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ACT Lawrence Inc.

ACT Lawrence is a Latina-led non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC). Our mission is to work to achieve social and economic justice by empowering low to moderate-income populations in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and through shared values of inclusiveness and collaboration, to reclaim a voice for Lawrence and advocate self-determination for its residents through community development initiatives such as affordable housing, financial coaching, and youth leadership programs.

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Actors Shakespeare Project

The Actors Shakespeare Project presents Shakespeare as a playwright urgently relevant to our own times, whose plays are essential to the cultural life of any great city. We bring these plays to the audiences of greater Boston through intimate, site-specific, fully professional productions and educational programs that celebrate the relationship between actor, audience and text.

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Adolescent Consultation Services, Inc.

The mission of Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS) is to support and empower children and families involved with the Juvenile Court. We provide compassionate care through comprehensive mental health evaluations, individual and group therapy, and targeted education and advocacy to the Court and to community service providers. Our specially-trained clinicians educate and strengthen at-risk youth and their families to help them make good choices, cultivate healthy relationships, stay out of lockup, and connect with the resources they need to live full, productive lives.

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Agassiz Village

Our mission is to prepare youth for life’s journey. Our programs are an investment in the future, to inspire and enable all children, especially those who need our support the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible leaders. We offer children the opportunity, in a village environment, to develop and practice leadership and life skills that will enhance their ability to be successful and happy in all areas of their live.
 
The mission of the camp goes beyond giving these children the opportunity to visit a different world, to meet a diverse group of new friends, and to try out new activities; it also encourages every camper to develop life and leadership skills that they can apply to their daily lives.

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All Dorchester Sports League Inc

All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL)’s mission is to provide quality programming to youth participants with the goal of fostering self-esteem and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement.

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America Scores New England

The mission of America SCORES Boston is to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.

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American Camping Association Inc. New England Section

The American Camp Association, New England enriches the lives of children and families through quality camp experiences.  ACA New England is the region's leading source for all things summer camp.

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Apprentice Learning Inc.

Apprentice Learning provides real-world work experiences for eighth graders. Our aim is to launch dreams and plans for our city’s youth that lead to success in high school, college and career.

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Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Inc

To provide a fun, safe, supportive place for children to learn and grow; to have ongoing relationships with caring adults; and to take part in life enhancing programs emphasizing leadership and character development, education, health and life skills and sports, fitness and recreation

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Artistic Noise Inc.

Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs in Massachusetts and New York, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.

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Artists For Humanity, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Artists For Humanity’s (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing underserved urban youth with the keys to long-term economic and personal self-sufficiency through paid employment in art & design. Our mission is built on the philosophy that creativity is a powerful vehicle for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people and their communities.

AFH utilizes four strategies to realize our mission by offering youth: (1) the respect and responsibility of paid employment that promotes self-esteem and workforce readiness; (2) a safe, meaningful place where teens develop important mentoring relationships; (3) educational enrichment that supports and encourages high school graduation and post-secondary education; and (4) an opportunity to be part of a creative community where they collaborate to produce custom client commissions and public exhibitions.

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Asian Community Development Corp

The Asian Community Development Corporation, a community-based organization, is committed to high standards of performance and integrity in serving the Asian American community of Greater Boston, with an emphasis on preserving and revitalizing Boston's Chinatown. The Corporation develops physical community assets, including affordable housing for rental and ownership; promotes economic development; fosters leadership development; builds capacity within the community and advocates on behalf of the community.

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Ballet Theatre Of Boston, Inc.

Ballet Theatre of Boston d/b/a Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Mission is to create new ballets of excellence that are stimulating and culturally relevant to diverse audiences, to create an innovative approach to ballet training that welcomes diversity and ensures unanimous participation and achievement by all students, and to create sustainable, inclusive and engaging outreach programs that make ballet accessible to participants of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. 

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BalletRox Inc.

BalletRox is giving kids a chance to dance! Our mission is to expose Boston youth to dance and opportunities for mastery and performance, to which they would not otherwise have access, giving them discipline and a supportive community to succeed in life. We strive to improve the well-being of local youth and the greater community through exposure and access to dance. Our programs are based on the premise that participation in dance not only provides dance training, but also contributes to social development, encourages healthy lifestyle, and helps develop valuable life skills. While BalletRox helps students increase technical dance abilities, it is these additional skills which lead to increased confidence levels and self-efficacy that are the most important goals of our programming.

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Beacon Academy Inc

Beacon Academy provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, motivated and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding urban areas. Inspired by a challenging curriculum and stimulating co-curricular experiences, students learn vital academic skills and develop habits of mind that empower them to change the trajectory of their lives. They emerge as active learners with increased confidence, critical thinking skills, and broader vision, prepared to thrive at competitive independent high schools that share our commitment to their success.  Beacon Academy supports its alumni as they continue their journeys.  The school welcomes opportunities to work in partnership with teachers and schools to help create and maintain inclusive communities for all.

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Beverly Bootstraps

Beverly Bootstraps provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency. We offer emergency and long-term assistance including: access to food, housing stability, adult and youth education, counseling and advocacy. We are community funded and supported.

 

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Beverly Childrens Learning Centers Inc.

The mission of the Beverly Children's Learning Center is to provide an affordable, safe, nurturing educational environment that promotes socially responsible behavior for children. Our programs are dedicated to respect and encourage the potential of each child, as well as the diversity of each family.

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Beyond Soccer Inc.

Beyond Soccer is not a traditional soccer organization. We are a year-round, sports-based youth development program. The sport of soccer is the vehicle for connecting Lawrence kids and exposing them to new experiences, both on and off the field, that build confidence and create opportunities for leadership, healthy living and academic achievement.

We have a well-developed philosophy, track record, and working model of how sport can be used as a development tool to stabilize and improve kids’ lives, and combat social issues like childhood obesity and the disproportionate achievement gap linked to low income, minority populations, over an extended period of time. 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Inc.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Mission is to provide children who lack positive adult role models with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships with caring, responsible adults that change their lives for the better, forever.

 

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Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Hampden County Inc.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County mission is to strengthen our community’s future through one-to-one mentoring services to children and youth. Our vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

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Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Inc

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston ignites girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development.

 

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Bikes Not Bombs, Inc.

Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year. We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.

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Bird Street Community Center (The Uphams Corner Community Center Inc.)

To develop youth's skills and appropriate dispositions for school, work and life success.  Such skills include being academically and vocationally prepared, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and believing in the value of contributing to the community. The Center's multiple and diverse programs cultivate these skills, help youth to stay motivated and engaged, and for them to believe that effort will bring success.

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Boston Asian Youth Essential Service

YES's mission is to Inspire Asian youth to discover and actualize their greatest potential.
Goal 1-to provide high quality youth services and programs to empower youth with the knowledge, skills, values, experiences, resources, opportunities, positive peer and adult relationships, and strong connection to community that will enable them to live happy, healthy, productive and successful lives, and be contributing and resourceful members of their family, community and society.
Goal 2- direct services to youth whose lifestyles, personal and family situations have put them in high-risk situations, and their needs are inadequately met.
Goal 3- be a well-managed, responsive and accessible organization that offers culturally competent services to meet the needs and interests of targeted youth.

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Boston Children's Chorus, Inc.

The Boston Children's Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city's diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experiences (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.

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Boston City Singers Inc.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Dorchester, Boston City Singers’ mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide ranging performance opportunities to young people ages 4-18, inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will.

 

Our vision is to transform the lives of inner city young people one voice at a time, inspiring and developing each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.

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Boston Mobilization Inc.

Boston Mobilization develops and empowers teen leaders for social justice. Through popular education, community organizing and connecting across difference, our teen leaders move local communities toward justice.
 

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Boston Natural Areas Network, Inc.

Boston Natural Areas Network, organized in 1977, works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land--Urban Wilds, Greenways and Community Gardens. In all its endeavors, BNAN is guided by local residents advocating for their open space and assisting them to preserve and shape their communities.

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Boston Renaissance Charter School, Inc.

The BRCPS mission is to provide a vibrant educational experience for Boston’s children, nurturing and developing children academically, socially and emotionally through a rigorous curriculum that includes technology, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, and movement.

 

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Boston String Academy Inc

Our mission is to provide a vibrant string program for inner-city young students, offering high quality string instrument instruction, using standards that will give them the necessary skills to build a strong foundation in their musical growth. To offer many performance opportunities, master classes, lessons and ensemble settings, which will enable students to build self-confidence, discipline, commitment, social skills, and other fundamental values essential to every child’s development. To forge social integration through music by creating a path for young people to become sensitive, responsible and creative human beings.

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Boston STRIVE (Boston Employment Service, Inc.)

