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Mass Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network & Minority Business Center (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-7750

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

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Mission: 

The Mass Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)Network & Minority Business Center provides entrepreneurs and business owners with resources and support to succeed in their business endeavors. Our Center provides a full range of FREE business advisory services and training activities throughout the year.

Location

100 Morrissey Boulevard McCormack Building, 5th Floor, Room 403
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Massachusetts Department of Business and Technology

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Y/BPS (YMCA & Boston Public Schools Partnership)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Y/BPS Attn: Sylvia Clark, Director of Child Care Resources YMCA of Greater Boston 316 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 

617.536.7800

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

Flexible, as needed by parents

Mission: 

Y/BPS helps families understand the Boston Public elementary schools, particularly reaching out to parents who might otherwise not explore BPS, including parents exploring private schools, charter schools, METCO, parochial schools, home-schooling or leaving the city.

Key Partners: 

YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Public Schools, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, with funding from The Boston Foundation and an anonymous funder

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information, email or call the project manager directly or contact Y/BPS at info@ybps.org

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc. (VietAID)

Phone: 

617-822-3717

Fax: 

617-822-3718

Email: 

hoa@vietaid.org, Hoa Ngo, Office Manager

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

Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00pm

Viet-AID's after-school program runs during the academic year of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), from 3:00PM-6:00PM each day for 3rd to 7th grades. The beginning portion of the day we provide homework help, support and tutoring. Any additional time at the end of the day is spent on academic enrichment and fun, cultural activities.

All student in the After School Program are referred to Viet Aid by partner elementary and middle schools. For more information on joining the After School Program, please contact Jessica Ranucci at 617-822-3717 x 26 or HoaMai Nguyen at 617-822-3717 ext. 22.

Mission: 

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) believes in strengthening the Vietnamese community and building a vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood with our neighbors. Viet-AID achieves these goals by developing affordable housing and commercial spaces; providing high quality child care services; facilitating job and business development; and actively promoting civic engagement.

Location

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc.
42 Charles Street Suite E
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call (617) 822-3717 ext. 24 for application for the Au Co Pre- School
Call (617) 822-3717 for First Time Homebuyers Classes in Vietnamese
Call Thu Truong at (617) 822-3717 for Small Business Technical Assistance.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Dorchester Academy

Phone: 

617-635-9730

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

7:50 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. Early Dismissal: 11:45

Mission: 

To educate, empower, and inspire students to act and be responsible today for distinctive achievement, contribution, and success tomorrow. To cultivate their resolve to excel by challenging and developing their academic skills, interpersonal tools, and critical thinking perspective. This work is embraced through reflective instruction, collaborative teaching, family and community partnering, and our living example.

Location

18 Croftland Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Since 1974, UMass Boston has worked in partnership with Dorchester High School to provide numerous resources to its students, faculty, and administrators. The only public university in the city, the University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized for its community involvement as a model of excellence for urban universities.The mission of the partnership—to prepare all Dorchester students to successfully pursue post-secondary education--is carried out principally by two units at UMass Boston: the Graduate College of Education and the Pre-Collegiate Programs.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Noonan Business Academy and the Academy of Public Service

Created: 
10/18/2010

Boston Society of Vulcans, The (Firefighters Association)

Phone: 

Office # 617-436-0019, Cell Phone: 617-799-8594

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, hours vary

Mission: 

Our mission is to offer exposure and opportunity for public safety careers to minorities and disadvantaged youth. Through the development and delivery of injury prevention programs, fire education, disaster preparedness, health and minority recruitment services. We value: diversity, community, safety and education

Location

61 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

International Association of Black Professional Firefighters

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Through direct contact to the organization, or participation in programs and services. We offer trainings at our location, or on site at a group, or orgainzations location.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Columbia Washington Street Neighborhood Association

Phone: 

(617) 989-8668

Email: 
Mission: 

Our mission is to promote social, economic, environmental justice, crime prevention, neighborhood development, and increase access to resources via transportion. We engage residents to be more active in their community in order to accomplish our mission.

Key Partners: 

Four Corners Action Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Attend the Monthly meetings

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Massachusetts Studies Project (UMass Boston)

Phone: 

(617) 287-7654

Mission: 

Our mission is to engage students, teachers and "lifelong learners" in their own communities through local history, local culture and local heritage

Key Partners: 

SCI Dorchester, Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, The University of Massachusetts

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

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

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