Young people aged fourteen to twenty who live in urban neighborhoods such as Roxbury are disproportionately at-risk to becoming involved in gangs, drug use, and other behaviors that lead to leaving school before graduating and attaining the life skills necessary to succeed as an adult. In response, we have developed programs to engage young people and celebrate their assets.
MPDC employs over 25 young people each year to work alongside our staff and our partner agencies to learn the “hard” and “soft” skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. MPDC staff serve as mentors, challenging them to pursue higher education as the best route to financial independence.
During the summer of 2009, ten teenagers painted a 7’ by 40’mural, “Peace Through Music,” in Dudley Square. The young muralists are depicted in their art as musicians and dancers; the word 'peace' is written in the languages representative of the neighborhood: Spanish, English, Haitian and Cape Verdean Creole, Arabic, Somali, Yiddish, Cambodian, and Chinese. Raymon Pullum, one of the young people who created the mural, says,
" Being part of this mural makes me feel as if I'm a part of Boston. This gives us, as youth, the chance to get our voices out, to prove to everyone that some of us are trying to make a difference."
The Ellis Memorial School Age Program, located in Madison Park Village, provides high-quality after school and summer programs for low-income children from Roxbury. For more information contact Ellis Memorial & Elderidge House, inc.
MPDC’s college scholarship program was established through a bequest from the estate of Ralph Smith, the agency’s co-founder and first Executive Director and a gift in honor of Danette Jones, the agency’s second Executive Director. Each year several college-bound applicants from Roxbury receive scholarships ranging from $250 to $5000 to attend school. Scholars have attended schools such as Holy Cross, Wheaton and Northeastern University.
The deadline for submitting an application is MAY 31, 2013.
To learn more please download our scholarship brochure, checklist, and application below.
|2013 Scholarship Brochure||349 KB|
|2013 Scholarship Application Checklist||29.5 KB|
|2013 Scholarship Application||222.46 KB|