STRIVE’s mission is to transform the lives of at-risk populations by providing support and training that lead to livable wage employment. At Boston STRIVE, we focus on helping chronically unemployed men and women realize their potential to find and keep jobs that promise sustainable livelihoods and personal growth. We accomplish this by changing attitudes, building skills, working with employers and creating powerful partnerships.

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Boston Ten Point Coalition Inc

The Boston TenPoint Coalition’s mission is to “serve as an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the community around issues affecting youth, especially youth at high-risk for violence, drug abuse, and other destructive behaviors.”

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Bottom Line Inc

Bottom Line was founded in 1997 to address the low college graduation rates among disadvantaged urban youth. Our services help low-income and first-generation students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. We achieve this mission by providing students with consistent, one-on-one counselor support from college applications until college graduation.

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Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham Inc.

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Medford and Somerville (Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County Inc.)

Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley Inc.

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley is to promote the growth of young people in our community by empowering them to become productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell is "To inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through dedicated staff and innovative programs, provided in a safe environment."

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.

Our mission is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.
 
We do this by providing: 
  • a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity
  • ongoing relationships with caring adults
  • and life-enhancing programs

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester Inc.

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest, Inc.

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest provides social, educational, physical and cultural programming for boys and girls in the MetroWest area. The intent of these programs is to enhance the development of children and to prepare young adults to be responsible and productive members of the community.

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Brazelton Touchpoints Project Inc

The Brazelton Touchpoints Project, Inc. (d/b/a Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation) was incorporated to raise and receive philanthropic resources to support the work of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. Together with families, providers and communities, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center develops and applies knowledge of early childhood development to practice and policy through professional and organizational development, evaluation, advocacy and awareness and serving as a resource for proven practices. The vision of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center is that all children grow up to be adults who can cope with adversity, strengthen their communities, constructively participate in civic life and nurture the next generation to be prepared to do the same.

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Breakthrough Greater Boston

Breakthrough Greater Boston prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using its unique Students Teaching Students model.

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.

Bridge provides effective and innovative services to runaway, homeless and high-risk youth, help youth avoid a lifetime of dependency on social services, guide youth towards self-sufficiency, and enable youth to transform their lives and build fulfilling, meaningful futures.


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Brookview House, Inc.

The agency’s mission is to help homeless families and families at risk of homelessness learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

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Building Resilience in Kids

Building Resilience in Kids (BRIK) is a small non-profit helping children directly and through their caregivers to build resilience. BRIK offers workshops and programs that allow children to express themselves creatively while building positive relationships with those around them.

To foster the relationships that build resilience, Building Resilience in Kids (BRIK) has been innovating workshops for the training of parents and professionals to work toward building resilience, as well as workshops that directly address kids and teens by working on creative activities in peer groups. 

 

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Businesses United in Investing, Lending, and Development (BUILD)- Greater Boston

BUILD uses entrepreneurship and experiential learning to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success.

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Cambridge Camping Association, Inc.

Cambridge Camping's mission is to provide meaningful experiences to under-resourced, urban children in supportive and inclusive camp communities through enriching and inspired programs. Every summer we provide quality, subsidized day and overnight camp opportunities for 400+ children in Cambridge and Greater Boston. Camp is where children laugh, play, join in, and make memories to last a lifetime.

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Cambridge Community Services

Enroot (formerly Cambridge Community Service) is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. 

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Camp Harbor View Foundation Inc.

Camp Harbor View's mission is to provide an environment in which young adolescents from many of Boston's at-risk neighborhoods can experience fun, friendship, new exposures and mentoring opportunities offered by a caring and experienced staff.  Through this process, they will develop confidence, leadership skills, and an awareness of life's possibilities (educational, vocational, and other) that they would not otherwise have encountered.

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Cape Ann Art Haven

Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands-on learning and collaboration.

Cape Ann Art Haven operates in two spaces in downtown Gloucester. Art Haven is our flagship venue and houses our programs for youth and children. Our motto for Art Haven is “drawing out the best in community.” The Hive is a dynamic community center and houses our programs for teens and adults. It is located around the corner from Art Haven. Our motto for The Hive is “cultivating the cross-pollination of energy, creativity and support.” 

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Castle Square Tenants Organization Inc.

The mission of Castle Square Tenants Organization (CSTO) is to preserve Castle Square Apartments as affordable housing for low and moderate income residents into perpetuity, and provide comprehensive community and social supports for the families of Castle Square Apartments and the surrounding community. 

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Catholic Schools Foundation Inc.

The Catholic Schools Foundation changes lives by providing families with demonstrated financial need an opportunity to give their sons and daughters a quality education, focused on Christian values and character formation at Catholic Schools located throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.

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Center to Support Immigrant Organizing

CSIO supports and develops the work of individuals, groups, and communities dedicated to organizing immigrants around the issues that affect their lives. Our goal is to help immigrants in the forefront of community and workplace struggles to develop their power and leadership not only to succeed in their immediate context, but also to contribute to the broader effort to build a more just and democratic society.

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Central Square Theater Inc.

Central Square Theater has a mission to support its two theaters-in-residence (The Nora Theatre Company & Underground Railway Theater) while maintaining a shared vision: Artists & Audiences Creating Theater Vital to our Communities. CST offers the distinctive repertoires of these two award-winning companies as well as collaborative projects drawing on their creative synergy, designed to deepen relationships with schools, families and community organizations through outreach and educational programs.

 


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Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County Inc

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, Inc. (CAC) unites public, private and community partners to promote safety, healing and justice for children exposed to violence and their families.

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Children's Friend and Family Services, Inc

The mission of Children's Friend is to "improve the lives of children and promote strong families by partnering with community organizations to provide services to strengthen individuals, families and community life."

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Citizen Schools Massachusetts

Citizen Schools’ mission is to change the life trajectories of low-income students. We partner with middle schools to close the achievement gap by expanding the learning day. Our extended day programs combine hands-on learning and leadership development to build the skills that students need in order to succeed in middle school and advance toward high school graduation, college attainment, and positions of leadership in their careers and communities. Students work closely with talented volunteers and our staff of front-line educators and learn to make the connection between current learning in middle school and future success, while building the skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers.   

 


 

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Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Inc.

Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) is the only independent, non-profit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. We advocate, conduct research, and educate the public on important juvenile justice issues. We believe that both children in the system and public safety are best served by a fair and effective system that recognizes the ways children are different than adults and focuses primarily on their rehabilitation.

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Citizens For Safety, Inc. - LIPSTICK

Citizens for Safety (CFS) is a 501c3 nonprofit mobilizing the power of grassroots action to stop the flow of guns to criminals and create safe communities where every child can thrive without the fear of getting shot.
 
Operation LIPSTICK--Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing--is a program of CFS that reduces the willingness of women to provide guns to people who can't get guns legally. LIPSTICK has been proven to reduce gun crimes by women.
 

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CitySprouts Inc

The CitySprouts mission is to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.

CitySprouts introduces school gardens as a core element of children’s public school education. We believe that hands-on learning, environmental stewardship, and the experience of growing and eating food should be part of the public education all children receive. To this end, we partner with public schools to build their capacity to integrate the outdoor classroom garden into existing curricula and school culture. CitySprouts program serves public elementary and middle schools in Boston and Cambridge.

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CLASS

The Mission of CLASS is to support, promote and facilitate the inherent rights of individuals with disabilities to experience a life of opportunity for personal growth and active, meaningful engagement in their community.

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College Bound Dorchester Inc.

Serving nearly 1,000 students annually, our mission is to equip Dorchester students with the attitude skills and experience to graduate from college.

Our vision is to use intentional educational interventions as a means to transform both individual lives and the entire neighborhood of Dorchester. We do this by:

1. Providing academic and social-emotional support and mentoring for youth who are furthest off-track on the path to college;
2. Setting the high expectation of college graduation.

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Commonwealth Corporation Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to provide fiscal support to Commonwealth Corporation, whose mission is to strengthen the skills of Massachusetts youth and adults by investing in innovative partnerships with industry, education and workforce organizations. Commonwealth Corporation seeks to meet the immediate and emerging needs of businesses and workers so that they can thrive in our dynamic economy.

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Community Art Center Inc

Founded in 1932, the Community Art Center is a neighborhood institution committed to our mission: to cultivate an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods, and their worlds.

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Community Boat Building (CBB)

Community Boat Building’s (CBB) mission is to bring real world experience and academic skills together to excite low-income students in Boston about learning. BFBB, founded in 2007, achieves this through innovative year round experiential learning opportunities.  

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Community Boating, Inc.

The mission of Community Boating, Inc. is to enable “Sailing for All”. We offer sailing and other water sports to people of all ages, abilities, and means in the greater Boston area. We promote an accessible and welcoming environment that encourages learning, volunteerism, and community spirit.
 
