Boston Promise Initiative


The Boston Promise Initiative has moved to a new website. Check out our homepage to learn more about the new Dudley Village Campus, sign-up to become a partner, and get involved in programs that partner with residents to support young people from birth to career. It's all there!

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Portraits of a Dudley Village Campus

This evening, at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative's Annual Meeting and celebration of their 30th Anniversary, DSNI released the results of the Boston Promise Initiative's (BPI) first-ever comprehensive survey of the Dudley Village Campus.

A Promise in the Heart of Boston: Portraits of a Dudley Village Campus is BPI's summary of Goodman Research Group's Boston Promise Initiative Neighborhood Survey, study of residents perceptions and quality of life in the Dudley Village Campus, a neighborhood combining parts of Upham's Corner, Grove Hall, Orchard Gardens, as well as the Blue Hill Avenue and Fairmount Indigo Line Corridors.

BPI surveyed Dudley Village Campus (DVC) residents who consented to participate in the survey and were either parents/guardians of children ages birth to 18 or adults who lived in “adult-only” households. BPI obtained valid responses from a grand total of 466 households. DSNI also hired Boston Promise Organizers, most of them DVC residents, to conduct the survey between February 10, 2014 and April 11, 2014. Goodman Research Group trained the organizers, particularly on how to collect quality data and ensure every respondent’s confidentiality. The hiring of residents as surveyors, as well as the gift cards given to households for participating in the survey, invested nearly $60,000 back into the families of the Dudley Village Campus.

Overall, the survey was one of the most ambitious efforts yet to understand a complete picture of the Dudley Village Campus through the eyes of residents. You can view the results here.

For more information on the study, please contact or stay tuned to DSNI's Twitter feed to get updates on the results of the survey @dsni_org, following the hastag #DVCportraits.




We are excited to announce that, today, the Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) are officially launching our Investments in Neighborhood Change grant program. And we want you to get involved!


What makes Investments in Neighborhood Change special is that these grants are specifically designed to reward and empower residents and organizations to work together and solve big, persistent problems we have identified in our neighborhoods, turning all of the Dudley Village Campus into a community of opportunity.

As the lead agency for BPI, DSNI will award up to three (3) grants of up to $25,000 each for pilot/innovation strategies and up to three (3) grants of up to $75,000 each for evidence-based/high impact strategies.

We believe that, through these grants and BPI’s support, many promising and proven ideas can expanded to support thousands of residents in the very heart of the City of Boston, providing them with access to innovative health, family, and educational services and programs right in their own neighborhood and schools.



If you have an innovative idea or a proven program that can (or is proven to) have a positive impact on children living or attending school within the Dudley Village Campus, and if you are registered as a nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor, then you are eligible to apply with a proposal today. A detailed version of BPI's Invesments in Neighborhood Change RFP and application forms are available for download here.



A Microsoft Word version of only the Investments in Neighborhood Change application documents can be downloaded here.


Applicants must employ and build on the strengths and assets already existing in the Dudley Village Campus, such as residents' specific skills, the neighborhood's public spaces, institutions, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, or other local organizations. Proposals for new applicants are due by July 11th at 5 PM.



Please review some of our answers to frequently asked questions about the Investments in Neighborhood Change Grants and grant process.



An information session will be held on June 13th at 5:30 PM at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative for those seeking more information on our Investments in Neighborhood Change Grants and proposal process. For more immediate information or urgent questions about the proposal process, please contact us at


Most importantly, we want to make sure that your network knows about this movement to create a community of opportunity and BPI’s Investments in Neighborhood Change grants. So, please share this announcement with your online, personal, and professional networks far and wide. You can even tweet us @dsni_org and use #keepingthepromise to share a winning idea for investing in neighborhood change!

A promise has been made to bring Boston’s residents the kind of change that will last. Through our Investments in Neighborhood Change Grants, we intend to be keepers of that promise. Will you join us?



Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) is a child-centered place-based strategy that prioritizes high-performing schools at the center of neighborhood transformation.  Our strategy is phased, starting with the creation of the Dudley Village Campus (DVC)--where every child growing up in our neighborhood is supported with high quality programs and services from birth to career--expanding to a larger area of Boston known as the Circle of Promise (CoP), and then reaching the entire City.  Boston is well-positioned for success within the Promise Neighborhood Initiative as well as to serve as a learning laboratory for the Promise Neighborhood movement.  Boston has a civic culture and history that encourages problem-solving and invests in social programs.  As a gateway city constantly refreshed by new immigrants, a hub of a regional economy, a home to dozens of colleges and universities and hundreds of non-governmental organizations, Boston is a center for both social and civic entrepreneurship.  Boston boasts a tremendous array of services for families, many of which are evidence-based and already serving as national models.   Due to fragmentation among providers and constraints on service delivery models imposed by funding, contracts and public policy, the many high-quality programs of Boston are provided to some children, in some places, some of the time. And, despite this city’s abundance of wealth, talent and creativity, shameful inequities and disparities persist.

