Parenting Support/Skills Training

College Bound Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mission: 
To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, using education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.
 
At College Bound Dorchester, formerly FDNH, we believe in the transformative power of education. Every day we have the privilege of working with students from ages 3 months to 70 years. Our teachers, mentors, peer leaders and staff provide the supports these students need to realize their future goals. We take this responsibility seriously and know that, if we are successful, we have the power to change not only individual lives but also the entire Dorchester community.

We are creating an organization that will provide all of our students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and succeed in life. We know there are challenges ahead and obstacles in our way. However we also know that as we work harder and focus on high expectations and data driven assessment, the paths of opportunity will open for all.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit collegebounddorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Bartholomew Family Child Care The Little House Log School Ruth Darling Child Care Center

Provide ABE/ESOL and Child Care: 9am to 2pm.

Computer Skills classes for enrolled students.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH)

Created: 
11/29/2011

On November 4th 2009, College Bound Dorchester received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At the ceremony, Mrs. Obama commended Art a la Carte and all of the award winners by stating, "Ultimately, each of your programs is using achievement in the arts as a bridge to achievement in life." She continued, "You ask our young people to dream, and you give them the tools to fulfill those dreams. You affirm that their contributions are valuable, and their success matters to all of us. You help them see beyond the circumstances of their lives to the world of possibility that awaits them. And for that, we honor you."

Child Witness to Violence Project

Phone: 

(617) 414-7425

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

The Child Witness to Violence Project is a counseling and support program for young children ages 0 to 8 and their families who have been affected by violence and other trauma. Goals of the project include: 1) To identify young children who witness acts of significant violence. 2) To help young children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence by providing developmentally appropriate counseling for them and for their families. 3) To provide consultation and training to the network of caregivers in the lives of young children in order that they may more effectively help children who are exposed to violence.

Location

Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
88 East Newton Street Vose Hall
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/19/2010

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

Dorchester CARES Coalition for Families & Children, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 474-1256

Fax: 

617-474-1261

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

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

Mission: 

The mission of Dorchester CARES is to coordinate, develop and institutionalize comprehensive, community-based programs which will support families and prevent child abuse and neglect in target neighborhoods.

Location

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Department of Social Services, Department of Youth Services, as well as the 20+ Coalition member organizations serving families in Dorchester. Dorchester CARES and Family Nurturing Center of MA partner for the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, viewable on our guide here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact our Family Support Advocate, Remetrious Pena-Rogers at 617-474-1256 x231 for volunteer opportunities. Contact Lyndsey Firneno, Executive Director, to get involved in program development and planning and membership opportunities on the Board of Directors.

Key Programs Offered: 

See http://www.dcares.org/services/ for complete listing.

Dorchester Family Connections: Dorchester Family Connections seeks to enhance family functioning; promote positive parent-child interactions, healthy childhood growth and development, and healthy birth outcomes; prevent child abuse and neglect; encourage maximum parental educational attainment and economic self sufficiency; and reduce repeat teen pregnancies.

Family Nurturing Program: The Family Nurturing Programs use an interactive focus to help family members recognize and communicate the needs of self and others, handle stress and anger, enjoy warm interactions with other families and volunteers. These 15 sessions engage both children and families in mutual learning and understanding. The program meets once a week for 2,5 hours for 15 weeks. The program provides food and transportation and is free of charge.

Patch: In any given neighborhood, there are many people, groups, and agencies that have resources to help families in crisis. Patch works with a variety of families in a strength-based way to determine what the stresses in the family are and help the family decide how to address those stresses. The Patch Team works directly with families and is made up of the expertise and talent of: neighborhood residents and parents, Dorchester CARES staff and community agency partners, and Family Caseworkers and managers from the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Youth Services (DYS).

 

Contact: Brenda Mottram, Patch Supervisor
Department of Children and Families
617-822-4739 (Park St area office)
617-740-8744 ex 242 (Patch)
brenda.mottram@state.ma.us

Family Cooperative Program: The Family coop strengthens families by connecting them to their neighbors and to their community's resources. It is a place where families can get to know their neighbors and access needed resources. The program provides advocacy, information and referrals, Family Nurturing Program, drop in childcare, basic needs, food pantry, clothing exchange, support groups, Play groups and Welcome Baby. Contact person: Noemia Monteiro, Program Coordinator (e-mail: nmonteiro@dCARES.org)

Welcome Baby! Began in July of 1997 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a community rich with cultural diversity and supportive of the economic challenges that families face every day, as a collaborative effort between Dorchester CARES, Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, Inc. and Connecting the Dots for Boston Tots. When a baby is born, a basket filled with gifts is lovingly assembled and delivered to the family by a specially trained neighborhood visitor. This friendly one-time visit offers not only a beautiful gift from the community but information about community resources and services that families may need.

Parent Leadership Development: Dorchester CARES Parent Leader Internships are open to parents in the community who have been active in CARES programming and have demonstrated leadership potential. The program is designed to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for parents to learn develop skills. These skills include the basics of reading, writing and computer skills. Interns also gain experience in human services by working as advocates for families. Interns participate on the Patch team, Welcome Baby visits and Prevention team trainings, team building and family support conferencing meetings; convene and facilitate monthly Parent Advisory Board meetings; complete a twelve-hour "Parent as Leaders" training; and recruit then go participants for the next course. Internships range in duration from six to eighteen months according to need. Upon completion of internship, efforts are made to link parents to potential jobs in human services. For more information: Contact Janet Connors, Training Coordinator at Dorchester CARES at 617-474-1256 X271.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
01/28/2011

Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 282-1464

Fax: 

617-282-1573

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 10am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc is to work with children, parents, and young adults within the community to guide them in achieving, to the fullest extent possible, their God-given potential. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where we will attend to the spiritual, educational, physical, and social needs of children, parents and young adults. We believe in working in partnership with parents and the community to better equip children, youth, and their families to become productive members of society and to encourage and support parents in their own personal growth and development.

