The city of Boston is home to historic neighborhoods, prestigious colleges and universities and several sporting and recreation opportunities. In neighboring Lynn, Massachusetts visitors and residents alike enjoy hiking and biking in area parks and exploring the beautiful coastline, all in proximity to the history and culture of Boston. But while Lynn offers big-city conveniences and opportunities, it also faces big-city struggles, including poverty and homelessness. At the elementary school closest to our housing site in Lynn, 95% of the students qualify for free lunch programs.
Serving in Lynn/Boston
- Plan and lead kids programming for children in the community, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading.
- Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
- Plan and facilitate sports-based programming for community youth.
- Most students will serve at each service site during part of the week. Those who serve with the sports program will remain all week.
Your group will partner with many local ministries to work at homeless shelters and serve the children and elderly in the city. Lynn is a city that feels like a small town from the minimal traffic to the friendly smiles of people you meet. As a result, instead of being overwhelmed by a big city, you’ll be able to focus on helping youth experience the big city issues–from those living below the poverty level or without homes, to incredible diversity and numerous cultures–they’ll see during the week. From serving guests at the local soup kitchen, playing games with seniors struggling with Alzheimer’s or being present to neighborhood kids, you will see the backbone of Lynn is many kind, strong, diverse individuals ready to help you fall in love with the place they call home. Serving here, you and your youth will have the chance to hear the ins and outs of Lynn from the experts–whether they are 9 or 90, they’ve got an incredible story for you. In the evenings, ride the T to visit and explore neighboring Boston, enjoy a North Shore beach, continue building relationships by sharing a meal at My Brother’s Table and taking time to pray for the city of Lynn from High Rock Tower, and attend a cookout at a waterfront park in Salem.
Many YouthWorks staff have returned to serve in Lynn for multiple summers because of their great love for this community. Summer in Lynn truly begins when four-square starts in the Kids Club parking lot and our service partners start meeting youth from all over the country.