What We Do

After-School Programming

MPDC operates a high-quality after-school program at The Dewitt Center for elementary and middle school children.

How We Do It:

The Ellis 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 contact Meisha Reece / 617.426.2900


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.


Career Development

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

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.

Our program provides underserved in-school youth, ages 14-19, with career internships, job readiness skills, and educational enrichment. Our training program is intended to provide early workforce experience for young people who might not otherwise have this opportunity while supporting them with completing academics and college readiness. We also provide organized workshops and learning experiences to develop young people’s leadership skills.

To Learn More contact Lyndon Vincent / 617.849.6236

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 contact Yhinny Matos / 617.849.6236

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