Boston Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Bringing kids outdoors since 1994

Our Agency Partners

Boston ICO currently partners with three Boston area agencies that serve youth:

  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNMC)
  • Teen Center at St. Peter's
  • Zumix
  • Ostiguy High School
  • Riverside Community Care
  • Boston University Upward Bound / Upward Bound Math


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East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Alyssa Frankel, Director Let's Get Moving Program
10 Gove Street, East Boston, MA 02128
Boston ICO group since 2004
Ages and Ethnicities: middle and high school, predominantly Hispanic
 
Mission: Let’s Get Movin’ is a lifestyle change program for children and teens living in East Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere.  The program is centered on exercise, nutritional education, and medical monitoring.  The program offers after-school and summer programs, as well as educational seminars for adults who want to learn more about supporting their children’s healthier lifestyle.


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Teen Center at St. Peter's
Paulo De Barros, Director
284 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA
Boston ICO group since 1999
Ages and Ethnicities: teens, predominantly Cape Verdean
 
Mission: The Teen Center encompasses educational, enrichment, leadership development and recreational activities for adolescents. They have two programs: The After School Program focuses on homework help, specialized and remedial tutoring, SAT prep, College prep, job readiness, adolescent development issues, teen council, community service, counselors in training and recreational activities: The Summer Enrichment Program, also offers a New Arrivals Group, which helps youth that are newly arrived immigrants, along with the above mentioned programs.


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ZUMIX
Dan Fox, Technical Director
260 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA 02128
Boston ICO group since 1994
Ages and Ethnicities: elementary through high school, Central and South American, Asian
 
Mission: Zumix was founded in 1991, near Maverick Square in East Boston to give neighborhood youth training in music composition, performance and production free of charge. Its mission, "to build community through the arts" has been phenomenally successful as a constructive outlet for strong positive, negative and conflicted feelings in a neighborhood of instability. Zumix offers practice, recording and performance facilities and five core programs: The Street Program, where youth compose and produce their own music for citywide concerts: The Warmth Program, where young people connect with seniors in the community to learn popular songs from the past, and perform at nursing homes: Adventures in Music, offering music instruction: Music Mentors, providing professional mentoring for young musicians; and Z-Tech, a 6 month technical training program for audio, visual and computer technology.

 

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 Ostiguy High School - Changing Track Initiative

 

Mission: The Changing Tracks Initiative is a community diversion program that seeks to significantly improve the life chances of youth of color in Boston affected by the juvenile justice system. Changing Tracks will assist juvenile justice involved youth through the application of an intensive case management model helping participants access gainful employment, education resources, and mentorship services. These supports are aimed at preventing individuals being expelled from school, incarcerated, or remaining court involved with the ultimate goal of diverting youth from the “school to prison pipeline”.