Language Services

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

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

College Bound Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mission: 
To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, using education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.
 
At College Bound Dorchester, formerly FDNH, we believe in the transformative power of education. Every day we have the privilege of working with students from ages 3 months to 70 years. Our teachers, mentors, peer leaders and staff provide the supports these students need to realize their future goals. We take this responsibility seriously and know that, if we are successful, we have the power to change not only individual lives but also the entire Dorchester community.

We are creating an organization that will provide all of our students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and succeed in life. We know there are challenges ahead and obstacles in our way. However we also know that as we work harder and focus on high expectations and data driven assessment, the paths of opportunity will open for all.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit collegebounddorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Bartholomew Family Child Care The Little House Log School Ruth Darling Child Care Center

Provide ABE/ESOL and Child Care: 9am to 2pm.

Computer Skills classes for enrolled students.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH)

Created: 
11/29/2011

On November 4th 2009, College Bound Dorchester received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At the ceremony, Mrs. Obama commended Art a la Carte and all of the award winners by stating, "Ultimately, each of your programs is using achievement in the arts as a bridge to achievement in life." She continued, "You ask our young people to dream, and you give them the tools to fulfill those dreams. You affirm that their contributions are valuable, and their success matters to all of us. You help them see beyond the circumstances of their lives to the world of possibility that awaits them. And for that, we honor you."

Cape Verdean Community UNIDO

Mission: 

CVC UNIDO promotes the power and the potential of the Cape Verdean community. We advocate for, inform, and organize our community to reach its cultural, social, and economic well-being.

CVC UNIDO’s mission is to outreach to, inform, and organize the Cape Verdean community around issues of self-empowerment and social and economic development while advocating for and accessing resources that meet the self-identified needs of the community. This mission is accomplished by a consortium of native Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American individuals and representatives of local organizations that serve the Cape Verdean community in Greater Boston through a series of different programs and activities that reach out to families and youth. Goals are to bring the Cape Verdean community together to develop our collective power and strategize solutions to current challenges; to create opportunities, and an environment, where youth and families can gain tools to empower themselves and the community; to improve family cohesion through developing nurturing and parenting skills; and to assure services delivered by local, municipal, and state agencies are coordinated and culturally competent.

Location

492 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Bird Street Community Center, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Log School, Settlement House, MassCosh, Northeastern University, St. Patricks Church, Upham's Corner Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Cape Verdean Providers, GOTCHA- Youth Employment Collaboration, Boston Cape Verdean Student Association Collaboration, Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge, Youth Empowerment Project- Youth Leadership Development, “Boston… Connecting Cultures” Mural Project, Dudley Youth Council, College Bound, The World Is My City, Recreational Activities, Adult ESOL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Dorchester Occupational Health Initiative, Fuel Assistance & Information & Referral Family Fun Days, and VALOR (Values Affecting Learning Our Roots)- Family Support Program.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Mujeres Unidas En Accion

Phone: 

(617) 282-3500

Fax: 

(617) 282-3544

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

M-F: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Childcare is available for children ages 1 to 5 years from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Contact MUA for details. 

Individual Counseling Services:

MUA’s counselor is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. via appointment. We provide support, referrals, Spanish-English translation, and much more. We also put students in touch with various resources available within the community, such as job resources, tenants' rights, and INS. 

In addition to taking classes, students are required to attend support and focus groups Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Through Proyecto Companera MUA provides:

  • Health workshops and trainings
  • Career and educational workshops
  • Career and educational counseling
  • Help with college and job applications
  • Field trips to community colleges, the State House, public libraries, the Freedom Trail, etc.

Notary Public and translation services are available for MUA students 

Individual Counseling Services

MUA’s counselor is available Monday-Friday from 
9:00 AM-4:00 PM. via appointment. We provide support, referrals, Spanish-English translation, and much more. We also put students in touch with various resources available within the community, such as job resources, tenants' rights, and INS.

ESOL I, II, III. Computer classes. Native Language
ESOL I, II, III. Computer classes. Native Language
Mission: 

Our mission is to strengthen the voice of low-income Latina women and to empower Latino families to participate more actively in the political, social and economic life not only of the Latino community, but also of society at large.

Mujeres Unidas en AcciOn (MUA) has been meeting the educational needs of low-income Latina women for nearly three decades, helping them build skills for full, self-sufficient lives. MUA’s mission is to provide a means for Latina women with limited education or English language skills to effect social, political, and liberating changes in their families, in their community, and consequently in society.

Location

Mujeres Unidas En Accion
54 Clayton Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC), OISTE? (Did You Hear), Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, Boston Career Link, United Way

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Women may enroll in our educational program, which includes classes, workshops, leadership training, and a social service component.

Key Programs Offered: 

ESOL levels 1 through 3,

Native Language Literacy (Literacy classes in Spanish) 

GED/Pre-GED Classes in Spanish

Computer classes: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

Bridge to Community College Classes: English/Technology and Mathematics, Career Exploration, and Time Management. Classes focus on academic English, computer skills necessary for college, college mathematics, discovering vocational interests, and time/priority management.

In addition to taking classes, students are required to attend support and focus groups Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Through Proyecto Companera MUA provides:

 

Health workshops and trainings
Career and educational workshops
Career and educational counseling
Help with college and job applications
Field trips to community colleges, the State House, public libraries, the Freedom Trail, etc.
Notary Public and translation services are available for MUA students

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/11/2011

St. Mark's Community Education Program

Phone: 

(617) 288-8515

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Child Care: Monday & Wednesday: 6:30-9:00pm for students in classes those evenings

Mission: 

The St. Mark's Community Education Program improves the quality of individual lives and the community through English, literacy, and citizenship programs. Lack of literacy, low English language skills, and limited access to U.S. citizenship impede many residents’ access to jobs, education and other ways to improve their quality of life. We have a vision of residents of the St. Mark Area participating fully in U.S. society, creating a viable and stable community. We believe that we should have mutual respect and compassion for one another. Members of our community will grow in self-esteem and confidence as they gain new language skills, cultural knowledge, and U.S. citizenship. Through our English classes and US citizenship programs residents can advocate for themselves and their families, better access employment, goods, and services, participate in the US political process, and negotiate their interactions with immigration, health care institutions, schools, and other US institutions.

Location

20 Roseland Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

St. Mark Church, Irish Immigration Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or stop by on Monday and Wednesday afternoon

Key Programs Offered: 

ESOL classes: M-Th nights from 6:30-9:00, Saturday from 9:30-12:30 and Sunday from 8:30-11:30. Citizenship assistance available in September and April.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Kit Clark Senior Services

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 825-5000

Fax: 

(617) 288-5991

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8am-4pm

Mission: 

Since 1974, Kit Clark Senior Services has been committed to helping our community's older adults live with dignity and independence. Founded in response to the Federal Older Americans Act, Kit Clark has grown to offer over 30 programs at over 40 locations in Greater Boston. In order to better serve the community, our professionally staffed multi-service agency conducts many of its programs in five different languages, ensuring these much needed support services reach elders with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Locations

Kit Clark Senior Services
1500 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Kit Clark Senior Services
645 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Field Corner Community Development Corporation, Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 825-5000 or stop by at 1500 Dorchester Avenue or 645 Washington Street to find out about our programs.

Key Programs Offered: 

Drop-In Senior Center, Meals On Wheels, Transportation, Foley Assisted Living, Cardinal Medeiros Homeless Shelter, In Home Services, Adult Day Health, Memory Loss Programs, Mental Health, Health Center, Exercise, Homeless Prevention Case Management, Senior Home Repair, and much much more.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/04/2009

A Division of Bay Cove Human Services.

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

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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