Education

MyDotTour

Mission: 

My Dot Tour is a project of the Fields Corner Collaborative (FCC). FCC is a group of non-profit organizations concerned with touting the history and architecture of Fields Corner for increased economic development and social capital, as well as with supporting and strengthening youth leadership skills. The organizations include: the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, Dorchester Historical Society, Fields Corner Main Street, Historic Boston Incorporated, and SCI Dorchester/Dotwell. The 2011 Tour coordinator is Kate Balug.

2010’s My Dot Tour established a walking tour route, map, and live walking tour created and presented by teen participants.

My Dot Tour 2011 is a new and improved version of the tour that will emphasize residents’ contributions and will feature expanded methods of disseminating tour content through cell phone technology and other media. FCC thanks the Boston Foundation for Architecture for contributing grant funding for the Tour.

What’s your Fields Corner story?

Key Partners: 

Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition, Dorchester Historical Society, Fields Corner Main Street, Historic Boston Incorporated, and SCI Dorchester/Dotwell

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To contribute to or inquire about the tour, please contact mydottour [at] gmail.com.

Created: 
04/25/2011

Healthy Futures

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Healthy Futures Program
P.O. Box 265
Lowell, MA 01853 

Phone: 

(978) 458-6064

Mission: 

Healthy Futures is a state- and federally-funded health program that educates teens in the areas of sexuality, healthy relationships, and self-respect through medically-accurate information and interactive skits and demonstrations. Further, it empowers teens to avoid the social, psychological and health consequences of early sexual activity and provides the skills necessary to attain abstinence before marriage. It offers positive engaging curricula that will not only help your students understand the benefits of abstinence, but equip them with the skills to make and sustain that choice.

Healthy Futures uses medically accurate, developmentally appropriate information and activities to empower students to make healthy relationship choices

Dorchester Music Clubhouse

Phone: 

(617) 288-7120

Mission: 

Connecting youth with music and opportunity: The Dorchester Music Clubhouse, located at the Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center, is a place where music, fun, education, and expression come together. Come in and learn to play an instrument, practice what you know, start a band, record or write a song, meet your friends, or make new ones. See a performance, talk about your favorite music, hear new music, or take part in a workshop. Don’t forget about performances and field trips.

 

The Dorchester Music Clubhouse is also a gateway into the amazing City Music Program, sponsored by Berklee College of Music for Middle School and High School students to prepare for a Berklee Education!

Location

Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center
1135 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Music Clubhouse is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Sponsors include Berklee College of Music, Music & Youth Initiative, Charles Hayden Foundation, Amelia Peabody Foundation, City of Boston Dept. of Neighborhood Development.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact director for schedule, to sign up for classes or to volunteer. 

Key Programs Offered: 

Music, music production and songwriting lessons; concerts & events; workshops; game nights; Rock Band 

Created: 
03/17/2011

Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mission: 

 

The Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative (DFSI) provides academic, enrichment, and wellness services to our partner schools: the Oliver W. Holmes, Lee Academy, and Joseph Lee Elementary Schools. Other DFSI partners include DotWell, SCI, and FAMILY, Inc.

Our mission is to remove barriers to learning; to improve children’s physical, social, and emotional wellness; and to connect students and families to their schools and community.

You can read about DFSI Partners and DFSI Programs and Services, or take a moment to learn about Full Service Community Schools.

Location

1452 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

 

The Oliver W. Holmes Elementary School is a K1-5 school of 282 students near Four Corners.

The Lee Academy is a K0-1 pilot school near Franklin Field.

The Joseph Lee Elementary School is a grade 2-6 school of 300 students near Franklin Field.

DotWell is the partnership of Codman Square Health Center and Dorchester House Multi-Service Center. DotWell is DFSI’s lead agency.

FAMILY, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works as a community organizing system. By creating partnerships with individuals and institutions, FAMILY, Inc. connects educational, health care, economic, and other systems to collaboratively create healthy, safe, sustainable communities throughout the world.

