After-School/Teen Program


Our program fosters an appreciation of self, others and the world around us by providing a variety of activities which stimulate a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.  Self motivated learning through discovery, exploration and hands-on involvement, coupled with many opportunities for making choices, allow for children’s individual needs to be met while encouraging respect for others.

Each child is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace through individual, small group and large group activities.  A wide range of materials are provided allowing children to  be challenged and stimulated, coming away with a learning experience consistent with their developmental needs.  Many recreational and culturally diverse activities, which foster realistic cultural awareness and respect for others, are built into the daily curriculum.  Much care is given to provide a well-rounded multicultural environment through activities, books, visitors, trips, music and games.

  • A fee program designed for children ages 5 (must be in Kindgergarten)-12.
  • A safe, comfortable place for children after school
  • An opportunity for kids to express themselves through various art forms, sports, and special events.
  • Place to practice physical fitness, experience healthy alternatives and learn respect for the body
  • An environment which promotes self-confidence and encourages listening and caring.  Learn stress release and reinforce positive values
  • An opportunity to develop varied interests, to practice recreation skills and to experience positive use of free time
  • A time for friendship and prevention
  • Provide snack and dinner on vacation and snow days breakfast, lunch and snack are served.

Daily Activities offered in the building:

Physical Education

A gym program is offered everyday including but not limited to basketball, soccer, kickball, parachute games, etc.

Arts and Crafts

Children will explore their own creativity under the guidance of an instructor.  Finished products are the child’s to keep

Computer Room

Computers are available for children to do homework and research papers along with instructional help.  Online activities scheduled as well.

Game Room

Quiet passive games for fun and relaxation; learn the rules and skills of board games

Homework center

Open to all children who need help with their homework, projects, book reports, etc.  Tutors are available.

Other programs

In addition to the daily programs we offer a wide variety of weekly programs including:  Too Good for Drugs and Violence (Mendez Foundation) Empower Me for life healthy living program (Heart Association).

School Vacation Program

On school vacation days and snow days, weather advisory permitting, the Friendly House program operates from 9:00am to 5:00 pm.


WPI Exploradream

Friendly House in cooperation with Worcester Polytecnical Institute (WPI) provides a social, recreational and educational program for children 6 – 12 years of age.  The program includes mentor services where participants are involved in tutoring, trips, clinics and other activities geared toward improving the children educationally, recreationally, and socially.  Special events such as dinners, receptions, Halloween/Christmas parties and other special day activities are provided.

This group meets every Tuesday from 3:30 pm to 6:30pm during the school year.

WPI Robotics

Friendly House in cooperation with Worcester Polytecnical Institute (WPI) offers children the opportunity to explore more options with science and technology and gives the children the experience of building a working robot.

This program operates on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30pm during the school year.

St .Francis Nursing Home Program

Friendly House in cooperation with the St. Francis Nursing Home offers “Adopt a Grandparent” program.  Approximately 15 children a week participate in a variety of activities with the elderly residents of St. Frances Nursing Home.  Activities include arts and crafts, recreational games, story time, singing and other programs.

This program runs on Wednesday form 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Area Colleges/High School Intern Community Service Mentors

Currently Friendly House Drop-In Program is involved with the following school programs.

  • Grafton Street School
  • Worcester Academy
  • North High School
  • South High School
  • Holy Name Central Catholic High School
  • Bancroft School
  • St.Johns High School
  • Woodward Day School,
  • St.Peter High School
  • Worcester Vocational High School
  • Worcester East Middle
  • St Casmier
  • Shrewsbury High
  • Auburn High
  • West Boylston High School
  • Other local high schools in area


  • Mass College of Pharmacy
  • Worcester State University
  • The College of the Holy Cross
  • WPI
  • Clark University
  • Anna Maria College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Becker College
  • And several other local college

Area schools provide our participants with mentors that are actively pursuing careers as well as participating in community minded classes aimed at developing as child care professionals.

