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

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  

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 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 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
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