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This year SCI has been able to deepen relationships with previous host sites as well as bring new host sites into the program. We are currently recruiting host sites for Fall 2014. If you think that your organization or know of another organization that would be a good fit, please look at our Host Site Application page. SCI's focus communities include: Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Boston, Lynn, Woburn, and Fall River. We are also recruiting SCI AmeriCorps members for members for the fall, if you know anyone who might be interested in our positions, please send them this AmeriCorps Member Application Page and encourage them to apply.

Dorchester Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods





Formerly known as The Washington Corridor Weed & Seed site. The Dorchester Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods convenes residents, neighborhood associations, public safety, and community development partners, and supports them in collaborative work for the improvement of the neighborhoods within the Washington Street Corridor. The association aims to: convene a monthly daytime public safety meeting for their target area, to raise money and other resources to support youth employment and youth development programs as a means to reduce youth violence, and to work with resident groups to identify neighborhood revitalization projects which result in increased greenspace or cultural opportunities for neighborhoods.


The monthly meetings are held at different locations each month on the fourth Tuesday.

BPS - Improving School Choice March 10

Join in a discussion about student assignment and school choice! Attend a kick-off community meeting about Improving the School Choice Process. This meeting will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30), at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School (just off Melnea Cass Blvd). This will be the first in a series of opportunities this year to work together to create a new school choice system that helps improve school quality, offers great choices, and builds a stronger community. For more information, email choice [at] More details can be found at

"Commitment to Community Tour" April 5

Meet to discuss issues, concerns and ideas to improve Blue Hill Avenue, a commercial and residential area that runs through Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. At the meeting, everything from street cleaning to crosswalks, traffic to small business development can be discussed - come with your ideas! The focus is Blue Hill Ave from Dudley Street to Grove Hall. Also find out about new initiatives as well as the budget process on the state and city level. For more information, contact Daniel Tavares at Danielson.Tavares [at] Or call 617.722.2060 This is a free event. The Thomas Atkins Building is located at 233 Blue Hill Ave, Boston, MA. The event will be from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.


Three Strikes Proposal Deliberation, Feb. 28

On Tuesday, February 28, Boston City Council will be deliberating the proposed "Three Strikes Bill." Nearly 30 states have some sort of habitual offender law, which imposes life sentences to people convicted of two or more serious criminal offenses. Opponents of Massachusetts’ three strikes bill include the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus in the Massachusetts House, as well as the Nation of Islam, the NAACP, The Center for Church and Prison; Boston Workers Alliance, Boston’s Citywide Outreach Ministries, the Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, and many others. The deliberation will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall. For more information, contact Kenneth Yarborough at 617.635.3131.

A Conversation with Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Feb. 23

On February 23, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus will welcome a conversation with Beacon Hill Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there will be light refreshments - the program happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The talk will take place at Boys and Girls Club of Boston, 15 Talbot Avenue. For more information, contact the office of State Rep. Russell Holmes, 617.722.2220.

Fully Fund BPS Rally March 21

Parents from across Boston will connect City Hall to Court Street showing that public education is a top priority. As the Boston School Committee prepares to vote on the budget (March 28) parents, families, and friends are taking a stand for children! Meet on Wednesday, March 21, at noon, at City Hall Plaza, (accessible via Government Center or State Street MBTA stop). This event is organized by "Invest in Our Future: Fully Fund BPS, a Facebook group of BPS parents." Check out the event on facebook here.

From Sea to Shining Sea Dinner / Auction March 2

Team La Push is a group of 20 students and three teachers from Boston International Newcomers Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. The team will be participating in a service-learning trip to live and work with the Quileute Nation on their reservation in La Push, Washington in April. These students are all immigrants and English Language Learners, coming from eight different countries - some have lived in Boston for less than one year. While learning about Native American life and culture, the students are developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills through teamwork and fundraising. In addition, they will gain an appreciation of their impact on the lives of others through their service projects with the Quileute community. >> Read More

Dorchester People for Peace Monthly Meeting Feb. 13

On Monday, February 13, Dorchester People for Peace (DPP) will be holding a Monthly Meeting, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vietnamese American Community Center (VietAID), at 42 Charles St., Fields Corner (near the Red Line station). DPP will be following up on previous discussions and plans for upcoming campaigns. The group will discuss the fight against MBTA cutbacks and fare increases, war budgets and military spending, the possibility of a war with Iran, and state and local government, input on military spending. DPP will also discuss and evaluate the long-standing school Opt-Out of military recruiting campaign and make decisions about the futures. The DPP Facilitation Team will be meeting to flesh out these and other agenda items. If you have additional suggestions and agenda items, please send to Rosemary (rosemarykean [at], Denise (denisezwahlen [at] or Jeff (jjk123 [at]

Neighborhood Meeting at St. Joseph's Feb. 6

St. Joseph Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in collaboration with The Boston Police Neighborhood Watch Unit cordially invite you to attend a neighborhood meeting that will feature: Neighbors getting to know Neighbors, a discussion of important trends, issues, and the most recent break-ins to homes. Share your ideas and concerns to make a better and safer neighborhood. Get connected and learn what's going on! Contact Lauren Scherer at 617.825.6320x1631 or lscherer [at] St. Joseph's is located at 321 Centre Street in Dorchester.

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