Bowdoin/Geneva

Charles Street AME Roxbury Renaissance Center

Phone: 

617-442-7770

Mission: 

The Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, has a long and rich history of activism and community service that began in 1818 and continues to the present. In the year 2000, this congregation had a vision to spark a "Roxbury Renaissance," a renewal of the commitment among members in the African American community who dare to dream that Roxbury, Dorchester, and indeed all of Boston can be a better place for the most vulnerable among us - our children and elders. Eight years later, and after over $2 million raised through the Vision to Victory Capital Campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility, the Charles Street AME Roxbury Renaissance Center (RRC) has become the place Where Roxbury Comes To Dream Again. Our mission is to advocate for the needs of community residents and to strengthen individuals, families, and the community by providing social, educational, economic, and cultural services.

Location

5 Elm Hill Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Charles Street AME,

Key Programs Offered: 

The Maafa Middle School Project seeks to ease the transition from childhood to young adulthood by encouraging middle school students to resist violence, persevere in school, and go to college. It also empowers the community to mobilize to make sure that these students are given the best opportunity to make their dreams a reality. The Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy passes on the rich legacy of the African-American musical heritage and equips youth with the skills to shape their own culture with musical products that reflect the positive strivings, hopes, and dreams of a people who have struggled for peace, justice, and love for generations. The Roxbury Senior Care Program serves Roxbury's "gems of wisdom" and empowers seniors to realize their dreams of aging with dignity and self-respect, by providing resources to help them maintain safe, healthy, and independent lifestyles.

Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter's

Phone: 

(617) 282-3614

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Activities at the Teen Center begin at 4 p.m. with focus groups and homework help and continue into the evening with recreational activities.

Mission: 

A program of Catholic Charities Greater Boston, the Teen Center at St. Peter’s serves teens ages 15 to 19 from the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. There are approximately 200 members of the Teen Center, with as many as 80 participating in educational or recreational activities daily. Through the center, adolescents of the mid-Dorchester corridor are provided with work opportunities, have access to various support services, and have a safe place to recreate. Work and activities aim to provide the skills necessary for academic success, while also increasing self-esteem and enhancing the perception of teens as a positive force in the community. Catholic Charities’ Teen Center at St. Peter’s is part of a unique collaboration with St. Peter’s School and the Bowdoin Street After-School Program. The three programs, all housed in St. Peter’s School, have worked together to serve the families of the Bowdoin Street neighborhood for five years.

Location

St. Peter's Church
278 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street After-School Program, Campaign for Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB), St. Peter’s School, Yawkey Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Homework Help: Teens have a supervised time for homework, peer tutoring, and set times in the computer lab. School performance is reviewed and monitored. 
MCAS Preparation: Specialized and remedial tutoring is provided twice a week in math and English to prepare high school students for graduation requirements.
College Preparation: Tutoring is offered in both math and verbal skills to help with standardized tests. Workshops are provided on topics such as financial aid and application assistance. Tours of local colleges are arranged.
Computer Literacy: Classes focus on basic principles of word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, and web page design.
Focus Groups: A male and female focus group meets once a week to address adolescent developmental issues and the multiple challenges that confront youth today such as sexual activity, drugs/alcohol, family conflict, immigration issues and deportation, diversity and racism, gang participation, violence, and planning for the future.
Economic Literacy: These classes focus on managing money wisely. Teens set up a no cost bank account and learn to cut spending and increase savings.
Teen Center Council: Teens meet regularly to discuss pertinent issues affecting youth, seek resolution to conflict among members, and help develop and implement programs. Chosen leaders participate in the Teen Center Council and selected members will participate in the community’s Youth Council.
Performing Arts: Artistic programming throughout the year include classes in African Dance and expression through poetry and music.
Outdoor Education: In partnership with the Sierra Club, the Teen Center participates in hiking, canoeing, and over night camping trips in all of the New England area.
Recreational Activities: Planned activities include sports, dances, fashion shows, tournaments, cultural activities, and special field trips.
Youth Mediation: Trained by the Attorney General’s Office, teens help their peers resolve conflicts and disagreements without violence. This program offers students the skills needed to interact with each other at school, home, and in the community.
Counselors in Training: Counselors in Training are paid positions with job responsibilities in the St. Peter’s after-school program and the Teen Center, working 10-15 hours a week. Counselors help with the supervision of youth, homework, arts and crafts, and other projects. Counselors in Training are expected to perform well in school and take advantage of the Teen Center’s services.
Community Service: All teens have the opportunity to carry out supervised community service projects to increase their knowledge of the community and its needs, foster a sense of investment in their neighborhood, and develop positive values of service and contribution.
Family Fun Night: Events are held periodically offering games, cultural activities, and refreshments to involve members’ families.
Family Support: Referrals for community services are offered to the families of participating teens in need of outreach, mediation, and other services.

