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St. Stephen's Youth Programs

  • St. Stephen's Youth Programs
  • 419 Shawmut Avenue
  • Boston, MA 02118
  • (617) 262-9070
  • 2000
  • Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory
  • Senior Manager of College Access and Success

Program Description

Our young people attend Boston public schools many of which are among the state's lowest performing schools. They live in neighborhoods where gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse are too common and many lack supportive family structures.

Most are the first generation of their families who aspire to college. We have a school year after-school program--B-READY and a Summer program in 6 city sites--B-SAFE. We also have a College and Career program for the teens in our church, in our neighborhood and for those from the broader city who work as Teen Supervisors in our programs. Over 800 young people are served.

As part of the College and Career Program, we provide Mentors for Juniors and Seniors--primarily on a one-to-one basis. We are currently working with 20 of these on college preparation. This year we have also instituted an SAT Prep Course that is offered free to our population in order to enhance their success.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 68
  • Middle School: 29
  • Elementary School: 119
  • Post-secondary: 5
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Brandeis University
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • Fisher College
  • Harvard College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Northeastern University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Wheelock College