Social Capital Inc. strengthens communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

 

For more information, families may contact:

Key Programs Offered: 

Created: 
02/06/2013

Boston United for Students

Mission: 

Boston United for Students is a broad-based coalition committed to improving the quality of the educational experience for all Boston students and teachers. We believe that there is an urgency to significantly improve student achievement so that Boston public school students graduate college ready and career prepared. We know that achieving these goals will require a fundamental change in the next Boston teachers' contract to create new working relationships and operational flexibility that will enable students and teachers to meet the challenges of public education in the 21st Century. Our drive for student success is not limited to changes in the teachers' contract. It also includes advocacy for improved administrative practices and earnest implementation of current and new contract reform measures.

Key Partners: 

For a list of member organizations, visit http://www.bostonunitedforstudents.org/Pages/members.html.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit http://www.bostonunitedforstudents.org/Pages/get_involved.htmlTo make your voices heard, the community is also urged to call, email or fax the School Committee (telephone) 617-635-9014 (fax): 617-635-9689,feedback@bostonpublicschools.org.

Community supporters also can call the Boston Teachers’ Union at (617)288–2000, fax: (617)288–0024. Advocates can also make their voices known to the City Council at (617)635-3040 or the Mayor’s Office at Boston City Hall, (617)635-3151.

To contact us email:info@bostonunitedforstudents.org.

Created: 
03/14/2011

Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON)

Phone: 

617-522-2766

Fax: 

617-522-2799

Email: 
Website: 
Mission: 

Boston Parent Organizing Network organizes, develop and support parentsand families who are marginalized by class, race, language, disability and immigration status to  work with and hold accountable the Boston Public Schools to provide an excellent education for all students.

In all we do we are guided by these principles:

  • Parents and families are the most effective advocates and leaders to bring about lasting improvements in student education.
  • Parents, families and students are the key source to identify the educational needs of children and youth.
  • Networking and collaboration among community based organizations and school based parent groups are necessary to effect system-wide change
  • Both system-wide and community-based issues must be addressed collectively to assure sustained success.

Our Vision

Because of BPON's effectiveness parents and families who are marginalized by class, race, language, disability and immigration status directly influence decision making at all levels of the Boston Public School System.

Location

BPON
209 Green Street 3rd Floor
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
United States
Key Partners: 

Current organizational members include ACEDONE, ACORN, Black Ministerial Alliance, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Center for Collaborative Education, City Life/Vida Urbana, Citywide Parents Council, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, East Boston High School Family Center, EDLaw Project, English High School Family Center, Families First Parenting Programs, Hyde Square Task Force, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, JP Unidos, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, MassCOSH, Mass English Plus Coalition, Sociedad Latina, Trotter School Parent Council, and the Young Achievers Pilot School Family Association.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit the membership application page, found at http://www.bpon.org/about-us/membership-application. Also check out BPON's job opportunities.

Key Programs Offered: 

Since its formation in 1999, BPON has built on the strengths of its organizational members and thousands of parent volunteers to achieve significant change at both the school and district levels.  BPON is recognized as a powerful and unique force in reform of the BPS, creating consensus among diverse parents, developing their power through leadership training and amplifying their voices, and wielding this power in unified action.

BPON's focus is on engaging families to provide leadership in achieving excellent education for all BPS students.

Created: 
03/08/2011

Boston Parent-Child Home Program

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts
200 Bowdoin St. Boston, MA 02122

Phone: 

617-474-1143 x 229

Mission: 

What is the Boston Parent-Child Home Program?

• It is an innovative, home-based literacy program that promotes a “learning through play” experience for parents and their preschool children.
• It develops a child’s language and literacy skills, as well as their social-emotional development through positive parent-child interactions.
• It prepares children for academic success.
• It helps parents to realize their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.

