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Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

Phone: 

(617) 373-7881

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday 9-5

Mission: 

Since 2000, Northeastern University has hosted the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program. Originally created through a partnership with America’s Promise and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Fellowship members are committed and talented individuals dedicated to building a better future for children and youth. A Program Director and Director of Training and Evaluation located in the Center of Community Service coordinate the activities of 30 full-time Massachusetts Promise Fellows serving in communities across the Commonwealth. OUR SERVICE As a group, Fellows work toward five specific Performance Measures. These are well-defined objectives developed in partnership with our host-sites and funders. All Fellow projects align with one (or more) of the following Performance Measures (summarized): 1) Youth Leadership Development - Fellows will work closely with and support emerging youth leaders as the young people develop and implement a variety of activities, programs, and projects that benefit their community. 2) Mentoring - Fellows will develop new mentoring programs and expand upon current mentoring programs in an effort to establish and support new mentor/mentee matches. 3) After-School Enrichment - Fellows will develop and lead out of school enrichment activities (i.e., adventure programming, service-learning projects, tutoring, athletics) for young people. 4) Youth Outreach and Education - Fellows will coordinate and lead education and outreach efforts (i.e., newsletters, websites, seminars, summits, workshops, dances) to inform and educate young people on a variety of issues and topics (i.e., sex education, health care access, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, diversity awareness, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, legal rights, mental health). 5) Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination– All Fellows will actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers that will serve to support their project and the mission of their host organization.

Location

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
360 Huntington Avenue 212 Columbus Place
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 

The Massachusetts Service Alliance generates an ethic of service throughout the Commonwealth by creating and supporting diverse, high quality service and volunteer opportunities for all age groups, resulting in stronger communities and more active citizens. America’s Promise, founded by Gen. Colin Powell, mobilizes people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation's youth by fulfilling Five Promises: 1) Caring adults in their lives, as parents, mentors, tutors, coaches 2) Safe places with structured activities during non-school hours 3) Healthy start and future 4) Marketable skills through effective education 5) Opportunities to give back through community service The Corporation for National and Community Service works with governor-appointed state commissions, non-profits, faith-based groups, schools, and other civic organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities. Their AmeriCorps program, the domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 50,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Apply for fellowship positions through www.masspromisefellows.org or call 617 373 7881 for more information.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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 Public Library, Upham's Corner Branch

Phone: 

(617) 265-0139

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

Mon through Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth

Location

BPL Uphams Corner Branch
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the Boston Public Library system. Click here to learn more about Dorchester's libraries!

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Click here to register for a free library card online!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Upham's Corner: Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs

    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Reading Readiness Dance Workshop: Erica Siegel will lead pre-reading children in a fun reading readiness program that incorporates dance, movement, and stories.
    Thursdays: 5pm, Crafts with Mrs. C: Children aged 8-16 are invited to come make a craft to take home.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Uphams Corner Branch has a collection which reflects the needs and interest of the surrounding community. In addition to a core group of popular fiction and representative nonfiction, there are materials in French, Portuguese and Spanish languages, well rounded African American authors and reference sections and a large DVD collection.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool, Reading Readiness and toddler programs are offered weekly. Teenagers are available four afternoons a week to help children with their homework through the HAP program.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
The branch hosts monthly programs for adults and families alternating between informational and entertaining offerings. During the summer Uphams Corner participates in the Read Your Way to Fenway and Statewide Summer Reading programs.

HISTORY
In 1904 the Uphams Corner Branch Library moved from a temporary store-front location on Dudley Street to the two-year-old municipal building on Columbia Road. Upon entering the building, the adult room was on the left, a floor above the swimming pool, and the children's room used a common area on the right side of the hall. When the swimming pool developed leaks and fell into disuse for some time, the children's room took occupancy in this space. It maintained a separate entrance and circulation desk until the 1970s. After renovations to the building in 1989, only one entrance to the Library remained -- through the adult room. Many residents still recall the swimming pool and public showers of their childhood.

Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch

Phone: 

(617) 436-8214

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

Mon & Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Tues & Weds: 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat: 9am-5pm

Location

BPL Codman Square Branch
690 Washington St
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative

    Partnership with Perkins Community Center, Joseph Lee Elementary, Lee Academy Pilot School, DotWell

  • LiveWire Learning Community

    New initiative between Dorchester-Franklin Field Community Learning Initiative and FableVision Learning. Read more about this exciting new project here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To register for a library card online, click here!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Codman: Monday and Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing programs

    Tuesdays: 11am, Preschool Storytime: stories and activities
    Thursdays: 4pm, Chess Time: Every Thursday at 4 we will get out the library's new chess boards for kids to play chess with.
    Fridays: 10:30am, Preschool Storytime: Daycares and camps are welcome to an hour of stories & preschool-appropriate movies and TV shows from the library's collection. 3pm, Game Day: Ask at the desk for the board games - there will be a variety of board games for you to choose from. All are welcome!

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Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The branch holds a very good reference collection on African-American history. There is a large Children's section of biographies as well as an excellent collection of material in large print format. We have a large urban fiction collection. Local History collection is for in-library use and cannot be borrowed. Additional copies, if found elsewhere in the library, may be available for borrowing. Codman Square has medium sized collections of Spanish and French language materials.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool Story hours, Toddler Tales, Chess and Movies programs are offered weekly for children.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Book readings by local authors and programs that respond to the community interests and hobbies. Summer reading programs are offered for children.

The Codman Square Branch is teamed with the Joseph Lee Elementary School and the Lee Academy Pilot School and the Perkins Community Center as part of Mayor Menino’s Community Learning Initiative, a multi-department collaboration aimed at helping Boston’s youth reach their full potential by coordinating learning and recreation throughout the day.

HISTORY
Opened in 1905 the branch was named for John Codman a local preacher and patriot. Originally housed at 6 Norfolk Street, the branch moved to its present location in 1978. The building was designed by Eco-Texture, Inc.

Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 282-1464

Fax: 

617-282-1573

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 10am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc is to work with children, parents, and young adults within the community to guide them in achieving, to the fullest extent possible, their God-given potential. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where we will attend to the spiritual, educational, physical, and social needs of children, parents and young adults. We believe in working in partnership with parents and the community to better equip children, youth, and their families to become productive members of society and to encourage and support parents in their own personal growth and development.

Key Partners: 

Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church

Key Programs Offered: 

Unlike some after-school programs, Greenwood Shalom moves well beyond simply homework assistance. Program participants are instructed in literacy and math skills based on Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks. Tutors teach components of the Children's Defense Fund's curriculum Freedom Schools. Further, they engage in "Harambee" gatherings, where community members entertain and inspire them. Monthly field trips are also important components to the children's after-school experience. To ensure the success of the program, Greenwood Shalom offers Parent Empowerment Seminars, advocates for children and their parents and teaches parents how to become more involved in their child's education. Recognizing the significance of studies on teacher-student ratios, Greenwood Shalom boasts a one-to-five staff-student ratio. This is accomplished through the use of high students as assistant tutors, volunteers from Sudbury United Methodist Church and Hearts for Boston. Greenwood's cultural sensitivity and our specialized work with children with special needs are a few of the key areas that set our after-school program apart from most others. For the 2005-6 school year, 30% of the children had disabilities. These children require a one-to-three (and sometimes one-to-one) staff-student ratio.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/30/2010

Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

42 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

(Viet-AID building)

Phone: 

(617) 288-7344

Website: 

http://www.vaca-boston.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm Social services for elderly / youth programs 
Weekend: 9am-noon ESL program only

Mission: 

Our mission is to promote family self-sufficiency and well being, and to facilitate community empowerment among Boston's Vietnamese population

Location

Vietnamese American Civic Association
42 Charles Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk in

Key Programs Offered: 