As a cherished and historic asset in Boston, Community Boating will flourish as a recognized center of sailing excellence, delivering water-sports programs of quality that appeal to our diverse community of members.  

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    Community Call

    Community Call develops life, leadership, and job readiness skills through student-centered, experiential civic participation for youth in a safe space to have a positive impact on their lives and the community. We utilize strategies that connect youth through collaboration with community partners, government officials, and agencies to address broader community issues. Our students choose a social issue to address by conceiving, developing and implementing a group project for, and in collaboration with the community.

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    Community Rowing Inc.

    Rowing changes lives. At Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) we are dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive. Under the banner of Rowing for All we make rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience. We seek to raise the standard of rowing programs through internal excellence and to share our knowledge and expertise with others for the advancement of the sport at all levels. 

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    COMPASS (Community Providers of Adolescent Services, Inc.)

    COMPASS is a not-for-profit community and family based organization dedicated to providing services to a proven-risk population of youth and families in crisis who are working to overcome multiple, serious challenges in order to make a better life for themselves. COMPASS" Mission is "to equip those it serves with the skills and resources to become self-sufficient. productive members of their communities and society".  Experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds provide education, crisis intervention, outreach, advocacy, vocational preparation, enrichment, emergency services and individual and family counseling.  Since its founding in 1974, COMPASS has provided services to over 20,000 people, providing services annually to over 1,000 youth, adolescents and parents  through 2 school based programs and one community/family based program.

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    Courageous Sailing Center for Youth, Inc.

    Courageous Sailing transforms lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership.

    Courageous is a sports-based youth development program that uses sailing, swimming, and related STEM education as platforms for social-emotional growth and out-of-school-time learning. We are committed to making sailing accessible to all and removing barriers that have traditionally prevented marginalized youth from participating in our programs. As our students master sailing skills, they also build self-confidence, resilience, critical thinking, teamwork, and knowledge and appreciation of the natural world—skills necessary for success on the water, in school, and in the workplace. At Courageous, we believe that learning to navigate through the obstacles of busy Boston Harbor helps youth learn to navigate through and overcome life’s challenges. In the words of our founder, “Every child’s perspective is improved 50 yards offshore.”

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    Cristo Rey Boston High School

    A Catholic high school exclusively serving families of limited economic means, Cristo Rey Boston educates young people to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. By offering a rigorous curriculum, a unique work-study experience, and the support of an inclusive school community, we prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond with the values essential to a fulfilling life.

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    Crossroads for Kids, Inc.

    Crossroads inspires youth to unlock their potential and positively impact the world.

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    Discovering Justice (The James D. St.Clair Court Public Education Project)

    Discovering Justice is a nonprofit leader in civic education whose mission is to prepare young people to value the justice system, realize the power of their own voices, and embrace civic responsibility by connecting classrooms and courtrooms.

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    Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

    Our mission is to fuse therapy and sport to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. 

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    Dorchester Youth Collaborative Inc.

    The mission of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative is to help low-income and at-risk urban youth who live in areas of high crime and unemployment to succeed through education, positive youth development, arts, sports, and mentoring. 

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    Dream Big!

    The mission of Dream Big! is to help low-income and homeless girls achieve their dreams by providing the basic items necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.
     

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    Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation Inc

    The Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation, Inc. ("DCEF") promotes continued educational excellence by strengthening community support for public schools in the school district and by funding programs that encourage innovation and enrichment.

    The DCEF is governed by a board of directors comprised of business, community, and parent volunteers interested in the advancement of public education in the district. The DCEF is independent of municipal boards, committees, and school organizations. 

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    East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC)

    East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, Inc. is a neighborhood-based organization that promotes the advancement of Latino immigrants of all ages through education, services, advocacy, community organizing, and leadership development.

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    Easter Seals Massachusetts, Inc.

    Easter Seals provides services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.

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    Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

    EDC is a global nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries.

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    Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts (Trustees of Eliot School)

    The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all.

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    Eliot School Parent Council

    The Eliot K-8 Innovation School's mission is to provide a well-rounded education that helps every student not only achieve academic excellence, but build character, self-confidence, leadership and solid values, becoming positive contributors to their communities. 
     
    Eliot School Family Council (ESFC) consists of parents and guardians of students of the Eliot School as well as community partners, teachers, and school administrators. The ESFC advocates for the students of the school and takes a leadership role in promoting family engagement and fosters an environment of understanding and common purpose among parents and teachers.

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    Elizabeth Peabody House Association

    Our Mission

    The Elizabeth Peabody House has been impacting the lives of children and their families in Greater Boston’s immigrant community for more than 117 years. Our mission is to support those families reaching their full potential by providing early childhood education, youth enrichment opportunities and family support services.
     
    Our Vision
    The vision of The Elizabeth Peabody House is to become a neighborhood center that fosters lifelong learning, helps break the cycle of poverty and transforms the community in its quality of life.

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    Emerald Necklace Conservancy Inc

    The Emerald Necklace Conservancy was incorporated in 1998 with a mission to “protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways of the Emerald Necklace park system as special places for people to visit and enjoy.”  The Conservancy brings together the Necklace’s residential neighbors, community and business leaders, park advocates, and government around an agenda to restore this environmental resource and keep the parks healthy and accessible for all. The work program focuses on parks restoration, parks maintenance, volunteer programs, public education programs, youth stewardship and workforce development and reviews of projects proposed in and around the Necklace to ensure that they do not adversely affect the parks, among other initiatives.

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    EVkids, Inc. (formerly Earthen Vessels Inc.)

    EVkids empowers youth from Boston's inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their academic and personal potential. We create a community of support through multi-year 1-on-1 tutoring-mentoring matches with college student volunteers, professional family engagement and school advocacy, and a summer camp in Vermont.

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    Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

    Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

     

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    Families First Parenting Programs, Inc.

    Families First’s mission is to promote the secure, nurturing parent-child relationships that are the foundation of every child’s well-being and future success.


     

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    Family & Childrens Service of Greater Lynn Inc

    Family & Children's Service of Greater Lynn, Inc. has been helping families thrive since 1885. Our mission is to strengthen the life skills of families, children and individuals of all ages. This is accomplished through a range of preventive programs offered directly or in collaboration with other organizations in our community.

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    Family Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc.

    Family Services of the Merrimack Valley empowers, nurtures and supports children and families through life’s challenges to help them reach their full potential.  Family Services is committed to reaching out to vulnerable children and families in the Merrimack Valley.  By vulnerable, we mean undeserved and at-risk populations who face the stresses of poverty, family and community violence, aging and isolation. We help children and families develop their inner strengths, learn life skills and gain connections to vital community-based resources.

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    Fiddlehead Theatre Co., Inc.

    Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s mission is building community through the arts.  As Resident Company of the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, MA we accomplish this mission by producing exceptional main stage professional theater that uplifts while engaging audiences in current issues, and by serving Dorchester and the surrounding communities through educational initiatives in our Children’s Theatre Division, by building community partnerships in the arts, and by engaging youth and adults in theater classes and productions,
     
    Through our Children’s Theatre Division students play an important role in bringing arts to the community. Fiddlehead involves youth in theater classes and productions, helping provide valuable experience working as an ensemble, challenging their theater skills and strengthening ties to each other and the community.  Older teens are also given opportunities to explore career options by working with mentors in technical and administrative areas of theater.  By creating successful educational partnerships with community groups and local schools Fiddlehead helps to educate children of all abilities and backgrounds in the theater arts. 

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    FIRST (United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

    Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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    For Kids Only Afterschool Incorporated

    The mission of For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) is to provide year-round out-of-school time (OST) services that meet the needs of youth and families through academic, social and cultural experiences; and promote learning and self-esteem necessary for life-long success. The central components of our quality afterschool, school vacation week, and summer programs – safe, welcoming environments; academic assistance and hands-on, project-based activities that build on the school day curriculum; and mentoring from trained, skilled, and caring educators – engage youth 5 to 14 years of age in expanded learning opportunities, build critical 21st century skills, and help to close the achievement gap.

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    Foster Care Alumni of America: Massachusetts Chapter

    The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to make the greatest impact possible for alumni by forging new pathways to opportunity through education, advocacy and access to resources.
     
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    The vision of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to equip alumni with the tools necessary to realize their dreams and to encourage, inspire, and support youth in care to be tomorrow's leaders; secure in themselves and the world around them.

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    Franklin Park Coalition, Inc.

    FPC is a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for Franklin Park: Inspiring others to care for, explore and enjoy the park. We work to ensure Franklin Park is recognized as the "heart of the city" and treated as the crown jewel of the Emerald Necklace, providing a healthy environment for its surrounding communities where neighbors are actively caring for and using their "big backyard."