To address this, the BPI has catalyzed a very high level of both public and private sector involvement including over $70 million in aligned investments and the participation of people from across the spectrum of expertise and influence in the city. Coupled with resident leadership, this involvement and these investments are sparking innovative strategies through alignment of plans, people, and resources. 

Today, we bring this together under the BPI, and through the national community of practice, we share lessons with and learn from other Promise Neighborhoods.  DSNI, as the BPI lead agency, is fostering new approaches to solving chronic problems.  

Like a university campus, the Dudley neighborhood is a geographic area with infrastructure, institutions, people, buildings, and technology that provide the physical places and resources for the highest quality of education for all residents.  BPI partners link their success to the progress and achievements of our students and to the degree that it engages all elements of the community in planning, organizing, and evaluating that success and reducing inequities across the city.  We use both hi-tech and hi-touch strategies to reach residents.  By leveraging technology, partners and institutions ranging from churches and youth groups, to corner stores and social service agencies, we aim for improved population-level outcomes for children and families.

Boston Promise Initiative Partners

Access Painting

Action for Boston Community Development Inc.(ABCD)

Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)

Artists for Humanity

Associated Early Care and Education

Berklee City Music

Best Buy

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Bird Street Community Center

Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

Blue Hill Avenue Task Force

Boston Afterschool & Beyond

Boston Arts Academy

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children Thrive in 5 / Dudley Children Thrive

Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness

Boston College Graduate School of

Social Work

Boston Community Capital

Boston Housing Authority

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)

Boston Parent Organizing Network

Boston Plan for Excellence

Boston Police Department

Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)

Boston Public Health Commission

Boston Public Schools

Boston Redevelopment Authority

Boston Teacher Residency

Boston Tenant Coalition

Boston United for Students

Boston Youth Fund

Bottom Line

Bowdoin Street Health Center

Casa Esperanza

Career Collaborative

Center for Law and Education

Child Witness to Violence Project

Children's Health Watch

Children's Services of Roxbury

City of Boston

City Connects

City Fresh

City Life/Vida Urbana

City Year

Civic Engagement Initiative

Community Servings

Community Ventures Consulting

Crosstown Church

CVC Unido/Catholic Charities Teen Center

Dearborn Middle School

Discover Roxbury

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation

Dorchester/Roxbury Labor Committee


Dudley Neighbors, Inc.

Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School


Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Fairmount Greenway Task Force

Family Independence Initiative

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts

Family Service of Greater Boston

Foreclosure Roundtable

Franklin Park Coalition

Full-service Schools Roundtable

Gordon College

GOTCHA Youth Jobs Collaborative

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Haynes Early Education Center

Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

Homes for Families

Interaction Institute for Social Change

Jeremiah E. Burke High School

King and Son Affordable Construction

La Alianza Hispana

LIFT - Boston

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Madison Park Development Corporation

Mason Elementary School

Mass 2020

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

MA Alliance for Portuguese Speakers


Massachusetts Department of Mental Health


Mothers for Justice and Equality

Net Work


Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

Orchard Gardens Pilot School

Project Bread

Project HIP-HOP

Project Hope

Project RIGHT

Quincy Street Missional Church


Renew Boston

Roxbury Builders Guild

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Cultural Network

Roxbury Master Plan Strategic Oversight


Roxbury Neighborhood Council

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center


S.A.W. (Sisters At Work)

Smart from the Start

St. Kevin’s Area Planning Collaborative

St. Patrick’s Church

Strategy Matters

Suffolk Construction

Tech Boston

Technology Goes Home

The Action Center for College Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS)

The City School

The Food Project

The Jones Payne Group

The Salvation Army

Thompson Island Outward Bound

Tufts University

University of Massachusetts, Boston - College of Public and Community Service

University of Massachusetts, Boston - Center for Community Democracy & Democratic Literacy

United States Department of Education/

Promise Neighborhoods

University of Massachusetts, Boston - Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy

University of Massachusetts, Boston - McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies

Urban Edge Housing Corporation

Vine Street Community Center

Vital Pictures


Winthrop Elementary School


Youth Hostelling International

Youth Violence Systems Project

YouthBuild Boston



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