Youth Development

The program empowers young people to think critically and excel academically, while building and improving their community.


IBA’s Youth Development Program fosters socio-emotional, intellectual and artistic growth in young people between 13 and 19 years old, while helping them develop 21st century skills to be successful in life. In fact, the program was nationally recognized in 2016 by former First Lady Michelle Obama with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

The program provides academic support, job readiness, arts education, leadership training, civic engagement and advocacy opportunities. In a safe space, youth are encouraged to make decisions, plan and develop programs and events, facilitate discussions, and create art portfolios. Our young people are resilient and we build off their strengths to support them in improving their grades, complete high school and proceed to post-secondary education through IBA’s partnership with Bunker Hill Community College.

Program Schedule:

Our program employs youth as peer leaders. We hire 20 youth as peer leaders during the school year and 25 during the summer.

School Year:

– October to May (28 weeks), Monday through Friday.

Daily Workshops: Our art workshops range from poetry and spoken word, photography and videography, to visual arts and movement. They are custom made to fit the needs and interests of our youth. We also offer Life Skills workshops, academic support, and community service opportunities. All of our programming has a strong social justice and civic engagement component, and our young people are actively involved in organizing, advocating, and using the arts as a means to spread the word about issues that affect them and our community. APPLICATION DUE: September 15, 2017


Summer Program

July and August, Monday through Friday

Do you need a job this summer? Apply to IBA’s Youth Development Program (YDP) an exciting job for high school teenagers where you’ll be part of a community of young leaders working together to create positive change in our community. You’ll take workshops in community building, art, and leadership, and participate in community action projects and challenging seminars to transform into a powerful agent for change.

Summer Basketball League

A separate program component is the One Hood Peace Basketball League. This league brings 13-18 year old boys and girls from different housing developments to play together on the same teams. Our goal is to foster neighborhood unity and provide a healthy physical outlet along with conflict resolution workshops in a neutral space. The league offers programming in a structured and safe environment. This program is offered in partnership with the BCYF – Blackstone Community Center, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, the Boston Police Department and the College of Public Health at Boston University.

For more information regarding the One Hood Peace Basketball League, contact Lauren Bard via email:

IBA is NO LONGER taking peer leader applications for Summer 2018. I'M INTERESTED

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