Upham's Corner

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

Phone: 

(617) 825-5897

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:00 - 5:00
Wed, Fri: 9:00 - 8:00 PM (for youth program activities)

Mission: 

To improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families from Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.

MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership and community development.

Location

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Dorchester Branch
1 Stoughton Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/22/2010

Pilgrim Church

Phone: 

(617) 282-0456

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Worship Sundays @ 11:00am
Office 9-5pm

Mission: 

True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant.
It clothes the naked,
It feeds the hungry,
It comforts the sorrowful,
It shelters the destitute,
It serves those that harm it,
It binds up that which is wounded,
It has become all things to all people.

Location

Pilgrim Church
540 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Project Care & Concern
The Pilgrim Woman's Club
Ministry to The Homeless
Community Lunch
Holistic Health Center
Bible Study & Sunday School

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
12/02/2010

Center for Teen Empowerment, The

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 427-1599 (617) 427-1488

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F, 10am-6pm

Mission: 

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

Location

The Center for Teen Empowerment
21 Balfour Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester Cares, Bird Street Community Center, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Floorlords, Young Cape Verdean Club

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

We hire 10-12 youth through a competitive hiring process. The youths' job is to organize events and initiatives (free or nominal charge) that will involve community members.

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

Boston Public Library, Upham's Corner Branch

Phone: 

(617) 265-0139

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

Mon through Weds: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mission: 

The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth

Location

BPL Uphams Corner Branch
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Part of the Boston Public Library system. Click here to learn more about Dorchester's libraries!

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Click here to register for a free library card online!

Key Programs Offered: 
  • Homework Assistance Program

    Free one-on-one homework help for students in grades K-8 from high-achieving high school mentors. Available at every BPL branch Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30PM.

  • Boston Teachers' Union Tutors

    Tutoring for students in all grades from BPS teachers. Days and times vary by location. Upham's Corner: Thursday 4-6PM.

  • Ongoing Programs

    Wednesdays: 10:30am, Reading Readiness Dance Workshop: Erica Siegel will lead pre-reading children in a fun reading readiness program that incorporates dance, movement, and stories.
    Thursdays: 5pm, Crafts with Mrs. C: Children aged 8-16 are invited to come make a craft to take home.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/21/2010

DISTINCTIVE ASPECTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Uphams Corner Branch has a collection which reflects the needs and interest of the surrounding community. In addition to a core group of popular fiction and representative nonfiction, there are materials in French, Portuguese and Spanish languages, well rounded African American authors and reference sections and a large DVD collection.

RECURRING PROGRAMMING OFFERED
Preschool, Reading Readiness and toddler programs are offered weekly. Teenagers are available four afternoons a week to help children with their homework through the HAP program.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED
The branch hosts monthly programs for adults and families alternating between informational and entertaining offerings. During the summer Uphams Corner participates in the Read Your Way to Fenway and Statewide Summer Reading programs.

HISTORY
In 1904 the Uphams Corner Branch Library moved from a temporary store-front location on Dudley Street to the two-year-old municipal building on Columbia Road. Upon entering the building, the adult room was on the left, a floor above the swimming pool, and the children's room used a common area on the right side of the hall. When the swimming pool developed leaks and fell into disuse for some time, the children's room took occupancy in this space. It maintained a separate entrance and circulation desk until the 1970s. After renovations to the building in 1989, only one entrance to the Library remained -- through the adult room. Many residents still recall the swimming pool and public showers of their childhood.

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

Food Project, The

Phone: 

(617) 442-1322

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

To grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. This community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create a change in their own communities.

Location

The Food Project - Dorchester Office
555 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Donate, volunteer, buy our food, work on our farm, sign up for our mailing list, shop weekly at any of the Dorchester farmers' markets July through October.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/02/2009

Bird Street Community Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

617-282-6110

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Thursday: 2pm-9pm Friday: 2pm-11pm Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

Mission: 

To provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow.

Location

Bird Street Community Center
500 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Annapolis Street Neighborhood Association, Black Ministerial Alliance High-Risk Youth Network, BOSTnet, Boston College, Boston Latin School, Boston University, Bowdoin Street Health Center, Cape Verdean Community Task Force, Center for Teen Empowerment, City of Boston, The City School, Diablo Glass School, Dvee Media, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, David A. Ellis Elementary School, R. W. Emerson Elementary School, Generations Incorporated, GOTCHA, Nathan Hale Elementary School, Hancock Street Civic Association, Harvard University Phillips Brooks House, Higginson-Lewis K2-8 School, High Risk Youth Network, Jones Hill Association, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Ellis Mendell Elementary School, New Bostonians, Orchard Gardens K-8 School, Project Hope, Read Boston, William E. Russell Elementary School, Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Saint Mary's Women and Infants Center, Strand Theater, Suffolk University, Upham's Corner Teen Health Clinic, Upham's Corner Main Streets, Upham's Corner Violence Prevention Partnership, Whittier Street Health Center, Youth Violence Systems Project

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteering Register here: http://www.birdstreet.org/involved_volunteering.html or Contact: Shamekia Franklin (sfrnaklin@birdstreet.org) or call at 617-282-6110, x12.

Board of Directors Anyone interested in Board participaton should leave a message with Andrea Kaiser (akaiser@birdstreet.org) at Bird Street.

Board Committees Community members are welcome to join and contribute their expertise to our Board Committees, including marketing, finance, personnel, events, nominating, and resource development. Please contact Andrea Kaiser, Executive Director, at (617) 282-6110, ext. 21 if you are interested in joining a Board Committee.