Boston PCHP is free for eligible Boston area families with children between the ages of 18 months to 2-1/2. We provide the family with a trained home visitor who will visit with the parent and child twice a week. Together, the home visitor and parent discover ways to encourage verbal interaction and creative play using books and toys that the family gets to keep. Visits are not only educational, but fun! For more information, call Lydia Brown Boston PCHP Coordinator 617 474-1143 x229 or email lbrown@familynurturing.org

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

FLASH Program (managed by Crittenton Women's Union)

Created: 
03/08/2011

ReSPECT Registry (BU/BMC)

Phone: 

Direct Line: 617.414.1971; Toll Free Number: 877.505.4455

Email: 
Mission: 

The goal of The ReSPECT Registry is to support the community in learning about clinical research and finding opportunities to participate in research studies.

Boston University invites you to join The ReSPECT Registry!

The ReSPECT Registry is a way for people to find out about research studies at Boston University/Boston Medical Center (BU/BMC) that are looking for research volunteers. The registry assists people in finding those studies that might be of interest to them to participate in.

Research volunteers are very important to the many medical discoveries that continue to make our lives better. These discoveries continue to teach us how to better treat diseases, and could not have happened without research volunteers.

Some examples of clinical research discoveries are:

  • Vaccines
  • New treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Better ways to exercise
  • MRIs, CT Scans, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
  • Improved medical procedures
  • Improved ways to diagnose conditions or diseases

For more info on clinical trials, you may visit http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/info/understand.
 

Key Partners: 

Boston University, Boston Medical Center

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Joining is free and easy. There is no cost to you for joining the registry.  We ask you to fill out the Respect Survey online or over the phone. The survey is about you and your interests in clinical research. We keep your information secure and use it to find studies that may be of interest to you. 

To join the registry,

  1. Visit our official website at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/crro-community/respect and fill out the survey,or
  2. Call the Registry staff to do the survey over the phone at 617.414.1971 or (toll free) 1.877.505.4455.
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Recruitment Services Program of the Clinical Translational Science Institute (ReSPECT)

Created: 
03/04/2011

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition

Mission: 

The mission of the Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition is to increase:
* awareness of the need for adult education literacy services and transition to higher education, training and employment
* acceptance by community partners of the need for their participation and input
* action leading to more coherent community-focused adult education literacy services

Key Programs Offered: 

DALC is a group of fifteen agencies working together to offer educational services to adults. Below is a list of the organizations:
http://www.dalcboston.org/services/programs.php

Created: 
02/16/2011

Grove Hall Community Center

Phone: 

617-635-1484

Website: 
Mission: 

BCYF is committed to providing high-quality, outcome-driven programs that are responsive to neighborhood needs. To reach this goal, we have developed a comprehensive program framework known as ACES:Arts, Community & Civic engagement, Education, and Sports. Each of BCYF’s community centers offers a unique approach to ACES and opportunities vary from center to center.

Location

51 Geneva Ave.
Dorchester, MA
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call the Center or stop by to become a member. Specific programs may list their contact/point person.

Key Programs Offered: 

Building Bars Music Program: Wednesday, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

G.E.D. Classes (open to community) Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Grove Hall Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance: Thursdays 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. 

Community Learning Initiative: For more information, please contact Meagan Seaman at 617-635-4920

Gym (contact Tony Turner, Athletic Director or Darryl Bishop, Asst. Athletic Director): 
Girl's Night - Monday/Thursday 6 - 8:45 p.m.; 
Teen Night - Tuesday 6 - 8:45 p.m.; 
Men's Night - Wednesday 6 - 8:45 p.m.;
Teen Time/Adult Time: Friday 6 - 8:45 p.m.;

Teen Lounge: Open games, workshops, movies, etc. Monday - Friday, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

Young Men's Group: Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/15/2011

The Boston REACH Coalition meets at Grove Hall Community Center the first Monday of every month. See here for details.

Project REACH holds monthly & quarterly meetings at Grove Hall Community Center. Contact Michael Kozu at 617-541-5454, ext. 5 or mkozu@projectright.org

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