Youth Center Programs

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Our Mission

The Cambridge Youth Programs (CYP) offer diverse, high quality programs that promote leadership and youth development through enrichment activities, unique experiences, and opportunities to develop relationships with adults and peers.  Our programs enable Cambridge youth to thrive and feel a sense of belonging, resulting in young adults who are ready for future employment, higher education, citizenship and adult life.

Who We Are

A diverse, multi-talented staff provides direct service, enrichment opportunities and mentorship for young people enrolled in our programs.  Each Youth Center has three full-time staff members who guide program staff in leading planned program activities and ensure that programs are operating within our Principles of Practice.  A part-time staff of approximately 50 Youth Workers provides mentorship and implements program activities.

Our Sites

Our five fully-equipped youth centers include classroom space, meeting rooms, gymnasiums, kitchens and easy access to parks.  CYP provides year-round activities for more than one thousand youth.  The centers are conveniently located in five Cambridge neighborhoods.

Our Programs

The Cambridge Youth Programs operate two distinct programs within each center—an after school Pre-teen/Middle School Afterschool Program and an evening Teen Program.  Our programs are designed to be in alignment with national research, promoting youth development and leadership.  We offer additional programs during the school vacation weeks and summer months. 


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Work at CYP!

Summer Positions

Group Leader – Pre-Teen (Full-Time)
  • 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday, July through August (staggered shifts between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • $22.00 per hour

The Group Leader is directly responsible, in partnership with Lead Youth Workers and Program Director, for a small cohort of Preteen/Middle School members between the ages of 9-13, including: team building, curricular development, behavior management, improving performance and maintaining culture consistent with Cambridge Youth Program's values. Learn more and apply!

Group Leader – Teen (Full-Time)

  • 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday, July through August (staggered shifts between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • $22.00 per hour

The Group Leader is directly responsible, in partnership with Lead Youth Workers and Program Director, for a small cohort of high school teens between ages of 14-19, including: team building, curricular development, behavior management, improving performance and maintaining culture consistent with Cambridge Youth Program's values. Learn more and apply!

Youth Worker – Pre-Teen (Full-Time)
  • 37.5 hours per week, June-August
  • $20.00 per hour

Lead a team of 10-15 summer youth program participants (rising 4th graders through rising 8th graders or 9-13 years old) through a 6-8-week summer enrichment program that includes educational and recreational activities, art, community exploration, and service and field trip activities. Learn more and apply!

Youth Worker – Teen (Full Time)
  • 37.5 hours per week, June – August (some evenings may be required)
  • $20.00 per hour

Lead a team of 15-20 summer program participants (ages 14 -18) through a 6-8-week first job experience and exposure to the world of work. Youth Workers supervise teens who are placed in specialized programs throughout the city. Learn more and apply!


School Year Positions

Youth Center Teen Program Director (Full-Time) Learn more and apply!
Group Leader – Pre-Teen (Part-Time) Learn more and apply!
Group Leader –Teen (Part-Time)  Learn more and apply!
Youth Worker – Pre-Teen (Part-Time) Learn more and apply!
Youth Worker – Teen (Part-Time) Learn more and apply!