Wheelchair Accessibility

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (VietAID)

Phone: 

617-822-3717

Fax: 

617-822-3718

Email: 

hoa@vietaid.org, Hoa Ngo, Office Manager

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00pm

Viet-AID's after-school program runs during the academic year of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), from 3:00PM-6:00PM each day for 3rd to 7th grades. The beginning portion of the day we provide homework help, support and tutoring. Any additional time at the end of the day is spent on academic enrichment and fun, cultural activities.

All student in the After School Program are referred to Viet Aid by partner elementary and middle schools. For more information on joining the After School Program, please contact Jessica Ranucci at 617-822-3717 x 26 or HoaMai Nguyen at 617-822-3717 ext. 22.

Mission: 

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) believes in strengthening the Vietnamese community and building a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood with our neighbors. Viet-AID achieves these goals by developing affordable housing and commercial spaces; providing high quality child care services; facilitating job and business development; and actively promoting civic engagement.

Location

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc.
42 Charles Street Suite E
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 822-3717 ext. 24 for application for the Au Co Pre- School
Call (617) 822-3717 for First Time Homebuyers Classes in Vietnamese
Call Thu Truong at (617) 822-3717 for Small Business Technical Assistance.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Dorchester Academy

Phone: 

617-635-9730

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

7:50 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. Early Dismissal: 11:45

Mission: 

To educate, empower, and inspire students to act and be responsible today for distinctive achievement, contribution, and success tomorrow. To cultivate their resolve to excel by challenging and developing their academic skills, interpersonal tools, and critical thinking perspective. This work is embraced through reflective instruction, collaborative teaching, family and community partnering, and our living example.

Location

18 Croftland Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Since 1974, UMass Boston has worked in partnership with Dorchester High School to provide numerous resources to its students, faculty, and administrators. The only public university in the city, the University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized for its community involvement as a model of excellence for urban universities.The mission of the partnership—to prepare all Dorchester students to successfully pursue post-secondary education--is carried out principally by two units at UMass Boston: the Graduate College of Education and the Pre-Collegiate Programs.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Noonan Business Academy and the Academy of Public Service

Created: 
10/18/2010

Columbia Washington Street Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 989-8668

Email: 
Mission: 

Our mission is to promote social, economic, environmental justice, crime prevention, neighborhood development, and increase access to resources via transportion. We engage residents to be more active in their community in order to accomplish our mission.

Key Partners: 

Four Corners Action Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Attend the Monthly meetings

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Massachusetts Studies Project (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-7654

Mission: 

Our mission is to engage students, teachers and "lifelong learners" in their own communities through local history, local culture and local heritage

Key Partners: 

SCI Dorchester, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, The University of Massachusetts

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Neighborhood House Charter School

Phone: 

(617) 825-0703

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of the Neighborhood House Charter School is to offer a quality education to a diverse community of Boston children through a neighborhood-based school that integrates education with social services and health care programs for the benefit of students and their families that otherwise have limited public educational opportunities. In pursuing this mission, the NHCS commits to developing and sharing with other public schools innovative practices that improve public education for all students.

Location

Neighborhood House Charter School
21 Queen Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Charter School Association, Massachusetts DOE

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Start by checking the Admissions page.Child must be four years of age by September 1st of year entering K1.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/05/2011

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Phone: 

617-288-7120

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

The drop in membership program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 18. Each day Monday-Friday from 2:00-6:00pm members will participate in activities based on a rotation schedule. All Members under the age of 12 not participating in a specialized program from 6-8pm are required to depart the Club at 6:00pm. Teen Programming will run until 8:30pm, all teens must depart by 9pm.

 

The Bantam Program serves members ages five and six. Members are grouped according to age and will travel to each area with designated staff members. Bantams will meet each afternoon at the McLaughlin site and participate in developmentally appropriate programming. The cost is $50 per session ($150 per year) and registration is limited to 50 children.

Mission: 

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. Our Boys & Girls Clubs Provide A safe place to learn and grow. Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. Hope and opportunity.

Locations

Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Clubhouse
35 Deer Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is open to all children between the ages of 5 and 18. Members must be five by September 1st. BGCD has an "open door" policy. Members are well supervised while in the program areas, but may come and go as they please. The membership fee for all ages is just $5.00 per year, or $10.00 per year for immediate family members registering at the same time. All members must furnish proof of age when signing up. Orientation After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. Registration for summer programming begins in March and is offered on first-come-first-served basis (cost varies by year).

For more information, visit http://bgcdorchester.org/who-we-are/membership-info/

Key Programs Offered: 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester provides a safe place for our members to learn and grow, create meaningful relationships with caring adult professionals and participate in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. BGCD offers exceptional out-of-school time programs year-round for youth ages five to 18. These programs are designed to complement each other; together, they form a comprehensive youth development plan that helps our members thrive today and develop the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.

The key programs offered include:

  • ·         Aquatics               
  • ·         Athletics
  • ·         Early Education and Care
  • ·         Education             
  • ·         Fine Arts               
  • ·         Inclusive Services              
  • ·         Kids Café             
  • ·         Licensed School Age Care              
  • ·         Media Arts (Film & Photography)
  • ·         Music
  • ·         Social Recreation
  • ·         Summer Programs
  • ·         Teen Center
  • ·         Tween
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/20/2009

Email: 

info@bgcdorchester.org

Website: 

www.bgcdorchester.org

Addtional Location: 

Walter Denney Youth Center

270 Mount Vernon Street

Dorchester, MA 02125

 

Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

1483 Tremont St Boston, MA 02120

Phone: 

617-635-4920

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Community Centers are open during the summer and during school vacations. Many provide special school vacation activities and camps. Call your neighborhood community center for a complete schedule.

