The Center for Teen Empowerment is a youth-driven organization aimed at curbing violence and gang activity and…More empowering young people to enact change in their communities. Teen Empowerment runs programs locally in Somerville, as well as in Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Rochester, N.Y.
Each site hires youth organizers to take action to address important issues that face their communities. While working with Teen Empowerment, youth organizers are given the support to design and implement a strategy to tackle these issues.
Teen Empowerment also hosts annual Youth Peace Conferences, where issues of violence, gangs and drugs are addressed through performance, discussion and community interaction. Teen Empowerment Somerville has been hosting these events since 2007.
Somerville Recreation and Youth Commission 19 Walnut St, Somerville, MA02143 The Recreation and Youth Commission hosts sports programs and activities for children and adults year-round, making use…More of the city's various indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. The Commission also strives to raise community awareness among the city's youth and to engage them in healthy activities. Programs include youth basketball (ages 7 - 14), tennis (ages 6 - 10), indoor soccer, men's flag football, men's softball, co-ed volleyball, a Tot-Time program (ages 3 - 4) and more. Call the Commission at 617-629-1900 for information on weather cancellations.
Communities for People 22 McGrath Hwy, Somerville, MA02143 Founded in 1976 in response to the needs of troubled youth in Massachusetts, Communities for People offers a continuum…More of services, including community-based residential programs, managed care networks, adoption, foster care, outpatient services and management information systems. It specializes in adoption and foster care programs, and strives to create a range of services and programs for youth and families. This location accepts walk-ins but it may be best to call ahead for an appointment.
Eagle Eye Institute 14 Chapel St, Somerville, MA02144 With offices located within the Holy Bible Baptist Church, the Eagle Eye Institue has been "dedicated to empowering…More urban people from low income communities, especially youth of color, to play a positive role in caring for our environment" since it's incorporation as a non-profit in 1991. Programs offered include environmental education, stewardship and career building within the natural resource and green industries. With a goal to "inspire, invest, inform and involve" youth in their environment, the insitute provides a variety of one and three day programs.
Over the four decades that CASPAR has provided services to individuals struggling with substance abuse, they have…More earned a reputation as a pioneer in effectively serving this at-risk population. Their services address needs at every stage of what they call the "the substance use/abuse/recovery continuum" "from street outreach to aftercare housing." Each year, they provide treatment—and often life-saving services—to approximately 2,500 adults and youths in Somerville and Cambridge.
Programs include street teams that connect homeless individuals with medical, shelter and psychiatric services, as well as meal programs and substance abuse treatment. A system of pre-treatment transitional housing, long-term treatment residences, and aftercare housing serves men, women, and pregnant or parenting mothers in individual centers. Youth programs combine counseling with positive afterschool activities and volunteer service to address substance abuse.
The organization relies on individual, corporate and foundation support for its funding. Volunteers are welcome to help prepare and serve meals or sort clothing donations at their Emergency Service Center at 240 Albany St., Cambridge.
This department works on over a dozen different critical fronts to keep residents safe and healthy. Vaccine…More distribution, emergency preparedness (including for bioterrorism disasters) and public health education are just a few of their responsibilities. They address these issues partly through the work of programs and commissions. They include:
Public Health Nursing: Coordinates flu vaccine clinics and disease investigations, assists in Emergency Preparedness planning, and runs the Medical Reserve Corps, which trains volunteers to assist with health emergencies and disaster response.
School Health Services: Coordinates school nurse services including health care, health education and health screening for students.
Shape Up Somerville: Works to improve resident's health and eating habits through education, changes to school food service and food access, and city improvements, such as improved crosswalks that make walking safer.
Tobacco Control Program: Works to prevent youth smoking and overall second-hand smoke exposure through educational outreach, community organizing and regulation and monitoring of tobacco sales and use.
Trauma Response Network: Trains professionals who work with youths, as well as city volunteers, in proper techniques for responding to traumas affecting youths.
LGBT Liaison: Conducts outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Human Rights Commission: Works to promote and protect human and civil rights of all residents via educational outreach and through investigation of discrimination or harassment complaints, which may be filed via their web page.
Multicultural Affairs Commission: Examines and addresses interracial and multicultural issues in the city and works to ensure all groups are equally represented and have equal access to City resources.
Women's Commission: Addresses a broad range of issues affecting women including violence against women and work inequalities, and seeks to empower women residents via educational programs.
Somerville YMCA 101 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02143 Originally built as a YMCA in 1904, this building has character to spare. The adult program list is extensive and…More includes activities such as swimming lessons, yoga, karate and an array of dance classes. Senior citizens can loosen up with water aerobics courses, many of which are free to members. Memberships are reasonably priced for individuals and families. Other programs include a pre-school, child care, outreach and youth day camp.
Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio 730 Broadway, Somerville, MA02144 Conducting classes for preschoolers, kindergartners and older youths, the Mary Flynn Murphy Dance Studio provides…More instruction in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap and tumbling. The spacious, hardwood dance floor is flanked by a mirrored wall while a modern sound system pumps out the dance music. The professional instructors were trained at the studio, which is available for private and themed birthday parties, such as cheer dancing and High School Musical workshops. A full line of dancewear is also sold.
Centro Presente 17 Innerbelt Rd, Somerville, MA02143 Centro Presente is an organization committed to fostering community development, civic engagement and self-sufficiency…More for the Central and South American immigrant population of Massachusetts. Through various campaigns and programs, Centro Presente fights for immigrant and worker's rights and economic and social justice. Centro Presente also offers adult education and youth programs, as well as legal services. Its offices are located on Inner Belt Road off Washington Street, just a few blocks from the Sullivan Square MBTA station. Visit cpresente.org for more information on the organization and their activities.
The City of Somerville took over administration of this state-owned ice rink in fall 2010, and immediately introduced…More more public skate times and programs including hockey lessons and league play for both youths and adults. The rink sits in the middle of Conway Park on Somerville Avenue.
Public skating is free and as of 1/2/11, skate rentals were just $6. A snack bar is open daily and an on-site pro shop offers skate sharpening.
FUN TIP: The rink hosts birthday parties as well.
Greenpeace - New England Branch 240b Elm St, Somerville, MA02144 The regional office of this global, and famous, campaigning organization is located in Davis Square, in a building full…More of other charities and non-profits. Known for taking peaceful, yet forceful, direct action to "expose global environmental problems and bring about solutions that ensure a green and peaceful future," Greenpeace dedicates itself to issues as varied as global warming, chemical security, e-waste and sustainable agriculture.The atmosphere at this office is harried, energetic and youthful, and while walk-ins are accepted, it may be best to call ahead for an appointment, just so you don't arrive right before an event.