After School Programs

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Walter Denney Youth Center

Phone: 

617.822.3701

Email: 

Office Manager Tara Lewis, tlewis@bgcdorchester.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday - Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

July 7 - August 15
Bantams/Cadets/Juniors – Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Intermediates/Seniors – Monday – Friday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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.

Location

Boys and Girls Club, Walter Denney Youth Center
270 Mount Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club 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.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.)
Cadets: ages 8 - 9
Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17
Orientation
After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. The orientations are held according to the following schedule:

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 (September 8 – July 1)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Summer 2008 (July 5 – September 8)
For the Marr & McLaughlin Buildings (Deer Street & Dorchester Ave.)
(Held in the Marr building lobby)
9:15 – Friday
9:30 - Monday & Wednesday
4:00 – Monday - Friday

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Partnership with Berklee College of Music

Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/23/2009

Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center

Phone: 

617.288.7120

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September 8 - July 1

  • Bantams: Programmed activities only;
    Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Cadets: Monday – Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; 
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Juniors/Intermediates/Seniors:
    Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.;
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

July 7 - August 15

  • Cadets & Juniors:
    Session 1– July 7– July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 – July 28 – August 15 ; 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Bantams:
    Session 1 Morning – July 7 – July 25; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 1 Afternoon – July 7 – July 25; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Morning – July 28 – August 15; 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Session 2 Afternoon – July 28 – August 15; 1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Intermediates/Seniors Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.; Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
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.

Location

Boys and Girls Club, 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 is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 17. Our Club 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.

Bantams: ages 6 - 7 (limited membership; no drop-in, programmed activities only.) 
Cadets: ages 8 - 9 Juniors: ages 10 - 12
Intermediates: ages 13 - 15
Seniors: ages 16 – 17

Orientation: After registering, members must attend a member's orientation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Key Programs Offered: 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester offer club members the chance to participate in programs that foster the intellectual, artistic and athletic interests of its members. Each program is age appropriate, supervised, structured and most importantly - designed to accommodate the wide variety of learning styles, social skills and intellectual abilities that our children bring to the Club each and every day. Members are grouped according to age and interests with activities falling into the following categories:

Triple Play – A comprehensive wellness program that weaves physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, healthy lifestyle choices together by drawing upon the 200+ programs that take place at the Club

The Arts – Painting & drawing, sculpture, photography and digital design

Music - Comprehensive music program including instruments, voice, and dance lessons. Also home to the Dorchester Music Clubhouse

Partnership with Berklee College of Music Education - Daily homework help, one-on-one tutoring, reading & writing enrichment, MCAS & SAT preparation

Life Skills - Leadership groups for 13-17 year olds (Keystone Club) and 10-13 year olds (Torch Club) teach civic responsibility and pride

Technology - Three computer learning centers, each with 10 computers, are available to members for educational and research purposes

Athletics - Basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, gymnastics, Judo and more

Aquatics - Organized swim teams, swimming lessons and drop-in swimming for all ages and levels

Social Recreation - Chess and other strategic board games, puzzles, pool, foosball, and movies

Career Service – Career preparation, placement and guidance for teens seeking employment support

Child Care - Licensed care for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers; after-school care for children ages 6-12

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
10/23/2009

Project D.E.E.P

Phone: 

(617) 635-5027

Fax: 

(617) 635-5298

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Thursday: 3 - 8 p.m.;
Friday: 3- 6 p.m. (Subject to change)

Mission: 

Project D.E.E.P. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational program, which operates through collaborations with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and charitable institutions like the Boston Foundation. The mission of the program is to foster the educational, athletic and social growth and development of middle school children of all races, creeds and ethnic backgrounds throughout the Dorchester community.

Project D.E.E.P. has been very lucky to receive the support of its community. From the area's elected officials to the local parents who wait in line for hours to sign up their children, all of Dorchester has supported the organization since day one. The staff has worked hard to develop a large and strong volunteer network, one that grows each year and makes programs like the tutorial component possible.

The people at Project D.E.E.P. truly care about the children. The organization's assets do not involve the awards it has received, but the dreams it watches over. Children everywhere have dreams, and Project D.E.E.P.'s main concern is that those dreams do not go to waste. That is why every child who takes part in Dorchester's ground-breaking educational outlet is treated as the most important person involved in the program.