Holy Cross Spud Program

(Students Program for Urban Development)

Friendly House in cooperation with the College of the Holy Cross offers a program for children 6-12.  The program consists of approximately 25 Holy Cross students.  These  students travel to Friendly House to provide aide to our students in the following areas:  Tutoring, gym activities, game room socialization, trip and meal monitors, special event coordination, curriculum planning, three special events (Halloween parties, Christmas Parties, trips to Holy Cross sporting events and banquets and several other activities essential to operating a quality child care program. )

The program operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm during the school year.

WPI Fraternity and Sorority Programs

WPI fraternities and Sororities provide a number of positive educational and recreational activities for the members of Friendly House Drop in Program.  Activities include: park trips, carnivals, Christmas parties, Halloween Parties, tutoring, community service programs, donations and a wide variety of mentor type services.

Teen Program

There is no fee for this program.  We ask that a registration form be filled out and returned before any teen can begin the program.

The goal of the teen program is to offer a variety of recreational/educational activities to youth ages 13-16.  Our objective is to fine tune a designed program that will help teens to recognize and effectively deal with the ever changing complexities of today’s teenagers’ life.  We hope that parent/guardians as well as our teens will actually take part by contributing new ideas and any other available resource to help us meet the needs of our teenagers.

Activities included and are not limited to:

  • Get Lite Dance!:
    Wednesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Getting Lite is a street dance that started in Harlem, NY.  There are several moves that are commonly used such as the Harlem Shake, but you can get creative  and make up you own.
  • Community Action Leaders:
    Tuesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Urban Community Action Planning for Teens (a paid community service project)
  • Homework Center:
    Monday through Friday: 5:45pm - 8pm
    Teens are encouraged to complete their homework assignments.  Issues concerning higher education are discussed. (As well as tutor’s are available).  We are here to help!  You can get help with completing homework assignments at Friendly House.  We have computers available and are happy to teach you how to use them.
  • Boot Camp:
    Wednesdays: 5:45pm - 6:30pm
    Get in shape, build your muscles and increase your endurance with this awesome work out.
  • Building Your Way to the Top:
    "Tools for today, success for tomorrow."
    Friday 5:45pm - 6:45pm
    Have you been thinking about what you want to be when you grow up?  Need help finding a job?  We can set you in the right direction to get your first job, plan for your future, and make your dreams become a reality.
  • Council Crew - Street Team:
    Mondays: 7pm - 8pm
    At the Friendly House our teen's voices are heard.  Staff and teens meet daily to discuss announcements, activity planning and programing, problem solving, etc.  The team meets to plan activities, special events, and outings.  Street Tea is reposible for prooting the program and updating social websites.
  • Get Grubbin':
    Mondays: 5:45pm - 7:30pm
    Want to learn how to make your favorite meals or desserts?  Learn how to find recipes online, follow directions, and learn basic cooking skills.
  • Behind the Music:
    Breakdown some of your favorite sounds.  What is the real meaning behind music?
  • Creative Expression:
    Fridays:  7pm - 8pm
    Do you enjoy dance, acting, music, or art?  Friendly House is launching this new program and will provide dance, acting or art classes according to the interests of it's members.  One of our first groups will be working on a dancce routine in the choregraphy staly of Mike Peele (hip-hop).
  • Amazing Women:
    Mondays & Wednesdays: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    Dealing with life can just be tough sometimes and we have a group designed especially for yound women, ages 13 - 15.  We discuss and help each other understand and make positive choices with friendships, first impressions, stereotypes, obstacles, cliques, conflicts, bullying, cyber relationships, etc.
  • Teen Lounge:
              Activities include music, dance, movies, cooking class, teen concerns, staffing for such activities as the Christmas party, Halloween Party, Galaxy of Stars, Martin Luther King Breakfast, Worcester Public School Spree day, and any other community service based programs that take place in the community.

Program meets Monday through Friday   4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

There is no fee:  donations accepted




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