The 2023-2024 Friendly House After School Program provides project based learning and enrichment based programs. Here, children can explore their passions, grow their skills, and participate in different educational, social, and recreational activities.This year students will get to vote on different clubs, an example being comic book club. We will have 4 sessions of clubs this year rotating every 2 months. In addition to our clubs, some of our programming to look forward to is cooking courses, STEAM programs, art, gardening, math and reading tutoring, etc. Our programming runs from 2:30-5:30 pm, and we do not provide transportation. We do pick up at Grafton Street Elementary and Chandler Magnet bus stop. Please reference our Tuition Sheet and Program Calendar for additional information.
Teens in grades 7-12 can register for the Friendly House teen programs. The drop-in program for teens is free. This year our programming features an internship program, college readiness, math/reading tutoring, and clubs.The goal of the teen program is to offer a variety of recreational/educational activities that helps teens recognize and effectively deal with the changes and complexities of teenagers’ life today. The” clubs” will be different enrichment activities, they will vote to choose which things they would like to do in the afternoons in addition to our programming. Our programming runs 3:00-6:30 pm, we do not provide transportation. Please reference our Program Calendar for additional information.
We believe providing children with free choice allows them to explore their interests, make decisions, and take ownership of their learning experiences. This approach is often used to encourage creativity, independence, and self-directed learning. It empowers our kids to select activities that genuinely interest them and align with their preferences, promoting a sense of independence and personal investment in their educational journey.
Youth Hoops is a 12-week instructional co-ed Basketball program for 2nd-9th graders.
We currently have 3 divisions: 2nd-4th grade, 5th & 6th grade and 7th, 8th & 9th grade.
The goals of the program are to provide a positive atmosphere that allows every child to participate on a team while gaining valuable skills. Our travel team is designed to challenge exceptional players and intensify the philosophy of teamwork in understanding and competing in a highly competitive situation. Travel teams are chosen in every division. Teams average approximately 30-35 games per season.
Friendly House’s summer camp program is an 8 week curriculum for children aged 5–12 years, designed to engage the campers in physical, recreational and educational activities which will enhance their social and emotional growth while preventing any summer learning loss. Activites include: Arts-n-Crafts, Enrichment, Swimming, Cooking, Summer Reading (aligned with WPS summer reading lists, Physical Fitness, Special Events & weekly Field Trips. Camp hours are 9:00am–4:00pm Monday through Friday, with aftercare available until 5:30pm. FREE Breakfast, Lunch and Snack served everyday at Wall Street and Lakeside locations.
YouthConnect is a collaboration among Worcester’s major youth-serving agencies − Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Friendly House, Girls Inc. of Worcester, YMCA of Central MA, Youth Opportunities Upheld (Y.O.U.) Inc., YWCA of Central MA, and Worcester Youth Center. YouthConnect provides quality out-of-school time programs to over 6,000 youth in the city. Each partner brings its own signature expertise, culture and niche to the endeavor.