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    Friends of Mary Cummings Park, Inc.

    Friends of Mary Cummings Park Inc is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mary Cummings Park, whose 210 acres are located in Burlington and Woburn, Massachusetts, is held in trust by Boston. The Friends organization was founded in 2007 for the purpose of helping to keep the park forever open as a public park and playground, to promote recreation consistent with the historic uses of the park, and to promote the protection of wildlife habitat and watershed.

    We are the only organization dedicated to promoting this park and to protecting it for future generations.

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    Friends of St Stephens Youth Programs Inc

    Our goal is to transform disadvantaged communities one young person at a time by bridging the learning gap between low-income students and their affluent peers. We provide them with a comprehensive “circle of care” that meets their academic, emotional, and physical needs. We also support their families and schools. 

    We were founded by a church and receive ongoing support from churches, but we are a youth development organization with a separate 501(c)3 non-profit entity. We accept students without regard to their religious affiliation and we do not promote any religious agenda. 

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    Friends of the Children - Boston, Inc.

    Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston) creates generational change by engaging children from high-risk communities in 12 years of transformative mentoring relationships.
     

    We call the children we serve Achievers to demonstrate our belief in their potential for success; our long-term goal is that Achievers will graduate from high school and succeed in college. We select children from high-risk Boston communities in kindergarten and provide them with 16 hours a month of comprehensive mentoring and advocacy services every year for 12 years, from  first grade through high school graduation. 

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    From The Top, Inc.

    From the Top celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people:

    • Unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts
    • Trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives
    • Inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music

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    Future Chefs (fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England, Inc.)

    Future Chefs prepares youth for quality early employment and post-secondary opportunities in the culinary field and supports them in developing a broad base of transferable skills as they transition to the working world.

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    Gavin Foundation Inc

     The Gavin Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals in recovery by providing addiction prevention, treatment and support through the Gavin charities. These programs include AAWOL Rehabilitation Program, Center for Recovery Services, Cushing House Boys, Cushing House Girls, Devine Recovery Center, the Gavin House, Graduate Center Diversion Program, Phoenix House Quincy, Speakers for Hope, Total Immersion Program,  and the Walsh Community Center.  

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    Gedakina Inc.

    Gedakina is a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England, and to conserve our traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological and spiritual significance.

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    Generations Incorporated

    Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities for older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after-school programs in low-income communities.

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    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc.

    Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
     
    For over 100 years, Girls Scouts has provided girls of all ages, circumstances, and abilities with opportunities to discover their world, connect with the people and communities around them, and take action to make the world a better place.
     
    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) serves 35,000 girls in grades K-12 and nearly 15,000 adult volunteers annually in 178 eastern Massachusetts communities, establishing the organization as the largest leadership development organization specifically for girls in the Commonwealth.

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    Girls Rock Campaign Boston

    Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

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    Global Potential: Boston Office (Globalhood Inc.)

    Global Potential (GP) empowers high potential urban youth from low-income communities around the world to energize each other through education, international service work and cultural exchange in order to enable youth to affect positive change in their lives, communities and the global community.

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    Gloucester Stage Co Inc.

    The Gloucester Stage Company's mission is to present the highest quality professional theatrical productions contributing to the cultural, economic and educational development of Cape Ann.

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    Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program Inc.

    The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program engages people of all ages and abilities in recreational and competitive water sports and fosters youth development and leadership activities in an urban setting.



     


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    Groundwork Lawrence Inc

    Mission: “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”

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    Health Resources in Action, Inc.

    Our mission is to help people live healthier lives and build healthy communities through policy, research, prevention, and health promotion.

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    HILL For Literacy, Inc.

    To help schools achieve high literacy rates, particularly amongst high-risk, low-income and English language learners, by developing teacher skills, data collection and analysis, and internal leadership processes that drive long-lasting, whole-school change.

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    History Unerased Inc.

    Prepare every teacher to teach every child about the vital role LGBTQ history and people have played in our nation and world.

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    House of Possibilities, Inc. (HOPe)

    Making a difference for children, adults and families, living with developmental challenges by providing high quality programs and much needed relief and hope.

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    Housing Families, Inc.

    Housing Families works to end family homelessness in the communities we serve. We do this by providing safe, temporary shelter, creating affordable housing, and offering individualized supportive services to family members of all ages. We respect each family in its journey toward greater security and stability.

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    Hull Lifesaving Museum, Inc.

    The Hull Lifesaving Museum, the museum of Boston Harbor Heritage,  preserves the region's lifesaving tradition and maritime culture through collections, exhibits, experiential and interpretive education, research and service to others.  The museum's open water rowing programs in Boston Harbor educate young people about themselves while developing a constituency that takes stewardship for its maritime history. The deeds, traditions, and ethics of nineteenth century coastal lifesavers - Skills, Courage, and Caring - are the foundation of the museum's exhibits and programs, and its underlying commitment to working to impact society, and individual lives, for the better.

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    Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.

    The mission of Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community.

    HSTF was founded in the late 1980s by a group of neighbors to address violence in the streets of the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury in Boston, and the organization was incorporated as a non-profit in 1991.  Over the past 24 years, we have grown to serve 1,200 youth each year through leadership development, college and career exploration, arts and cultural enrichment, school-based partnerships, and youth-led community-building initiatives.  

    We believe that by transforming youth, we can transform the community – in so doing, we are transforming Hyde/Jackson Square into a culturally rich and diverse Latin Quarter.


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    InnerCity Weightlifting Inc

    InnerCity Weightlifting’s (ICW) mission is to reduce youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal training. We use the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence.

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    Institute of Contemporary Art

    The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

    The primary activities of the ICA are threefold:

    • To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences
    • To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making
    • To design interpretative programs that provide context, develop appreciation, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture

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    Inversant Inc. (formerly FUEL Education)

    Inversant's mission is to ensure that through parental engagement every low-to-moderate income family has the resources and understanding they need to achieve their goals for higher education.

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    Invest in Girls Inc.

    Invest in Girls teaches high school girls financial concepts, exposes them to professional women role models, and introduces them to financial services companies and career paths in finance to empower them to become tomorrow's leaders. 

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    JFYNetWorks

    JFYNetWorks is a Boston-based nonprofit organization with the mission of providing increased opportunity to disadvantaged urban youth and adults. For nearly 40 years, JFYNetWorks has served high-need populations in Massachusetts by developing and delivering education and job training programs that equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in our changing economy. JFYNetWorks brings student-centered and data-driven instructional resources and assessments into classrooms, supports teachers in using these tools effectively, and ultimately helps students both graduate from high school and enter college at the credit-earning level.

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    Junior Achievement of Northern New England

    The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  JA programs provide relevant, experiential opportunities for students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations and understand how to own their economic success.  Through sequential curriculum focused on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship, JA provides students with the 21st century life skills necessary to become economically confident, career-ready adults.  By partnering with educators and local business volunteers who deliver JA programs to add relevance and inspiration to the student experience, JA works toward the day when every young person feels confident in their ability to navigate their finances and the world of work.  

     

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    Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

    Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and longest-operating charity exclusively dedicated to teaching work-readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to young people. We have an extensive network and a rich history of collaborating with local businesses and educators to affect positive change in our community. From learning to balance a checkbook to understanding how to be an effective team member, from interviewing to critical-thinking skills, JA remains focused – as it has for 96 years – on encouraging paths to self-sufficiency. In short, Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success.

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    Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, Inc.

    JA's mission is to empower young people to own their economic success through the delivery of JA's age-appropriate, hands-on curriculum for students in grades K-12. JA volunteers serve as role models and inspire youth to own their economic success.

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    Kerry Jon Walker Fund Helping Humanity Inc.

    The mission of the Kerry Jon Walker Fund is to help humanity through initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from poverty and its consequences. We will promote sustainable programs that work to improve health, education and economic opportunity for those in need.

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    Kestrel Educational Adventures

    We inspire wonder, understanding and connection to the natural world through playful, outdoor scientific inquiry.

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    Kids4Peace Boston

    Kids4Peace Boston educates and inspires Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth to be interfaith peace leaders. We concentrate on the value-formation ages of 12 to 18, creating opportunities for young people and their families to foster friendships across faith boundaries.  Through summer camps and year-round activities, we develop an interfaith community equipped with the knowledge, skills, and relationships to build –together—a new culture of peace.

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    KIPP Massachusetts Inc.

     

    At KIPP Massachusetts, our mission is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in college, and in life.  Our program is based on a longer school day and year, academic rigor and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, coaching and continuous learning for teachers and staff, and a system of support for students in grades K-12 and through college graduation.  For over ten years in Massachusetts, KIPP has developed and refined an educational model that improves and scales transformative outcomes for our students and families.


