Hawthorne Youth and Community Center

9 Fulda Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

Tel: (617)427-0613



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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, through 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 Program Coordinator Sam Sadd who had dedicated her life to Highland Park and its youth. In 2017, HYCC welcomed Liz Miranda as its new Director. Since its inception Hawthorne 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. Hawthorne supports and celebrates the rich diversity of Roxbury’s Highland Park.

100kfor100: 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: .

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.



Board of Directors

Daniel Janey, Deceased, Honorary Chair

Marchelle Raynor, Treasurer

Doris Morales, Secretary

Linda Freemen

Nyra Hall

Jennifer Dubose

Jon Ellertson

Simone Miles

Toya Desarmes

Eltha Phillibert

Luther Pinckney

Keena Kiser





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 January 2020.


Say It Loud (SIL) is an arts and social justice program for youth at HYCC. True to the "Hawthorne way", youth participating in SIL choose the artistic medium and message they want to create, giving space for self-expression and artistic discovery. In 2011, after five+ years of programming, HYCC decided to revamp, adding support for 21st century skills in combination with artistic practice. From 2011-2015, SIL focused on developing social justice messages--especially issues related to systemic racism--in a variety of digital media art formats. In 2020, our goal is that SIL will return as an after-school STEAM program in partnership with local schools.



Summer Scene will returned

 to Marcella Park in the Summer of 2019 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 were free, for all ages
and open to the public.



We are so sad to hear of Mr. Janey’s passing. 
As the chair of Hawthorne Youth & Community Center we benefited first hand from Mr. Janey's leadership.  He helped oversee the expansion of the building not once, but twice during his tenure of over 40 years.  We enjoyed his talks on politics, as he was an active community leader.  We have many funny stories of Mr. Janey! He was a caring, intelligent and generous human being.We will miss him dearly. Thank you Mr. Janey!


The members of Hawthorne Youth & Community Center, Inc. Board of Directors


Daniel Edward Janey was born on a cold Monday, January 3, in 1949. He was the middle son to William Henry Janey and Hortense Virginia Smith Janey, who had one son, 20 months previously, William Henry Janey II {Skip}, and one son 20 months, afterward, Paul Howard Janey.  Even then, Daniel would stand out, called Daniel Edward Floom Hutchinson Squire Borden Janey by his mother, whenever she got upset.

Daniel attended Boston Public Schools, graduating from Jamaica Plain High School in 1966 with a love of agriculture. He went on to attend the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; receiving an Associates degree in Dairy Technology in 1968. 

In 1972, Daniel attended Gordon College graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Biology. While at Gordon, Daniel reacquainted himself with Celeste Blackman, a fellow member of Twelfth Baptist Youth Fellowship and the Youth Choir. Their friendship blossomed as they attended Gordon College and traveled across the country with the Youth Choir.

After receiving his BA degree, Daniel worked for two years at  Roxbury Children Services; where he developed and honed his skilled for helping others. Continuing his love of the community as a volunteer, Daniel supported Hawthorne Youth Community Center, eventually becoming their first Chairman of the Board. A position which he held for over 30 years. 

In 1975, Daniel continued his education at Boston College receiving an MS in Social Work, while working for the Dept. of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he worked for 32 years as a forensic social worker – LICSW. He graduated from Boston College School of Social Work in 1977.

In 1975, Daniel married Celeste Blackman and in 1981, his daughter Sydney Celeste was born while he worked at Dorchester Court Clinic. In 1983, his son, Benjamin Daniel was born while he worked as the Director of Roxbury Court Clinic. When he retired from the Commonwealth, he was working out of Quincy Mental Health Center, doing work with inmates in Norfolk County making sure they were connected with services upon release. In retirement he did consulting work at Pyramid Builders and Commonwealth Mental Health Center doing case work with graduate LICSW BU and BC students.

During his life, Daniel worked on many political campaigns; participated in many political arenas; worked for both the national and Boston chapters of the Black Social Workers organization; Black Student organizations in every school he attended & those he worked {Phillips Exeter Academy, Lesley University, Simmons College, Gordon College, UMASS Boston, & UMASS Amherst.}, church organizations, and various community organizations. 

Though Twelfth Baptist Church was the Janey family church, in early 1990, Daniel left TBC, to follow his best friend, Rev. Bruce Wall as he started a new ministry, which later blossomed into Global Ministries Christian Church, where Daniel became a Church Elder. Daniel became a fixture at the church, being deeply involved in many aspects of the church, while still remaining known for bringing Janey bread to church meetings and fellowship events.

Daniel enjoyed a loving relationship with his parents and stayed closely connected to them until their deaths. Daniel was conscious of the influence his parents and grandparents had on his life. He witnessed first-hand how they lived their lives in service to others. He listened, remembered, cherished their life stories and was sure to pass them on. Through all of this, Daniel was not all work. He was an avid fisherman at this beloved Camp Armstrong, in West Gardiner ME, which he inherited from his maternal grandfather. He was also a collector of knifes, sweater vests, kitchen equipment, music, black bags and knowledge.

Throughout his life, Daniel remained committed to his faith, family, history, and his community. Daniel Edward Janey was called home from service on Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Donate Your Time As A Volunteer: We welcome volunteers to support our STEAM, Urban Agriculture, Culinary and Youth Programs. Please feel free to email: for opportunities.
Wish List: Copier, Projector,  Induction Burners, Culinary Supplies, Baby Changing Station, and Portable Speakers
Donate Online:
By Mailing A Check: HYCC, 9 Fulda St. Roxbury, MA, 02119 c/o, Finance Department