Stories of Gutsy Leaders: Mark Culliton, Chief Executive Officer, College Bound Dorchester
Grand Circle Foundation (August 2011)
Grand Circle Foundation Co-Chair Harriet Lewis often speaks movingly about the importance of travel in bringing people together. "What I've learned is that we all want the same thing--to be free, safe, and healthy and to have food on the table," she says. "The important thing is to connect." Read more here.
Sullivan & Worcester's Commitment to Pro Bono Service
Sullivan & Worcester (June 2, 2011)
A great example of the work we do with specific communities is our work in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston with large immigrant and lower income populations. Read more here.
What she does speaks volume
The Dorchester Reporter (March 31, 2011)
On March 28, the Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) presented five local community leaders with their Boston Community Fellows Award. Among the recipients is Mattapan’s very own Mrs. Myrtle Huggins.The Fellows are publicly recognized as “quiet leaders and giv[ing] them the chance to share their stories.”
Read more here.
Verizon Foundation Awarded Nearly $3.9 Million in Community Grants in 2010 to Support Nonprofit Organizations in Mass.
PRNewswire (January 31, 2011)
Nonprofit groups in Massachusetts received nearly $ 3.9 million from the Verizon Foundation in 2010. The majority of the funds went to organizations that support education, literacy, domestic violence prevention, health care technology and Internet safety. Read more here.
After-school program puts emphasis on science, literacy
The Dorchester Reporter (January, 27, 2011)
On a recent afternoon— before this week’s recent cold snap— eight elementary school students scoured the yard behind the Little House on East Cottage Street to collect leaves, seeds, dirt and insects. They brought their findings back to the College Bound Dorchester Out of School Time classroom and analyzed the dirt under a microscope to find smaller insects hiding in the terrain. Read more here.
Announcing the 2011 Community Advisory Group
Grand Circle Foundation (January, 2011)
As a former educator, Harriet Lewis has always had a special passion for creating opportunities for inner city children—and in Boston, there are many outstanding organizations that share this passion and actively work to make a difference.Read more here.
College Bound Dorchester receives the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House! Read the excitement and media coverage here.
Making college a reality
The Bay State Banner (December 9, 2010)
It is no secret in today’s society that a college education is an essential ingredient for professional success.The specific goal of College Bound Dorchester is to create a culture where it is expected that all students graduate from high school and college. Read more here.
Root Cause announces 26 finalists for their Social Innovation Awards
BostInnovation.com (November 17, 2010)
Root Cause, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that supports social innovators by connecting them with and educating social impact investors, just announced their 26 finalists for their annual 2011 Social Innovator Forum. Read more here.
At Wheelock symposium: encouragement, advice for young students
The Boston Globe (October 25, 2010)
Wheelock College’s 2010 Youth Symposium, “Bridges to Our Future: The Next Generation of Leaders,” was attended by College Bound Dorchester students Andre Smith, 15, and Imani Cardwell, 14. Read more here.
Putting a stamp on College Bound Dorchester's Mission
The Boston Business Journal (October 22, 2010)
Since becoming chair of the board at College Bound Dorchester in 2007, Catherine Donaher has expanded both the number and composition of board members to more fully reflect the diversity of the neighborhood it serves. Read more here.
The Bay State Banner (October, 7, 2010)
College Bound Dorchester was recognized by Social Impact Research as one of seven high performing College Access and Success programs in the Boston area. Read more here.
Gown's for all of town, op-ed
The Boston Herald (July 17, 2010)
We always hope that college students from other areas stay here and contribute to our success. Why shouldn’t we have that same expectation of kids from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan? Read more here.
Dot groups get funding from United Way
The Dorchester Reporter (June 24, 2010)
The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley will kick off the next phase of its community funding program next month —a three-year plan investing in youth and childhood development programs that includes funneling $5.19 million towards programs serving Dorchester. Read more here.
Rally addresses neighborhood violence, drugs
The Boston Globe (June 21, 2010)
Youth discuss how to address neighborhood violence in their community at the 10,000 Strong Boston rally. “More community centers where kids can go hang out together and break down these barriers with kids from different neighborhoods,’’ said Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, a student at College Bound Dorchester. Read more here.
