Education

Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy

Phone: 

617-822-0198

Mission: 

Dorchester Youth Alternative's goal is to increase student attendance, enhance academic growth, improve behavior at school, and engage parents and guardians in the educational process so that students may function effectively and successfully in the school setting.

DYA is committed to the education of Boston youths aged 12-16 with a Children in Need of Services (CHINS) truancy petition through the Juvenile Court system.

Location

18 Samoset St
Boston, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN) is a group of providers in communities throughout Boston who are committed to sharing best practices and working together to develop a range of services that may be defined as an alternative school-to-career system.

Key Programs Offered: 

Students enter DYA working at different grade levels. Each student’s curriculum is designed for them individually. Every student receives personalized assistance, in addition to time spent on individual coursework, students are also taught and works in groups.

Created: 
10/15/2010

New England Regional Council of Carpenters

Phone: 

800-275-6200

Email: 

NERC@necarpenters.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Call or visit website for hours of operation and training schedule.

Mission: 

The NERCC believe that well-paid, well-trained carpenters mean well-made, safe and long lasting construction that will serve the community well over time
The New England Regional Council of Carpenters represents 22,000 carpenters, pile drivers, shop, millmen, and floorcoverers working in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Location

750 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call.

Key Programs Offered: 

Workforce training, Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program

Community Meeting Space Available: 

yes

Created: 
11/29/2010

University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) Graduate Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Phone: 

617-287-6785

Email: 

muna.killingback.umb.edu

Website: 

http://www.mccormack.umb.edu/academic/wppp/about.php

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

September through May

Mission: 

The Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy is a two-semester graduate certificate program that prepares women to serve at all levels of government, take on leadership roles in non-profit organizations, hold elected office, and pursue advanced degrees, most frequently in law and public policy. The program offers a unique combination of graduate-level academic work in policy studies, analytical and research skills, and carefully supervised professional field work in addition to advising, counseling, and professional development services. The program begins in September and runs through May. Students take four courses as a cohort (in addition to their internship) that combine the theory and practice of public policy analysis and research.

Location

100 Morrissey Blvd. John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies
Boston, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or email Ms. Stewartson.

Boston Learning Center

Phone: 

(617) 428-0990, 1-(800) 981-5535

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

School year: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 1-8PM Summer: hours TBD, call (617) 265-7170x305 for more information.

Mission: 

Since 1981, the Boston Learning Center has been committed to promoting academic excellence for urban students. We believe that our youth are an invaluable asset for social change and community empowerment, particularly within low-income urban neighborhoods. We understand that many under-performing students are dynamic individuals with untapped potential who are natural leaders among their peers. By enabling all students to realize their full potential in school and in life, we can empower them as agents of change who can transform schools and entire communities.

Location

89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
  • Tutoring and Test Prep: Register online here or call Program Coordinator Peter Terry at (617) 265-7170 ext. 302.
  • BIFF Project: Contact BIFF Project Director Gary Bracey at (617) 265-7170 ext. 375.
  • Girls Connection: Register online here or call Caroline at 617-265-7170.
  • S.A.L.S.A.: Call Lesley at 617-265-7170 ext 306.
Key Programs Offered: 
  • Tutoring and Test Prep

    Private One-On-One Tutoring and Test Prep takes place at our main facility at 208 Ashmont Street. We also offer in-home private tutoring and in-home test preparation in cities throughout Massachusetts, including Boston, Springfield, Cambridge, Chelsea, Chicopee, Fall River, Gardner, Haverill, Holyoke, Lowell, Lynn, Quincy, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, and more. Tutoring is available to students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. We offer more than fourteen different subjects in areas including Language Arts, Math, Science, and Foreign Languages. In-School and After-School Tutorial Programs have been developed with various public, private, parochial, and charter schools as well as community centers in and around Boston. Talk with your school Principal or community center Director about developing a Boston Learning Center tutorial program.

