Job Skills Training/Trades

GOTCHA (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around)

Mission: 

GOTCHA, (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around) started in 2003 as an annual summer youth workforce development collaborative based in the Dudley Street, Uphams Corner and Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhoods of Roxbury and Dorchester with 150-250 teens working at 20-25 nonprofit organizations.

In 2008 GOTCHA launched its first year round program with youth working after school. Six of the organizations (Bird Street Community Center, Cape Verdean Community UNIDO, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Bay EDC, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and The City School) play a planning role (Planning Partners) and the remaining, which varies from year to year, are worksites for teens.

The 20-25 organizations or worksites represent a variety of non-profit organizations that work on community organizing, planning, advocacy, education, legal, health, human services and community development. The Planning Partners located in Roxbury and/or Dorchester all work with youth and families and are linked by their shared commitment to community building, youth leadership development and youth services.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bird Street Community Center
Boston After School & Beyond
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Children's Learning Center
Children's Services of Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp
Dudley Neighbors, Inc.
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Greater Four Corners Action Coalition
MA Alliance for Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
Rosa Parks Daycare
TAG (Talented And Gifted Latino Program)
The City School
Youth and Police In Partnership

Key Programs Offered: 

Dudley Youth Council
Resident Leadership Institute
SACC (School Age Child Care)
Summer Leadership Program
Youth Development Program
YOUTH FORCE

Created: 
11/18/2010

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 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

TechBoston Academy

Phone: 

(617) 635-1615

Fax: 

(617) 635-1622

Email: 

tbainfo@techboston.org

Website: 

http://techbostonacademy.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Grades 6-9: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (on alternate Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.) Grades 10-12: 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 a.m. (on alternate Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.) Early Dismissal: 11:30 a.m.

Mission: 

TechBoston Academy’s essential belief is that by providing an environment that is both nurturing and challenging, every student can learn and develop into a responsible citizen. TechBoston Academy, a pilot high school within the Boston Public Schools, offers a college preparatory curriculum, which includes interdisciplinary project-based learning, where technology is the bridge that connects the students to their learning experiences. (More at http://techbostonacademy.org/about/mission/)

Location

9 Peacevale Rd
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

TechBoston Apple Barr Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Boston Digital Bridge Foundation The Boston Foundation Cisco Dell Haphi Harvard University Hewlett Packard HiQ Computers IBM Microsoft NetTeks SmartBoard Technologies Suffolk University Technology Goes Home Tufts University University of Massachusetts, Boston WriteBoston Year Up Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

How can my son/daughter apply for a seat in the school? We welcome calls by parents and students regarding admission to TechBoston Academy. In addition, you can contact your local Parent Information Center. How will students be selected for TechBoston Academy, and how many will be selected? Students will be chosen randomly from the pool of eligible applicants. Before entering the lottery students and parents should agree to the extended day, extended year calendar. The only eligibility requirement will be that each student must be eligible for promotion to the 9th grade (by June 30) as specified by Boston Public Schools’ standards. There will be approximately 90 students per class, meaning there will eventually be 380 students total.

Key Programs Offered: 

What makes TBA different? Student support systems Use of technology as a bridge for learning Small class sizes Superior faculty Personal relationships

Two Campuses: Former Wilson Middle School (Grades 6-9) 18 Croftland Ave. Dorchester, MA 02124 Phone: 617-635-1615 Fax: 617-635-1621 Dorchester Education Complex (Grades 10-12) 9 Peacevale Road Dorchester, MA 02124 Phone: 617-635-1615 Fax: 617-635-1621

Local 534: Plasterers and Cement Masons Union

Phone: 

617-825-5200

Fax: 

617-825-7519

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

Applications accepted in May each year 

Mission: 

For over 146 years, the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) has represented and trained plasterers and cement masons for the purpose of protecting and promoting the quality of our industry and the livelihood of our members.

Location

Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Hall
7 Frederika Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

yes

Local 66: Boston Teachers Union

Phone: 

617-288-2000

Email: 

bchaney863@aol.com

Website: 

http://www.btu.org/

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9-5, except for special events.

Mission: 

The Boston Teachers Union is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for teachers, nurses, psychologists (5,500 or so) in Boston; also paraprofessionals, (1,000 or so); substitute teachers (500 - or so); and non-administrative staff who work in Boston public schools. Affiliated with American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFT/Massachusetts (formerly MFT), AFL-CIO, Mass AFL-CIO, Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC). Primary responsibilities are to negotiate and enforce the city's contract, represent the membership in all matters related to work, answer job-related questions and assist in any job-related matter, promote public education, promote the growth of the teaching profession.

Location

180 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester , MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or visit website.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

yes

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Phone: 

800-275-6200

Email: 

NERC@necarpenters.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Call or visit website for hours of operation and training schedule.

Mission: 

The NERCC believe that well-paid, well-trained carpenters mean well-made, safe and long lasting construction that will serve the community well over time
The New England Regional Council of Carpenters represents 22,000 carpenters, pile drivers, shop, millmen, and floorcoverers working in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Location

750 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call.

Key Programs Offered: 

Workforce training, Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program

Community Meeting Space Available: 

yes

Created: 
11/29/2010

Centro del Cardenal (Cardinal Cushing Center)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 506-6600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mission: 

Centro del Cardenal is committed to providing young men and women, ages 14-20, with the opportunity to earn either a high school diploma or a GED in a nurturing environment that values and supports them.

Location

185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 

Created: 
11/10/2010

This GED program helps out-of-school and high-risk youth—who did not thrive in the public school system—earn earn their GED

Local 103 IBEW: Electrical Contractors of Greater Boston

Phone: 

(617) 436-3710

Mission: 

The mission of Local 103, I.B.E.W., is a simple one – to provide the most skilled and productive workforce in the world, while at the same time protecting the rights and benefits of every worker. Our success in training and developing workers who deliver on-time and on-budget projects and foster a safe working environment speaks for itself. Our members and contractors have been literally lighting the skyline of Eastern Massachusetts for over 100 years.

Location

256 Freeport Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Electrical Contractors of Greater Boston

LearningWorks (ABCD)

Phone: 

617-348-6721

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:30am-5pm M-F

Mission: 

LearningWorks is ABCD's workforce development center. Located in downtown Boston, it offers a variety of education, training and support services for low-income adults. The center is also a resource for employers seeking qualified staff or training opportunities. LearningWorks facilities include a computer lab and a self-directed resource room with automated job banks and resume writing programs.

Location

ABCD LearningWorks
19 Temple Place Downtown Crossing
Boston, MA 02111
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

walk in

Key Programs Offered: 

-JobNet provides career assessment and counseling, job readiness activities and job search and placement services. A multilingual staff works with automated job banks to create career opportunities for job seekers on all rungs of the career ladder. -Downtown Adult Literacy Program tutors adults from 18yrs and older one-on-one on basic reading skills and GED preparation. Students also learn basic computer skills, enjoy field trips and guest lectures, and take part in Boston's annual Adult Education and Literacy Week. -Young Parents Program serves 16-to-21-year-old parents and expectant parents. The program provides individual counseling and support, GED preparation, parenting skills classes, job and career development counseling and support groups.

Created: 
03/02/2010

all programs are free of charge.

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