Andrea Lopes and Orlando Gonsalves work in the Connors Family Resource Center of Catholic Charitiesí Teen Center at St. Peterís on Feb. 24. The center, which provides academic, career and social programs to Dorchester teens was renovated and rededicated as part of the Archdioceseís 2010 Initiative. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
DORCHESTER -- The rededication of the newly renovated Catholic Charitiesí Teen Center at St. Peterís on Feb. 24 drew high-proilfe guests such as Cardinal SeŠn P. OíMalley, Boston mayor Thomas Menino, State Sen. Jack Hart and former Celtics player M.L. Carr.
Located in Dorchester, Catholic Charitiesí Teen Center at St. Peterís provides academic, career and social programs to more than 250 teenage members ages 12-18. Approximately 150 young people participate in after-school activities that include homework assistance, sports leagues, college preparation and dance and music classes. The Teen Center at St. Peterís also facilitates small groups where teens can discuss social pressures in a safe environment. Family fun nights are held to involve the teensí families with games, cultural activities and refreshments.
The renovations were made possible through the support of the Campaign for Catholic Schools, the 2010 Initiative for Catholic Education, and the Yawkey Foundation and include new computer equipment and youth development programming provided by WARM2Kids. The Teen Center at St. Peterís offers Boston teens a safe environment in which to focus on academics and recreation during after-school hours.