Mentoring

M.Y H.O.O.D

Phone: 

857.284.2850

Mission: 

A 501 c 3 non-profit organization addressing the unstable social behaviors by youth. Their mission statement is to provide a creative and educational outlet for youth striving to accomplish goals and dreams in life. M.Y H.O.O.D targets youth between the ages of 10 to 19 years of age in Massachusetts that need support groups and direction. M.Y H.O.O.D presents the tools and knowledge necessary to explore how to achieve and make dreams become reality.

Location

19 Hillsboro Steet
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Created: 
01/28/2011

BostonGLOW - Girls’ Leadership (GL) and Organized Women (OW)

Phone: 

917-291-6666

Mission: 

Boston GLOW aims to foster opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active, engaged world citizens. Women consist of half the world’s population, perform two thirds the world’s work hours, make one tenth the world’s income and comprise 70 percent of the world’s poor. Today in the United States, only 17 percent of elected officials are women. Only one country in the entire world has more than 50 percent female elected officials! Boston GLOW fosters opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active world citizens. Through two specific program areas -Girls’ Leadership (GL) and Organized Women (OW), GLOW strives to provide pragmatic programming, leadership training, and service-learning opportunities.

Location

GLOW Boston
59 St Andrew Road
East Boston, MA 02128
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact Leah Moschella at BostonGlow@gmail.com. You can support Boston GLOW's IGNITE Change in three ways, and we welcome any contribution, big or small. All contributions are tax-deductible: Donate directly to the IGNITE Change contest, via PayPal or by check. This money will go to the scholarship prizes for the winner and, if our fundraising is successful, to the other finalists as well. Checks can be made out to Boston GLOW and mailed to: Boston GLOW C/o Leah Moschella 59 St. Andrew Road 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02128 Or, you can donate online

Key Programs Offered: 

Boston GLOW aims to foster opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active, engaged world citizens. Working through two program areas – Girls’ Leadership (GL) and Organized Women (OW) – GLOW provides pragmatic programming, leadership training, and service learning opportunities. Girls' Leadership offers internships, IGNITE CHANGE contest and mentoring, and a 2-year leadership curriculum. Organized Women runs an annual V-Day charity campaign (against domestic violence), "Crafting for a Cause" feminist craft sessions and discussions, mentoring, and an annual gala.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

GLOW Boston

Created: 
12/27/2010

Local 718: Boston Firefighters

Phone: 

617-288-2100

Email: 
Website: 
Key Partners: 

Florian Hall, Boston Fire Hockey League

Created: 
12/13/2010

Knights of Columbus Dorchester 107

Phone: 

617-620-8514

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

The Knights of Columbus Dorchester Council 107 meet at 7PM, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the St. Mark's Post on Bailey Street.

Mission: 

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus. The Order is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Any practical Catholic man interested in becoming a member should contact Grand Knight Michael Flynn @ 617-620-8514.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Knights of Columbus

Dare Family Services

Phone: 

617-427-6500 (Boston/Roxbury); 617-628-3696 (Main Office)

Fax: 

617-427-6004 (Boston/Roxbury); 617-628-3778 (Main Office)

Website: 
Mission: 

Dare Family Services is a private, nonprofit social services agency. The primary service we provide is a highly intensive type of foster care. Dare provides foster homes for children who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect. We operate through six regional offices across Massachusetts and one in Connecticut.

Intensive foster care serves a wide range of children with distinct needs. The state entrusts us with the care of these vulnerable young lives. We work very hard to help youth heal and move forward toward a fulfilling life.

Locations

Boston Region Office
504 Dudley Street 2nd Floor
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Central Office
265 Medford Street, Suite 500
Somerville, MA 02143
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information on becoming a foster parent or about Dare's programs, please contact the office nearest you.

Key Programs Offered: 

Become a Foster Parent

You can make an extraordinary difference in a child's life by becoming a foster parent.

Dare Mentors, or foster parents, are at the heart of our agency's work. When children are removed from their own biological families due to abuse and neglect, they need to spend time in a nurturing, supportive home so they can begin to heal, trust adults and form healthy relationships.

