Boston to Belfast Youth Empowerment Program

The South Boston Leadership Initiative is now accepting applications for those wishing to participate in this year’s Boston to Belfast Youth Empowerment Program. This unique, specialized program is in collaboration with the South Boston Neighborhood House and South Boston Youth Hockey, and will mainly include a weeklong trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland during the week of Thanksgiving 2018.


For more specifics, please see the following:  2018 Boston to Belfast Fact Sheet


Requirements for all applicants:

  • MUST be registered USA Hockey players.
  • A current and valid US passport is needed for selection.
  • Youth are expected to participate in pre-trip team building exercises, as well as educational, leadership development, and life-skills workshops which will be held periodically from September thru November.
  • Youth are expected to attend a post-trip celebratory gathering in December, which their families will also be invited to attend.
  • Youth are expected to participate in a community-builiding/social action group project in December.
  • There will be a non-refundable fee ($125) for any youth who agrees to join the program upon acceptance. It is not required to apply.
  • Any male or female between the ages of 13 and 15 are welcome to apply.
  • Preference for selection will be given to current members of South Boston Youth Hockey.


To download the application, please click here: Boston to Belfast Application. Once the application is complete, please return to this page and submit the form below, where you’ll also be able to upload the completed application. Space is limited. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH.



Submit Completed Application:

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The South Boston Leadership Initiative and the South Boston Neighborhood House have partnered to offer a free ISEE Test Prep Course to be held at the Neighborhood House (136 H St). The program is open to South Boston residents and students who plan on taking the upcoming ISEE Test. Some highlights include:


  • Fall of 2018 (September 25th – November 1st)
  • 2 sessions per week (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 5:00-7:00pm each night for six total weeks
  • Materials will be provided by the South Boston Leadership Initiative


This in-depth course, led by South Boston resident and Boston Public School teacher Shannon Moran, will help students with test strategies, problem solving, and practice exams. As a graduate of Boston Latin School, and with degrees from Boston College and Harvard, Shannon knows the importance of the ISEE Test and will be able to relate to all of the students who participate.

We are currently at capacity for the 2018 Fall class, but you may sign up below to be added to our waiting listWe will notify you if space becomes available.



ISEE Prep Signup


Summer Fitness Program

The South Boston Leadership Initiative will be hosting a  Summer Fitness Program to be held at Farragut Park (and the surrounding causeways and beach areas), and will meet every morning, Monday thru Thursday, outside of the Murphy Rink. The program is FREE and open to anyone between the ages of 12-18, and it’s in partnership with the DCR’s Save the Harbor/Save the Bay organization.  Highlights include:


  • 7 weeks (July 9th-August 23rd)
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Group 1: Ages 15-18 (7:30am-8:30am)
  • Group 2: Ages 12-14 (8:30am-10:00am)


This specialized program, led by an experienced staff, will look to use fitness and nutrition as a means of instilling healthy lifestyles to the youth in South Boston. While focusing on everything from flexibility to nutrition to sport-specific weight training, each participant will improve not just physically but mentally as well as we head into the Summer months. Farragut Park and the beachfront should provide the perfect setting to enjoy a successful Summer!


Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today!


Youth Fitness Program

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