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Sponsor a Student Program: Each year, middle school students from all over Boston struggle with their school work, the pressures of standardized testing, and the fear of getting into a good school. On top of these challenges, kids are also balancing friends, family and after school sports and activities. Thankfully, Project D.E.E.P. has been a shining resource in helping Dorchester students manage these responsibilities so that our students come out on top.

Created: 
05/06/2011

Franklin Park Coalition

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

P.O. Box 302333 Boston, MA 02130

Phone: 

(617) 442-4141

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office hours are from 9am-5pm. For all other events please check out our website for date & times.

Mission: 

The Franklin Park Coalition is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to expand community participation in the stewardship of Franklin Park—Boston’s largest urban greenspace. Coalition members work to bring diverse park constituents together across the divides of racial and class boundaries, finding common ground through park involvement, advocacy, and stewardship.

Location

Franklin Park Coalition Office
2010 Columbus Ave
Roxbury, MA
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please contact us via phone, email or through our website

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Dimock Health Center

Phone: 

(617) 442-8800 (x1324 for "General Information")

Email: 

contactdimock@dimock.org

Website: 
Mission: 

At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services

Location

Dimock Health Center
55 Dimock St
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Adult Basic Education and GED Services - ext 1219 For more than 30 years, Dimock has operated education and training programs to improve the quality of life of its students and their families. All programs are free to qualified applicants.GED programs are designed to prepare students for all areas of the GED exam. Adult Basic Education programs are planned to help students improve basic reading, writing and math skills. Boston Pediatric and Family AIDS Project (BPFAP) - ext 1331 Case Management Services - ext 1324 Case Management Services help those living with HIV/AIDS take better care of their health and organize their lives for the benefit of all those around them. Case manager make referrals about estate planning, help with health care proxies, etc. Community Care Center - ext 1324 Dimock Community Care Center’s HIV Services emerged in 1991 amidst a clear need in the community for AIDS-related services and was designed to reach a cross-section of people of color at varying risks for HIV/AIDS. Today, prevention and education staff, Case Managers, a Primary Medical Staff, as well as Dimock Substance Abuse and Mental Health departments work together to address the issues of those in our community who are at risk as well as those who are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Early Head Start - ext 1461 Early Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Early Head Start is for families with pregnant mothers and for parents with children ages 0-3.The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. Early Intervention Program - ext 1375 The Dimock Early Intervention Program provides a range of therapeutic service and support to children, from birth to age three, and their families. The Early Intervention Program is certified through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A goal of the program is to help a family support and sustain their child’s maximum developmental growth in the context of the family’s everyday life. All services are voluntary. GirlsWorld - ext 1437 GirlsWorld is a collaboration of Dimock Community Health Center and the Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Two twelve-week sessions include four major components: Expressive Arts Groups, Academic Support, Mentoring, Community Service and a Physical Activity (ex. Golf, Basketball, Aerobics and Swimming). GirlsWorld grew out of services designed specifically for girls. Girlsworld motivates young women to develop their potential by remaining true to their dreams. Young women are encouraged to develop self-confidence and coping skills needed to resist negative peer pressure. Girl’s World provides a variety of creative outlets such as theater arts, photography and creative writing. Head Start - 617-822-4020, ext 19 Head Start provide comprehensive support for families and their children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and mental health. Head Start is designed for families with children ages 3-5. The program encourage parents to envision their role as their child’s primary teacher. Parents are supported in such areas as health and nutrition, pre-natal education, GED/literacy and employment/training. At Dimock, we believe every life is precious. We commit to enhance the quality of life of each individual we serve, of the people we employ, and the communities in which we live by providing accessible, comprehensive, innovative, culturally competent health and human services. HIV Counseling and Testing - ext 1324 HIV Counseling and Testing is available on an anonymous and confidential basis. All services are available in English and Spanish, both by walk-in or appointment. The Mary Eliza Mahoney Emergency Family House Shelter - ext 1151 The program is designed for families having difficulties in finding and securing safe affordable housing. While locating and securing safe, permanent housing for guests is the main focus, Mary Eliza Mahoney staff work to assist all families in navigating service-based programs both on and off campus. This new housing program provides food, shelter, health care, youth services and referral services for education, training and housing through pro-active case management. The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) - ext 1326 The Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) provides health education and referrals to the Substance Abuse population, African American and Latino HIV positive men involved in the criminal justice system. Preschool - ext 1466 A center-based preschool educational program, Dimock’s Preschool is licensed to serve 95 at-risk 3 and 4 year old children, the program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, since 1996. The Preschool provides children with opportunities for learning and exploration as the foundation for the basic skills in language, reading, and problem-solving. Further it provides a rewarding and stimulating environment that is not only safe but challenging for youngsters and helps parents develop more effective strategies for dealing with children at home. Peer Leadership Program Dimock knows that youths have special needs and that sometimes it’s much easier to talk to another teen. Dimock’s Peer Leaders are an integral part of the planning, development, and delivery of services to youths. Using peer-to-peer discussions, interactive video, role-plays, and workshops they encourage discussion and awareness on a range of issues. SmartKids After School Program - ext 1463 The mission of the Smartkids After School Program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and their families. Our directors and staff are committed to fostering social, emotional and academic development. Working unified with families, city resources and communities and educators for the prosperity of our students and their futures. Smartkids provide a quality play based educational program to meet the academic needs of children. The staff recognizes each child as a unique individual with special needs and talents. We maintain a safe comfortable environment, which encourages respect for one’s self and others. The program is full year and offers a variety of activities, which includes, but not limited to Academic Enrichment, Culture and Arts, Physical activities, a computer Lab and a Library. We accept vouchers. Tae Kwon Do The Tae Kwon Do Program teaches youngsters (4-teenagers) how martial arts including sparring, weaponry and forms can be important for good physical health and discipline. This program promotes self-esteem, responsibility, and learning, in all of which empower youths to make healthy lifestyle choices. Youth Entrepreneurship Program This program helps youth build basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and encourages them to think creatively, make decisions, solve problems, and always be open to learning. Using entrepreneurship as a vehicle, the program captures and brings to life, often for the first time, the imaginations and abilities of low-income young people.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

