· BCYF Curley Community Center – South Boston
· Braintree After School Enrichment – Braintree
· Castle Square Youth Education Program – South End
· Curtis Hall Community Center – Jamaica Plain
· East Boston YMCA – East Boston
· Greenwood Shalom - Dorchester
· Home for Little Wanderers – Boston
· Jackson Mann Summer Program – Brighton
· South Boston Boys and Girls Club – South Boston
· Tynan Fun in the Sun – South Boston
It was a perfect day for a beach party. Temperatures in the 80s, clear skies, clean water, 1200 hot dogs, 1000 bottles of water, and 752 Boston area youth and teens added up to a beautiful day of fun in the sun for everyone.
At noon, most of the 752 youth and teens hit the water, making a very big splash.
Over the course of the day youth and teens engaged in healthy outdoor activities, including swimming, fishing, Frisbee and sports, and enjoyed learning about crabs and lobsters caught and released at the beach. Save the Harbor’s summer artist in residence, Sam Schreiber, helped youth create some spectacular murals and art on the shore.
So far this year Save the Harbor / Save the Bay’s free All Access Boston Harbor program has brought more than 6,000 youth and teens from area community organizations and youth groups on free day trips to the Boston Harbor Islands. The group also serves thousands more youth and teens at 8 program sites around the harbor, and free beach events from Nahant to Nantasket. By summer’s end, these free environmental education programs will have connected 100,000 young people to the Boston Harbor and Boston Harbor Islands since they began in 2002.
“We are proud of these free programs, which have made us the Boston Harbor Connection for young people and their families,” said Save the Harbor’s President Patricia Foley. "We are also proud to have earned the support of so many of the region’s foundations, businesses and individual donors.”
These free youth environmental education programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.
Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.
Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Circle Furniture, Clippership Foundation, Department of Conversation and Recreation, Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Reebok Foundation, Santander Bank Foundation, Boston Bruins Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, BCYF Curley Community Center, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, YMCA of Greater Boston, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, P&G Gillette, BOMA, the Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors.
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit, public interest, environmental advocacy organization working to restore and protect Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Each year Save the Harbor/Save the Bay runs free youth environmental education programs that combine recreation and hands-on education to bring the Harbor alive for thousands of Boston area young people.