Cleveland: 11 Charles St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5141,
Grove Hall: 51 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-2643,
Holland Community Center*: 85 Olney St., Dorchester, MA 02121; 617-635-5144
Leahy-Holloran*^: 1 Worrell St., Dorchester, MA 02122; 617-635-5150
Perkins Community Center*: 155 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124; 617-635-5146; Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Denotes location with pool
^Formerly the Murphy Community Center

You can see the all-BCYF calendar here for some special citywide events.

Mission: 

The Mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life for Boston's residents by supporting children, youth and families through a wide range of programs and services. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with Community Center councils, agencies and businesses to support children, youth, individuals and families through a wide range of comprehensive programs.

The Perkins Community Center Adult Learning Program's goal is to provide student-centered adult education classes which help learners meet their education and life goals.

Location

BCYF
United States
Key Partners: 

The Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Residents join the Community Center through membership. Many activities are free.

Many community centers rent their facilities out for meetings and events. Contact your neighborhood community center to get more information about fees and availability.

Go to www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/volunteer.asp to find out more about volunteer opportunities at Boston Centers for Youth & Families or call the BCYF Administrative Offices at 617-635-4920.

If you would like Boston Centers for Youth & Families to attend your community event, contact Sandy Holden at 617-635-4920 x2213 or sandy.holden@cityofboston.gov.

Key Programs Offered: 

Education, recreation, childcare, community meetings, and more. BCYF Program Guides can be found at http://www.cityofboston.gov/bcyf/. You can also view information about each center at the guide entries linked above.

GIRLS Initiative (Growth, Intervention, Respect, Leadership & Support for Girls): The GIRLS Initiative features the Girls' Leadership Corps made up of peer leaders representing all of Boston's neighborhoods. These peer leaders will be leaders both at their local community center and as part of a citywide corps. Each week, they will facilitate workshops at their assigned neighborhood community centers and support programming for girls. During the summer, the GIRLS Initiative sponsors several "Girls' Night Out" events at various community centers around the city. Contact Erika Butler at 617-635-4920 x2314 for more information about the programming available just for girls through the GIRLS Initiative.

Almost all neighborhood community centers provide a free, walk-in breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under during the summer through the school department. Contact Boston Public Schools at 617-635-9000 for more information about free summer meals. Many community centers also offer a free senior lunch program. Call your local community center for details.

Created: 
02/23/2011

Dorchester Locations:
Perkins Community Center
155 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester 02124
617-635-5146

Cleveland Community Center (Grover Cleveland School)
11 Charles St.
Dorchester 02122
617-635-5141

Holland Community Center
85 Olney St.
Dorchester 02121
617-635-5144

Marshall Community Center - CLOSED
35 Westville St.
Dorchester 02124
617-635-5149

Leahy-Holloran Community Center
1 Worrell St.
Dorchester 02122
617-635-5150

Center for Teen Empowerment, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 427-1599 (617) 427-1488

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F, 10am-6pm

Mission: 

Empowering youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

The Center for Teen Empowerment
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Cares, Bird Street Community Center, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Floorlords, Young Cape Verdean Club

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We hire 10-12 youth through a competitive hiring process. The youths' job is to organize events and initiatives (free or nominal charge) that will involve community members.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)

Phone: 

(617) 371-1234

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Mission: 

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) provides free civil (noncriminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and thirty-one cities and towns. The help GBLS offers ranges from legal advice to full case representation, depending on client need. GBLS traces its roots back to 1900 and the founding of the Boston Legal Aid Society

Location

GBLS Main Office
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By referral, or as walk-ins

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Parent to Parent

Phone: 

617-636-8881

Mission: 

Parent to Parent (P2P) is a partnership between Tufts Medical Center and program sites in the Dorchester and Chinatown neighborhoods of Boston and Quincy. The primary goal of P2P is to reduce infant mortality and morbidity by improving access to health care for pregnant women and their children. P2P redefines prenatal care to include social services, education and advocacy. Maternal and child health outreach workers are trained to provide access to social supports and medical services for pregnant women, mothers and their young children.

Location

800 Washington Street, Box 116
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Asian Youth Essential Service (Y.E.S.)
199 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
617-482-4243
P2P Contact: Marie Mook, Phone: 617-482-4243 Email: MMook@bostonasianyes.org

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-288-3230
P2P Contact: Bach Yen Tran, Phone: 617-288-3230, Email: bach-yen.tran@dorchesterhouse.org

Codman Square Health Center
637 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
617-825-9660

Neponset Health Center
398 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
P2P Contact: Jenny Nguyen, Phone: 617-282-3200, Email: JNGUYEN@hhsi.us

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
632 Blue Hill Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
617-825-3400
P2P Contact: Janie Gibbs, Phone: 617-822-7122, Email: JAN_GIB6@yahoo.com

Geiger-Gibson Health Center
250 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-288-1140
P2P Contact: Luisa Maldonado, Phone: 617-288-1140, Email: LMaldonado@hhsi.us

Uphams Corner Health Center
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
617-287-8000
P2P Contact: Hong-Hoa Nguyen, Phone: 617-287-8000

Manet Community Health Center
110 West Squantum Street
North Quincy, MA 02121
P2P Contact: Xuan Du, Phone: 617-376-3030, Email: xuanmydu@hotmail.com

Created: 
12/01/2010
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