Free College Essay Boot Camp hosted by 826 Boston and Northeastern University

826 Boston, a non-profit tutoring and writing center, in collaboration with Northeastern University, are holding their 4th annual College Essay Boot Camp at Northeastern University on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Over 100 students will be paired up with tutors to brainstorm, outline, draft, revise, and/or edit their college essays.  A pizza lunch and tours of Northeastern campus will also be provided.  

Students may sign up for morning session (10 a.m.- 1 p.m.), afternoon session (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.), or both sessions.  For more information and to register, please visit  Please with any questions.

Information session: Upham's Corner Public Art Commission this Thursday at ABCD Mattapan

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) seeks to create permanent art along the Fairmount Corridor, starting off with a design in the Upham's Corner Neighborhood of Dorchester.  This project seeks to contribute ot the well-being of Fairmount communities by investing in the elevation and amplification of local cultural assets.  To learn more about this public art commissioning process, attend an info session on October 17 at 6 p.m. at ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center, 535 River St., Mattapan, MA. 

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October is Depression Awareness Month

Depression is a common medical condition affecting individuals from all walks of life and all social, economic and ethnic groups.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 19 million adults in the United States are currently living with depression and many more could be suffering, but are unaware the way they are feeling is a treatable condition. 

For free depression screening resources, visit

After-school program opportunity for youth uses music education as a tool for social justice

Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center Inc. is offering an after-school program for youth 15-21 years old entitled "Hearing The Voice, Seeing The Voice Youth Leadership Program".

This program teaches the youth how to use music as a tool to tackle social and racial inequalities.  Each partipant will learn the basic theory of music, lyrics writing and the studio recording process.

For more info contact GBNCC Monday-Friday 11AM-5PM at (617)296-7450.

Health of Mattapan Meeting-Social Wellness

Mattapan United, in partnership with Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, Mattapan Community Health Center, and the Boston Public Health Commission, invite you to a community Health of Mattapan meeting focusing on Social Wellness: The Well-being of Mind, Body and Spirit.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Mattapan Branch Library at 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan, MA, 02126.  Refreshments will be served.  This meeting serves as a follow up to the well-attended Health of Mattapan event held last year.

2nd Annual Back to School Jamboree! Come out this Saturday!

Saturday, September 28, from 12 to 4 pm
Mattapan United in Partnership with the Ellison Parks Early Education School Presents their 2nd Annual Back to School Jamboree!
All are invited!  Come join the Mattapan Community for hours of fun as we celebrate going Back to School!
Activites and offerings include: Hula hooping, face painting, live jazz, Zumba, 106.1 providing entertainment and free conga drum lessons, art activities for kids, free food, free books for kids, and more!
This event will be held at Ellison Parks Early Education School at 108 Babson Street, Mattapan, MA 02126, from 12 pm to 4 pm.
RSVP to the Facebook event here!:
For more information contact Eva Huston at or (617)298-2045 ext. 219
We look forward to seeing you there!
Rain date: October 5

Free intermediate computer classes in Mattapan Square

Computer skills are a great advantage to have in today's competitive job market. If you have basic computer skills but would like to take it to the next level, this is the class for you! Attend an information session at 2 p.m. on any one of the following days: September 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 or 25. The program will run Mondays through Thursdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., September 30- December 19th. The information sessions and class will be held at Mattapan Family Service Center at 535 River St. in Mattapan, MA. For more information or to pre-register, contact Wilmary Tejeda at (617)298-2045 ext. 228 or

Are you or do you know a youth ages 15-19 who lives in Mattapan and is looking for work?

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A Great Turnout at Last Night's District 5 City Council Forum

The NAACP and MassVote, in collaboration with Mattapan United, Mattapan Square, Main Streets, and a number of community groups, sponsored a District 5 City Council Forum at the Mattahunt-Wheelock Community Center last night, September 16, 2013.  Wheelock faculty member William Rodriguez acted as moderator, posing probing questions and touching on hot-button issues.  The eight candidates were allotted two minutes each to answer two general questions as well as five specific questions and two audience-generated questions. 
Each candidate had a different angle, but they all emphasized their deep local roots and desire to be a strong voice for residents of District 5 (Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Roslindale).  Overwhelmingly, they expressed support for an enhanced police review board, a greater balance between legislative and executive power in Boston, prioritizing youth jobs, and addressing the root causes of homelessness. 
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Stand for Children Leadership Coming to Mattapan!

Stand for Children MA is coming to Mattapan to provide parents, educators and other members of the community an opportunity to be heard about the issues that matter to them, and to be empowered to be advocates for children and education. Join us to discuss the current successes and challenges in Boston Public Schools and how our next city leaders can impact Boston students and families to ensure that all students receive the excellent education they deserve.The meeting will be held at the ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center at 535 River Street Mattapan, MA 02126.

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