No glitz, just tough realities
The Boston Globe (April 5, 2010)
While preventing teen pregnancy should be a broad goal, some teens do gain more focus after they give birth. City Hall and Boston school officials should look for better ways to connect them to health programs such as Children’s Hospital’s Young Parents Program and Boston Medical Center’s Teen & Tots program, as well as to education programs such as College Bound Dorchester. Read more here.
Teen pregnancy count down; Dot, Mattapan rates highest
The Dorchester Reporter (April 1, 2010)
While the number of teen pregnancies in Boston is down, Dorchester and Mattapan had the highest rate in 2008 among the city’s various neighborhoods, public health officials said this week. Debra Holland, an African-American mother who lives in the Bowdoin St. area, testified before the committee, saying more programs and support systems were needed to help teen mothers stay in school. Holland is working on getting her GED with the help of College Bound Dorchester. Read more here.
Firm’s ratings give donors new tool in picking worthy charities
The Boston Globe (March 31, 2010)
At College Bound Dorchester, 4-year-old Jennifer Dos Santos wrapped a fuzzy, orange boa around her head, tossed it over her shoulder, and reached for a black handbag. “We’re playing pretend,’’ she said. That use of play to prepare children for learning, among other factors, earned College Bound Dorchester a new rating as one of the best school readiness programs in Massachusetts, one that is deserving of the donations that keep the nonprofit afloat. Read more here.
College Bound Dorchester is still on message: College can be for you
The Dorchester Reporter (February 11, 2010)
After 45 years of service to the community, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses changed its name last week the better to reflect what the organization is all about. Now called College Bound Dorchester, the nonprofit organization announced the name change as the final element of a year-long re-branding process. Read more here.
Dot College Prep inspires young minds
The Bay State Banner (February 11, 2010)
Lisa Andrade, now 18, dropped out of Elizabeth Seton Academy when she was 16 years old. Like many teenagers, Andrade was caught up in her social life, found school boring and wasn’t taking it seriously. Then she found the College Prep program at Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (FDNH), which was renamed College Bound Dorchester last week at the Little House in a ceremony celebrating FDNH’s 45th anniversary among a crowd of about 150 staff, board members, students, parents, community members and local politicians. Read more here.
College Bound Dorchester Interview
The Callie Crossley Show (February 2, 2010)
Students Katarian Andrews and Shauna Jones are interviewed by Callie Crossley of WGBH. Interview begins at 35 minutes, listen here.
Don't assume the worst
The Boston Globe (January 31, 2010)
If you give kids the expectation of going to college, the thinking goes, you do much more than offer them a chance at upward mobility. You also give them - and their neighbors - realistic alternatives to drugs, gangs, and teen motherhood. Get enough kids to see themselves as college material and you transform a whole neighborhood. Read more here.
The Bay State Banner (January 14, 2010)
College Bound Dorchester, established in 1965 as Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc., was awarded $10,000 from the Verizon Foundation. Read more here.
Lag in fund-raising stresses non-profits
The Dorchester Reporter (January 7, 2010)
While economic indicators may point to a turnaround in the recession, many Dorchester non-profit organizations continue to struggle with less funding coming in from public and private sources. Read more here.
Getting creative to keep DotArt alive in '10
The Dorchester Reporter (January 7, 2010)
Artistic types from the "starving painter in the garret" to the Broadway hopeful who waits tables have traditionally learned to cope with financial problems by applying their gift of creativity. Read more here.
Year in Review: Obama
The Bay State Banner (December 31, 2009)
The Bay State Banner reviews the Obama's first year as president - including College Bound Dorchester's receival of the Coming Up Taller Award presented by First Lady Michelle Obama. Read more here.
Two innovators for school posts
The Boston Globe (December 22, 2009)
Mark Culliton, Chief Executive Officer of College Bound Dorchester is seen as an innovator to the prospects of the Boston School Committee. The Boston Globe believes that Mark Culliton would be a "significant addition to the board". Read more here.
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