  • BIFF (Building Inspiration to Fight Failure) Project

    BIFF is an innovative after-school program that begins with 12 intensive lessons delivered over a nine-week period. Like the 12 Step Program used in drug rehabilitation, the 12 lessons presented in the BIFF core curriculum bring kids to a crossroad where they can see two paths very clearly. One path – the path they are on – leads to failure and mediocrity. The other path – the BIFF path – leads to excellence and prosperity. It is an easy choice and 80% of the students who finish BIFF choose the path of success. The lessons taught in the curriculum help students boost their skills in the following areas: Listening, Reading Speed, Study Skills, Concentration, Memory, Organization, Attention Span, Speaking, Test-Taking, Motivation, Confidence, and Multi-Model Learning. Once a student completes all 12 lessons in the BIFF core curriculum, he/she is initiated into the BIFF alumni club and is eligible to attend monthly follow-up meetings and participate in the incentives program designed to reward high academic achievement.

  • Girls Connection

    The Girls Connection Program is a collaboration between the Boston Learning Center and Madison Park Community Center in Roxbury. The program, which is designed for middle and high school students in grades 6 thru 12, includes both a summer component and an after-school component during the school year. The overall goal of the Girls Connection Program is to create a high quality, year-round program for teenage girls which offers comprehensive services and a variety of supports to enable participants to realize success in school and in life. Activities include tutoring/homework help, dance, double dutch, spoken word poetry, step, and entrepreneurship.

  • S.A.L.S.A.

    S.A.L.S.A. (Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse) is a program in which high school students act as positive role models for younger students in the community by promoting healthy drug-free lifestyles. The members visit schools and other communities where youth gather across the Boston area and put on informative presentations about the dangers of drugs and alcohol while reassuring the younger crowd that you can still be cool if you say “No.” The presentations foster an open forum for discourse about all issues younger youth might have for the high school leaders. S.A.L.S.A. has a paid summer term as well as a school year term. The program begins with an intensive training period where youth develop original skits and prepare their future presentations. During this time, S.A.L.S.A. leaders develop leadership and presentation skills while looking forward to serving their community. Additionally, S.A.L.S.A. leaders learn entrepreneurial skills by essentially running the program with adult supervision.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Boston Tutoring Center

Created: 
04/23/2010

Newcomers Academy

Phone: 

617-635-7993

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mission: 

* Deliver high-quality education
* Accelerate English language acquisition
* Develop academic content vocabulary and higher level thinking skills
* Promote the development of social and academic skills students will need when entering district high schools
* Build a foundation for long-term academic and socio-cultural success
* Serve as a learning site for best practices in educating secondary school English language learners with interrupted schooling or gaps in their formal education.

Location

100 Maxwell St.
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

* University of Massachusetts Boston
* Boston University
* Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
* Local social service agencies

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

All students new to the Boston Public Schools must visit a Family Resource Center with the appropriate paperwork to begin the registration process. English Language Learners are identified through a home language survey and testing provided at the Newcomer Assessment and Counseling Center. Students who meet the criteria for Newcomers Academy will be informed about the program. All students will complete a choice form to select a diploma-granting high school as well.

Students may attend Newcomers Academy for one semester or up to two calendar years, depending on the academic need, before enrolling in a diploma-granting high school. Newcomers Academy staff will continue to monitor students’ progress after they have left the program.

Key Programs Offered: 

All students engage in rigorous coursework, including:
* Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) and Literacy development; and
* Sheltered instruction in English, Math, Science, Technology, Social Studies, Arts and Physical Education.

Students participate in field trips and community service to support their transition to life in Boston. Instruction takes place during the school day (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.), with additional support available on Saturdays and during the summer.

Student progress is assessed through a variety of measures, including:
* MCAS exams, such as MELA-O and MEPA to assess reading, writing, speaking and listening skills;
* Math notebooks;
* Reading and writing assignments;
* Community service participation; and
* Exit portfolio.

Created: 
04/16/2010

MAFCU Federal Credit Union

Phone: 

1-800-338-0221

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 am to 4 pm Thursday, 8:30 am to 6 pm Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm

Mission: 

MAFCU Federal Credit Union is a nonprofit financial cooperative owned by, and operated for, our members. We are dedicated to helping members reach their financial goals by providing excellent financial products, outstanding member service, and valuable financial education. All earnings go right back into the Credit Union so that we can offer better rates and services. Keeping true to the credit union philosophy of people helping people, our focus is on our members. MAFCU embraces the credit union philosophy of concern for community. MAFCU works collaboratively with members, affiliates, and the surrounding community in a variety of ways — hosting events, participating in MAFCU's affiliate groups' fundraising efforts, and supporting community projects throughout the area.