DotWell: Civic Health Institute

Phone: 

(617) 825-2800

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

Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-10:00PM Friday 8:30AM-9:00PM Saturday 9:00AM-3:00PM

Mission: 

Civic Health, a critical component to the mission of the Health Center, is a community research and action learning program that jump-starts ideas and ventures for improving community prosperity. The program operates with the knowledge that the overall health of individuals is directly related to the health of their physical environments, their social networks and connections to their community, their economic and educational opportunities, and their personal sense of empowerment. The Civic Health team is continuously working to improve communication networks within the Health Center and among community organizations. They strive to improve the economic literacy in the community with the goal of increasing the economic self-sufficiency and the economic health of Codman Square. Concurrently, the team is creating and improving Codman Square public green-spaces and public meeting spaces, and building social capital by helping to foster Codman Square as a Home for the Arts.

Location

Codman Square Tech Center
450 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
12/03/2009

Crispus Attucks Children's Center, The

Phone: 

(617) 445-1420

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 5:45 PM

Mission: 

The Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Inc. (CACC) is a nonprofit corporation providing early childhood education services for infants, toddlers and preschool children from one month to seven years of age. The premier childcare center for low-income children in the city of Boston, CACC's comprehensive program addresses all aspects of development in young children and offers counseling, education and support to parents.

CACC is concerned with the total development of each child through creative and well-supervised educational activities in a child-centered environment where youngsters are actively involved in the learning process and are supported in their individual growth. Activities are designed to foster social and emotional maturation, develop self-expression and communication skills, support cognitive development through active explorations and provide opportunities for physical exercise.

Since its inception 35 years ago, we have placed particular emphasis on the academic preparation of minority children. The curriculum is designed to provide the basic foundation and skills that are essential prerequisites to success in school including a concentration in the areas of reading, math, writing, science and the use of computers.

