SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Baker and Mayor Sarno kicked off the DCR Summer Nights event at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club Thursday.
Since 2015, this program has provided free youth programs for thousands of at-risk teens and young adults in urban areas. This year the program is partnering with 55 youth organizations in 80 locations across the state. Programs run Monday through Saturday from July 7th to August 20th. You must contact the programs directly for registration.
Local organizations hosting programs include, the Springfield and Holyoke Boys and Girls clubs, Black Men of Greater Springfield, Urban League of Springfield and many more. Programs include anything from sports leagues, dance classes, mentoring, tutoring and much more.
Organizations hosting the programs say the activities will keep children safe and off the street.
“Everything that we do up here, we all have the same common goal. To make sure our kids are safe, to make sure the city is thriving. We all know that there’s active violence in our city, we all know that our kids need
activities to keep safe,” said Keshawn Dodds, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club Family Center in Springfield.
“This is a really great example of a state, local, and local community nonprofits for the most part, collaboration to come up with fun things and interesting things for kids and their families to do during the summer,” said Governor Baker.
Last year the program served 3,000 youth.