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Roxbury Youth Program

Nature and Purpose

Roxbury Youth Program is run under the broader Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry—one of the oldest faith-based social service organizations in the country. The UU Urban Ministry embraces a philosophy of direct engagement to empower Boston's disadvantaged residents; it is part of the Urban Ministry's work to bring people together across differences of ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic background to learn from one another and work toward common goals. Based in a belief in social justice and respect for the dignity of every individual, all Urban Ministry programs are nonsectarian.

The Roxbury Youth Program is an after-school program focused on academic achievement and character development. We strive to provide a safe environment where students are encouraged to challenge themselves and their perceived boundaries and limitation. During their time at program, students will receive academic support and enjoy an “evening enrichment curriculum” focusing on positive self image, college readiness, and life skills.


Tasks for PULSE students in the after-school programs include tutoring and participating in college/career readiness and SAT prep workshops with high school students from Roxbury and surrounding areas.

Tutors: Assist individual students with homework in subjects such as writing/reading, math, science, social studies, and foreign languages.

Enrichment: Assist with weekly Wednesday game nights or help youth and volunteers to prepare dinner on Wednesdays.  Assist with SAT prep/College Access workshops on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.