CACC currently serves 234 children in three program areas. The Infant Program (one month to 14 months), the Toddler Program (15 months to 2.8 years), and the Preschool Program (2.9 to seven years). Each program's curriculum and learning activities are age-appropriate and implemented with attention to individual participant needs, interests and developmental levels. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 AM to 5:45 PM., and all children receive a full breakfast, lunch and snack each day.

Location

Crispus Attucks Children's Center
105 Crawford Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

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Bay Cove Early Intervention
Boston University School of Dentistry
Child Care Choices of Boston Early Intervention Program
Children’s Services of Roxbury
Family Services of Greater Boston
The Home for Little Wanderers
MA Department of Early Education & Care
MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
New England Eye Institute
READBoston
Roxbury Community College
United Way of Mass Bay
Urban College (ABCD)
Whittier Street Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Infant, Toddlers, Pre-K

Anti-Violence

Crispus Attucks has developed a groundbreaking project to develop a preschool anti-violence curriculum. This program was created with the assistance from The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Lesson One, and the Harvard School of Public Health through Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith.

Unfortunately, exposure to violence has become a regular occurrence in our society. Preschoolers have a difficult time expressing their thoughts and emotions. They don’t have the language skills to communicate about a traumatic event, and this ultimately can lead to aggressive behaviors, which can lead to suspensions and eventually termination from early education programs. Our Violence Prevention curriculum helps children deal with the emotional impact of violence and give teachers tools to help the students communicate their feelings in non-aggressive ways.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

FAST FACTS

Early childhood education for over 200 children ages one month to six years

Established in 1971

Serving families throughout the Greater Boston area

Second largest provider of Infant and Toddler care in Boston
65 teachers and staff

Creative and well supervised educational activities

Newly renovated 15 classroom facility with a natural playground, onsite kitchen,
gymnasium, and computers in every classroom

Annual Budget: $2.6 million

Holland Elementary School

Phone: 

(617) 635-8832

Mission: 

We are beautiful people. We will learn, grow and become strong. As a scholar of the John P. Holland School I must learn to respect myself, my teachers and my fellow classmates. I must strive to do my best work in academic subjects. I must discipline myself at all times.

Location

John P. Holland Elementary School
85 Olney Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Holland Community Center

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)

Phone: 

(617) 442-9670

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

Mission: 

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity rooted in the Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. DSNI's approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive including economic, human, physical, and environmental growth. It was formed in 1984 when residents of the Dudley Street area came together out of fear and anger to revive their neighborhood that was devastated by arson, disinvestment, neglect and redlining practices, and protect it from outside speculators. DSNI works to implement resident-driven plans partnering with nonprofit organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), businesses and religious institutions serving the neighborhood, as well as banks, government agencies, corporations and foundations. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative has grown into a collaborative effort of over 3,000 residents, businesses, non-profits and religious institutions members committed to revitalizing this culturally diverse neighborhood of 24,000 people and maintaining its character and affordability. DSNI is the only community-based nonprofit in the country which has been granted eminent domain authority over abandoned and within its boundaries.

The Dudley area of Roxbury/North Dorchester is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Boston. This diverse community of African American and Cape Verdean (72%), Latino (24%), and White (4%) residents has a per capita income of $12,332. Approximately 27% of the area’s population falls below the federal poverty level of $17,029 for a family of four and 62% fall below the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency of $37,591. The unemployment rate for the neighborhood is around 13.6%. Just over a quarter of the housing is owner-occupied as compared to the city’s average of 32%. A third of the population is 19 years or under and about two-thirds of the population is 35 years and under. Families with children under 18 years represent almost half of Dudley neighborhood households, which is twice as large a share as in Boston citywide.

Located less than two miles from downtown Boston in Roxbury/North Dorchester, the DSNI neighborhood had a staggering amount of vacant land (21% or 1,300 parcels) in the 1980s -- vestiges of fires, discrimination and neglect of the '60's and '70's. Dudley Street is a trilingual neighborhood of 5,197 African-American, Latin American, Cape Verdean, and White families speaking English, Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole. It is a remarkable reservoir of multi-generational resident leadership, talent, spirit and determination.

