After-School Programs & Therapeutic Groups Boston Youth Sanctuary

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Contact Information

Boston Youth Sanctuary
Contact: Jana Karp, M.ED, Founder and Executive Director
Email Address:
Phone: 617-322-3380
Fax: 617-322-3381

2216 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124
Area Served: Boston

Map Location After-School Programs & Therapeutic Groups


WHO WE ARE - Boston Youth Sanctuary (BYS) is a therapeutic after-school program for youth ages 6-11 that have experienced traumatic events or circumstances in their lives. BYS works with children and families from the Boston community providing clinical and case management services designed to improve youths’ functioning in home, community and academic settings. BYS works to address the needs of children across all life domains by providing wrap-around services to them and their families in one centralized location.

OUR YOUTH - BYS serves youth ages 6-11 who live in inner-city Boston. BYS youth have experienced a variety of traumas including but not limited to the violent deaths of parents/siblings, neglect, homelessness, foster care, and physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse. BYS youth need not have a formal diagnosis of PTSD but must present with symptoms suggesting a socio-emotional impact of the trauma that they have experienced. BYS youth come from a variety of academic settings and familial structures, and BYS is committed to meeting children and families where they are.

Service Types

  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Education

Populations Served

  • Depression
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Illness
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Suicide Loss Survivors

Ages Served

  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service, Personal Funds