     

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    LEAP for Education Inc.

    LEAP for Education empowers low income and first-generation-to-college students to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school, and to graduate college prepared to pursue a successful career.

    Our long-term vision is to be the preferred learning center for low-income and/or immigrant tweens and teens to obtain academic help and workplace skills, and to be the regional provider of college access and college readiness programs. Strong public and private partnerships, quality and innovative teaching and curricula, current technology, a replicable business and program model and quantifiable outcomes drive this success and will enable LEAP for Education to reach its goals. LEAP for Education is committed to operating a community academic learning center shaped by community needs through collaborations with schools and community organizations.

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    Lesson One Foundation Inc

    The Lesson One mission is to help children and adults take control of their lives and provide a culture-change in schools, homes and neighborhoods.   We aim to teach children fundamental social and emotional skills such as self-control, resliency, self-confidence, responsibility, critical thinking, problem solving and cooperation in the same sequential and straightforward way that the alphabet and numbers are taught so they can survive and succeed socially and academically.

     

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    Let's Get Ready, Inc.

    Let’s Get Ready leverages the talent and idealism of college students to provide low-income high school students in their communities with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college.

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    Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts Inc.

    Level Ground (LG) spurs urban youth to embrace a mindset of grit and resilience, and apply these values in the pursuit of their ambitions. LG couples athletic training with mentorship, college access, and workforce development so that youth can enter college and meaningful careers. With the assistance of LG staff and mentors, high school students map out their career interests and are placed on one or more tracks: college, technical degree, or workforce development.

    Level Ground currently serves 120+ youth across 4 sites: the Egleston Square YMCA, Trotter Middle School, Joseph Lee Middle School, and Boston Day and Evening.

    In September 2015, LG launched a 12-month Apprenticeship Program where 12 youth are currently pursuing a certification to become fitness instructors and personal trainers. To date, one LG student has received permanent employment at one of our gym partners, and 4 students have been placed with job shadowing partners. We expect 7 more students to enter job shadowing by April 2016. LG has 5 gym partners that have committed to hiring and/or providing job shadowing to youth. We aim to double this number by Spring 2016.

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    Life Saver Ministries Inc.

    Life Saver Ministries is a non-denominational, faith-based organization that operates a residential parenting program, called My Father’s House, for homeless pregnant and parenting young women between the ages of 13 and 21 and their children. We welcome young women regardless of their religious beliefs.

    Our parenting and life-skills education program has two main priorities. Our first priority is to provide our clients with a safe, healthy, and stable living environment. Our second, and equally important, priority is to equip these young women with the tools they will need to care for themselves and their children, to become self-sufficient, and not become homeless again. 

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    Lionheart Foundation

    The Mission of the Lionheart Foundation is to increase the emotional competency and well-being of at-risk youth and incarcerated adults significantly enough to alter their life course.
    The Vision of the Lionheart Foundation is a safer, more evolved society where at-risk individuals are empowered to live up to their potential and contribute, at their best, to the greater good.

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    Lowell Community Health Center Inc.

    Lowell Community Health Center seeks to provide caring, quality, and culturally appropriate health services to the people of Greater Lowell, regardless of their financial status; to reduce health disparities and enhance the health of our community; and to empower each individual to maximize overall well being.

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    Lucys Love Bus Charitable Trust

    Lucy's Love Bus delivers comfort and quality of life to children with cancer through free integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, therapeutic horseback riding, meditation, and art/music/dance therapies; and offers young people lifelong lessons in activism and philanthropy through our Lucy's Kid Corps™ program. 

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    LYSOA Inc.

    The mission of Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy (LYSOA) is to empower the highest risk youth in our community to reach a positive purpose in life. LYSOA provides advocacy and outreach services to all high-risk youth, young adults, and their families in the community. We organizes and conducts outreach activities, encouraging involvement in community development, assists in job search, and juvenile community service.

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    Machine Science Inc.

    To foster critical thinking and technological competency among underserved and underrepresented young people through hands-on robotics, science, and data exploration.

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    Mass Mentoring Partnership Inc

    Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 325 programs statewide supporting over 33,000 youth in quality relationships. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.

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    Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University (The Bridgewater State University Foundation)

    The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) is a Center devoted to violence prevention, housed on the main campus of Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. It is directed by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, who founded the center in 2004. The mission of MARC is to offer free or low-cost bullying & cyberbullying prevention programs to K-12 schools, and to train University students (future educators) in bullying and cyberbullying prevention. MARC develops research-based programming and curricula for students, faculty, parents and communities; engages in cutting-edge research examining bullying and digital behaviors; and develops educational and professional materials for other stakeholders, such as pediatricians, social workers, and law enforcement.

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    Massachusetts Alliance On Teen Pregnancy, Inc.

    The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy advocates statewide and mobilizes communities to prevent teen pregnancy, to increase opportunities for youth and young parents and to empower young people to make healthy decisions about relationships, sex, parenting and life.

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    Massachusetts Workforce Alliance Inc

    The mission of the Massachusetts Workforce Alliance is to create true economic opportunity for low income people by uniting individuals, organizations and coalitions to advance sensible workforce development policy.

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    Massachusetts Youth Committed to Winning Inc.

    Massachusetts Youth Committed to Winning, Inc.’s (MYCW) mission is to inspire, educate, and prepare inner-city youth with the necessary skills to become academic achievers, confident student athletes, active citizens, and effective leaders. MYCW is a year-round out-of school time program for low-income, at-risk, African-American boys and young men (grades 3-12) living in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. MYCW connects participants’ love of sports with their need for multiple supports: MYCW youth come for the basketball but stay for the connections they make with caring adults who provide much needed tutoring, life skills workshops, community services opportunities, and mentoring.

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    MathPOWER (Boston Algebra in Middle Schools A I M S Project Incorporated)

     MathPOWER's mission is to transform the lives of urban youth by developing proficiency in mathematics and personal resiliency.

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    Melrose Alliance Against Violence

    MAAV is a community-based organization that focuses on outreach, education, and community collaboration in order to raise awareness of the problems of bullying, teen dating and domestic violence. MAAV promotes programs that work to reduce violence and encourage healthy relationships in the schools and the community.

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    Merrimack Valley YMCA, Inc.

    The Merrimack Valley YMCA is dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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    Merrohawke Nature School Inc.

    Provide meaningful outdoor education programs ashore and afloat, for all ages, in all seasons, to inspire a deep connection to land and sea, a strong sense of self, and compassion for all.

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    MetroLacrosse Inc

    Using the team sport of lacrosse, MetroLacrosse fosters life enrichment, character development and healthy life choices in urban youth and teens in Boston and Chelsea. MetroLacrosse helps these children build skills and relationships to better prepare them for life achievement by maximizing positive personal relationships between uniquely trained coaches/mentors and at-risk children, who may be at a disadvantage socially, academically and emotionally because of the challenges prevalent in urban environments.

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    MissionSAFE: A New Beginning, Inc.

    MissionSAFE is an out-of-school time, youth development program that works intensively with young people affected by impacts of chronic complex trauma.  MissionSAFE is designed as a wrap-around trauma transformation program, focused on violence prevention through personal growth development, job readiness training, academic enrichment and a robust horizon-broadening strategy.  Our mission is work with high risk young people and their families to gain the skills and confidence to thrive, not merely survive, and give back to their community and the larger world.

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    More Than Words Inc

    More Than Words (MTW) empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school, to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW believes that when system-involved youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become contributing members of society.

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    Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.

    Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries’ mission is to help individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to achieve independence and dignity through work. Not charity, but a chance.
     
    Goodwill’s vision is to be recognized throughout eastern and central Massachusetts as a leader in helping individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency to enter and succeed in the workplace. Goodwill empowers people to build on their strengths to transform their lives through work. It actively engages businesses in all aspects of its endeavors and presents employers with qualified and committed workers. Its social enterprises offer training and work experience for individuals and economic vitality for communities. 

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    Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center

    The mission of Mother Caroline Academy is to provide a high quality education for girls in grades 4-8 that develops the individual gifts of each student and prepares her for success in competitive secondary schools and colleges. 

    The mission of the Education Center is to empower parents and other adults to achieve their greatest personal and economic potential.

    We believe our mission can best be achieved by focusing holistically on the needs of our students and their families, and by preserving a spirit of volunteerism and commitment among all who aid and support and benefit from Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center.

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    Music And Youth Initiative Inc.

    We create accessible, sustainable, high quality music programs so every young person can experience the magic of music.

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    Mystic Learning Center

    The mission of the Mystic Learning Center is to improve the lives of low-income children and families who live in the Mystic Public Housing Development, the City of Somerville and surrounding communities. Through child care, educational, and recreational services; youth job opportunities; social programs; and community engagement, the MLC provides families with tools they need to overcome poverty and become self-sufficient.

