The Teen Center is open to youths of all backgrounds and faiths; most members are from immigrant families from Cape Verde. It was newly arriving Cape Verdean families who, in partnership with Catholic Charities of Boston, opened the Teen Center in 2002.
The positive impact of the St. Peter Teen Center is evident in its outcomes for these children and young adults socially, personally and academically. The teen members have low pregnancy rates, no gang involvement, less than one percent have been arrested, and none have been killed. These results are incredible when we see that Dorchester has Boston’s highest juvenile arrest rate, violent crime rate,and highest DYS population rate. The Teen Center’s first focus is academics with a strong after-school tutoring program provided for its members.
Outstanding Academic Results