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Boston Inspiring Connections Outdoors

Bringing kids outdoors since 1994

Our Agency Partners

Boston ICO currently partners with a number of Boston area agencies that serve youth:

  • Teen Center at St. Peter's
  • Boston University Upward Bound / Upward Bound Math Science
  • Justice Resource Institute
  • Seaport Academy


Teen Center at St. Peter's

Paulo De Barros, Director

284 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA

Boston ICO group since 1999

Ages and Ethnicities: teens, predominantly Cape Verdean

Mission: The Teen Center encompasses educational, enrichment, leadership development and recreational activities for adolescents. They have two programs: The After School Program focuses on homework help, specialized and remedial tutoring, SAT prep, College prep, job readiness, adolescent development issues, teen council, community service, counselors in training and recreational activities: The Summer Enrichment Program, also offers a New Arrivals Group, which helps youth that are newly arrived immigrants, along with the above mentioned programs.



Brittany Thomas

260 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA 02128(

617) 568-9777Boston ICO group since 1994

Ages and Ethnicities: elementary through high school, Central and South American, Asian

Mission: Zumix was founded in 1991, near Maverick Square in East Boston to give neighborhood youth training in music composition, performance and production free of charge. Its mission, "to build community through the arts" has been phenomenally successful as a constructive outlet for strong positive, negative and conflicted feelings in a neighborhood of instability. Zumix offers practice, recording and performance facilities and five core programs: The Street Program, where youth compose and produce their own music for citywide concerts: The Warmth Program, where young people connect with seniors in the community to learn popular songs from the past, and perform at nursing homes: Adventures in Music, offering music instruction: Music Mentors, providing professional mentoring for young musicians; and Z-Tech, a 6 month technical training program for audio, visual and computer technology.


Boston University Upward Bound / Upward Bound Math

Reggie Jean, Project Director

2 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215

Boston ICO group since 2016

Ages and Ethnicities: high school, all

Mission: Upward Bound is a part of the federally funded TRIO program that provides academic support to low-income and first-generation college bound students. To qualify students need to either meet TRIO low-income guidelines or be first-generation college, meaning neither parent has obtained a bachelor?s degree. Additionally, to qualify, students must have at least started the ninth grade and will attend one of the program?s target high schools that include the Margarita Muniz Academy, Community Academy of Science and Health, Brighton, English, Snowden or attend a public school and live in one of the program?s target neighborhoods of Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan and Roxbury. Students attending a target high school are given priority in the admission process.


Justice Resource Institute


Seaport Academy

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