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    Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship New England

    The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)'s mission is to inspire young people, ages 11-18, from under-resourced communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures.

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    New Boston Pride Committee Inc

    Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.

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    North Shore Community Development Coalition Inc.

    North Shore CDC invests in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. We envision a North Shore where every neighborhood is one of choice and opportunity.

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    Northeast Youth Ballet, Inc.

    NYB was established in 1996 as a nonprofit pre-professional ballet company with a mission of providing educational opportunities for youth, setting the highest standards for dance and playing an active role in the community.  Our goal is to educate children and individuals of all ages about ballet through participation in dance productions or opportunities to attend performances.  

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    One Can Help Inc

    One Can Help provides critical resources. Juvenile court-involved children and families living in poverty frequently need additional supports to help them improve their lives. When this assistance is not available in the community or from state agencies, OCH can help.

    We help underserved homeless families, at-risk teens, struggling students, parents or children exposed to abuse or neglect, as well as foster kids.

    We provide funds for verified basic needs and for child-specific assistance. These can include school supplies, laptops, sports equipment, after-school activities, camp, daycare, emergency food, clothing, rent, car repair, and public transportation passes. And because needs can be urgent, we try to provide assistance in 1-3 days.

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    OneWorld Classrooms, Inc.

    The mission of OneWorld Classrooms is to foster global awareness and cross-cultural understanding by tapping the arts and technology to build bridges between Greater Boston and global K-12 classrooms and after school programs. We offer young people opportunities to share, collaborate and explore with their global peers to gain skills, knowledge and attitudes they will need to be competent, engaged and caring local and global citizens.

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    Partners for Youth with Disabilities

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive. 

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    Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc.

    PSW builds partnerships with business, education, community organizations and government agencies that will (1) help companies develop a well-trained workforce so that the companies will survive and prosper and (2) enable individuals and families to reach economic self-sufficiency through education and training for 21st century jobs.

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    Pathways for Children, Inc.

    Pathways’ mission is to serve the best interests of children and their families -- whether disadvantaged by circumstance or in search of opportunity -- by delivering the empowering gift of quality educational, social development and support services that strengthen the family unit and the community.  Pathways' core values are: (1) Inspiring Children; (2) Guiding Adolescents; (3) Supporting Parents; (4) Strengthening Families; and (5) Enriching Communities.

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    Peace First

    Peace First is a national nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We view children as natural problem solvers and creative thinkers, and invest in their ability to see themselves as leaders. 

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    Piers Park Sailing Center Inc

    Located on the waterfront in East Boston, Massachusetts, the Piers Park Sailing Center (PPSC) is a community sailing center dedicated to providing recreational, educational and personal growth opportunities for people of all ages and abilities through sailing and education on Boston Harbor.

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    Playworks Massachusetts

    Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children, and enhance their education, by increasing opportunities for safe, meaningful play. Playworks transforms the playground into an unconventional classroom designed to foster social skills, improve student’s ability to focus, decrease behavioral problems and promote student leadership.

     
    The 2016-2017 school year marks the 10th year of Playworks Massachusetts, energizing education for 25,000 students across Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Salem, and Somerville. Since our launch in 2006, we have grown from 7 to 40 elementary schools, been recognized as a Social Innovator by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum and recently selected as a 2012 EdVestors finalist for building strong school communities through improving school climate.

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    Plummer Youth Promise (formerly Plummer Home for Boys)

    Our vision: Every young person has a family unconditionally committed to nurture, protect and guide them to successful adulthood.

    Our mission: Young people who leave the foster care or juvenile justice system without safe, stable & permanent family connections face grim outcomes, including high rates of homelessness, unemployment, early parenting and lack of education. Plummer is changing that by deeply and effectively engaging families for each young person we serve while building their skills and community connections, and by sharing our knowledge with others.

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    Posse Foundation

    The Posse Foundation is one of the nation’s premier college access, scholarship, leadership development and workforce diversification organizations.
     
    The Posse model works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of this new century should reflect the country’s rich demographic mix and that the key to a promising future for our nation rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. One of the primary aims of the Posse program is to train these leaders of tomorrow.

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    Project Adventure, Inc.

    The mission of Project Adventure-an innovative teaching organization-is to provide leadership in the expansion of adventure-based experiential programming.  Project Adventure seeks to develop responsible individuals, productive organizations and sustainable communities.

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    Project D.E.E.P. Association, Inc.

    Project D.E.E.P. (Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program) is a nonprofit education program, which operates through collaborations with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The mission of the program is to foster the educational, athletic and social growth and development of middle school children of all races, creeds and ethnic backgrounds throughout the Dorchester community.

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    Project R I G H T

    Project RIGHT, Inc's mission is to strengthen and coordinate existing services and programs in the Grove Hall areas of Roxbury public safety, crime prevention, electoral advocacy, zoning and housing and economic development issues, through grassroot models of sustainable resident organizing are the main goals of the organization.

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    Quest Adventures, Inc.

    The Quest Adventures experience changes the lives of students from urban settings by empowering them through travel, community service, and increased self-efficacy to realize their fullest potential as contributing citizens of the world.

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    Raw Art Works

    Raw Art Works (RAW) believes that all kids should be SEEN and HEARD and passionately pursues its mission to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth.

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    Read to A Child Inc.

    The mission of Read to a Child is to increase children's success in reading and in life by inspiring adults to read to them regularly.

    Our vision is that one day all children will be read to regularly by a caring adult, improving their chances to become healthy, productive members of society. 

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    Research Institute for Learning and Development

    Our mission at ResearchILD is to transform the lives of students with learning and attention difficulties by developing executive function and learning strategies that teach students to learn how to learn. We translate our research findings into practical teaching approaches that are student-friendly and can be easily implemented in schools and at home. Through our SMARTS Online Executive Function program, teacher trainings, conferences, and books, we promote strategic learning to ensure that all students find their unique pathways to academic and life success. To date, we have trained almost 7,000 teachers to reach more than 600,000 students.

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    Resilient Coders Inc.

    Resilient Coders teaches young people from traditionally underserved communities how to code. We do this as a way of aligning them with a lucrative and meaningful career path. It's a multi-tiered program that funnels students from learning HTML after school, through our downtown "Coworking" sessions, and ultimately, hourly employment. Our higher performers participate in Resilient Lab, a web design and development shop with real clients.

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    RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative

    The RHD Boston Urban Youth Collaborative has a mission to increase  opportunities for inner-city youth to explore careers in human services and gain valuable work experience while earning income to pay for college and other needs. The program offers summer internships to low-income and minority youth, who work alongside trained professionals in residential and arts-based day programs serving adults with developmental disabilities. The youth develop an understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities while gaining job experience and earning income, and the people served by the programs make meaningful friendships and gain new experiences.

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    Rise Above Foundation

    Rise Above Foundation is dedicated to providing Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities and experiences.

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    Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps

    Fiercely committed to Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy of unwavering responsibility to the poor and disadvantaged, RFK Children’s Action Corps advocates for children and embraces all social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in order to build healthier families, more responsible citizens, safer communities and a more just society for all. "...that every child in this country live as we would want our own children to live." 

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    Roxbury Youthworks Inc

    Roxbury Youthworks Inc's (RYI) mission is to help youth caught in cycles of poverty, victimization, and violence to transition successfully into adulthood. 

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    RWL Weightlifting, Inc.

    The Mission of RWL is to “build strong PEOPLE through weightlifting”, and shall be to enable RWL athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in the United States. Additionally, RWL works with people challenged with adversity in their lives, specifically cancer and domestic violence. Our coaching education is of the whole person, not simply their physical self for athletic advancement.

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    SADD, Inc.

    SADD's mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence and suicide, and other destructive decisions.

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    Samaritans, Inc.

    Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.

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    Science Club for Girls, Inc.

    Science Club for Girls' vision is to catalyze a fully diverse and inclusive STEM community.
     
    Our mission is to foster excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly those from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering & mathematics.

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    Science from Scientists

    Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th-8th graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We send real, charismatic scientists into classrooms during school, every other week throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth is competitive globally in STEM.


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    Shooting Touch

    Shooting Touch is a non-profit sport-for-development organization using the power of basketball to educate and empower at-risk youth and the communities in which they live.

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    Sibling Connections, Inc.

    The primary goal of Sibling Connections is to support the creation of enduring family relationships and community connections for sisters and brothers who experience foster care.  Our work is accomplished through innovative programs and practices that restore and strengthen the lives of siblings who have been separated when placed in the public foster care system.

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    Silver Lining Mentoring Inc. (formerly Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring, Inc.)

