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BCYF Thomas M. Menino Community Center (Archdale Community Center Council Inc)

 125 Brookway Road
 Roslindale, MA 02131
[P] (617) 6355256 x 100
[F] (617) 6355256
Cynthia Johnson
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3130155

LAST UPDATED: 11/23/2018
Organization DBA Archdale Community Center Council, Inc
Former Names Archdale Community Center Council, Inc (1991)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the center is to enhance the life quality of the residents in the neighborhood by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interest.

Mission Statement

The mission of the center is to enhance the life quality of the residents in the neighborhood by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interest.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $52,000.00
Projected Expense $51,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Girls Self-Defense Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The mission of the center is to enhance the life quality of the residents in the neighborhood by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interest.

Background Statement

Archdale Community Center was founded in 1991; renamed in 2013 in honor of Mayor Thomas M. Menino our missions are to serve, create, and execute programming for the people of Boston.  To provide families with a place they can send their children to grow, learn, and feel safe.  To work with the parents and teachers to insure they succeeded and become young adults with knowledge, understanding and individual talent, to excel and shine in that endowment.  The Archdale Community Council, Inc. is a community based non-profit organization holding their own 501c. The center is open year round providing a variety of programs including; homework club, Summer Day Program; Summer Club house; Athletic Summer Programming; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lessons, Summer STEAMing it in the Park; men's basketball; firefighters morning basketball; karate, girls high school basketball and volleyball, youth employment, youth council, Girls Scouts, Technology Goes Home and other family/adult computer classes.  We are also a meeting space for other agencies and non-profits around the city and neighborhood organizations.

Impact Statement

accomplishments; Partnerships with science communities and other successful organizations; Membership intake has increased; Our goal is to introduce new innovative programming to the community; Pickleball Community Play; Boys Mentoring program/ Under Obama's objective "My Brothers Keeper"; Girls Defense Program; Robotics Team;

Needs Statement

85% of the populations we serve are youth of color, most falling into the category of low-income, single-headed households. When it comes to their education our neighborhood youth are faced with under performing schools, high dropout rates, language barriers and lack of access to the latest science and technology ideas and tools.

CEO Statement

We are one of 35 centers and pools in the city of Boston; however, all centers are driven by the neighborhood we service.  We service low income area of Roslindale; our larger number of  members come from the public housing across the street; children ranging from 5 - 17; house hold headed by single female on Transitional Assistance; (Welfare); due the housing development being state own, most of the families are immigrants looking for a better life through learning computers, taking ESL classes; and building a future in owning their own home one day.

Board Chair Statement

Our successes are when we see our youth and teen members excel in their studies; to see our teens going off to college and well known universities, this is with the power of community center families; like my staff who help them to find the grants and funds to make that wish come true.  Maybe the first child in the family to go off to college, but our teens are holding jobs and going to school to help their mother and siblings.  They create a pathway for them to follow; and even with all of this, they find the time to come back to the center to help other youth.    As the UMass student a member of our community center has come back with a proposal to start a free Afterschool program for youth & teens excel at studies but are not acknowledged for their accomplishments; so she works with them under her program called "As & B's & 4's & 3's which highlights their work; and gives incentives at award dinners; using her own funds; she like other members appreciate our support; but our challenges are our programs are either low cost or no cost due to the income levels of the families we service; and so we have to be think "outside the box"  when it comes to how do we keep moving forward, without depleting our revenue; you need money to make money; we rely on donations; equipment and small funds; but we know if we want to sustain our organization and feel comfortable we will succeed in helping our community we need to raise money that will make a difference to our community. 

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
Roslindale, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, West Roxbury

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Neighborhood Centers
  2. Science & Technology - Engineering
  3. Education - Educational Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Girls Self-Defense Program

The BCYF Menino Community Center in partnership with instructor Wendall “Blue!” Kearns creator of the FINESSE Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Academy will build a Self defense program for youth, teens and young adult women ages 8 – 25 within the area of Roslindale to service women of all nationalities from all over Boston but primarily from Roslindale, West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park. The program will be design to teach martial arts as a why for young women to defend themselves as well as learn the importance of self-worth and self-esteem. The program will be divided by age and will take place on Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 1:00 in the gymnasium. It will consist of warm-ups; basic technics in self-defense, and martial arts.

Address a Need

In this part of the city there is a need for young women to learn the art of self-defense and psychological control. Statistics indicate young females are more likely to be assaulted and attacked by unruly boyfriends and predators.

Self defense and self protection are an important priority for women. The most common crime to happen to a woman is rape, but it is more about a feeling of dominance from one person over another rather than actual sex. According to statistics, the majority of rapes are perpetrated by men who women know. Assault on women is also a common crime because assailants assume women will be more passive and not fight back; this has to do with stereotypes of women. The best way for women to fight back against crime is to prevent it from happening by avoiding being alone or being in badly lit areas. However, getting into such situations is sometimes inevitable.

