BCYF Summer Warm-Up- Learn more about summer camps and resources!

Boston Centers for Youth & Families is hosting a fun and informative event connecting youth & families with summer resources in the middle of school vacation week, Wednesday, February 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing.  Offerings will include games, music, youth performers, and summer resources.  Don't miss this free opportunity!

Reporting neighborhood issues has never been easier with City of Boston's free app

If you have a smart phone, reporting neighborhood issues has never been easier with the City of Boston's Citizens Connect free app for iPhone and Android.  Residents of Boston can use the app to quickly snap a photo of potholes, graffiti, dangerous ice, and any other neighborhood concern.  The app's GPS technology makes letting the city know the location of the concern a snap.  Then, after submitting the submitter is able to follow the case until it is addressed.  It has never been easier to be civically engaged!  Get the free app today!  To learn more, visit this website: http://www.cityofboston.gov/doit/apps/citizensconnect.asp

This Thursday- Community Conversation with City Councilor Michelle Wu!

Let your voice be heard at a community conversation with City Councilor Michelle Wu at the Mattapan Library this Thursday at 6 p.m.!  The Library is located at 1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, MA 02126.

Mattapan United Seeks New Lead Organizer!

Mattapan United seeks a full-time Lead Organizer!  This position will lead the final year of effort for Mattapan United, bringing together a broad coalition of residents and stakeholders to finalize a comprehensive community development plan and wrap up the implementation of that plan.  Mattapan residents are strongly encouraged to apply.  See full job description below.  Interested candidates, please email Karleen Porcena at karleen.porcena@bostonabcd.org with resume and cover letter.

Boston Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC)'s Resilient Communities/Resilient Families

(RC/RF) Initiative is an effort in three Boston neighborhoods (Mattapan, Roxbury, Dorchester),

where community-based agencies collaborate with residents to address their community's

challenges and improve quality of life through a community planning process.

General Responsibilities:

In collaboration with Mattapan United, manage a comprehensive community development > Read more

Legacy of MLK Jr Alive in Mattapan and Beyond

Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" On Friday and Monday, Mattapan community members and friends honored his words and his life by giving back and reflecting on his legacy.  On Friday, 2nd grade students from the Young Achievers school marched from Chinatown to City Hall to show support for a new library there.  (Learn more and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/chinatown-library and learn more about the Young Achievers MLK service here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151850118581960.1073741874.8...)  On Monday, 2nd graders from Bridge Boston Charter School, and Mattapan United members and friends collaborated with the Franklin Park Coalition to remove trash and invasive vines from the park, reflect on King's legacy, and pledge future service.

Mattapan 2nd Graders Show Support for New Library in Chinatown

Today, 2nd grade students from Mattapan's own Young Achievers School marched from Chinatown to City Hall to show support for a new Chinatown library. Chinatown is the only neighborhood in Boston without a public library. Click here to learn more and sign the petition!

Calling All Mattapan Youth!

Are you, or someone you know, a youth between ages 13 and 25, a Mattapan resident, and interested in getting engaged in your community and making a difference?  Mattapan United seeks youth ages 13-25 to join our Youth in Power (YIP) Youth Leadership Council.  Our mission is to bring together young artists and leaders to advocate for youth issues and increase youth voice and engagement in Mattapan.  Areas the Youth Council plans to address include safe and healthy relationships, healthy eating and active living, youth jobs, arts initiatives, education, and much more.  Involvement with the Youth Council can fulfill community service hours.  For more information or to apply, please call or email Gia Garris at (617)298-2045x234 or giavanni.garris@bostonabcd.org.  

Recap of Foreclosure Workshop

Last Thursday, January 9, attorneys for the Harvard Legal Services department, foreclosure counselors from the Mattapan Family Service Center, and other partners came together for a workshop at the Mattapan Family Service Center on Foreclosure and Post-Foreclosure Eviction Rights.  Participants learned the details of what to do in a foreclosure situation and what rights one legally has as both a tenant or a homeowner.  The workshop covered tips, best practices, support groups, and agencies and other resources.  The event was a big success with a great turnout and much useful knowledge shared.  For those who were unable to attend, attached to this blog post are the two powerpoints, one on foreclosure in Massachusetts, the other on what to do.  If you are someone you know could use support on foreclosure, foreclosure counseling is available at the Mattapan Family Service Center.  Please contact Mercedes Paulino at (617)298-2045x227 or mercedes.paulino@bostonabcd.org.  Credit to the Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School for the powerpoints (www.legalservicescenter.org)

This Thursday- Foreclosure and Post-Foreclosure Eviction Rights Workshop

This month's Mattapan United Monthly Assembly is a Foreclosure and Post-Foreclosure Eviction Rights Workshop.  This workshop will be held Thursday, January 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Mattapan Family Service Center, 535 River St., Mattapan, MA 02126.  Attornerys from the Harvard Legal Services Department will be on hand to explain the rights of homeowners and renters in pre-foreclosure and foreclosed properties.  For more information, contact Eva Huston at (617)298-2045x219 or eva.huston@bostonabcd.org.  Please come out for this great opportunity and spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested!

Milly Arbaje-Thomas stepping down as Executive Director at ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center

Milly Arbaje-Thomas is celebrating 20 years with ABCD as she steps down from her position of Executive Director at the ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center in order to spend more time with her family.  To read the full boston.com article, click here.  Thank you Milly for your innovation, dedication and lasting legacy at MFSC!

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