Chinatown Afterschool

Serving the Chinatown community for over 30 years

Two grade one students working on project, the enrichment portion of our program.

PBHA's Chinatown Afterschool program promotes academic enrichment for children in Boston’s Chinatown community.

Application Information:

To learn more about getting involved with Chinatown Afterschool, please email the program’s directors at

Our application can be found here.

Student Director Contact Information:

Staff Contact Information:

Kerry McGowan


Fall 2021

Status: Active

During Fall 2020, we will be transitioning our homework help, English support, and fun educational enrichment projects to Zoom. We are also hoping to take advantage of our virtual platform by implementing new online curriculums, projects, and activities. Lastly and most importantly, we will continue to foster strong, supportive relationships between students and counselors in order to create a close online community.

Apply here!

PBHA’s Chinatown Afterschool Program promotes academic enrichment for children of low ­income families in Boston’s Chinatown community. We provide a safe and supportive afterschool environment through tutoring, educational projects, and literacy activities. We build self­-esteem and intellectual curiosity by fostering mentoring relationships with volunteers both in and out of the classroom. Ultimately, we aim to equip our students with life skills that will encourage them to be contributing members of their communities.

Beginnings and Site Changes

Chinatown Afterschool (CHTNASP) was founded in 1984 to meet the need for a free afterschool program in Boston’s Chinatown. The program was originally based in the Church of All Nations, and from 1984 through 2008 operated from the sites of community partners including College High School, Boston High School, and the Asian American Civic Association. Since 2008, CHTNASP has been based at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA).


Despite many changes over the last 3o years, Chinatown Afterschool has successfully held on to many traditions. Most notably, “Halloween at Harvard,” a day filled with fun booths and trick­-or-­treating in Harvard Yard, takes place each fall.

Kandice Ellett '11 plays the part of Tinkerbell at the festivities. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer.

Kandice Ellett ’11 plays the part of Tinkerbell at the Halloween festivities. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer.

Program-­wide trips have traditionally encourage counselors to further their relationships with their students.


Volunteer Daily Summary

Volunteers with Chinatown Afterschool are asked to submit a daily summary after each day attending the program. Please submit your daily summary here. 


Find Chinatown Afterschool at CCBA

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
90 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111


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