Key Partners: 

Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church

Key Programs Offered: 

Unlike some after-school programs, Greenwood Shalom moves well beyond simply homework assistance. Program participants are instructed in literacy and math skills based on Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks. Tutors teach components of the Children's Defense Fund's curriculum Freedom Schools. Further, they engage in "Harambee" gatherings, where community members entertain and inspire them. Monthly field trips are also important components to the children's after-school experience. To ensure the success of the program, Greenwood Shalom offers Parent Empowerment Seminars, advocates for children and their parents and teaches parents how to become more involved in their child's education. Recognizing the significance of studies on teacher-student ratios, Greenwood Shalom boasts a one-to-five staff-student ratio. This is accomplished through the use of high students as assistant tutors, volunteers from Sudbury United Methodist Church and Hearts for Boston. Greenwood's cultural sensitivity and our specialized work with children with special needs are a few of the key areas that set our after-school program apart from most others. For the 2005-6 school year, 30% of the children had disabilities. These children require a one-to-three (and sometimes one-to-one) staff-student ratio.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/30/2010

Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets

Phone: 

(617) 436-9980

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

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

Mission: 

To promote the historic preservation, protection, and use of the Geneva/Bowdoin section of Dorchester, including the area's commercial, civil, and religious enterprises and its residences. To take remedial action to eliminate the physical, economic, and social deterioration of the commercial district and contribute to the community's betterment.

Location

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Boston Main Streets, City of Boston, DND, OBD, BRA, BYF, DBECD, LISC

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Volunteer at office.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School

Phone: 

(617) 635-8781

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Mission: 

The mission of the Richard J. Murphy School, through a shared effort of parents, staff and community, is to provide its students with the ability to become lifelong learners. Working in a nurturing, cooperative environment, we strive to develop the pursuit of excellence while recognizing and appreciating diverse needs and potentials. We believe that a sense of self-worth and appreciation of others will enhance the student's personal, social, and academic growth.

Location

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

Leahy-Holloran Community Center and
Boston Public Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wheelock Graduate School, Emmanuel College, Brandeis University, Boston Teacher Residency Program, Boston Society of Architects, Dot Art, New England Conservatory of Music, Stop and Shop, Children's Hospital

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call to the school/enrollment of their children in the school.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Mujeres Unidas En Accion

Phone: 

(617) 282-3500

Fax: 

(617) 282-3544

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

M-F: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Childcare is available for children ages 1 to 5 years from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Contact MUA for details. 

Individual Counseling Services:

MUA’s counselor is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. via appointment. We provide support, referrals, Spanish-English translation, and much more. We also put students in touch with various resources available within the community, such as job resources, tenants' rights, and INS. 

In addition to taking classes, students are required to attend support and focus groups Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Through Proyecto Companera MUA provides:

  • Health workshops and trainings
  • Career and educational workshops
  • Career and educational counseling
  • Help with college and job applications
  • Field trips to community colleges, the State House, public libraries, the Freedom Trail, etc.

Notary Public and translation services are available for MUA students 

Individual Counseling Services

MUA’s counselor is available Monday-Friday from 
9:00 AM-4:00 PM. via appointment. We provide support, referrals, Spanish-English translation, and much more. We also put students in touch with various resources available within the community, such as job resources, tenants' rights, and INS.

ESOL I, II, III. Computer classes. Native Language
ESOL I, II, III. Computer classes. Native Language
Mission: 

Our mission is to strengthen the voice of low-income Latina women and to empower Latino families to participate more actively in the political, social and economic life not only of the Latino community, but also of society at large.

Mujeres Unidas en AcciOn (MUA) has been meeting the educational needs of low-income Latina women for nearly three decades, helping them build skills for full, self-sufficient lives. MUA’s mission is to provide a means for Latina women with limited education or English language skills to effect social, political, and liberating changes in their families, in their community, and consequently in society.

Location

Mujeres Unidas En Accion
54 Clayton Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition (DALC), OISTE? (Did You Hear), Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, Boston Career Link, United Way

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Women may enroll in our educational program, which includes classes, workshops, leadership training, and a social service component.

Key Programs Offered: 

ESOL levels 1 through 3,

Native Language Literacy (Literacy classes in Spanish) 

GED/Pre-GED Classes in Spanish

Computer classes: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

Bridge to Community College Classes: English/Technology and Mathematics, Career Exploration, and Time Management. Classes focus on academic English, computer skills necessary for college, college mathematics, discovering vocational interests, and time/priority management.

In addition to taking classes, students are required to attend support and focus groups Wednesdays and Fridays each week. Through Proyecto Companera MUA provides:

 

Health workshops and trainings
Career and educational workshops
Career and educational counseling
Help with college and job applications
Field trips to community colleges, the State House, public libraries, the Freedom Trail, etc.
Notary Public and translation services are available for MUA students

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/11/2011
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