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Recreation Worcester

Recreation Worcester

Recreation Worcester is a free, year-round, out-of-school time program for youth run by the City of Worcester. Youth participate in curriculum based learning while focusing on our three main enrichment activities: athletics, arts, and academic programming. Youth also engage with community partners that help build programming and introduce participants to a number of positive, healthy, fun, educational activities. 

Food will be provided to all youth that participate in the Recreation Worcester Program provided by the Worcester Public Schools and/or Friendly House.

Transportation will not be provided by Recreation Worcester.

REC WOO Online

Arts • Academics • Athletics

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Recreation Worcester is continuing to provide free virtual opportunities for youth to engage in arts, academics and athletics online with our youth workers. This fall we are offering multiple forms of engagement to support young people's social-emotional, creative and academic needs. In our "Rec WOO Clubs" participants will engage in after school programming related to specific activities or topics, while also receiving homework support. In our "Friday Learning Support" youth will have the opportunity to complete their asynchronous learning activities and tasks with the support from our Youth Workers, who will also lead social-emotional learning and team-building activities. Our Friday Learning Support is meant to foster community building and offer youth the chance to socialize with their peers, while receiving extra support to complete their class work.

Programming:

  • Fall Programming: October 26 - December 18, 2020 - Register Online
  • Spring Programming: January 11 - May 14, 2020 - Register Online
  • Rec WOO Clubs Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday Learning Support Schedule: Morning; 9 - 11 a.m., Afternoon; 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Youth On-Site: Building Leaders, Activating Parks!

Youth On-Site is an in-person, outreach based program, aiming to engage 10-17 year olds at local parks. Our goal is to meet youth where they are at, work with them to identify activities and events they want to see in their neighborhoods and provide them with the tools and support they need to take the lead on turning their visions into reality. Through this pilot program, we hope to encourage youth leadership and engage young people in a wide range of activities at neighborhood parks, while promoting positive public health practices and awareness around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children Playing on School Playground

Programming:

Youth On Site is strictly following public health guidelines and mandates outlined by The City of Worcester, the Worcester Parks Department and the CDC to keep our community safe:

  • All staff and participants must wear a mask at all times even when 6 feet apart.
  • Site group capacity is set to 15 participants.
  • Staff and participants must use hand sanitizer and disinfectant when sharing materials/equipment.
  • Participants must be registered with contact information and attendance must be kept by staff in order to support contact tracing if needed.
  • Participants are not permitted to attend program if they are experiencing any symptoms, have a temperature above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit or if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

School Year Program Sites

Recreation Worcester programs will be offered at the following sites:

Woo Stories Podcast

Woo Stories is a podcast series created by the Division of Youth Opportunities where youth can learn how to share their own stories by creating and producing their own content. This podcast can be found on SoundCloud and Spotify.

New episodes air every Friday!

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Program Updates

News and information on Recreation Worcester from the City of Worcester Youth Opportunities Division.

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