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.

Community Meeting for the Boys & Girls Club's Proposal

The Boys and Girls Club will be presenting on the different exciting programming from their proposal to the Department of Neighborhood Development. Please come and hear about what services will be provided in our community and show support. Areas they plan to create programs for are Academic Success Programs, Leadership. Performing Arts and promoting Healthy Lifestyle. The meeting will be at the New Library at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.

Join Us for National Night Out at Adams Court!

Nuestra Comunidad in partnership with other Mattapan groups are organizing National Night out in Adams Court in Mattapan Square at 415-439 River Street. The event will consist of Free food, drinks, music, games, raffles, and more! A great family event and opportunity to get connected with various resources for Mattapan residents. For more information contact Paul François at 617-989-1200 or


Northeastern Offers Classes for High School graduates and GED completers

Northeastern's Foundation Year is a program offered  to reach students who underperformed in high school and allows them the opportunity to benefit from a more structured learning environment. The program features rigorous academic activities, extensive support services, real-world experience, and all the privileges that come with being a Northeastern University student. 
For more information, click here.


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

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.

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