Mattapan United Funds Computer Class Literacy

Mattapan United uses a portion of its early action funds to offer the community a computer class. Classes are being held at ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center on 535 River Street. 15 students attend the class that started on December 10, 2012 and will end on February 14, 2013.  

 

The class focuses on preparing for the workforce through learning basic computer literacy, internet searching, email, and microsoft word. Students also learn job readiness skills through workshops focusing on job search, interview skills, and resume writing. Students comment on their progress: "We are learning to type more accurately, improving on typing skills, learning how to save on a removable storage device, formulating emails, creating and saving documents, and downloading and attaching documents in emails." Some students went from 7 words per minute to being able to type 19 words per minute.
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College Preparation Starts Early At the Brooke Mattapan Charter School

Brooke Mattapan Charter School is a free, open-enrollment K-8 public charter school network in Boston dedicated to getting underserved students to and through college. Their mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education to students from the cities of Boston and Chelsea that will ensure that they are prepared to enter into and succeed in college.
 
Brooke is currently accepting applications for K2 and 5th grade for the 2013-2014 school year.  The school is temporarily located at 7 Elkins Street in South Boston (transportation is available for students) but will be moving to 150 American Legion Highway (the former Lena Park Community Development Corporation building) in the Fall of 2014.
 
There will be a open house event for the school on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6:00PM-7:00PM at the Brooke Charter School in South Boston. Please join them at their Open House to learn more about the school and to learn more about opportunities for your child visit www.ebrooke.org/enroll.  

Youth Develop Valuable Life Skills At Young Men's Success Series

The mission of the Young Men's Success Series is to create a nurturing environment for young men to personally develop and begin making good life decisions for a prosperous future. Good decisions are based on good information which they deliver through workshops, community mentoring, job placement and placing young men in situations that reinforce their workshops. They are building community on the premise that the welfare of youth is all our responsibility, so they strongly encourage everyone to contribute to the creation of a community based on caring and personal growth.
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Boston Home Center's Foreclosure Prevention Counseling and Loan Modification Clinics

 
The Boston Home Center (BHC) provides first-time homebuyers with educational courses and financial assistance, and markets homes developed for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers. The BHC also assists homeowners with education and foreclosure prevention counseling, and encourages strong, stable neighborhoods by providing residents with financing and technical assistance to maintain and improve their homes. 
 
On Thursday January 17, 2013 at the Hyde Park Branch Library from 5:45PM-7:45PM there will be a Boston Home Center’s Foreclosure Prevention Counseling and Loan Modification Clinics taking place. There will be professional counselors there to help you explore all of your mortgage options. The advice is free, unbiased, and confidential.
 
Register today by visiting www.bostonhomecenter.com or by calling 617.635.4663.

Juniors Offered Free SAT Prep to Prepare For Success

 
Wheelock College is offering a free SAT Prep Course for current high school juniors. This six week program will prepare students to take the actual exam.  The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for colleges. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that makes it fair to all students.
 
This is the second annual SAT Prep Course being held by Wheelock College. Registration is being held from Tuesday January 8th through Tuesday January 22nd at the Mattahunt Community Center located on 100 Hebron Street Mattapan, MA from 4:00PM-6:00PM.
 
Take advantage of this great opportunity and prepare for academic success. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to email Shellice Baker at sbaker@wheelock.edu or telephone (617)635-5159 

FREE Dental Care Events for Children’s Dental Health Month

 
February is the beginning of Children’s Dental Health Month and Harbor Health Services Dental Centers is here to serve you! Harbor Health Services Dental Centers will be offering free dental cleanings, dental x-rays, fluoride treatments, and sealants for kids and youth up to 18 years of age at our Children’s Health Month events.
 
There will be multiple opportunities to participate in these events, the first one starting on Saturday January 26, 2013 from 9:00AM-1:00PM at the Geiger Gibson Community Health Center on 250 Mount Vernon Street Dorchester, MA. Harbor Health Services will be giving out free tooth brushes, dental floss, healthy refreshments, and much more.
 
Dental Care is very important so take advantage of this free opportunity and participate. Please RSVP with the date and number of kids participating by calling 617-533-2242 or email at marketing@hhsi.us.
 
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Take Advantage of Free Flu Shots

 
Because there has been a serious outbreak of the flu in the city of Boston, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has declared a state of emergency. Across the city for the past week there have been free flu vaccine clinics. Please take advantage of the clinics listed below, which also location and time is provided.  
 
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College Preparation Program with Bottom Line Strives For Success

Bottom Line is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1997 whose mission is to help disadvantaged students get into college, graduate from college and go far in life. Bottom Line supports students from college applications to college graduation by developing long-term relationships and emphasizing personalized college counseling. Currently, they operate in Boston, MA, Worcester, MA, and Brooklyn, NY. Their values include: Relationships, Persistence, Results, Responsibility, Efficiency, and Excellence.
 
Bottom Line is currently accepting high school juniors into their program for free college preparation services and post college assistance. Requirements for the program are Boston residents with at least a 2.5 GPA, from a low-income family (see Income Eligibility Chart on online application), in the first generation of their family to earn a Bachelor's degree, and U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. For more information or to apply to the program view the website www.bottomline.org. Call Cinque at 617-524-8833 for further questions. 
 

Young Men's Success Series Fitness

 
The mission of the Young Men’s Success Series is to create a nurturing environment for young men to personally develop and begin making good life decisions for a prosperous future. Good decisions are based on good information which they deliver through workshops, community mentoring, job placement and placing young men in situations that reinforce our workshops. They are building community on the premise that the welfare of youth is all our responsibility, so they strongly encourage everyone to contribute to the creation of a community based on caring and personal growth.
 
The Young Men’s Success series will be holding their fitness event at the B2 Police Station on Dudley. The event will be on Saturday January 12, 2013 from 9:30AM to 12:00PM. This is a great opportunity to make good life decisions on fitness. For more information please email phayles217@gmail.com or visit the organization website, http://www.ymsseries.org/

ABCD's Christmas Spirit in Mattapan

On Thursday December 20, 2012 the Mattapan ABCD branch held their annual Toy Drive at the Old Mattapan Library on 10 Hazelton Street. The drive was able to donate over 350 toys to kids in the Mattapan community before the holidays.
 
Kids were able to have the opportunity to take part in coloring activities as well as getting a light holiday snack. To top off their excitement, kids were able to sit on Santa Claus’s lap, tell him what they wanted for Christmas, and take pictures with him.
 
Santa Claus who is also known as ABCD’s Anthony Raines Case Manager says, “This was a good opportunity to give back to the community of Mattapan. It was great to see the look on the kids faces when they saw Santa. This might have been the first time for some of those kids seeing Santa I could tell because of their reactions and was a great experience to take part in.”
 
It is great to see ABCD continuing their efforts to serve the community of Mattapan especially during the holidays.
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