    Silver Lining Mentoring empowers youth in foster care to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills.

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    Sociedad Latina Inc

    Sociedad Latina's mission is to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining and proud of their cultural heritage. 

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    Somerville Community Access Television Inc.

    Somerville Community Access Television is a leading public access media center that enables a vibrant and diverse community to express its creativity, explain its ideas, share its cultures, and foster the individual's right to freedom of speech. SCATV supports and creates community-driven media through education, production resources, and distribution on cable television and the Web.

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    South Street Youth Center

    The mission of the South Street Youth Center is to be a community asset to young residents of the South Street Development and their families by providing a year-round, safe, educational, and engaging space that helps young residents develop the self-confidence, resiliency, and academic skills to participate and lead in their schools, workplaces, and communities. 

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    Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation

     Our mission is to develop and preserve affordable housing for low and moderate-income people; prevent displacement of neighborhood residents, particularly elders and those of limited means; and strengthen the commercial base of the neighborhoods. We work to create vibrant and stable communities, through programs and activities that bring long-time residents and newcomers of all ages and diverse backgrounds together.

     

     

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    Spirit of Adventure Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America

     The Mission of the Spirit of Adventure Council, BSA is to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based upon the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
     
    Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
     
    Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

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    Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center (STEC)

    Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center builds leaders on the court, in the classroom and in the greater community by providing academic, wellness and social development programs alongside recreational and competitive tennis instruction for youth and adults. Sportsmen's is committed to improving life opportunities for youth in Boston's Blue Hill Corridor while welcoming a diverse community from the Greater Boston area.

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    SquashBusters Inc.

    SquashBusters’ mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth – as students, athletes and citizens – so that they recognize and fulfill their fullest potential in life.

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    St. Marys Center for Women and Children

    St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children offers innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty. Placing families at the center of our efforts, St. Mary’s Center works in partnership with young women, many of them mothers, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and achieve lasting, powerful change by building their emotional well-being, educational achievements, and economic independence. Located in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts, St. Mary's Center supports 600 women and children annually with shelter, clinical and educational services, job training, employment placement, and search for affordable permanent housing.

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    Steppingstone Foundation, Inc.

    Founded in 1990, The Steppingstone Foundation develops and implements programs that prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels academically with effective preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results.

    Steppingstone runs three programs in Boston: The Steppingstone Academy, which prepares underserved Boston students to get into and succeed at selective independent and public exam schools as a pathway to college; the National Partnership for Educational Access, which serves over 300 college access organizations nationwide; and the College Success Academy, which provides academic preparation and support services to students attending partner public K-8 schools and Boston public high schools to increase the number that enroll in college and earn a degree.

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    Steps to Success Inc.

    The mission of Steps to Success is to enhance educational outcomes for students from low income families in order to defeat the cycle of poverty.

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    Straight Ahead Ministries, Inc.

    Headquartered in Worcester, MA, Straight Ahead Ministries is a national non-profit that reduces recidivism among juvenile and young adult offenders through programs in correctional facilities and in the community.  Since 1987, SAM has served more than 75,000 youth in over 400 secure facilities across the nation.  We have worked closely with the MA Department of Youth Services for more than 28 years to serve high-risk juvenile offenders.

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    Strategies for Youth Inc.

    Strategies for Youth (SFY) is a policy and training organization dedicated to improving interactions and relations between police and youth and to reducing disproportionate minority contact. SFY achieves its mission by equipping officers with knowledge and best practices for working with youth; and by educating youth on how to peacefully navigate their encounters with police. SFY provides police offices with training that integrates instruction in adolescent brain development and best practices for effectively de-escalating interactions with cutting edge research, develops leadership for adopting trauma-informed policing practices within law enforcement agencies, and educates vulnerable youth about their rights and how to respond appropriately to police.  Strategies for Youth aims to reframe and transform what is too often an adversarial approach to police/youth relations.

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    Strong Roots Youth Foundation (fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund)

    "To help youths to tap into their GOD given natural abilities and talents and make the best choices in life in order to be great leaders!" Our goal is to instruct, advise, council, and redirect, them on the right path. We are on a mission to touch upon the lives of youths and young adults of all walks of life and give them an opportunity to get an education that will allow them to live a productive life.

    WE ARE CREATING LEADERS!

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    Strong Women Strong Girls - Boston

    Strong Women, Strong Girls empowers girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women.

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    Student Immigrant Movement (SIM, Massachusetts)

    The Student Immigrant Movement is a MA-based statewide immigrant youth-led organization. We fight for the liberation of the undocumented community through the development of a network of immigrant youth organizers in high-density immigrant communities. We organize youth, ages 13-30, and provide political education, leadership training, protection, guidance, mentorship, and safe healing spaces.

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    Summer Search Boston

    Summer Search is a national youth development and college success organization with a mission to help low-income students develop the skills and character traits needed to become college graduates who give back to their families and communities.

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    Team IMPACT

    Our mission is to positively change the lives of children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, and the college athletes who support them, through the power of team.

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    TechMission Inc.

    TechMission's mission is to empower others to transform at-risk communities in Jesus’ name through technology. We focus on social services and serve all participants without discrimination.

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    Tenacity Inc

    The mission of Tenacity is to enable post-secondary success by improving the scholastic character and physical development of less advantaged urban youth through a combination of literacy, skills development, family engagement, and fitness/tennis.

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    Tenants' Development Corporation, Inc. (TDC)

    The mission of Tenants Development Corporation (TDC) is to preserve and maintain safe and affordable housing for low to moderate income people of diverse backgrounds.

    We achieve this through:
     
    1. Property Management
     
    2. Construction
     
    3. Rehabilitation
     
    4. Delivery of Services to TDC Residents
     
    5. Community Activism

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    The BASE (Boston Astros Baseball Club Incorporated)

     

    The BASE seeks to rewrite the narrative for black and Latino youth by shifting mindsets and re-imagining pathways to success for urban youth.

    The BASE combines best-in-class athletic training and competition with empowering education, health and career resources and opportunities within a distinctive, high expectations culture to ensure that all urban youth are equipped with the skills, tools and support needed not only to graduate high school but also to enroll, persist and succeed in college or career training programs that lead to quality employment.

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    The Center for Teen Empowerment

    Our mission is to empower both youth and adults as agents of positive individual, institutional, and social change. We envision a world in which youth, working with adults in mutually respectful and supportive relationships, can use their voices creatively to inspire, lead, and empower their communities to achieve justice and peace.

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    The City School Inc.

    The City School develops and strengthens youth to become effective leaders for social justice.
     
    We work with young people ages 14-19 living in Boston and its surrounding suburbs who are emerging leaders and have a passion for social justice. Our community intentionally crosses lines of race, class, gender, and neighborhood. 

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    The Food Project

    The Food Project's mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. This community produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities,  and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities. The Food Project has a vision of creating personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. 

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    The Home For Little Wanderers

    The Home's mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.  Our mission is achieved by providing an integrated community-based system of direct care services, special education and prevention. In addition, The Home seeks to expand its sphere of influence through advocacy, being a strong voice for all children and families, not just the ones we serve directly.

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    The Possible Project

    The Possible Project utilizes entrepreneurship to inspire young people who have untapped potential, empowering them with the skills required to achieve enduring personal and professional success. We guide our students through a novel dynamic curriculum, hands-on work experience, and assistance with entrepreneurial endeavors and career goals. We strive to have all our students use their skills to move through a high-level career path and improve their communities while remaining committed to the principle that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

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    The Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center Incorporated

    Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center (SIC) was founded in 2000 with a mission to create and implement educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. 

    But in 2013, a string of violence, including a daytime double murder just steps from the church, caused the Social Impact Center to gain a new focus: offering a direct response to the traumatic impact of urban violence on youth, women and men in the greater Roxbury area.  Working with community members and experts in the field of trauma treatment, SIC launched The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, a program which fosters connection and empowers community members to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal.  

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    The Urbano Project

    Urbano brings together urban youth and professional artists to ignite social change through place-based participatory art and performance projects. Together we foster future generations of creative and civic leaders committed to social justice. 

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    Theater Offensive, Inc.

    The Theater Offensive’s Mission is to present the diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.

     

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    Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, Inc.

    Through our partnership with Boston’s public schools, each year thousands of students board the Thompson Island Outward Bound ferry to discover who they are and all they can become, on an island classroom that spans 204 acres of salt marshes, woods, campsites, labs, dormitories, and dozens of challenge structures. 

    In order to reduce the achievement and opportunity gaps facing Boston middle schoolers, our research-based curriculum features hands-on field science infused with Outward Bound’s unique approach to character development.

    Our education programs are provided at no cost to schools or students, funded by a combination of philanthropy and the island’s events business. 

