Mission: The Sad Cafe began services as a non-profit on 1999. We have become a "teen center" and community resource without the stigma attached to many centers, as youth flock to the Cafe to be with their peers.The Sad Cafe strives to provide, promote and support positive life choices for our community through innovative programming for children, youth and families. We provide a safe, substance free environment for youth to gather and socialize, and explore their talents.We also provide parenting education, peer outreach, mentoring and community capacity building through collaboration and coalition building.
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The Sad Cafe is an incredible venue devoted to giving young musicians the opportunity to play at a legitimate venue. Since playing my first show there last fall, I have turned 18 and started playing at bars in Boston, such as the Middle East. It is not easy to get shows like this, but using the Sad Cafe as a stepping stone gave me the confidence to persevere and pursue my passion of music. The adults in charge are exceptionally friendly and willing to give advice to help young musicians. It would be a shame to see them go. I became familiar with them very recently, and I have just become aware of how vast their impact has been on the arts for young people in the area. Yes, I encourage everyone to donate what they can, but the best donation you can make is the price of admission to a show there. It benefits the organization and also the young musicians who will have a bigger audience!