Bird Street Community Center
Nature and Purpose The Bird Street Community Center (BSCC) is a private, non-profit youth center, which serves the Uphams Corner and Dudley Street areas of North Dorchester and Roxbury. We serve a diverse population consisting primarily of Cape Verdeans, African Americans, Latinos, and Haitians. The Center serves 500 youth annually through two main programs, which are divided into various components. These two programs are the School Age Child Care Program, which is a licensed child care program for children ages 5 to 13, and the Youth Development Program, which is a drop-in program for youth ages 10 to 19. Our facilities include the Teen Center, a gym, a dance and art room, a computer lab, five classrooms, and staff offices.
BSCC is strongly connected to the other social service organizations in the community, enabling us to view things from the larger perspective of the Uphams Corner community, as well as the internal community within the Center.
Students placed at BSCC will work with the Youth Development Program, either tutoring, assisting with homework or supporting specific activities at the Center (sports, newsletter, gender specific groups, Chess Club, etc.). PULSE students are expected to provide one-on-one tutoring in our Homework Room for at least 2 hours during a 4-hour shift. Also, one of students will be assisting in developing activities for our Connections to College program, in which middle school youth are exposed to life on college campuses.
The Center is open Monday through Friday from 2 - 8 p.m. Students will be asked to come to the Center two days a week for approximately 4 hours each day. This will enable students to work in different programs, get to know the young people in different settings, and see how the Center functions as a whole. Prime programming times during weekdays are from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to be at the program during these times.
PULSE students will find an experienced supervisor available in each of the program areas. These supervisors will provide orientation, training, and ongoing support throughout the academic year. The students will also come together for group supervision with the overall PULSE supervisor, once a month as a way to reflect and learn more about what other students are doing and what other opportunities exist. At the beginning and end of the academic year, the group of PULSE students will come together with Bird Street Community Center staff for orientation and evaluation of the program.
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125