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Cambridge Youth Programs

middle schoolers play sports and slide down a blow up slide at a CYP celebration.

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 parks. Programs focus on leadership development, connection with peers and adults, and civic engagement. 

CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Afterschool Programs

  • Open to 4 - 8th graders
  • Applicants must be Cambridge residents or children of City of Cambridge employees.
  • Option to participate 2, 3 or 5 times a week
  • Programs run September - June

Program Activities include:

  • Enrichment activities (baking, dance, sports leagues and more!)
  • Homework Hour
  • Snack


  • Families apply through the DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery each spring.
  • The last day to apply to the 2024-2025 DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery was May 17. Families who apply after the deadline will be automatically added to the Waiting Pool. 

For more information, visit www.cambridgema.gov/AfterschoolLottery.  


  • Tuition for 4th and 5th graders is based on household size and income. 
  • Participation is free for 6-8th graders 

CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Summer Programs

  • Open to rising 4th - 8th graders.
  • Families apply through the DHSP Summer Lottery, which opens in February each year. Learn more at www.cambridgema.gov/SummerCamps
  • Tuition is based on household size and income. Free for 6-8th graders.
  • Sessions offered in July and August

Locations and Hours

Youth Center  Address  Hours
Frisoli 61 Willow St. 2 - 6 p.m.
Gately 70R Rindge Ave. 2 - 6 p.m.
Moore  12 Gilmore St. 2 - 6 p.m.
Russell 680 Huron 2- 6 p.m.
 Moses (teens only)  243 Harvard St.  2:30 - 9:30 p.m.

CYP Teen Programming

CYP offers a variety of teen programming and internships year-round through the Moses Youth Center.

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