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130 attend Millennium Ten Action Planning event

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Last Tuesday evening, on June 19, one couldn’t find a more inspired group than the 130 people who attended Millennium Ten’s action planning event in the Great Hall in Codman Square. Residents and neighbors of Codman Square and Four Corners ate, talked, and planned together with the entertaining guidance of Millennium Ten’s steering committee. Paul Malkemes, Executive Director of The Boston Project Ministries - TNT Neighbors United, warmed up the crowd by applauding them for showing up, “Turn to your left and right and thank your neighbor for being here tonight with you.” Millennium Ten Coordinator, Jenna Tourje, shared data that had been collected in a community wide survey earlier this year. The data helped determine the Millennium Ten action areas for Codman Square and Four Corners: connectivity/communication (diversity), public safety, open space, youth, and economic development (jobs, businesses).

 

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Mattapan United in the News

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Fifty residents gathered in the Blue Hill Library on May 15th to imagine what could happen in the next five years to make Mattapan a safe and healthy community – and the local press noticed.  The "Visioning Meeting" was convened by Mattapan United, a Boston LISC funded group part of the Resilient Communities/Resilient Families Initiative. Consultant Maria Elena facilitated the discussion from brainstorming dreams and possibilities to strategies for achievement.


Boston.com’s Patrick Rosso covered the event in “Mattapan residents share their vision for the community” as did Dorchester Reporter’s Gintautas Dumcius in “‘Mattapan United’ seeking a vision”.

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Boston LISC sends 20 to workforce development conference, FOCs highlighted

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Workforce development is integral to the success of our neighborhoods.  At Boston LISC, we know that beyond the bricks and mortar of new developments are people and families with ample skills and talent that deserve a rewarding job and career.  On May 14th we sponsored over 20 attendees to join with hundreds of practitioners at the Ninth Annual Statewide Conference for Workforce Development Professionals, hosted by the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) and the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition.  This year’s conference, entitled “Sharing Skills, Building Connections – Partnering for Opportunity,” drew attention to the success of partnering in a time of inconsistent funding streams and budget cuts.  Keynote speaker Kevin Jordan of national LISC presented the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) as a proven model for beneficial partnering and providing optimal results for clients.  Chelsea CONNECT, a Boston LISC funded Financial Opportunity Center, led a session called "Building Economic Security through Community Coalition: The CONNECT Experience" that showcased how the FOC model is being implemented locally.

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Bringing Neighborhood Associations Together in Codman

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The first Millennium Ten-Neighborhood Association Dinner on April 30th was a milestone event in Codman Square history. Leaders of ten different neighborhood associations and civic groups sat down together for the first time in recent history to share with each other their current successes and future plans for their community. Over 50 people joined Millennium Ten for dinner over locally catered food to talk about what has been going on in their neighborhood over the past year.

 

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Boston goes to Chicago: Getting It Done II

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March 5-6, 2012

Nearly 20 Bostonians joined more than 800 community development professionals from 80 cities in Chicago at Getting It Done II: Strong Communities in a Changing World.  The conference, sponsored by LISC and the Insititute for Comprehensive Community Development, offered workshops designed to address challenges and commend best practices in the many sectors of the field from Implementing and Organizing to Going Global and Evaluating. 

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Over 100 attend Mission 180 Public Forum

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On Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 Mission 180 held a public forum at the Hibernian Hall in Roxbury that drew over 100 residents, organizations, public officials, and other community stakeholders.  The purpose of the event was to present the analysis of 114 one-on-one conversations and launch the community action process for Dudley and Grove Hall areas of Roxbury. 

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Meet the "People of Resilient Communities/Resilient Families"

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Meet some of the most active members of the Resilient Communities/Resilent Families Initiative!  Across the RC/RF neighborhoods; Warren Street Corridor, Codman Square/Four Corners, and Mattapan, community members and stakeholders are playing key roles in their local steering committees. 

 

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RCRF groups active in MBTA public hearing

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On January 31st, 2012 over 100 people attended a public hearing at the Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan to hear the MBTA present proposals that would hike fares and cut services as well as solicit testimony from the public. Among the MBTA representatives and public officials in attendance there were dozens of residents, stakeholders, and organizations who expressed strong opposition to the proposed service cuts and fare increase. But even before the hearing, resident groups and organizations generated interest and attendance around the public hearings, including three neighborhood groups of Boston LISC’s Resilient Communities/Resilient Families Initiative (RCRF).

 

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