Earn a Chance to Finance Your Own Business by Joining a Entrepreneurship Training Classes and Contest

Boston LISC's Resilient Communities Resilient Families and Center for Women and Enterprise are joining forces to help entrepreneurs and small businesses in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. Great opportunity to get hands on training that is both accessible and affordable. 

If you know someone who has a business or wants to start a business, invite them to apply! The Business Innovation Challenge will offer 12 weeks of training on:

1.       Building a business plan

2.       Financing the business (especially start up or growth)

3.       Target Marketing
 
If you have an innovative idea but are trying to get it off the ground, here is your opportunity. Best part is it's free! Participants will be able to compete for a cash prize for innovative business plans and will receive follow up support from Entrepreneurs who have successfully run their own businesses.

Future Leaders and National Black College Alliance(NBCA) Host Mayoral Candidates Forum

It's debate season and there are many organizations and groups hosting mayoral forums. It is an important time in our city's future so do your part by attending these events and making sure in September, you make your voice heard. Please join us August 1, 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Roxbury Community College Media Center. There will be a lively discussion of the candidates' ideas for systems change, increased equity and pathways back to school, through postsecondary education and onto employment for youth.  
 
There will be an opportunity at the end for young people in the audience to submit questions.  See attached invitation.  RSVP to Lynne.Powers@bostonpic.org

Mattapan Farmers Market Open Every Saturday Until October

At the Church of the Holy Spirit parking lot, at 525 River Street in Mattapan Square, the  Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition's Farmers Market opened up July 13th and will be open on Saturdays from 10 am-1 pm until October 12th.
 
At the market you can find a wide variety of fresh, affordable, organic fruits and vegetables from local farms. Farmers at the market accept EBT/SNAP (Food Stamps), WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons. You can also look forward to nutrition workshops, cooking demos, physical activities, featured artists, Youth Day, Senior Day, Fall Harvest Festival, and more. For more information on the Farmer's Market click here.

ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center Aims to Prepare Youth for the Future

The Youth Computer Training Class at ABCD's Mattapan Family Service Center prepares young adults for future job opportunities by providing them with 20 hours of instruction weekly for 6 weeks around Microsoft Office applications, job readiness skills and financial literacy.   "We are preparing the youth for the job world," assistant instructor Nathaniel Kelly said. 
 
The class is very interactive as the youth do a number of hands on activities like creating a budget and resume and exploring different careers. > Read more

BCYF "R.O.C.K.S The Block!!!" in Mattapan Tomorrow Thursday, July 18, 2013

Come on down to the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) at Mildred Ave. Community Center tomorrow, July 18th, for a free Block Party from 5-7 pm . There will be a cookout along with many fun activities to enjoy with your friends and family like swimming, games and much more.
 
BCYF offers a range of affordable programs including preschool, school-aged & adult education, family literacy, youth employment, violence prevention & intervention, senior activities, recreation and enrichment. BCYF's 35 facilities are located throughout Boston.

Dismantlement of Police Station on Morton Street in the Works

What was once a neighborhood police station on 872 Morton street in Mattapan, is now  under demolition for the reconstruction of the Morton Street Bridge which will allow vehicle traffic over the tracks of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. 
 
According to the DOT, the demolition along with the construction of the Morton Street Bridge has an estimated cost of $9.7 million. The DOT expects to close the bridge for up to 10-days with it's timeline dates for closure from August 8, 2014 through August 18, 2014. Please plan accordingly during this time.

REMINDER: 27th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair Saturday, July 6, 2013

Boston City Hall (June 24, 2013) – The 27th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair takes place on July 6, 2013, 12:00 to 3:00 pmat the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
 
  This year’s theme, “Reading in the Path to Success,” represents the belief that every child needs support, encouragement, and nurturing not only from their families, but also from their teachers, business leaders, elected officials, and community activists. “The education and development of our children and future leaders will take team effort,” Councillor Yancey said.
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Celebrate Four Corners Victories and Community Saturday, June 22, 2013!

Words From Melo Cardosa Bush, Four Corners Action Coalition Leader: Please join us this Saturday June 22 as we celebrate diversity and culture in  our community We'll celebrate Amazing  victories like our new train station new housing!  We'll cut the ribbon for the Eric Jean Arts center  and the train station. Official ribbon cutton will be early July We are celebrating right now!!!!!!
 
Bring friends and family we will have food music face painting and more visit our businesses and learn more about upcoming happenings in the village we call Four Corners see attached flyer for more info. Festivities and ribbon cuttings begin on the corner of Washington at Eldon Street at the New Four Corners /Geneva Rail station drop off lot at 11AM See you there!!

Boston Open Space 2015-2021: Fill Out Questionnaire!

The City of Boston is preparing a new citywide Open Space Plan for the years 2015 to 2021. As part of this effort, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has developed a questionnaire to enable the public to provide valuable input about their park use and preferences.
 
Mayor Thomas M. Menino understands the importance that Boston's citizens place on open space and parks and the need for balanced development. With that in mind, the Parks Department is developing a multi-year integrated plan for open space protection and development.
 
The Open Space Plan will look at all public open space, regardless of ownership, including parks, playgrounds, squares, malls, urban wilds, community gardens, cemeteries, greenways, trails, thoroughfares, and harbor islands. The Plan will also look at city residents to understand demographic and socio-economic trends which impact the use of open space.
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Neighborhood Hero Sharon Callender

Congratulations to Sharon Callender, RN, MPH, Family & Community Health Services Coordinator at the Mattapan Community Health Center for receiving the Outstanding Massachusetts Community Health Center Employee Award. Sharon is receiving this award because of her hardwork and dedication to the individuals in the community and great representative of the health center mission. 

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