Partly through its diverse, 34 seat Board of Directors including 16 residents from each of the 4 major ethnic groups (African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, White) plus 2 additional Board-appointed residents, 3 youth, 7 nonprofit agencies, 2 churches, 2 businesses, and 2 CDCs, Dudley residents and its community partners develop strategies that will ensure that local residents are the primary beneficiaries of the community economic growth, and that human development and environmental issues are addressed.

DSNI's major accomplishment has been, and continues to be, organizing and empowering the residents of the Dudley Street neighborhood to create a shared vision of the neighborhood prioritizing development without displacement and bringing it to reality by creating strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors. That shared vision first emerged from a community-wide process conducted initially in 1987 that resulted in a resident-developed, comprehensive revitalization plan.

The 1987 comprehensive plan was updated in our urban village visioning process in 1996, involving over 180 residents and organization representatives. Their ideas affirm many elements of the 1987 plan, add important refinements and renew their commitment to creating an "urban village" and declare their belief that "Anything Is Possible". From this process, a major commitment was made to enhance economic power in the Dudley neighborhood. Through DSNI’s community land trust, the Dudley neighborhood has the only permanent affordable housing in the city of Boston.

Residents continue to guide this plan which established community control over a critical mass of the 1,300 parcels of abandoned land that had come to characterize the neighborhood. Residents gained control by convincing the authorities in Boston’s city government to take the unprecedented step of granting the community the power of eminent domain over much of the vacant land combined with a partnership with the city on the publicly-owned vacant land. The Dudley neighborhood thus acquired valuable assets, established a community land trust, set a criteria for development and a "place at the table" for the planning and development of the community.

The eminent domain authority obtained by the community applies to the vacant land in a 60 acre area called the "Dudley Triangle" that is bounded on two sides by Dudley Street and Blue Hill Avenue – two corridors that link three commercial centers within the DSNI area: Dudley Square, Upham’s Corner and Grove Hall. That area is established as a community land trust known as Dudley Neighbors, Inc. (DNI) to ensure community land ownership, permanence and affordability.

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative is an innovative, high performing holistic community change effort that continues to thrive. Residents lead a community collaboration with the shared goal of creating a vibrant, high quality diverse urban village. Today, the dramatic rebuilding of human, social and physical infrastructure has signaled that this is a neighborhood on its way back. DSNI focuses on three strategic areas: community economic development, leadership development and collaboration, and youth opportunities and development. Talented young adults return to the community in large numbers to play their role in sustaining change. To date more than half of the 1,300 abandoned parcels have been permanently transformed into over 400 new high quality affordable houses, community centers, new schools, Dudley Town Common, community greenhouse, parks, playgrounds, gardens, an orchard and other public spaces. Dudley residents are proud of their neighborhood and committed to the continuation of the revitalization effort.

Location

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

GOTCHA (Get Off the Corner Hanging Around): DSNI is one of several organizations involved in the GOTCHA Youth Jobs effort.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
11/18/2010

Dorchester Youth Collaborative

Phone: 

(617) 288-1748

Fax: 

(617) 288-2136

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Mission: 

Our priority is to serve teens who have a high failure rate in other youth programs. At the Center for Urban Expression youth can relax in a safe, informal streets. Through having a drop-in center DYC is able to help reduce the likelihood that a youth will participate in high risk activities as well as the risk of becoming a perpetrator or victim in neighborhood violence.

Location

Dorchester Youth Collaborative
1514A Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Outreach/Crisis Intervention
* 24 hour crisis intervention services and conflict resolution support.
* We provide youth with safely, food and clothing.
* DYC staff have an extensive network of resources and referrals for youth within the community.

Educational Enrichment Program
* Mentor program, homework assistance, field trips
* DYC offers young women and men the opportunity to take part in educational workshops on health issues and discussion groups that promote healthy behavior and a resistance to negative peer pressure.

Income and Job Opportunities
* DYC offers youth day jobs in and around the center from simple errands to tutoring where money can be earned.
* Most of our youth use their money to buy clothes, food, attend school field trips and to pay fees at other youth programs.

Directing Acting & Producing (DAP)
* We provide media arts activities ranging from simple reading and creative writing to the completion of a feature length movie or screenplay.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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