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.

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

Simone Miles, Secretary

Toya Desarmes

Jennifer Dubose

Jon Ellertson

Linda Freeman

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!


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


Hawthorne Youth and Community Center

9 Fulda Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

Tel: (617)427-0613

Email: hyccroxbury@hotmail.com


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