Location

MAFCU
1205 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

Follow the link for a complete list of affiliate groups.

Key Programs Offered: 

Financial Information Seminars and Loan Products

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Medical Area Federal Credit Union

Created: 
01/20/2011

"The Credit Union was proud to be part of the Dorchester Lower Mills Holiday Stroll on Thursday, November 18. A tent was set up at MAFCU's future new branch, 1205 Adams Street in Dorchester Lower Mills. Dozens of people stopped by for cupcakes and hot chocolate. Kids got their face painted and enjoyed balloon creations along with holiday presents, and got their pictures taken with Santa."

Centro del Cardenal (Cardinal Cushing Center)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 506-6600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Mission: 

Centro del Cardenal is committed to providing young men and women, ages 14-20, with the opportunity to earn either a high school diploma or a GED in a nurturing environment that values and supports them.

Location

185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 

Created: 
11/10/2010

This GED program helps out-of-school and high-risk youth—who did not thrive in the public school system—earn earn their GED

Mather Elementary School

Phone: 

617-635-8757

Mission: 

We welcome all students to the Mather school, where effective teaching and learning prepares all students to reach high levels of achievement. As we strive to reach proficiency for all, students will go home each and every day knowing more than they did the day before.

Location

1 Parish Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

College Bound Dorchester, Boston Visual Thinking Strategies Consortium, City Year, Staples, Boston Freedom Trail Foundation, America SCORES, Target, Heart of America Foundation, Boston Schoolyard Initiative, UMass Boston, The Windsor School, Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE), Boston Teacher Residency, The BELL Foundation, The Home for Little Wanderers, Arbour Counseling Services, ReadBoston, Boston Shines, First Parish Church, Chadwick Martin Bailey

Created: 
11/22/2010

The Mather School is the oldest free public elementary school in North America.

Wesley Child Care Center Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 436-5800

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F 9:00am-5:30pm

Mission: 

We are a licensed and accredited program designed for the needs of school aged children. We offer a balance of tutorials, computers, recreation, a after school program and arts and crafts with nutritious meals provided. We also have a new language program that now is teaching french and spanish.

Location

29 Stanton Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk in, and we serve children from the ages 5-14yrs old.

Key Programs Offered: 

Wesley School Age Program

Created: 
02/23/2010

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Centers

Phone: 

(617) 635-8015

Fax: 

(617) 635-6407

Website: 

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/register

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Hours

Dorchester, Roslindale and Roxbury Welcome Centers are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays Noon-7pm.
 
The East Boston Welcome Center is open only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am-5pm except in January and late August, when it is also open on Wednesdays 12-7pm. 
 
The Mattapan Welcome Center typically open on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30am-5pm, istemporarily closed.
 
*note: the number listed above is for the Dorchester Resource Center
Mission: 

Families with a child new to the Boston Public Schools can register at one of our Family Resource Centers (FRC). Feel free to visit whichever center is most convenient; you are not limited to the center in your zone of residence. 

 

Dorchester

(617) 635-8015 
Campbell Resource Center
1216 Dorchester Ave.
Dorchester, 02125
(next to Burger King) 
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese
 

Roxbury

(617) 635-9010
Bruce C. Bolling Building (Dudley Sq.)
2300 Washington St. 2nd floor, Roxbury, 02119
Help in Cantonese, English, Haitian creole, Mandarin and Spanish 
 

Roslindale

(617) 635-8040
Jennie Barron Bldg.
515 Hyde Park Ave.
Roslindale, 02131
(near Cummins Hwy.)
Help in Cape Verdean creole, English, French, Haitian creole, Portuguese and Spanish 
 

East Boston (Mondays and Tuesdays, starting August 25)

(617) 635-9597
Mario Umana Academy
312 Border St.
East Boston, 02128
Help in English and Spanish 
 

Mattapan (Thursdays and Fridays)
TEMPORARILY CLOSED

(617) 635-9596
Mildred Ave K-8, Rear Entrance
5 Mildred Avenue
Mattapan
Help in English, Haitian, Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish

Location

1216 Dorchester Avenue (Behind the Burger King)
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Boston Public Schools Family Resource Center

Created: 
01/28/2010

Confused? You may have been looking for the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, a program of Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts.

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