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Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with community center councils, agencies, and businesses to support neighborhood needs.
The Condon Community Center strives to deliver quality programming to the public, at large, in a professional & equitable manner. It is well-known that we deliver a full range of aquatic and recreational programs for toddlers (3-4yrs old) all the way up through our senior population (60+). Additionally, for our youth constituents, the Condon CC offers seasonal summer programming, employment opportunities, mentoring, tutoring and technology assistance, organized sports leagues, etc. The staff at the Condon Community Center regard themselves as ambassadors for the City of Boston and routinely assist residents with connecting to the appropriate city departments for positive resolutions. Throughout the COVID pandemic we continued to help our most vulnerable populations with food stability.
To provide youth with a meaningful work experience.
Our organization's objective is to provide youth leaders an opportunity to gain positive workforce development skills that will enhance and support their personal and professional development.
We support children, youth, individuals, and families through a wide range of programs and services. We manage 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
AFH’s studios feature a small group structure of 8-20 teen employees working under the supervision of professional artist/designer mentors. Teen artists/designers work on individual projects that feed our fine art leasing program and collaborate with mentors and other teen employees on creative projects commissioned by clients. All teen employees participate in regular one-on-one and group critiques, to assess progress. In the process, they learn from each other in a supportive environment. Participating teen employees are assigned a studio and work in one or more of the following areas: Painting, Photography, 3D Design, Graphic Design, Creative Technology, and Video & Event Production. Assignments are based on the organization’s studio needs, with efforts made to match teen interests and prior experience as possible. Commissioned projects are an inherent part of the AFH business model and our studio work. Projects can be short-term or long-term, taking up to a year or more from concept development to final product. Teens engage in the creative process together with their mentors, from the discovery process to installation. As part of this process, teens participate in client meetings to learn about their needs, pitch and refine ideas, and install / launch finished projects. Experienced teen employees may be asked to become a leader by joining AFH’s teen recruitment team, helping to interview and acclimatize new AFH teen employees. Studio-Specific Activities PAINTING – Painting provides a solid foundation for all other artistic media, allowing teen to explore their identity and the larger societal role of the artist in ways most have not previously experienced. Teens create work for exhibition and sale, client commissions, and collaborative murals. Once foundational skills are grasped, they are guided or self-direct to pursue independent projects and participate in themed exhibitions or collaborative projects. One-on- one mentorship and group critique are ongoing. The Painting Studio offers opportunities for teens to participate in large-scale paintings, public art and mural production. Using a blueprint, reading an architect’s scale ruler, and interpreting a designer’s drawing are some of the skills learned in order to transfer designs from paper to walls, backdrops, banners and other architectural settings. PHOTOGRAPHY – Teen employees learn fine art, documentary and commercial photography in both traditional (film) and digital platforms. Through portraiture, land and cityscape, abstractions, interiors, product photography and computer-aided design projects, teens learn to express their vision and market their talents. Teens learn camera controls, create specialized lighting environments and backdrops, process black and white prints, create digital images for design clients, mount prints for exhibitions, train on the technical and artistic aspects of preparing photographs for the web, contribute all images to the website and larger digital graphic initiatives, and catalog AFH’s vast library of paintings. 3D DESIGN – Teen employees have the opportunity to explore three-dimensional construction arts. Concepts are taken from sketch to drawing to model to full execution. Participants are trained on computer-aided drafting programs, learn concepts of engineering and conduct hands-on trials with materials to understand their properties and applicability to the finished project. Through demonstrations, innovation, model-making, experimentation, and finished production, teens learn to work with a variety of fine art and industrial design tools and materials and gain a sophisticated understanding of sculptural art and design. AFH’s 3D Design Studio is renowned for fabricating unique bike racks, outdoor signage, sculptural awnings, large-scale public artworks, eco-friendly furniture and more—infusing the zest and unpredictability inherent in young people “making things. GRAPHIC DESIGN – Teen employees learn the fundamentals of design, typography, layout, color systems, pre-press production for offset-, digital-, large-format- and screen-printing, and new media/electronic imaging. They develop free-hand illustration skills and use the full range of software in the Adobe Suite. With these skills, they create expressive signage, graphic wallpaper/murals, logos, graphics for apparel, brand identity systems, way finding, vehicle/bike wraps, and book design and illustration. Teen employees work with supervising artists on custom design commissions for business clients and develop their own design trademarks. CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY – AFH’s newest studio launched last fall. Teen’s initial focus in the studio include web design and development, incorporating coding as well as programs like TouchDesigner that bypass the coding process. Teens will also improve AFH’s own virtual interface. Over time we anticipate the studio will allow our young people to branch out into in-demand creative tech fields like app design, projection mapping, and virtual or augmented reality. VIDEO & EVENT PRODUCTION – Teens train in scripting and storyboarding, camera work, sound recording and engineering, graphic design, digital editing, web-readiness, and video production. Teen employees produce personal, documentary, and entrepreneurial pieces, and tackle projects for clients looking to capture an inherently teen perspective through their video commissions. Shorts are available through the AFH website and our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDX_ImDR26GdCK3-7vir6Eg). Teens will design lighting for clients who rent our event space, introducing them to new skills and to career paths in lighting design.
