Hawthorne Youth

& Community Center

Hawthorne Youth and Community Center is a grassroots, non-profit that has been responsive to community needs for over forty years. The center, the brainchild of a small group of concerned community youth and adults, began in a converted coal cellar in 1967. Three years later operations moved to a larger Roxbury facility at 9 Fulda Street, a building on an Archdiocese owned complex. In 1973, they formally incorporated as Hawthorne Youth & Community Center (HYCC). In 1984, with community support and fundraising, a ten-year old dream was realized that allowed us to secure the property deed.
In 2015, HYCC  after years of planning got a new building. Sadly, we broke ground on the same day we lost our beloved Sam Sadd who  dedicated her life to Highland Park and its youth.  Since its inception HYCC has provided quality educational, cultural and recreational programming for youth and adults as well as a forum where residents come together to improve the quality of neighborhood life. HYCC supports and celebrates the rich diversity of Roxbury’s Highland Park.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Interim Executive Director, Malene Welch.

Born in Roxbury, and a Highland Park resident for several years, Malene comes to HYCC with knowledge of and love for the neighborhood. In addition to over twenty years of experience in administration, accounting, and finance, Malene brings a commitment to urban agriculture and local food sovereignty. She has served as co-coordinator of the Thornton Street Community Garden since 2018 and in 2019, led the initiative to revitalize the community gardening program at HYCC. She has certification in urban gardening and permaculture design and recently completed an herbalism and holistic gardening apprenticeship. Malene currently serves on the board of the Permaculture Association of the Northeast and is involved in the planning of a therapeutic garden at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry located at First Church in Roxbury as well as the revitalization of the Thornton Street Urban Farm and Gardens.

It is Malene’s belief that through our connection with the earth, we can support our healing from the personal level outward to our families, neighborhoods, and beyond. She looks forward to working with the HYCC Board and the Highland Park community to create worthwhile programming and events, especially for our youth and elders. Malene joins us at a pivotal time and we are optimistic about this new endeavor as we explore ways in which HYCC can further support our community through the uncharted territory ahead.


100k for 100: We Got the Cummings Grant!

Cummings Foundation awards $10 million each year through its $100K for 100 grant program. This place-based philanthropic initiative primarily supports nonprofits in the Massachusetts counties where the Foundation and its founders originally derived their funds and where staff and clients of the Cummings organization live – Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk County. 

Begun in 2012 as a pilot program with 60 grants, $100K for 100 has since announced 100 grants of $100,000 each, annually. You can learn more about the Cummings Foundation at: https://www.cummingsfoundation.org .

We were selected along with 99 other organizations to provide programming to residents and youth of Roxbury in Literacy, The Arts, Horticulture Healing, Urban Agriculture, STEAM, Youth Development and Health & Wellness.



Doris Morales, Chair

Luther Pinckney, Vice Chair

Marchelle Raynor, Treasurer

Jason Burrell

Toya Desarmes

Jennifer Dubose

Jon Ellertson

Linda Freeman

Nyra Hall

Kevin Hepner

Samantha Nelson

Luisa Siniscalchi

Eltha Phillibert





It started with a simple idea: inter-generational meals. Over the last few years, Grow It Cook It Share It has blossomed into urban agriculture, culinary, food justice and nutrition programs. We employ youth and fully envelop them in the process. They learn urban farming techniques from our staff and partners at the Haley House, Restoring Roots, and residents in the community. They develop healthy cooking habits with lessons from nutritionists and local chefs. Finally, they share these new skills with everyone in our community. What better way to make real lasting social change.

GCS 2.0 will begin Spring 2020.


Summer Scene will return

 to Marcella Park in the Summer of 2020 with

Soccer Rox, our partnership with GOAL.

Over 30 youth joined us as we celebrated building community through play. For pictures please review our Facebook and Instagram page.
All activities are free, for all ages
and open to the public.



Mr. Daniel Janey,

As the chair of Hawthorne Youth & Community Center we benefited first hand from his leadership.  He helped oversee the expansion of the building not once, but twice during his 40-year tenure.  We enjoyed his talks on politics, as he was an active community leader.   He was a caring, intelligent and generous human being. We miss him dearly. Thank you, Mr. Janey!


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Donate Your Time As A Volunteer:   Please feel free to email: roxburyhycc@gmail.com for opportunities.
Donate Online: www.hycc.networkforgood.com
By Mailing A Check: HYCC, 9 Fulda St. Roxbury, MA, 02119 c/o, Finance Department