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    Transformative Culture Project (Press Pass TV Inc.)

    Press Pass TV is an award-winning organization that uses the power of media arts to provide meaningful employment and education for youth living in low-income neighborhoods. We offer creative outlets for self-affirmation, teach life sustaining skills and empower communities with the resilience to thrive.

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    Trinity Boston Foundation Inc

    Trinity Boston Foundation's mission is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. In partnership, we build communities that: affirm, inspire, and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston.

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    Tutoring Plus of Cambridge Inc.

    The mission of Tutoring Plus of Cambridge is to support and encourage the academic, personal and social growth of children and youth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the help of volunteers and community partners.

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    Unified Theater Inc.

    Unified Theater creates a more inclusive community through youth leadership and the performing arts.  Our approach is simple—Empower Youth to Lead, Let Creativity Rule, and Put the Spotlight on Ability!

     

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    United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Inc

    It is the mission of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg to promote and maintain a spirit of community among Fitchburg's diverse peoples and neighborhoods, by fostering equitable economic, educational, health, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities, unifying Fitchburg's varied immigrant roots, past, present and future. 

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    United Planet Corp

    United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission – to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in 35 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. For many, it’s the most fulfilling experience of their lives.

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    United Teen Equality Center

    UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.

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    Urban Improv (Freelance Players, Inc.)

    To catalyze positive youth development with a focus on violence prevention: a rehearsal for life.

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    Values Over Violence Institute, fiscally sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

    The mission is to influence youth to consider alternative ways of dealing with aggressive behavior and violence. We acknowledge that economic deprivation is a form of violence and seek means to link youth with jobs, training, or higher education. We teach forgiveness and reconciliation.

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    Venture Cafe Foundation Inc.

    The Venture Café Foundation’s vision is that every person with an idea can feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur. The Venture Café’s mission is to connect the innovation community, expand the definition of innovation, and build a more inclusive innovation economy. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

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    Vietnamese American Initiative for Development Inc.

    VietAid's mission is to build a strong Vietnamese-American community and a diverse and vibrant Fields Corner neighborhood. Since its founding in 1994, VietAid has worked to promote renewal of the Dorchester/Fields Corner communities through stronger civic engagement, development of affordable housing and commercial space, providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise, and offering high quality child care and youth programs to serve at risk youth from all segments of the community. 

     

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    Vigorous Interventions in Ongoing Natural Settings Inc. (VISIONS, Inc)

    VISIONS’ long term goal is to create lasting social change by working across all sectors, training and consulting over 50 organizations and thousands of individuals a year and contributing to create environments where differences are recognized, appreciated, and leveraged for the equitable benefit of all members. The youth in the Legacy Project are at the heart of this vision, as they will be the next generation of leaders and trainers who carry, spread and realize these ideals for the society.


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    Waltham Partnership for Youth Inc.

    The mission of Waltham Partnership for Youth is to identify the needs of Waltham youth and leverage resources to meet those needs. Our vision is that all Waltham youth have access to the services, resources, and supports they need to become happy, healthy, and productive members of the community and the workforce.

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    Weatoc Inc.

    WEATOC, Inc. is the Boston area’s first peer health education group. It is a state-certified minority agency.

    WEATOC’s mission is to prevent damaging outcomes---teen pregnancy, violence, substance abuse, AIDS and other STD’s, racism, obesity, and suicide---that result when teens, especially inner-city teens, make shortsighted choices. As important as avoiding negatives is striving for positives:  self-esteem, career and educational goals, and community service.

    To do this, we train and support youth peer educators, who create educational curricula and activities and then conduct outreach, performances, and workshops throughout the community. In 34 years, we have found that youth, more than adults, have the power to influence their peers.

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    Wellesley Theatre Project Inc.

    Wellesley Theatre Project empowers youth with life skills learned through exceptional performing arts education, and then challenges them to become citizen artists -- improving the quality of life in their local and global community by emphasizing collaboration, cultural and social understanding.

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    West End House Inc.

    Our mission is to inspire and enable youth, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. West End House is an innovative and vibrant youth development agency that provides outcomes-driven programs to more than 1,500 youth residing in the most underserved communities in the city of Boston. Our high-impact programs, delivered by a dynamic team of professional staff and volunteers, ensure that our young people are succeeding in four core areas:

    • Academic and college success
    • Leadership and career development 
    • Visual and performing arts 
    • Fitness and nutrition

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    Wildflower Camp Foundation, Inc.

    Wildflower is dedicated to serving children and families who have experienced the loss of a parent. By providing the gift of camp and enrichment opportunities for children and consistent support and respite for parents, families are able to strengthen their resilience and create positive opportunities for the future.

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    Wilson-Kindelan School, Inc.

    The Wilson-Kindelan School provides a college-focussed, independent, elementary education using the Wilson-Kindelan Method. We are dedicated to expanding educational opportunities to students living in the Greater Boston area.

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    Windhover Foundation Inc.

    Windhover’s mission is to offer classes, workshops and performances in dance and related arts to the Northshore community by bringing outstanding artists to teach and perform; to create a nurturing environment where original and creative work can be developed and presented; to continue to forge strong ties to the community by including local artists in all aspects of performances, and promote original works based on community issues and interests.

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    World Ocean School

    World Ocean School delivers an authentic method of experiential education at sea that empowers students of diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, and engaged community members. Aboard the historic schooner Roseway we provide: transformative life skills and character development: inspiration for academic and vocational advancement; strong relationships with caring and responsible adults, and a safe environment for learning.

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    WriteBoston Inc.

    The mission of WriteBoston is to promote deep learning through writing. The organization offers training and coaching for teachers, along with writing opportunities for students, built on the premise that powerful thinking and writing are inseparable.

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    Year Up Inc. Boston

    Year Up empowers low-income, urban young adults to move from poverty to professional careers in one year through an innovative program that combines hands-on technical and professional training, work-based learning, an educational stipend, and college credits.

     
    Year Up Boston’s mission is to close the "Opportunity Divide" that exists for over 62,000 disconnected youth in the Boston area. This divide separates those who have access to education, resources, and livable-wage employment from those who do not. We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits.
     
    Our holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

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    YMCA of Greater Boston

    The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.

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    YMCA of the North Shore, Inc.

    Our Y welcomes all. We strengthen communities, educate and nurture children, and promote healthy living in spirit, mind and body.

    The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility

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    Youth and Family Enrichment Services

    The mission of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES) is to build strong families that can raise healthy children in the face of poverty, social inequity, and cultural transition. We do this by providing for urban youth access to academic support and enrichment, health promotion programs, and music education; engaging youth as leaders; and helping parents understand and support their children. While the majority of staff and program participants are Haitian, we welcome youth from all ethnicities with a focus on immigrants and minorities.

     


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    Youth Design Inc.

    Youth Design empowers talented urban youth to pursue a path to higher education and promising equitable careers by engaging the professional design community to mentor, educate, train and employ the next generation of highly skilled professionals. 

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    Youth Enrichment Services, Inc. (YES)

    The mission of Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is to inspire and challenge inner-city Boston youth with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment. 

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    Youth Guidance (Becoming A Man (BAM) Program, Boston)

    Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life.

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    Youthbuild Boston, Inc.

    The mission of YouthBuild Boston (YBB) is to empower and assist underserved young people from the Boston area with the essential social, vocational, academic, and life skills necessary to navigate a positive pathway to self-sufficiency and neighborhood responsibility.

    Our theory of change:

    "Young people, when empowered with the skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life, will realize that they can play a leadership role in strengthening their communities."

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    YouthHarbors, a program of Justice Resource Institute

    YouthHarbors offers a continuum of services to unaccompanied, homeless high school students to ensure their graduation, housing stability, and successful transition to adulthood.  Through our partnerships with youth, schools, communities, and government, we collaborate and advocate toward systems that end youth homelessness.

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    YWCA Boston, Inc.

    YW Boston's mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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    YWCA Malden

      

    The YWCA Malden’s innovative programs serve as a catalyst for hundreds of at-risk girls, women and families, each year, enabling them to become self-sufficient and to develop into thriving contributors to their communities. The YWCA Malden has maintained its strong position in the community for 85 years by evolving to address the changing needs of one of the most diverse areas in Massachusetts.

    Through collaborative efforts with other community leaders, the YWCA Malden fulfills its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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    ZUMIX, Inc.

    The mission of ZUMIX is empowered youth who use music to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. Located in East Boston, we provide top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance. Over the past 24 years ZUMIX has grown and expanded with the changing needs of our constituents. ZUMIX is a vital cultural entity in East Boston and throughout the greater Boston area. We have developed strong roots in our community and have led an effort to make arts and culture a more accessible and essential part of local life.

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