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Recreation and Activities

There’s ample space set aside indoors and outdoors for the girls receiving help on the Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence Campus to participate in recreational activities. Each residential building on our campus includes shared spaces for the girls to come together to talk, read, watch movies, play board or video games, draw and write. The campus also features a gym, an art room, a library, a fitness room and an outdoor turf playing field. Our activity program includes:

  • Horseback riding
  • Skiing or snowboarding
  • Dance lessons Drama, including Shakespeare performances
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Sports teams including basketball, softball, and volleyball
  • Weekly yoga led by certified instructors.

Boston is known as a world hub for social innovation and culture, and we take advantage of the rich and varied array of community resources, including visits to museums, tours of Boston’s historic sites and trips to our mountains and beaches.

Located within walking distance of the Arlington Heights business and shopping district, girls with community access and home pass privileges also have easy access to public transportation and the many cultural and historic attractions in nearby Cambridge and Boston.

About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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