The majority of rapes occur in the victim’s home. According to the Bureau of Justice, almost 40 percent of all rapes take place in the female victim’s home. In the event that rape prevention fails—such as by avoiding problem areas or making sure a woman is never alone—the best chance for survival is to fight back. Fighting back is not just necessary, but it is a moral right because protecting one’s self is paramount. Self defense is important, and we will explore some tools and techniques for effective self defense, and information on gun use.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Philosophy & Ethics
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term Success; is how many girls will be joining the program at the beginning of the Self-Defense Program

Program Long-Term Success 

Long term success is to provide the program year round and increase young/youth/and girls to the program.

Program Success Monitored By  Program success will be monitored by the Archdale Community Center Council Inc. the newly founded Program Development Group, made up of new board members; retired Fire Fighter, Alumni members; parents; and retired Boston citizens.
Examples of Program Success  We will deem the success as the girls graduate and end up with a certificate of completion 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alex Geourntas
CEO Term Start Sept 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr. Alex Geourntas
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Chair Term Sept 2015 - Sept 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Chris Hansen community volunteer --
Ms. Lise Kee community volunteer --
Ms June Mustafa community volunteer --
Ms. Mirtha Nin community volunteer --
Ms. Janelle Pocowachit community volunteer --
Ms. Judith W. Pralour retired --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 2
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • By-laws

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $52,000.00
Projected Expense $51,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

2008 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $96,412 $98,394 $75,408
Total Expenses $85,385 $94,170 $74,206

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $70,625 $64,668 $40,919
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $25,787 $33,726 $34,489
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $78,562 $85,024 $68,153
Administration Expense $6,823 $9,146 $6,053
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 1.04 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 90% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $27,798 $19,851 $10,118
Current Assets $27,679 $19,652 $10,118
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $5,646 $8,726 $3,217
Total Net Assets $22,152 $11,125 $6,901

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.90 2.25 3.15

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990EZs. Contributions from foundations and corporations are under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We are hoping the financial assistance will allow us the opportunity to build a stronger foundation for our organization.  Our ultimate goal will be to service more families and assist in sending more young adults to college.  The social change of not one child but all children in the household will be college bound; We are looking at the outcome of parents getting more involved in the center so we can help them to increase their power of standing strong and moving in the right direction.  We want to provide more then recreation, we want to help families learn the importance of volunteering, and giving of one's self to help a neighbor, a senior citizen, or another youth or teen make it in this neighborhood, to become leaders.   These are goals that we will work on for the next 3 - 5 years.  The goal is to lift every family up and send them on a path of success and self-respect.  We have success stories complied from years past, and we are sure more success stories are in our future.  The community we service are like family, you want to nurture them, keep them safe, but above all let them stand on their own two feet and walk into a hopeful future.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategies is to have enough seed money to hold fundraisers to increase revenue to work for the people of our neighborhoods.  It's all about how money can open doors, change a life, bring about a change in a families everyday.  We strive to see others do well, in health, opportunities, family growth, and education.  It is our goal to insure they are not doing it alone, that the support from this community center is at the four front of their path to a better life.  Our objective is to bring new programming not offered here to help with the language barriers, the cultural differences, and the age disparities.  

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We are connected to a system called bostrax here we input all information on the families we service, the programs we offer, the number of members we have and the income and demographics of the neighborhood.  Our interim targets are when we are running all day programs from 8:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night.  Where every space is in use and the quality and quantity of the program is at 100%.  Our key indicators are the Bostrax system which will guide us and show us every step of the way, if we have met our goal; and retain information for our future endeavors for more innovative programming.  Our benchmarks will be and always will be our community at large, to insure they have the tools and understanding on how to excel in their everyday life.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Our recent progress defined by our objectives is moving us to our ultimate goals of helping families grow together, though learning, sharing, and ultimately gathering important information that will propel them in the direction of owning their own home, getting a great paying job, and raising their family with no restrictions or sacrifices.  Our outcomes of helping to make a family whole is our long-term goal.  We have achieved one outcome; increasing membership, but we must increase our programming need.  To offer programs which directly helps the family achieve their future goals and objectives.  Although there are obstacles that must be met; retaining enough funds to complete all tasked at hand, to be able to help every family in need; and to successfully be apart of sending more young adults to college for a better life.  There are risk such as falling short of space needed to accomplish all the goals we have mentioned; we are housed in a one level building two multi-using rooms; one computer room; and the gymnasium, we will have to schedule programming just right as one program closes another begins, but this also show us the progress of our goals and objectives being met.