What We Do

Job Readiness & Career Exploration

MPDC provides employment and a valuable learning experience for young people from the community through our After School Youth Employment Program (AYEP) and Opportunity Youth Employment Program (OYEP), and Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

How We Do It:

After-School Youth Employment Program (AYEP)

AYEP serves youth in high school ages 14-19 with a focus on increasing school attachment and pairs them with engaging workshops and training.

Opportunity Youth Employment Program (OYEP)

OYEP serves youth attending alternative BPS schools, out-of-work youth ages 16-19 with a focus on increasing school attachment paired with professional and personal development.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

SYEP serves youth who are primarily Boston residents ages 14-19 for 7 weeks during the summer and places them into meaningful, paid internship positions across Boston.

MPDC’s successful leadership and job training programs offer opportunities for young people to experience the world of work while attaining skills and knowledge to help prepare them for future meaningful employment.

We employ over 75 young people each year. They work alongside our staff and our partner agencies to learn the “hard” and “soft” skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. MPDC staff members serve as mentors, challenging the young employees to pursue higher education, vocational training, union apprenticeship, and other opportunities as the best routes to long-term financial stability.

To Learn more contact Yhinny Matos / 617.849.6236

Education

MPDC provides education and hands-on learning experiences for young people through our Opportunity Employment Program (OEP).

How We Do It:

Career Exploration

Explore local career opportunities with trade schools and various career fields.

HiSET Preparation Classes

Weekly classes offered in the five major subjects (Math, Science, Social Studies, reading and writing) to assist in preparation for the HiSET Exam.

Job Readiness & Workforce Development Workshops

We offer workshops that will ensure new and returning workplace entrants are prepared to enter the workforce with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed in the workplace.

Case Management / Mental Health Services

Clinical social worker on staff to address mental health & socio-economic needs.

Post-Secondary Educational Exploration

Exposure to opportunities to further your education beyond high school or HiSet/GED completion, such as colleges, vocational/tech/trade schools and certifications.

Community Engagement Opportunities

Give back to your community and gain valuable experience by participating in volunteer opportunities at local shelters, food pantries, community events, and forums.

MPDC’s successful leadership and job training programs offer opportunities for individuals to experience the world of work while attaining skills and knowledge to help prepare them for future meaningful employment. The Opportunity Employment Program serves court-involved, out of school, unemployed people ages 16 to 24 pursuing HiSET completion.

We provide services based on the need of our clients and will work together with them to complete personal goals identified during their engagement with our program.   It is our hope that through this program we are able to propel our clients into a successful future as well as combat the many barriers our community faces (such as gun violence, substance abuse and addiction to name a couple) on a day to day basis, in hopes to give our communities a better chance at becoming more stable and vibrant.

Interested in MPDC’s Opportunity Employment Program?

Fill out our intake form here.

To Learn More contact Lyndon Vincent / 207.405.9404

MPDC Scholarship Program 

Each year, through the Ralph Smith, Danette Jones, and Haynes Family Scholarships, MPDC helps several deserving students from Roxbury offset the cost of their college education.

How We Do It:

Several college-bound applicants from Roxbury are selected annually to receive scholarships. The awards range from $250 to $5,000 toward each recipient’s college tuition and expenses. MPDC’s college scholarship program was established by a bequest from the estate of Ralph Smith, our co-founder and first Executive Director, and a gift made in honor of Danette Jones, our second Executive Director.  These scholarships make a meaningful difference in the lives of our young residents.

Each year, through the Ralph Smith, Danette Jones, and Haynes Family Scholarships, MPDC helps several deserving students from Roxbury offset the cost of their college education.

How We Do It:

Several college-bound applicants from Roxbury are selected annually by MPDC to receive scholarships. The awards range from $250 to $3,500 toward each recipient’s college tuition and expenses. MPDC’s college scholarship program was established by a bequest from the estate of Ralph Smith, our co-founder and first Executive Director, and a gift made in honor of Danette Jones, our second Executive Director.  These scholarships make a meaningful difference in the lives of our young residents.

Join us for an info session on February 20th!

Read MPDC’s 2020 Scholarship Program Brochures

SMITH & JONES SCHOLARSHIP BROCHURE

HAYNES FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP BROCHURE

Apply for MPDC’s 2020 Scholarship Program

Apply here

To Learn More contact Yhinny Matos / 617.849.6236

MORE ON OUR SCHOLARSHIPS…

The Ralph D. Smith Community Service Scholarship
The Ralph D. Smith Community Service Scholarship is named after the first executive director of Madison Park Development Corporation.  Mr. Smith was a resident of the old Lower Roxbury neighborhood.  A baker by trade, Mr. Smith was a leader among the residents of the old neighborhood.  He led the charge to redevelop and restore the acres and acres of land left vacant by urban renewal.  Under his leadership, the core units forming the Madison Park Village complex were created.  Upon his death in 1998, Mr. Smith left his entire estate to MPDC to establish a scholarship fund in his name that would help students “who have demonstrated community service in the Madison Park Village and Lower Roxbury areas.”  The Ralph D. Smith Scholarship awards up to $3,500.

The Danette Jones Scholarship Fund
Danette Jones served as the second executive director of MPDC, from 1988 to 1998.  Under Ms. Jones’ leadership, MPDC expanded its housing development programs, created the cultural economic development collaborative, and launched its human capital campaigns.  These initiatives included the establishment of youth and workforce development programs, revitalization of community organizing efforts, and the expansion of the computer training initiatives.  Among Ms. Jones’s many accomplishments is the successful transformation of the blighted Orchard Park Public Housing Development to the Orchard Gardens Townhouses.  The Danette Jones Scholarship awards up to $1,000 on a one-time basis.

Eligibility requirements for these scholarships are as follows:

  • Resident of greater Madison Park community as defined by the boundaries of Lower Roxbury – which include and are limited to residences in the 02119, 02120, and 02121 zip code areas;
  • Enrollment full-time as a high school senior, progressing normally toward graduation in Spring/Summer 2018 with plans to enter college no later than the fall following graduation;
  • A strong commitment to pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree:
  • Present involvement in community service and a strong commitment to continue community service throughout college

The Haynes Family Scholarship
The Haynes Family Scholarship fund is named in recognition of a family staple in the Roxbury community for over 50 years.  Vincent Haynes, one of the founding members of MPDC, was a community activist at the forefront of Roxbury’s resident-led organizing efforts against urban renewal during the 1960s.  Roy Haynes is an internationally-acclaimed musician.  Reverend Michael Haynes is a pastor of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury.  Haynes House, MPDC’s 131-unit apartment building at Madison Park Village, is also named in honor of the family.  The Haynes Family Scholarship awards up to $3,500 for enrollment in a certificate program or in a two- or four-year college.

Eligibility requirements for this scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Boston
  • Current MPDC youth leader entering an accredited two- or four-year college or university, vocational training, or certificate program; or
  • Present involvement in community service and a strong commitment to continue community service throughout college
  • Affiliation with MPDC (i.e., resident, partnership, past youth worker)
  • Must have GED, Hi-Set, or high school diploma

Youth Mentoring 

MPDC connects youth from several of our housing developments with mentors who are current college students.

How We Do It:

In partnership with the DREAM Mentoring Program, we pair young people from Madison Park Village, Orchard Gardens, and Ruggles Shawmut apartments with college-student-mentors. The college students inspire their younger partners and demonstrate the success that is possible with hard work and focus in school. These positive relationships empower children to lead healthy and productive lives. Currently, 28 MPDC residents are paired with a Northeastern mentor with whom they build lasting relationships with.

To Learn More contact Melissa.

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