Created: 
03/28/2011

Boston Middle School Academy

Phone: 

617-635-1534

Email: 

middleacad@boston.k12.ma.us

Website: 

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/school/middle-school-academy

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Hours: 7:20am-1:30pm M-F

Mission: 

Boston Middle School Academy (BMSA) is an alternative education program designed to help students reduce the negative behaviors that prevented them from achieving academic success in other Boston middle schools. BMSA is focused on developing the educational, social and behavioral skills of the student. The goal of this program is to successfully transition students to an appropriate middle school or high school at the end of the school year.

Location

215 Dorchester Street
South Boston, MA 02127
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Students who have repeatedly violated the Code of Discipline at the Boston Public School in which they are currently, are referred to BMSA by the BPS Office of Alternative Education. Students are educated at BMSA for one year before they transition to another middle or high school.

Key Programs Offered: 

The BMSA provides: A safe, structured and supportive learning environment Small class size Greater accommodations for individual student needs Positive staff/student relationships Counseling and crisis intervention Improved student communication skills Opportunities for improved social skills Opportunities for parental involvement School-to-career opportunities Community resources and partnerships

Marshall Elementary School

Phone: 

Phone: 617-635-8810 Fax: 617-635-8815

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Early Dismissal: 11:45 a.m. Grades: K1-5

Location

35 Westville Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center

Holmes Elementary School

Phone: 

Phone: 617-635-8681 - Fax: 617-635-8685

Email: 

holmes@bostonpublicschools.org

Website: 

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/node/460

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Hours: 9:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Early Dismissal: 1:30 p.m.

Grades: K1-5

Location

40 School Street
Dorchester 02124
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Achieve! After School Program:

The Achieve! After School Program strives to support elementary students through academic enrichment and group activities, allowing them to enhance their academic skills as well as their self-esteem. After-school activities, offered to elementary age students 4 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), include academic enrichment, recreational time, arts and crafts and group games.

Assignment Zone: East
Cluster: 10

Friends of Geneva Cliffs

Phone: 

617-436-0289 or 617-754-0230

Email: 

gfcac@hotmail.com (Greater Four Corners Action Coalition manages Friends of Geneva Cliffs)

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

Meets 4th Monday of every month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Menino Pavillion Community Room, 155 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester. Anyone may attend.

Mission: 

The Friends of Geneva Cliffs includes local residents and community organizations who work together to make The Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild a safe, clean and inviting "natural area" for neighbors to enjoy. This is the only urban wild in our part of Dorchester, and we want to preserve this space for everyone's enjoyment. Through community organizing over many years, we raised funds from foundations and public agencies to restore the Cliffs from their long abandoned and overgrown conditions into an "urban oasis" with a walking trail, special plantings and educational signage, sitting areas, and space for special community events. Come take a walk, have a picnic, get some exercise and come by when you see the banner up for special community events.

Location

367 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Conservation Commission (owners of Geneva Cliffs); Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Bowdoin Street Health Center, ABCD, Greater Bowdoin Geneva Neighborhood Association, Geneva Apartments, and Meeting House Hill Civic Association.

Created: 
12/02/2010

Dorchester Board of Trade

Phone: 

617.398.DBOT (3268)

Mission: 

Since 1911, the Dorchester Board of Trade has been uniting and strengthening the community's businesses, as well as giving them a voice in the community. The Board is committed to the belief that strength among businesses, along with civic attentiveness, profits the entire community. The benefits and services of the Board of Trade are always expanding and today are greater than ever.

Created: 
10/22/2010

Greater Bowdoin Geneva Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 279-2240 x513

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bowdoin Street Health Center

Location

230 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Frederick Pilot Middle School

Phone: 

617-635-1650

Website: 

http://www.lgfnet.org/

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Early Dismissal: 1:30 p.m.

Location

270 Columbia Road
Dorchester,, MA 02121
United States
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