Youth Development Program - Phuongdai Nguyen - Youth Program Coordinator The Vietnamese-American Civic Association Youth Development Program’s mission is to prepare and provide newly arrived Vietnamese refugees and immigrant youth as well as youth living in and around the community of Dorchester a safe interactive-learning environment where they are exposed to a variety of issues and topics that are tailored to their interest in order for them to develop into healthy educated adults.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
02/23/2010

City Year Boston

Phone: 

617-927-2500

Mission: 

City Year puts idealism to work by tapping the civic power of youth for an annual campaign of idealism that generates transformative community service, breaks down social barriers, inspires citizens to civic action, develops new leaders for the common good. City Year's mission is dedicated to helping to build a strong democracy through three essential - and interconnected - civic strategies: citizen service, civic leadership, and social entrepreneurship. These three civic strategies are nonpartisan and pre-political. Together, they can serve as the civic foundation for a strong, active and responsive democracy.

Location

287 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
United States
Key Partners: 

Agassiz Elementary School, Condon Elementary School,
Haley Elementary School,
Hennigan Elementary School,
Holmes Elementary School,
Neighborhood House Charter K-8 School,
Ohrenberger K-6 School,
Renaissance K-6 School,
Tobin K-8 School,
Young Achievers K-8 School

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteer with City Year: http://www.cityyear.org/boston_ektid8061.aspx

Interested in serving with City Year for a high-impact service day?
1. Check our website for the upcoming Volunteer Force schedule, coming September 2009.
2. Call our service hotline at 617-927-2300 for additional information.

Join City Year corps members in providing a safe, fun environment for students in grades 1-5 during the February and April public school vacations. Contact Christina Clark at cclark@cityyear.org.

Are you an organization in need of volunteers to do physical service or health and human services? Call City Year Boston's Physical Service Hotline at 617-927-2300 to set up a site visit.

For more information on becoming a service partner, please contact Nikki Tabron, Director of School Partnerships, at ntabron@cityyear.org

Becoming a Heroes team leader is a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local middle and high school students. For more information contact Nicole Yongue at nyongue@cityyear.org.

For more information on becoming a City Year Boston supporter, please contact John Kaiser at jkaiser@cityyear.org.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/19/2009

Log School

Phone: 

(617) 288-6683

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

M-F, 7:00 am-9:00 pm

Mission: 

The Log School, founded by Joe Carpineto in 1974, is a settlement house which offers Dorchester an array of educational and social services. The goal of our dedicated staff is to provide services that will improve the lives of local residents and strengthen the community as a whole by implementing programs based on changing neighborhood needs.

Location

Log School
222 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester (formerly Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses), United Way Massachusetts, Department of Education, Alternative Education Alliance, Boston Youth Service Network, Mass Attorney General's Office, X-CEL Adult Education Services, Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition, MCAE, Dorchester Cares, Catholic Charities Teen Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By calling (617) 474-1232

Key Programs Offered: 

After School Program This program provides 6-12 year-olds with a safe haven after school and helps them advance in school through intensive academic assistance. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Ensuring children's safety aids families by giving their parents peace of mind to focus on work and education. Participants in this program and their parents are connected to additional support services within and outside of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses' extensive system. Altogether, the Log School After School program offers a potent combination of academic encouragement, family support, risk reduction, and violence prevention.

Drop-In Child Care Center A drop-in childcare center for infants to children up to age 6 years old is available to parents enrolled in ESL classes, GED classes, or other activities at the Log School during the day.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes are available days and evenings, at all skill levels. Adult basic education and literacy classes are also available. Upper level classes include computer instruction.

Food Pantry The Food Pantry at Log School provides free weekly staple groceries on Fridays from 8 am to 9 am. Emergency food is available by appointment. There is no eligibility criteria or costs.

GED Preparation Classes Students from any neighborhood in Boston over the age of 18 can enroll in classes. Instruction is available daily at all skill levels.

Preschool Program Log School offers a fully licensed day care center providing children, ages 2.9 - 6 years, an innovative, multi-cultural curriculum.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Log School Family Education Center

Created: 
04/19/2011
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