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Since founded in 1991, ACCESS' mission has been to empower the low-income, immigrant families in and around Boston through a holistic Christian approach. We serve 48-52 elementary students (grades K1 - 6th) throughout the year, as well as offer adult and senior classes to the community.
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We recognize that environmental injustices affect lower income communities and communities of color worldwide, and that working in collaboration with other communities and youth-led groups help to strengthen our work and make it more effective. REEP is a youth-led, adult-supported, environmental-justice, community-organizing effort. We develop leadership and build youth power, membership and movement by developing the leadership of primarily youth of color from Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. ACE youth led campaigns and projects.
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ADSL provides quality programming for youth ages 6-16, helping them to build self-esteem and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement. Our focus on wellness and academic success encourage healthy habits and choices for our youth and their families. ADSL offers an alternative to risky behaviors where young people can excel in sports and academics, and engage with positive role models and mentors.
The Afrimerican Culture Initiative is a restorative project management firm that develops and executes projects in communities of color that align with our mission and restorative practices and principles. Our projects like the Afrimerican Academy are educational, community building or repair harm done. Founded in 2015, the Afrimerican Culture Initiative Inc. is a Boston based 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that has been providing restorative project management & African diaspora cultural education through various mediums, however, virtual events, webinars and other promotional activities to Boston residents. We have developed a robust research infrastructure with our strategic partner Northeastern University (NEU) that has key to research and development of antiracists / restorative projects in our community. On Juneteenth 2021, we were recognized by the Boston City Councilor, Ricardo Arroyo, for our cultural nutrition program at the Boston Prep Charter School. The Boston Prep Cultural Nutrition Program is a community building project exposing all participants in the school to other cultures present in the student body from the cafeteria to the classroom. The project also repairs ongoing harm done by the operation of a fast food restaurant, Burger King, which is marketing its unhealthy food to the Boston Prep students during their formative years. We intend the project to reinforce healthier food narrative & culturally competent alternatives to a healthy diet. Our signature project is the Afrimerican Academy, which is a hybrid model research and education platform. The academy actively provides high School, undergrad/graduate and professional development level programs. Restorative project management and 6 other curricula are offered. The City of Boston: Youth Employment & Engagement (YEE) allows us to provide jobs that educate and empower our students. We believe that collaboration with our community is key to providing the pro-bono project management services that communities of color need. Opportunities offered: Restorative Project Management Design & Build. (Undergraduate & graduate level) Afrimerican Academy Curriculum - 7 courses (High school) Restorative practices & principles workshops/training - (Professional development) Promotional cultural events - (Community wide offerings) Our Afrimerican Academy - program participation has been as follows: Summer 2020 - 5 students - YEE = 5 students enrolled Fall 2020 - 5 students - NEU & 2 students - YEE = 7 students enrolled Spring 2021 - 7 students - NEU & 2 students - YEE = 9 students enrolled Summer 2021 - 9 students - NEU ; 8 students - YEE & 2 students - Afrimerican Academy = 19 students enrolled Fall 2021 - 12 students - NEU; 5 students - YEE = 17 students enrolled Our organization is moving fast in line with our mission to build the cultural structures via our restorative projects that will build community and repair harm using education, technology and travel to empower and heal our communities of color in Boston, MA. We look forward to building a more equitable Boston, MA with you!
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ACEDONE trains youth aged 14-18 who are interested in developing their leadership skills and are passionate about community. The program focuses on social emotional intelligence (i.e critical thinking, communication, growth- mindset, teamwork), developing leadership skills (i.e. presentation, negotiation, facilitation, mobilization, community mapping, self-advocacy) and cultural exploration activities where youth understand community issues and concerns, develop a sense of ownership, and develop solutions to address issues. All members participant in year round workshops and activities.
Our students become teachers of dance to younger students. Learn how to choreograph and learn how to cut music. Teach young students from ages 2.9-12. Help manage and assist the director in running the social media network. Since COVID we started offering academic tutoring online as well. Our virtual tutoring program helps kids from kindergarten to tenth grade to enhance not only their academic skills but include fun activities such as cooking, making beats playing educational games and dancing.
826 Boston is a nonprofit writing, tutoring, and publishing organization where students in grades K-12 and beyond can share their stories, amplify their voices, and develop as leaders in school and in life. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this understanding in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, field trips, creative writing workshops, in-school Writers’ Rooms, college essay assistance, help for English Language Learners, and in-depth publishing projects. Each of our free programs seeks to empower students to express their ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in their individual voices.