About Chill Boston
Chill Boston has big news! We are now a year-round youth development program. Since the Chill Foundation launched the Boston location in 1997, roughly 950 youth have been given the opportunity to unique physical activity and positive guidance to better their current situations. After 19 years of operating a seasonal snowboard program, Chill Boston has demonstrated the need and community support to expand the site to year-round. This expansion involves implementing SUP, surf, and skate programs. The expansion will allow Chill Boston to reach more underserved youth in the Greater Boston Area.
Thanks to our new mobile skatepark by Freshpark, Chill Boston can now offer programs at community skateparks as well as at schools and youth centers.
This was Chill Boston's second year partnering with Levitate Surf Shop to offer a surfing program at DCR's Nantasket Beach. located in Hull.
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To round out the summer, Boston’s surf program at Nantasket Beach provided not only a vacation-like break from the dog-days of summer, but also a unique opportunity for youth from completely different backgrounds and regions to come together as a group! We had two brand new youth agencies partner with Chill to make this program happen: The Boys and Girls Club of Brockton, and the Stetson School, a residential facility for boys in central Massachusetts. Leahy Holloran Community Center also returned for surf, bringing our total up to 9 youth – including 6 boys and 3 girls. A mix of 8 Chill volunteers and 2 instructors from Levitate Surf Shop came together to offer support and encouragement to our youth for this program.
Stand Up Paddleboard 2018
Our stand up paddleboard program at Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Waltham was a big hit, and was well timed – the weather was hot in the month of July and the opportunity to “accidentally” fall off the board to take a dunk in the water was a much needed one for the youth! We partnered with two youth agencies to make this happen: Leahy Holloran Community Center, who has participated in Chill programming in the past, and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, for whom this was their first venture into Chill programming! In total, we were able to serve 8 youth – 6 girls and 2 boys, with the help of 6 awesome volunteers – 5 of whom were brand new to Chill.
Girls Discover Skate 2018
Boston ran its first ever all-girls program this summer, and we are psyched to report that we had a whopping 17 young ladies show up excited and ready to hit the park! The skate took place at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy's Lower Mills Campus in Dorchester, and was an opportunity for us to utilize our brand new Freshpark mobile skatepark. Three youth agencies, all veterans to Chill, came together to make this program happen: Leahy Holloran Community Center (a BCYF center located in Dorchester), The South Boston Neighborhood House (known to the kids as The Ollie), and our host site – Saint John Pauls. We were excited to have a great team of 9 volunteers and a female instructor on board!
Our Host MountainS
Wachusett Mountain & McIntyre Ski Area
Chill Boston is stoked to continue our partnership with Wachusett Mountain Ski Area!
We use our time on the ride up to Wachusett Mountain to introduce the weekly theme through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on the mountain. This structure allows participants to make meaningful connections to the curriculum while experiencing the innate joy of snowboarding.
Chill Boston also stoked to form a new partnership opportunity with McIntyre Ski Area!
We're excited to be able to expand our programming into the Merrimack Valley! We'll be bringing youth from Boston and Lawrence to McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH for the first time.
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Emily Carr, Boston Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily is originally from Lunenburg, MA and currently resides in central MA. With a background in K-12 educational partnership programming, Emily holds a B.A. in Studio Art focused in Graphic Design from Clark University and is currently finishing her M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities at Green Mountain College. Her favorite boardsport is snowboarding, and favorite place to ride is Killington, VT. Her dad is adamant that her first cassette tape was Jewel, but it was actually Green Day’s “Dookie”.