State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry's Community Forums Moves to Night!

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:00PM at the Mattahunt Community Center, Representative Linda Dorcena Forry will be hosting a meeting about crime and ongoing efforts and response to recent challenges to the Commonwealth's criminal justice system. Some guest speakers at this event will be the Secretary of Public Safety & Security Andrea Cabral, and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will be in attendance. All are welcomed to join! 

I Know I Can Hosts 1st Annual Basketball Tournament TODAY At Mattahunt Community Center!

I Know I Can (IKIC) is an innovative, highly recommended enrichment and athletic development program for students in greater Boston. IKIC is a program under P.A.C.E Inc. Straight A's Initiative, design to help students who are struggling with academics and behavioral issues. The students are offered an opportunity to rebuild themselves in a positive manner. With approximately 200 participants, this program is about not giving up on yourself, even through the many obstacles our youth face.
 
IKIC is holding their first tournament today Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 2:00PM at the Mattahunt Community Center on 100 Hebron Street Mattapan, MA 02126. This is an opportunity for children 13 and under to play basketball. If you have time come out and support! There is also IKIC Basketball Training at the Mattahunt every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30PM-8:00PM. For more information, visit www.ikicathletic.blogspot.com or call 617.792.2213. 

4th Annual Action of the Youth Jobs Coalition Rally Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Faneuil Hall!

Youth Jobs Coalition is made up of organizations from all over such as Boston, Lynn, Gloucester, Lowell, Chelsea, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Newton, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Worcester, Springfield, Winchester, etc. In the past years the Youth Jobs Coalition (YLC) had organized and reversed a planned $4 million state cut that would have cost us 2400 jobs, organized and got a $3.75 million state funding increase in youth jobs funding, and organized  to help get $1 million in new state funding and committed 8 new companies to hire youth! 
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Mattapan United's Computer Course Celebrates Program Completion

On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Mattapan United's Computer Course held their end of the program celebration at the ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center on 535 River Street, Mattapan. 11 students received their certificate for completing the course that ran for 8 weeks for 12 hours each week. 
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The Boston Public Quartet hosts Valentine's Day Concert with Students from the Chittick and Sumner Elementary Schools

MusiConnects was formed by the Boston Public Quartet with the aim of using the transformative power of music to develop self expression, musicianship, and community cohesiveness. They hope that through their teaching, performance and other work to help bring together young people, musicians and family groups. MusiConnects is a non-profit arts education organization set up to offer people in the Mattapan and Roslindale areas the opportunity to participate on string instruments, attend performances by professional musicians and to access a wide network of people, resources and creative opportunities.
 
On Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 6:00PM-7:00PM at the Mattapan Branch Library on 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126 the Boston Public Quartet hosts the Valentine's Day Concert with students from the Chittick and Sumner Elementary Schools. Admission to this event is free and light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions contact Robin Baker, Manager of Community Performances at 617-598-3225 orrb@celebrityseries.org.

Mattapan/ Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc. Offering Computer Courses

Mattapan/Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc. is offering computer courses to people in the community. Mattapan/Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Inc. is a tuition free adult vocational technical school and job search center sponsored by the United Christians Fellowship Urban Ministry. Their mission is to open a door of vocational education opportunities to low or no income individuals who cannot afford the cost of a private career school and to create hope in our broken society.  
 
There are 4 different courses being offered by the center, no tuition only paying for registration and books. Please visit their website www.mattapantech.com for more information about specific start dates and times. There are also limited $50 - $100 scholarships available through the United Christian Fellowship Urban Ministries for those who qualify.

ABCD SummerWorks Youth Program Applications Now Available

For over 45 years, ABCD has provided summer jobs to low-income youth throughout the Boston area. In the past three summers, SummerWorks provided over 5,000 Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. ABCD SummerWorks is more than a summer job. Participants receive guidance, job readiness and life skills training that teach about resume writing, financial education, conflict resolution, and workplace etiquette.
 
Applications are now available for the SummerWorks program for Summer 2013 at the following website:https://www.summerworks.net/. Please bring required documents to ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center at 535 River Street Mattapan, MA 02126. View required documents needed to finish the SummerWorks application here:  https://www.summerworks.net/WorksClient/Files/ABCD%20SummerWorks%20YOUTH%20ELIGIBILITY%20CHECKLIST.pdf. Applicants ages 14- 21 are eligible. Youth must be Boston residents. Deadline for application is March 15th!
 

STAY SAFE EVERYONE!

The weather for the next couple of days is going to be very brutal in the area with a blizzard approaching. Please take necessary precautions to stay safe.
 
If you need any additional information please visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/. 
 
Stay Safe Everyone!

Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Hosts Annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Fair

During this time of year high school seniors are stressed out about college acceptance letters and financial aid and their parents begin thinking about how they can start planning for their child's college tuition. Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated plans on assisting these families by hosting their annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Fair on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the BYCF Tobin Community Center located on 1481 Tremont Street in Roxbury, from 10:00AM-3:00PM.  
 
Zeta Nu Sigma will be featuring workshops such as alternative college options, Financial Aid 101, saving money for college, and high school athletes to college athletes. There will also be discussions aboutscholarship opportunities and college access programs so that young people are aware of resources in and around the city of Boston. This is a free event open to everyone and would be very beneficial to both high school seniors and their parents. Look out for Lead Organizer Karleen Porcena who will appear on the panel of college alums! 

Mattapan United’s Housing Information Fair Has Positive Impact on Community

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Mattapan United's Housing Action Group hosted a Housing Information Fair at the Old Mattapan Library located at10 Hazelton Street Mattapan, MA 02126. The event was a huge success. Over 100 residents participated. Organizations from the community gathered together to provide information for the residents of Mattapan which included Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, NSTAR, Renew Boston, ABCD, CFS Realty, and Citizens Bank. 
 
Reverend Zenetta Armstrong, co-chair of Mattapan United's Housing Action Group says,"I was pleased to see the various organizations represented and the amount of people in the community that joined to respond to the need. People were really happy to receive the information, which was shared with me during the event. With more time and planning it should be done annually with even more organizations. The space was perfect for the event."
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