Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday attended the ninth annual “HubNob,” a fundraising event for the Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). The event raised over $400,000 to support and expand BCYF programming, including teen opportunities, girls-only programming, aquatics programs, senior programs, and the popular summer Neighborhood Block Parties.
“BCYF expands opportunities to more families who wouldn’t otherwise have them,” said Mayor Walsh. “Access to positive, safe, and fun environments for our young people is essential for our children’s growth and their future. HubNob is a great opportunity to annually recognize the hard work of our BCYF staff.”
Others in attendance included Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez, Boston Centers for Youth & Families Commissioner William Morales, Boston Celtics Vice President of Community Engagement Dave Hoffman, and former New England Revolution player Charlie Davies.
BCYF’s 36 facilities serve over 2,500 individuals each day. The community centers and pools provide resources for Bostonians with a wide range of low-cost or no-cost programming for people of all ages. This includes adult education classes, after school and summer-day programs, and programming for children and young adults with special needs, girls, seniors, and teens. BCYF also conducts events for children during school vacation weeks and has a Youth Advisory Committee.
Mayor Walsh’s FY19-FY23 Capital Plan invests $50 million in BCYF facilities. Recently, three community centers were renovated: BCYF Gallivan in Mattapan, BCYF Paris Street in East Boston, and BCYF Vine Street in Roxbury. Designs are in progress for renovations to BCYF Paris Street Pool in East Boston, BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston, BCYF Marshall Community Center in Dorchester, and BCYF Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan.
“HubNob funds are critical to the work we do supporting important programs such as BCYF SuperTeens pre-employment summer program, BCYF Snap Shot Teen Photography Program, the BCYF Citywide Spelling Bee, BCYF Neighborhood Block Parties, and BCYF Teen Nights,” said William Morales, commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. “We appreciate all the effort The Foundation for BCYF puts into HubNob and our many partners and sponsors who support it.”
Title Sponsor was Boston Children’s Hospital; Presenting Sponsor was Comcast NBCUniversal, Citywide Sponsors were John Hancock, MassHousing and Partners Healthcare and Neighborhood Sponsors were the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and Lyft.
During the speaking program, the family of late State Representative Kevin Fitzgerald helped present the Kevin Fitzgerald Award for Citywide Excellence to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Kevin Fitzgerald Award for Community Empowerment to BCYF staffers Jack Cameron, Paul DeVoe and Judie Mercer.
About Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF)
Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is the City of Boston’s largest youth and human service agency. BCYF operates 36 community centers (including 18 pools) in Boston that offer a variety of engaging and enriching programs for people of all ages created through community input and need. BCYF also oversees citywide programs focusing on supporting high-risk and proven-risk youth and young adults, girls, teens, children and adults with special needs, and youth employment.
About the Foundation for BCYF
The Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families supports free and affordable programs for all ages and in every neighborhood. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with Boston Centers for Youth & Families to support a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood need and interest.