Family Support and Stabilization

Dare Family Services provides family support and stabilization services to families involved with the Department of Children and Families. The services aim to prevent an initial or subsequent removal of a child from the home and to promote permanency. We provide these services out of our Somerville, MA office.

Intellectual Disabilities Programs

Dare Family Services offers programs to enable people with intellectual disabilities to maximize their independence and to provide for themselves. Every client in our care has an Individual Service Plan (ISP) that is overseen by a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) coordinator. The ISP objectives for each person are unique, focusing on specific areas of skill instruction and support that he or she needs to maximize independence.

> Residential Care

Dare Family Services has been providing staffed apartments for individuals with intellectual disabilities since 1977. Dare was one of the first human service agencies to pioneer these services.

We provide staffed apartments to individuals in Boston, Brookline, Dorchester and West Newton. The intensity of support ranges from 24-hour, 7-day-per-week services for some people to more limited care for others. Our staff works to determine the unique potential of each adult in our care. The goal of these programs is to teach the life skills that each person needs to live in his or her own home in the community.

> Program for Pregnant/Parenting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Our transitional program in Dorchester provides housing and services to mothers with intellectual disabilities and their young children. The program teachers mothers life skills such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting. We provide instruction on parenting skills to enable mothers to care for themselves and for their children. The ultimate goal of the program is to guide these women toward independent living settings where they can parent and provide for their children and themselves within their communities.

If you have a family member or loved one with intellectual disabilities and would like more information on placing him or her in our care, please contact Jan Edeman at 617-629-2710 or at jedeman@darefamily.org

Pregnant & Parenting Teens Program

Our residential program in Newburyport, MA serves teenage mothers and their children. All of these young mothers are in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and they come to us pregnant or with babies.

These teenagers have a strong desire to raise their children themselves and to live independently. However, their young age and family history would place their children at risk unless the mothers learn skills to effectively parent. Since many of these young mothers have been victims of abuse and neglect, they are at risk of continuing the cycle of abuse if they do not receive appropriate care.

Pathways to Independence

Young people who grow up in foster care live a fractured childhood, separated from their families after having endured the horrors of abuse and neglect. When they are forced out of state care based solely on their age, they face a grueling reality. While their peers continue to rely on their families for housing, money and guidance after they turn eighteen, former foster children often have no stable figures to help them transition to independence.

As reported by a Massachusetts task force in 2008, over one-third of the young people who leave foster care become homeless; one half become pregnant or impregnate someone; and well over half suffer from mental illness.

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

C & M Educational Connections and Consulting

Phone: 

(617) 282-9700

Email: 

info@cmecclearninginstitute.org

Mission: 

CMECC is committed to developing higher thinking skills for young and older minds alike; named in part in memory of founder's mother, Mrs. Willemae Polk, who was an avid supporter of education, and in recognition of her admiration for family and community values. Founded August 10, 2006 by Paula Nelson, a former inclusion and transitional teacher with a Masters degree in Education, CMECC has always used proven educational techniques to instruct students. Paula Nelson believe, like many forward-thinking educators of the 21st Century frame of mind that, although many teachers did an admirable job in the classroom, many children did not learn well in traditional institutions, which explains why many children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. She believes that a child's strengths and natural ability needs to be the foundation of learning. For this cause, Paula Nelson warns against a "Cookie cutter" approach to educating children.

