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Roxbury Youth Programs (RYP) is an out-of-school-time youth development center housed at the UU Urban Ministry. We believe in uplifting and supporting young people in Roxbury and Boston to create achievable pathways to social and economic success. 

Our history: Roxbury Youth Programs was established in 1992 in response to youth violence in our community, and as a safe space for young people to find supportive resources and connections. Today, we continue to equip and empower young people with the skills to become leaders in their communities and beyond.

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Photo taken by Alex Arlos in partnership with MassArt's sparc! the ArtMobile.

Question about any of our programs for youth?
Email our Youth Programs Manager, Reggie Walker, 

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RYP After School is a drop-in program that provides a safe, enriching environment for young people during out-of-school hours. Our highest priority is promoting a space of empowerment and enrichment, and we make use of our dedicated volunteers to provide a wide spectrum of academic support to our program participants.


RYP After School provides:

  • Daily homework assistance and tutoring

  • College application support and campus visits

  • "Money Talks" financial literacy workshops

  • Wellness & art therapy workshops

  • Career exploration workshops

  • Enrichment activities & field trips

  • Opportunities for civic engagement

  • Hot meals and transportation home

RYP After School is open for drop-in program from 2pm-6pm, Monday through Thursday. If you are interested in signing up for programs or volunteering to tutor with RYP After School, please email or call 617-318-6010 x219.


The RYP Internships equip high school-aged young people with skills in leadership, self-efficacy, and creativity through a lens of Roxbury community history and social change. Our objective is to foster storytelling and creative skills that allow young people to become change makers in their own communities. Apply here.


RYP interns learn photography, design, and community event planning skills as tools to leverage social change and connect more deeply to their community and to themselves. This academic year long internship allows youth to: 


  • Earn a bi-weekly stipend, totaling up to $2700

  • Develop new leadership, production, and communication skills

  • Learn new digital media skills and creative skills

  • Think critically about their relationship to history

  • Engage in a safe and inclusive environment

  • Learn to strengthen their voices and develop advocacy skills

  • Gain practical knowledge of Roxbury


RYP Internship Applications open in May for the Summer Program and September for the Fall/Spring Program. Questions about our internships? Email or call 617-318-6010 x219.


Hear about the program from RYP Interns. During this summer, Sofia,T., one of our RYP Interns, created this video to share what RYP means to her.  In addition to sharing her own experiences, Sofia interviews other RYP Interns about their experiences as well.

Check out the videos below, and hear from Sofia, Sarah-Simone, and Sabrina about their experineces in the program, and what RYP has meant to them.

What would you say about RYP? (w/ Sofia)

What would you say about RYP? (w/ Sabrina)

What would you say about RYP? (w/ Sarah-Simone)



We are grateful for the support of RYP students from: 

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