After-School Programming

MPDC operates a high-quality after-school program for elementary and middle school children at Madison Park Village.

How We Do It:

The Ellis Memorial after-school program provides academic and enrichment programming to the students who attend. Daily homework help is offered so that the children can hone their academic skills in a monitored environment. The program operates with a club curriculum allowing students to explore many areas of enrichment throughout the week including science, dance, cooking, sports & fitness, yoga, photography, and theater.

To Learn More, Please contact Abrigal Forrester
at 617-849-6232 or


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.

To Learn More, Please contact Abrigal Forrester
at 617-849-6247 or


Career Development

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 (O’YEP).

How We Do It:

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, Please contact Yhinny Matos
at 617-849-6236 or


College Tuition Assistance

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.

To Learn More, Please contact Yvette Jordan
at 617-849-6327 or


Computer Training and Access to Technology

Access to and knowledge of computer technology is critical in today’s world. MPDC provides free training and access to internet-enabled computers through the Timothy Smith Public Internet Center (PIC).


How We Do It:

Our Timothy Smith Public Internet Center provides free computer and multi-media education to our residents. Through individual training sessions, group workshops, and self-directed open-access people can learn how to utilize and make the most of computer technology. The PIC is located in Madison Park Village adjacent to Whittier Street housing.

To Learn More, Please contact Abrigal Forrester
at 617-849-6232 or