Location

1500 Dorchester Avenue Suite 2
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

At CMECC, your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified by pretesting and built upon by goals outlined in his or her Student Individual Learning Plan (SILP); and post testing after the completion of the tutorial program, to aid in the development of ongoing learning. In 2008, CMECC adopted the name T.H.R.I.V.E., Teaching, Helping, Reaching, Inspiring, Visioning, Educating (for social equality), to better illustrate its mission to help at-risk children, youth and families achieve, to their fullest potential. The T.H.R.I.V.E. Program is a rigorous, engaging, and student-directed tutorial-based curriculum, offered year-round for remediation and enrichment in reading, ELA (English Language Arts), math and phonemic awareness via computer-assisted instruction, one-on-one and small group instruction to Grades K1-7, ESL (English as a Second Language), and now, Adult (English for Speakers of Other Languages) ESOL/GED (General Education Development) direct instruction, at your choice of location. Special Needs Our techniques for supporting students with learning disabilities have a remarkable success rate. We begin by defining what a successful outcome is, and design strategies to achieve your desired outcome. From students with reading problems, ADD/ADHD, auditory processing problems to those who are formally diagnosed as learning disabled, we will find the right tutor and right plan for each child. ESL and Phonemic Awareness for Educational Advancement and Reinforcement We offer an opportunity to children to gain greater understanding of subject matter through application of skills. We can build on knowledge that children bring with them into the tutoring environment. Study Skill Development/Test Preparation We can develop successful skills and strategies for critical study skill to test taking that are appropriate for simple spelling tests to rigorous standardized tests to lifelong learning techniques. We provide opportunities to apply skills learned so students will feel confident, prepared, and familiar with everyday classroom learning and a testing situation. Relaxation and concentration techniques are central building blocks of the T.H.R.I.V.E., program. Adult Basic Education (ABE) - ESL/GED/Career Enhancement/Development We offer ESL/ESOL and ABE/GED classes by appointment for serious individuals. We can help you build on your knowledge, confidence and self-esteem, communication and effectiveness in your area of work or business. Department of Education Approved Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Provider We use proven instructional strategies and curricula to enhance classroom learning for Grades 1-6 students with local schools and districts; and in the comfort of student's home, community center, local library, church or the Center. Parent Involvement/Educational Guidance Consultant for The 21st Century and Beyond Community CMECC is honored to be an approved provider of Supplemental Educational Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the added capacity to foster student improvement by linking curriculum and instruction to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System relative to language and literacy across the content areas. This allows CMECC to provide FREE tutoring services to students at eligible schools through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), 2001 to improve their grades, raise their test scores, learn effective study skills, build academic self-esteem, and reach their greatest potential. CMECC offers engaging professional services to guide, educate and assist families in the parent, family and community involvement process in a user-friendly way. Paula Nelson: Endorsed by National ParentNet Association as a Parent Trainer, ParentNet/Local Speaker, Parenting Education, National Speaker. Notary Public We offer notary services at a reduced rate to clients and the local community. Business Certification/Educational Consulting/Career Development Training Certified by the Supplier Diveristy Office (SDO formerly SOMWBA) as (MBE and WBE) with the business description, EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT: ADVOCACY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR AT RISK CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES; ADULT BASIC EDUCATION AND NOTARY PUBLIC.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

CMECC

Boston Teens in Print

Phone: 

WriteBoston 617-541-2651

Email: 

Send submissions or staff applications to: ric.kahn.jcs@cityofboston.gov

Mission: 

Teens in Print provides a forum for teens to publish their own creative work, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and journalistic articles. T.i.P. has helped scores of Boston teens find their voice through the written word. More about T.i.P: Today, T.i.P. is published four times during the academic year. Since its launch, more than 200 teens have been published in the paper. With each successive issue, staffers have improved their journalism skills and gained confidence in their ability to communicate with their peers. Each issue also features the strong, vibrant art and photography of Artists for Humanity students. They continue to build their photojournalism skills, further strengthening T.i.P.’s commitment to quality. A total of 443 articles and poems have been published in T.i.P.'s 11 editions. 25 Boston public high schools have contributed to Teens In Print. 336 students have been published since the first issue in May 2004. 240 students outside of T.i.P. have submitted writing since May 2004. 30 Boston high school students attend T.i.P. meetings every Tuesday at the Boston Globe. 21 affiliated organizations have contributed to T.i.P. production. T.i.P. has had 96 total staff writers. 30 students registered from 8 different schools for the Summer Journalism Institute in 2007. T.i.P.'s total single copy distribution is 830,000.

