiding principles: Engagement City Mission creates and nurtures connections across disparate groups to broaden understanding and create meaningful, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationships. Education City Mission educates and provides participants with the necessary resources to make informed decisions, confront challenges, and understand the larger context of complex social issues. Empowerment City Mission inspires and equips participants to directly effect change in their personal lives and to take action for systemic change. Homelessness Prevention A Lift Up is an intensive, voluntary two-year homelessness prevention program for low-income single mothers and their families who are at risk of losing their housing. Many families entering the program are at some point in the eviction process. Emergency Needs Network provides urgent help to some of our lowest-income residents in danger of becoming homeless, including those who are unemployed, elderly, and/or disabled. The network is designed to address immediate needs related to housing stability through two key elements: early intervention and limited financial support (when available). Education and Formation The Seminarian in the City program equips our future church leaders by creating a space for students to actively engage the issues of faith and social justice as they pertain to urban ministry. Social Justice Internship - An opportunity for high school students to explore some of the root causes of injustice, and work together to create change. City Mission’s Urban Pastoral Ministry Program is a two year residency for recent seminary graduates who are called to ordained urban ministry.
** This position will be: In-Person | COVID Vaccination required**
COVID Vaccination required. Curtis Hall is a City sponsored center and service the resident of the City of Boston
**This position will be: Hybrid (In-Person & Remote) | COVID Vaccination Required**
**This position requires an additional application: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1949741322&OR=1
Zoo New England (ZNE) is a private, non-profit organization that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Franklin Park Zoo was founded in 1912. Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, was founded in 1905. In 1991, the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation was created to maintain care, custody, and control of both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Both zoos are accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), a distinction achieved by fewer than 10 percent of licensed animal exhibitors in the United States. Zoo New England is dedicated to saving species from extinction, while also serving as a center for education, outreach, and research. Zoo New England reached over 1,000,000 individuals in 2021 from New England and beyond. The Franklin Park Zoo is located in Dorchester and is committed to engaging the surrounding communities, including, but not limited to: Dorchester, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. Zoo New England offers the surrounding communities a wide range of year-round learning opportunities, such as ZooCamp, Zoo School, home school, preschool-aged education programming, and multiple elementary school partnerships. Zoo New England also provides volunteer and internship opportunities in education, animal care, and conservation for students in high school and college. Zoo New England’s Youth Programs includes the Junior ZooTeen program, a meaningful STEAM and conservation-based learning opportunity for young people, ages 12 to 14. Zoo New England also provides meaningful work experience and professional development opportunities for young people through the ZooTeen program in the summer and the Teen Ambassador program during the school year.
**This position will be: In-Person** | COVID Vaccination Required**
Our Artistic, Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, founded OrigiNation in 1994 with the support of her sister, Musau Dibinga. Both women are community leaders who have been advocates for youth for over two decades. OrigiNation was initially established to: 1) Bring age-appropriate and culturally relevant arts programming to young people in Boston’s urban neighborhoods; 2) Create a safe space for youth and engage them in dance programs that would bolster their self- esteem; and 3) Educate students and the public about the connection between African and African American dance styles and history. This desire to use the arts to raise consciousness and bridge gaps among Africans, African Americans, and other cultures was inspired by our founders’ childhood experiences. Shaumba and her two sisters began their dance training while they were in elementary and middle school. They first enrolled in a well-established dance program in Watertown, after their parents were unable to find an affordable program closer to their Mattapan apartment. While they enjoyed dancing immensely, the 4-hour round-trip commute to and from the school combined with their feelings of isolation as the only 3 girls of color among 300 students prompted them to withdraw after two years of study. During their short time at the school, they experienced first-hand the positive impact that involvement in the arts can have on a young person in crisis. As children, the girls and their five brothers suffered severe and constant physical and verbal abuse from young people of all backgrounds due to their Congolese heritage.
Through dance the sisters discovered their voice and a temporary escape from the stresses of their childhood. The three girls resumed their training in high school (where Shaumba met two of her dance mentors) and later studied under and performed for renowned choreographers in Boston and New York. The founders’ childhood experiences continue to influence all aspects of our operations including the methods with which we engage our students and develop our programs. Their experience and passion fueled the organization's growth from a summer program with an initial enrollment of 5 girls to a well-established arts organization that serves 300 girls and boys on site and an additional 4,500 youth throughout the US and abroad every year. OrigiNation operates four signature programs: PROFESSIONAL DANCE DIVISION - The Professional Dance Division (PDD) consists of four professional companies: NIA Dance Troupe (girls & boys) ages 14-20; Girlz of IMANI (girls only) ages 11-13; Aleye (boys only) ages 9-13; and IMANI, Jr. (girls only) ages 7-10. This year-long and on-going program serves a total of 65 young people. PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY - This program is open to girls and boys between the ages of 2-18. Students receive instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, Tae Kwon Do and African dance. The program operates from September 1 – December 31 (Session I) and January 1 – May 30 (Session II).
Classes are 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours in length. Class size is limited to 15 students to maximize individualized attention. SPRING DANCE INTENSIVE - This program takes place during the Boston Public School’s April vacation week and serves 40 youth. It runs Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students take body conditioning, jazz, modern, ballet, African and hip-hop classes. They also learn technique and choreography. 5-WEEK SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE – This is a five-week program that provides high quality and low-cost dance instruction and performance opportunities to youth ages 7-11. The program serves approximately 40 young people and is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced level dancers who want to develop their technical and performance skills. OrigiNation serves an additional 4,500 youth through two off-site programs: COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION PROGRAM - Through this program our artistic staff and members of our Professional Dance Division travel to public and private schools and community-based organizations to teach dance classes, perform and conduct lecture demonstrations for audiences of all ages. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT TOUR - Through this project, students travel throughout the US and abroad to conduct lecture demonstrations, perform for students with limited access to the arts and participate in community service projects. To date we have travelled to South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; London, England; Accra, Ghana; Trinidad and Tobago; Jamaica; and New Orleans, LA.