French/Haitian Creole

Dorchester Head Start (ABCD)

Phone: 

617-288-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 8:30-2:30pm
Extended day is available from 7:30-5:30pm.

Mission: 

The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities and services to the culturally diverse families in the Dorchester neighborhood. It is a comprehensive Head Start program in partnership with parents. It serves families for twenty-five hours weekly, assisting them in self-sufficiency and success in life. The program's philosophy is to promote self-help and self-sufficiency. Its goals are as follows:
1. To provide an education that improves children's ability to think, reason, communicate and develop self-esteem through meaningful social interaction with peers and teachers.
2. To provide integrated services in the areas of education, health, nutrition and social and mental health.
3. To serve healthy breakfast, lunches and snacks to ensure good nutrition.

Location

ABCD Dorchester Head Start
110 Claybourne Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk-in application process. Your child must turn 3 on or before September 1, 2006. Please call Dorchester Head Start (617)282-1100 for more information.
To apply, you must bring the following:
-Child's Birth Certificate
-Social Security Cards for all family members
-Medical Insurance Card
-Two proofs of residence(phone bill, utility bill, etc)
-2 Proof of income (4 recent pay stubs or Welfare letter of verification)
-Application are taken: Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M.
-Vouchers are acceptable for the Extended Day Program.
-If you get paid bi-weekly bring 2 proofs of income
-If you get paid weekly bring 4 proffs of income

Key Programs Offered: 

The extended day program is available, the program go by a sliding scale or vouchers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
03/02/2010

Urban Scholars Program (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-5830

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Academic Year: Monday thru Thursday. 9AM-7PM & Friday 9AM-5PM
Summer Institute: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM

Mission: 

The purpose of Urban Scholars is to provide talented urban students with the academic skills and the motivation to achieve at the limits of their potential. Our overarching goal is to enable our students to assume positions of leadership and achievement in society. To this end, our academic program is governed by the following core goals:
-To a graduating Urban Scholar, critical thinking is a habit of mind that is both creative and analytical.
-A graduating Urban Scholar expresses his or her thinking effectively in both written and oral form.
-Competency, confidence and resourcefulness in academic settings and beyond are hallmarks of every graduating Urban Scholar.
-A graduating Urban Scholar respects human dignity, accepts responsibility for his/her actions and exercises his/her rights and responsibilities as a citizen.

Location

UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blv.
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 

Middle Schools Include: Grover Cleveland, Patrick Gavin, Solomon Lewenberg, John McCormack, William Rogers, and Woodrow Wilson.
High Schools Include: Dorchester Education Complex, South Boston Education Complex, and Jeremiah E. Burke

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact recruiter Chris Kelly at 617-287-5830 if you attend one of our partner schools.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

YMCA, Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 436-7750

Email: 

Washingtondorchester@ymcaboston.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mission: 

The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.

Location

YMCA
776 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Y/PBS - A partnership between the YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Public Schools and Mayor Thomas M. Menino. United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley The Kelley Packowski MS Foundation Energy Bucks - Offering those who are income-eligible three different ways to save on their energy costs. The Fenway Alliance American Cancer Society YMCA of the USA Partners for Youth with Disabilities Boston Community Change GoodSearch and Good Shop

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call our main office for a registration packet

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/26/2010

Teen Empowerment, The Center for

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. 48 Rutland Street Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 

617-427-1488 or 617-427-1599

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

Mission: 

To empower youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change.

Location

Dorchester Site
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please contact us if you are interested. We having several youth hiring times.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/18/2009

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

 

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)

Phone: 

(617) 371-1234

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

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Mission: 

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) provides free civil (noncriminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and thirty-one cities and towns. The help GBLS offers ranges from legal advice to full case representation, depending on client need. GBLS traces its roots back to 1900 and the founding of the Boston Legal Aid Society

Location

GBLS Main Office
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

By referral, or as walk-ins

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

WIC Program, Dorchester South

Phone: 

617-825-0805 (Fields Corner); 617-825-3822 (Codman Square); 617-265-4380 (Neponset);

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Codman Square Health Center

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Codman Square Health Center

450 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: (617) 825-3822

Fax: (617) 436-4093

Dorchester House-Fields Corner

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Dorchester House Multi–Service Center

1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 825-0805

Fax: (617) 825-1109

Neponset Health Center

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday
8:30 AM — 7:00 PM

8:30 AM — 12:30 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Neponset Health Center

398 Neponset Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 265-4380

Fax: (617)825-1109
Mission: 

The WIC Program improves the health status of families by providing nutrition and health education, nutritious foods and referrals to other health and human services. WIC achieves this by collaborating with community, healthcare,retail food stores, state and federal patners.

You can download a WIC program brochure here.

Location

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachustts WIC Program

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call for an appointment and apply.

Key Programs Offered: 

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition consultations
  • Checks to buy free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family 

But that’s not all! WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, as well as immunization screening and referrals. wiC also provides parents with opportunities to talk with other parents about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.

Breastfeeding Warmline: Please call us at (617) 533-2243 with your breastfeeding questions or concerns. A breastfeeding peer counselor will contact you within 24 hours.

Free Drop-In Mom's Group: The Mom group offers information and education about parenting and nutrition, breastfeeding support and the chance to connect with other moms. Every Friday 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the WIC room, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. For more information please call the WIC office at (617) 825-0805.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/06/2011

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."

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