Key Partners: 

Boston Globe Foundation, Boston Public Schools, Write Boston. The T.i.P. newspaper has aligned with other programs focused on developing writing skills among Boston public school students. WriteBoston Summer Journalism Institute This four-week summer program offers young people a fun way to improve writing, build journalism skills, and explore exciting places in Boston. Open to freshmen and sophomores, the Institute is sponsored by WriteBoston in collaboration with the Boston Globe Foundation and Northeastern University. Students learn basic interviewing, fact checking, and news writing skills from professional journalists, then put those skills to the test during field trips across the city. At the end of four weeks, participants turn in timely, interesting, and polished articles for placement in the fall issue of T.i.P. Media Matters Writing Conference for Teachers and Teens Media Matters was developed by the Boston Globe Foundation, in collaboration with UMass Boston and WriteBoston, to help expand on T.i.P.’s work and to showcase the Globe’s commitment to providing resources for teachers and inspiring future writers. The inaugural 2005 Conference attracted 450 budding writers and 125 of their teachers from across the Northeast. They gathered at the new UMass Campus Center for a full day of workshops, seminars, interactive icebreakers, and speakers from the worlds of business, academia, media, and the non-profit sector. The Conference was supported by a number of Boston Globe Foundation Flagship Partners, including WriteBoston, Teen Empowerment, Teen Voices, and Project: Think Different. Post-conference questionnaires confirm that Media Matters was a hit. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “great,” the average rating of the overall conference by the student attendees was 7.1. Caroline Knapp Journalism Internship The Caroline Knapp Journalism Internship Program provides four Boston public high school students summer employment at area newspapers including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and selected weekly papers. Administered by WriteBoston and funded by the Arnold Hiatt Foundation and the Knapp family, the program was developed to honor the late Boston journalist and author Caroline Knapp. For eight weeks, interns become valuable members of local newsrooms. One recent Knapp intern, T.i.P. staff writer Samantha Mbawuiki, had several of her articles published, including a byline op-ed piece. Interns also develop their journalism skills through mentoring with colleagues. BostonTIP.com With the success of the print version of T.i.P., the Globe Foundation and WriteBoston have turned their attention to the Web. Partnering with the Globe’s acclaimed Boston.com site, they have designed a T.i.P Web site, www.bostonTIP.com. The goals are to help recruit writers and readers for T.i.P., to elicit reader feedback, and to become a resource for teachers, students and parents.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Submission Policy: Any teen attending a public high school in Boston can submit essays, memoirs, poetry, photographs, lyrics, stories, sketches, cartoons, commentaries, articles, and letters. Send submissions as MS Word attachments and also in body of the e-mail message. Provide your name, age, grade, and school. You must be a BPS student. FORMAT your writing: - Double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font. - In the upper left corner, print your name, contributing writer, and a title or headline. Whatever you submit has to be YOUR OWN CREATION. We only print original work. Please write “this is my own creation” next to your name. You will not get your work back; keep a copy for yourself. T.i.P. reserves the right to EDIT your work for length, content, or appropriateness. Want to join the staff of Teens in Print? Please download the necessary paperwork: TiP Staff Application TiP Staff Teacher Recommendation E-MAIL submissions or staff applications to: ric.kahn.jcs@cityofboston.gov or MAIL them to: Boston Teens in Print C/O WriteBoston 7 Palmer Street Roxbury, MA 02119

Created: 
11/03/2010

Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

Phone: 

617-859-2335

Email: 

jsnow@bpl.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Locations in the Dorchester Area:

690 Adams Street, Adams Branch; Monday & Wednesday 4:00-6:00 pm

690 Washington Street, Codman Square Branch; Monday & Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

1520 Dorchester Ave, Fields Corner Branch; Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm

5 Crawford Street, Grove Hall Branch; Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

27 Richmond Street, Lower Mills; Monday & Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

500 Columbia Road, Upham's Corner Branch Thursday 4:00-6:00pm

Mission: 

To offer free educational tutoring in all areas of Boston. Open to students in all grades.

Key Partners: 

Boston Public Library, Boston Teachers' Union

Created: 
10/29/2010
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