Lowell Youth Activities Program Now Accepting Scholarship Applications!

The Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc. (LYAP) is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting its annual Philip L. Shea Scholarship Awards Reception. The Lowell Youth Activities Program is 501(c3) tax exempt 509(a)(1) public charity with the mission to educate, mentor and advance children within the Lowell Housing Authority’s Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. In most cases, it is very difficult for the families of these children to afford extracurricular activities, after-school programming and the pursuit of higher education. Through ongoing donor support, the organization is able to award over $20,000 in academic scholarships annually to High School graduates pursuing higher education. Charitable contributions are also used to fund an academic-based After-School Program and Summer Youth Recreation Program which serves low-income youth within the Acre and Highlands neighborhoods.


The scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 27th at 4:00 PM. 

The 2022 Philip L. Shea Scholarship Awards Reception will be hosted on

Thursday, June 16th  5:00-7:00pm

The Allen House at University of Massachusetts Lowell

2 Solomont Street

Lowell, MA 01854

We’re Honoring Robert J. McMahon!

The Lowell Housing Authority’s nonprofit affiliate, the Lowell Youth Activities Program is pleased to announce that the organization will be honoring Robert J. McMahon!

Robert J. McMahon has been a long-time friend and dedicated public servant for the Authority. Commissioner McMahon served as the Labor Commissioner on the Board from 2001 to 2006. During his term, he was ardent supporter for the demolition of the Julian D. Steele development to pave the way for the development of new single and duplex homes, which has since revitalized the neighborhood.

In his early years, upon honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Bob and his wife Audrey had lived in the Julian D. Steele development for 6 years and 4 of their 5 children were born there. Having once been a resident of Lowell Housing, Commissioner McMahon has a strong aptitude for the inner workings of public housing administration, and is a strong proponent of union labor, who, brick-by-brick, set the foundation for new possibilities for low-income families.

McMahon had the opportunity to serve again on the Board, being appointed for a 5-year term by Governor Charles Baker as the State appointed Board member in 2015. He had been an active member of the Executive and Personnel Subcommittees during his tenure and was instrumental in supporting resident initiatives and guiding budget priorities for capital projects until 2021.Thank you, Commissioner McMahon, for your dedicated service to the residents of Lowell, who had, and will continue to call Lowell Housing Authority home.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available for the evening, as we celebrate the future of Lowell youth.

This year, we hope that we can count upon your support through either a ticket purchase, tax-deductible monetary contribution or a sponsorship placement in our Scholarship Event Program Book.


                  • FULL PAGE $300
                  • HALF PAGE $200
                  • QUARTER PAGE $100
                  • BUSINESS CARD $50

Not only will your generosity benefit the youth that we serve, but also will provide the opportunity for exposure for your business. We thank you greatly for your consideration of our request.

Advertising purchases and donations may be made by check and payable to Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc., PO Box 1103, Lowell, MA 01853. You may also purchase tickets, advertising, or donate online by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lowell-youth-activities-program-scholarship-awards-reception-tickets-59109381752. (Each $100 spent through ad sponsorship or donation receives one event ticket). If purchasing a sponsored advertisement online, simply select your ad value through Eventbrite, and please submit your ad electronically at the appropriate size in pdf, jpeg, or png formats to [email protected].

The advertising deadline is Tuesday,  May 31st. 

For additional questions, please contact [email protected]


Lowell Youth Activities Program, Inc.