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Cambridge Youth Programs

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Cambridge Youth Programs (CYP) offers year-round, high-quality programming for pre-teens, middle schoolers, and teens at five Youth Centers across Cambridge. CYP's purpose is to provide Cambridge youth and teens with a just, joyful and caring community where they forge healthy relationships, discover who they are, and develop new skills. CYP’s diverse, multi-talented staff provides direct service, enrichment opportunities, and mentorship to young people. Programming is offered Monday-Friday during afterschool hours, school vacation weeks, and summer programs at our state-of-the art Youth Centers, which include classroom space, meeting rooms, gymnasiums, kitchens and easy access to park. Programs focus on leadership development, connection with peers and adults, and civic engagement. Learn more about CYP Youth Centers and programs for pre-teens, middle schoolers, and teens.


2022-2023 CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool Programs Lottery

CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool Programs offer diverse, high-quality programs that promote leadership and youth development. Cambridge youth in 4th through 8th grade:

  • Build leadership skills
  • Create community
  • Connect with friends and CYP staff
  • Explore fun activities

Programs run from September through June. Participation is determined by a lottery system. The 2022-2023 CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool Program Lottery will open on May 16, 2022. Youth can apply to attend programs 2,3, or 5 days a week. 
View the 2022-2023 CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool Programs Flyer

Apply to CYP Pre-Teen Middle School Afterschool Programs 

The deadline to apply to CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool programs was Friday, June 10, 2022. Any eligible applications received after June 10 will be automatically added to the CYP program’s waiting pool.

Apply to Frisoli Youth Center (61 Willow St.)
Contact: Vanessa Fisher, vfisher@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-7746

Apply to Gately Youth Center (70 Rindge Ave.)
Contact: Bo Lembo, rlembo@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-6277

Apply to Moses Youth Center (243 Harvard St.)
Contact: Tyrell Dortch, tdortch@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-6262

Apply to Russell Youth Center (680 Huron Ave.)
Contact: Nelita DePina, ndepina@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-6314


  • Applicants must be Cambridge residents or children of City of Cambridge employees.
  • Youth must be entering 4th through 8th grade in September 2022.



  • Monday, May 16 – Friday, June 10, 2022: CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool Programs Lottery application period
    • Applications will be submitted online through DHSP’s Trax registration system. This webpage will be updated with registration links on May 16.
  • Week of June 27, 2022: Families will be notified of their child’s placement in a Pre-Teen / Middle School Program or in the waiting pool.

In addition to the CYP Pre-teen/Middle School Afterschool Programs, CYP offers an evening program for teens ages 14-19. The Moore Youth Center (12 Gilmore St.) provides programming exclusively to teens (ages 14 – 19) five days a week from 2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. For information about teen programming, contact Kaitlyn Kelley at kakelly@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-6273.

Questions? Contact askdhsp@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-6200.

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