#BOSSUP, SaferisSexy

06/04/2015 - 10:00am

We are looking to get feedback from Latino and Black Men ages 15-45 on sexual health to begin our #BOSSUPprogram.

It is important that men in their own right have access to prevention education geared towards them.

Results from the focused discussion will help to inform the start of our BOSS UP Program.

Please consider participating in a focus group If you are a male ages​ 15-45 and please share through your networks.

A $25 Target gift card will be provided for completing the focus group and food will be served.

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible http://saferissexy.eventbrite.com/

Or Contact Jennifer for more information or to register at 617.356.7022 via email at  saferissexy@gmail.com

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SummerWorks Kickoff!

06/08/2015 - 1:00pm

ABCD Youth Services is gearing up for SummerWorks!

We will be holding a kickoff event at the Reggie Lewis Center on June 8th from 1-4. Youth will be able to find the status of their application, apply for SummerWorks and interact with potential worksites. Please find the flyer attached and give to youth/parents who might be interested.

If any of your staff will be able to help on the event, please let me know in advance. Any staff volunteers will be there from 12-5. We expect most youth to be there after 2 as that is when the Madison /O’Briant school day ends.


Start a career in food service with our FREE 12 week program 
Application Deadline - Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Classes start Monday, July 6, 2015

Download our NEW program application | Download this Email as a PDF

Current Teaching Kitchen Trainees (pictured above) dub themselves the "Hakuna Matata" class.  Read the full story. > Read more

Food Service Job Training Program
The Teaching Kitchen

What you need:

Age: 18+
Fluent in English
Currently unemployed or facing barriers to employment 
Commitment to 12 weeks of training in kitchen and classroom settings
Commitment to working at least 20hrs/wk after graduation

What you get:

Kitchen and classroom training by Chef Instructor
Preparation for the ServSafe Exam
Career and life-skills training
Experience working in a professional kitchen
Job placement assistance
Feeding the critically ill 

Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School is featured in a PBS documentary

06/02/2015 - 7:00pm

Dear Young Achievers Community Board:

The Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School is featured in a 1 hour PBS documentary titled "Schools that Change Communities". The documentary will air locally on the WGBH World Channel. The documentary is 1 hour long and the segment about Young Achievers is 13 minutes. Please share this information with your friends, families and networks. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote exciting and positive work happening in Mattapan.
The times the show will be airing are:
June 2nd at 7:00 PM
June 3 at 2 AM10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
June 9 at 6:00 PM
Click here to see where to find WGBH World through your cable provider. 
To learn more about the documentary and to watch the trailer click here

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"When we think about schools, it usually evokes images of places separated from the larger community, place where students go to learn. Occasionally during the school day students venture outside classroom walls to take field trips meant to enhance the academic rigor of their classroom experience, but the classroom as the primary vehicle for educational success remains largely unchallenged despite often questionable levels of achievement. Yet, a few public schools across the country are trying a different approach to engaging students in the learning process, using the community and neighborhoods where students live as classrooms - creating not only a different type of learning environment, but a different kind of student. Schools That Change Communities focuses on a diverse range of K-12 public schools in five states - Massachusetts, Maryland, South Dakota, Oregon, and California - that have the potential to refocus the national debate around the direction educational reform should take."
The program will also air throughout much of the U.S. on PBS World stations including NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Detroit.  Potential viewers should check their local listings to verify times (outside Boston).    Hope you can spread the word in the Boston area and elsewhere.

Take Back the City

06/02/2015 - 4:00pm
From East Boston to Chinatown to Mattapan, we're hitting the streets for our Right to Remain! 


Right to the City and our partners in the Right to Remain coalition will knocking on doors across Boston in support of Just Cause Eviction and our right to remain. Just Cause Eviction is a law would put the brakes on the displacement chain reaction by protecting vulnerable renters!

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Boston Creates

06/02/2015 - 6:00pm


Help us create a plan for arts and culture

Boston Creates Town Hall 

When: Tuesday 2, 2015 

Time: 6pm to 9pm 

Where: The English High School 

144 McBridge Street 

Jamaica Plain 

RSVP: bostoncreatestownhall.eventbrite.com 

Mattapan MBTA Station Sale Community Meeting

06/09/2015 - 5:30pm

Mattapan MBTA Station Sale Community Meeting


June 9th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Mattapan Branch – Boston Public Library

1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA

All members of the public are invited to attend an update meeting on the MBTA’s planned sale of the commuter parking lot located next to Mattapan Red Line Station. The purpose of this meeting will be to provide the Mattapan community with an update of the MBTA’s intentions for this sale, along with a comprehensive briefing on the property itself and the MBTA’s formal process for property dispositions. 

Jobs Rebuild Boston Community Conference and Career Fair

06/04/2015 - 1:00pm

Mattapan Rides to Castle Island

05/31/2015 - 1:45pm
Join us for our 2nd ride of the season: Bike to Castle Island.
We will meet everyone at the Mattapan Station parking lot at 2:15pm. The ride will start around 2:30pm

What to bring: your water bottle, your bike, and a helmet

What to wear: clothes that are breathable and comfortable, sneakers

We are excited and can't wait to ride with you!

For more info contact Holden 857-247-5541

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Youth Power

We areWe are excited to report back on two incredible days of action.  The YJC action on Tuesday was one of our most powerful to date featuring a die-in the State House.  Here is some information about it and attached are some great photos:
The question has been posed to the Youth Jobs Coalition, why stage a die-in and use the #Black Spring hashtag today? why put pressure on now? 
First and foremost, we don't know the final budget so we need to keep the pressure up until we know that we are getting $12 million for YouthWorks. We know that the members of the senate and house ways and means committees will go to conference and debate the merit of our budget. They cannot forget who we are or why it matters to fund YouthWorks at $12 million. 
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