Key Programs Offered: 
  • SACC (School Age Child Care)

    Massachussetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensed, 5 day per week after-school program designed for working parents of children ages 5-13. SACC operates from 2:00 to 6:00 pm during regular school days. On school vacations, SACC offers full-day care from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (small additional fee required for vacation weeks). The program's activities include homework support, literacy, math coaching, science, arts, chess and Spanish Clubs, recreation, computers, field trips and special events.

    SACC programs operate out of seven different sites:

  • The Bird Street Community Center at 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • David A. Ellis School at 302 Walnut Avenue, Roxbury
  • R.W. Emerson School at 6 Shirley Street, Roxbury
  • the Nathan Hale School at 51 Cedar Street, Roxbury
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, 750 Columbia Road, Dorchester
  • Ellis Mendell Elementary School, 164 School Street, Roxbury
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 School, 906 Albany Street, Roxbury
  • New in the Fall of 2009: the Higginson Lewis K2-8 School, 131 Walnut Ave, Roxbury

     

  • Youth Development

    Serves youth ages 10-22. Services include the teen center, academic support, youth leadership training, workforce development (including part-time academic year and summer youth employment), life-skills classes, arts and culture, critical thinking skills, community service, recreation, organized sports, and youth violence prevention. There are over 50 programs for young people to choose from! Membership is $15 per year plus a $5 refundable locker fee. Some field trips and special activities have separate fees. Scholarships are available for both memberships and activities.

  • Summer Day Getaway

    Day camp located at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA. Camp is Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:45PM. This nature program features boating, kayaking, free swim, archery, a ropes course, step classes, sports, and field trips on Fridays. Breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided, and transportation is provided roundtrip from the Bird Street Community Center. Registration forms available online at http://www.birdstreet.org/summer_day_getaway.html.

To register or receive more information about these programs, contact Alicia Linton at (617) 282-6110 x16.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Upham's Corner Community Center, inc.

Created: 
11/03/2010

Annapolis Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 233-9177

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Last Thursdays, 7PM, Community Hall of Annapolis Street Development

Mission: 

Keeping our Neighborhood Safe

Location

Annapolis St
Upham's Corner 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Columbia Savin Hill Civic Assocaition, Neighbors of Annapolis, Sumner, Stoughton, Bakersfield, Willis, Morrill, Mayfield, Trescott, Chase, Sumner Pk, Sumner Sq, Conrad Sumner Place Kevin Road

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Flyers are given out each month announcing upcoming meetings.

Big Sister Association

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 236-8060

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mission: 

The Big Sister Association of Greater Boston helps girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationships with women.

Location

Big Sister Association
161 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 
Key Partners: 

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Public Schools

Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Project R.I.G.H.T.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call us at (617) 236-8060 or visit http://www.bigsister.org.

Key Programs Offered: 
Key Programs Offered: 
 
ONE TO ONE MENTORING PROGRAMS
 
Community-Based Mentoring:  Our traditional program pairs a girl between the ages of 7 - 15 with an adult female mentor.  Big and Little Sisters enjoy a range of activities from arts and crafts and museum visits to sporting events and nature walks, or just taking the time to talk about what is going on in the Little Sister's life.

School-Based Mentoring:  This program creates a one-to-one mentoring relationship between a Big and Little Sister.  This program takes place in a school setting and is designed specifically for elementary school girls (grades 2 - 8).  Matches meet during the Little Sister's lunch time or after-school program throughout the academic year, and are encouraged to keep in touch via letters or e-mails over the summer months.

New! Neighborhood-Based Mentoring:  This one-to-one mentoring program matches a Big Sister with a middle-school aged Little Sister.  Matches will meet for an hour and a half at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester on Saturday afternoons.  Big and Little Sisters spend time doing one-to-one activities together and group activities with the other matches in the program. 

 

GROUP MENTORING PROGRAMS

Big Sister’s Group Mentoring programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of girls between the ages of 11-17; a time when peers begin to have a strong influence on a girl’s choices and decisions. Big Sister offers two Group Mentoring programs:

Life Choices:  Life Choices creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives. Life Choices groups meet once a week for 90 minutes in schools or community centers, as well as in the Boston Court Clinic and are facilitated by experienced Big Sister social workers or Masters of Social Work (MSW) level interns.  Groups run for approximately 15 weeks. 

Team Enhanced Approach to Mentoring (TEAM):  Like Life Choices, TEAM creates a safe space where Little Sisters can openly explore the choices and challenges they face in their lives.  However, the distinguishing characteristic between Life Choices and TEAM is that TEAM adds mentors to the mix by bringing in groups of volunteers (Big Sisters) to mentor the girls. TEAM groups are led by experienced social workers and/or Masters of Social Work (MSW) interns in conjunction with the Big Sisters. 

 

 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/25/2010

Boston Collegiate Charter School

Phone: 

Mayhew/Boston St: 617-265-1172 Sydney St: 617-282-6710

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-5:00pm, Weekends: 9:00am-1:00pm

Mission: 

The mission of Boston Collegiate Charter School is to prepare each student for college. We offer an academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum for students in grades five through twelve. 100% of our graduates have been accepted to college; over 80% of them will be the first in their families to attend. Boston Collegiate Charter School is a tuition-free, city-wide public charter school in Dorchester, serving over 550 students in grades 5 through 12.

Locations

Boston Collegiate Charter School
11 Mayhew Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Lower School
215 Sydney Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachusetts Charter School Association

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Enrollment at Boston Collegiate Charter School is accessed through an annual public lottery. For volunteer opportunities, interested persons can contact Deborah Green, Program Director at 617-265-1172x235 or dgreen@bostoncollegiate.org.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
04/20/2010
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