ABCD SummerWorks Youth Program Applications Now Available

For over 45 years, ABCD has provided summer jobs to low-income youth throughout the Boston area. In the past three summers, SummerWorks provided over 5,000 Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. ABCD SummerWorks is more than a summer job. Participants receive guidance, job readiness and life skills training that teach about resume writing, financial education, conflict resolution, and workplace etiquette.
 
Applications are now available for the SummerWorks program for Summer 2013 at the following website:https://www.summerworks.net/. Please bring required documents to ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center at 535 River Street Mattapan, MA 02126. View required documents needed to finish the SummerWorks application here:  https://www.summerworks.net/WorksClient/Files/ABCD%20SummerWorks%20YOUTH%20ELIGIBILITY%20CHECKLIST.pdf. Applicants ages 14- 21 are eligible. Youth must be Boston residents. Deadline for application is March 15th!
 

STAY SAFE EVERYONE!

The weather for the next couple of days is going to be very brutal in the area with a blizzard approaching. Please take necessary precautions to stay safe.
 
If you need any additional information please visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/. 
 
Stay Safe Everyone!

Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Hosts Annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Fair

During this time of year high school seniors are stressed out about college acceptance letters and financial aid and their parents begin thinking about how they can start planning for their child's college tuition. Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated plans on assisting these families by hosting their annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Fair on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the BYCF Tobin Community Center located on 1481 Tremont Street in Roxbury, from 10:00AM-3:00PM.  
 
Zeta Nu Sigma will be featuring workshops such as alternative college options, Financial Aid 101, saving money for college, and high school athletes to college athletes. There will also be discussions aboutscholarship opportunities and college access programs so that young people are aware of resources in and around the city of Boston. This is a free event open to everyone and would be very beneficial to both high school seniors and their parents. Look out for Lead Organizer Karleen Porcena who will appear on the panel of college alums! 

Mattapan United’s Housing Information Fair Has Positive Impact on Community

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Mattapan United's Housing Action Group hosted a Housing Information Fair at the Old Mattapan Library located at10 Hazelton Street Mattapan, MA 02126. The event was a huge success. Over 100 residents participated. Organizations from the community gathered together to provide information for the residents of Mattapan which included Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, NSTAR, Renew Boston, ABCD, CFS Realty, and Citizens Bank. 
 
Reverend Zenetta Armstrong, co-chair of Mattapan United's Housing Action Group says,"I was pleased to see the various organizations represented and the amount of people in the community that joined to respond to the need. People were really happy to receive the information, which was shared with me during the event. With more time and planning it should be done annually with even more organizations. The space was perfect for the event."
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KIPP Academy Begins Recruitment for Students for August 2013 Academic School Year

The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP helps all students learn by creating a safe and structured learning environment, setting clear expectations, extending the school day, offering extracurricular activities, having teachers available by cell phone afterschool for homework help, and holding students accountable for behavior and academic success.
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Mattapan Square Main Street Hosts Annual Meeting Discussing 2012 Accomplishments

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:00AM,Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Mattapan Square Main Streets (MSMS) invites you to attend their Annual Inaugural Meeting at the William E. Carter Post #16 on 1531 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126. This meeting will discuss the accomplishments and milestones for the year of Mattapan Square Main Streets. The keynote speaker for the meeting will be Reginald A. Nunnally, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office.
 
There will be networking and continental breakfast at 8:00AM and the event promptly beginning at 8:30AM. Admission to the meeting is free, but a $10 donation per person is encouraged. All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win $25 in gift cards to any CVS branch. Please come and learn about what MSMS has accomplished in 2012 and be a part of the progress this year! For more information contactinfo@mattapansquaremainstreets.org

Mattapan United Hosts Housing Fair Tuesday February 5th 6:00PM-8:00PM

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Mattapan United's Housing Action Group, will be hosting a Housing Information Fair for the Mattapan Community in order to increase housing resources to our community. The event will be held at the Old Mattapan Library, which is located on 10 Hazelton Street Mattapan, MA 02126 from 6:00PM-8:00PM.
 
The Housing Information Resource Fair is a great way to learn about preventing your home from being foreclosed through foreclosure counselors, making your home energy efficient with onsite fuel assistance, how renters can get support through the eviction process and shelter placement process through the ABCD housing sources, services available after foreclosure, options for opening different bank accounts through Citizens Bank and ways for helping pay your mortgage, and resources from the City of Boston for tenants, homeowners, and those whose want to purchase a home. There will be something for everyone. Please come out and tell a neighbor. 
 
Other presenters include NSTAR and Renew Boston.

ABCD Offers Annual Free Tax Preparation in Mattapan

Tax season is here. ABCD begins its tax preparation program in Mattapan at the ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center located on 535 River Street. The program is being offered from Wednesday, January 30, 2013 through Monday April 15, 2013. Services are only for residents of Boston who earn below $50,000. You may call today to schedule an appointment by calling (617) 298-2045. There will be a screening for income and residency eligibility before you are given an appointment.
  
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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.  

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