DSNI’s 30th Anniversary: Community Summit 

2014 marks the beginning of a new era for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. This year, we celebrate our 30th Anniversary by reflecting on our history, challenges and accomplishments, while simultaneously planning for the next 30 years. We our launching our year-long celebrations with a Community Summit on Saturday, April 12th.

FAIR CHANCE FOR FAMILY SUCCESS: KICK OFF 

Luz Colon and Jose Barros are the coordinators of the Fair Chance for Family Success initiative, which is set to launch next month.  Fair Chance is a partnership with Family Independence Initiative, neighborhood groups, and local families to support families as they set and achieve their goals for family success, including improving their economic well-being.  DSNI is hiring a group of neighborhood residents to conduct outreach in the neighborhood and engage at least 200 families in the first year of the initiative.   

Residents who partner with DSNI to form groups and set goals will receive cash incentives of up to $2,000 per year as well as a free laptop computer.  Residents will also be able to access the Fair Chance Resource Bank that connects them to opportunities for matched savings programs, scholarships and other benefits. 

Make the Most of Your April Vacation! 

April showers brings May flowers, it also brings parents headaches when they start to plan for April vacation. No worries, you have 2 weeks to prepare. You can call up your local Community Center and see if they have any April vacation slots available. If you start your search right away you might be able to obtain some financial aid for these programs. The earlier you start planning the less stress you will have once April vacation begins.

Primary Election for State Representative 

The primary election was a very exciting one for the community.  We had five qualified candidates run for office.  Each candidate presented his/her views of helping the community at a local forum organized by members of Wards 15 and 8.  Each presented visible ways they can help continue many of the good work we have been doing for years in the DSNI area. 

Using Technology to Gather Community Voice 

Community PlanIt: The Promise of the Dudley Village Campus is a new tool DSNI is using to get community input on important issues as we plan for the coming years.  Over 3 weeks (March 24th- April 14th)- community residents, youth, partners and supporters are invited to participate in various missions that delve into issues of Food Access and Healthy Living, Arts and Culture in the Community, and the Importance of both Formal and Informal Education.  The input and data DSNI receives from players will help shape planning and programming in these areas within the community and the City of Boston.

DSNI’s 30th Anniversary: Community Summit 

2014 marks the beginning of a new era for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. This year, we celebrate our 30th Anniversary by reflecting on our history, challenges and accomplishments, while simultaneously planning for the next 30 years. We our launching our year-long celebrations with a Community Summit on Saturday, April 12th. The Summit is an opportunity for DSNI to highlight some of our community revitalization and development strategies along side our key partners as well as Dudley Village Campus (DVC) residents and business owners.  We will envision action steps for our collective future and build on the successes of DSNI and our partners.