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ANNOUNCEMENT - JUNE 25th, 2014
BOSTON PROMISE INITIATIVE & DSNI RELEASE THE RESULTS
OF THEIR FIRST-EVER DUDLEY VILLAGE CAMPUS SURVEY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or stay tuned to DSNI's Twitter feed to get updates on the results of the survey @dsni_org, following the hastag #DVCportraits.
ANNOUNCEMENT - JUNE 2nd, 2014
BOSTON PROMISE INITIATIVE & DSNI TO RELEASE UP TO $300,000
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.
HOW & WHEN TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
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.
MICROSOFT WORD OF RFP APPLICATION
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Please review some of our answers to frequently asked questions about the Investments in Neighborhood Change Grants and grant process.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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 email@example.com.
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?
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BOSTON PROMISE INITIATIVE
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
Action for Boston Community Development Inc.(ABCD)
Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Artists for Humanity
Associated Early Care and Education
Berklee City Music
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
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
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Center for Law and Education
Child Witness to Violence Project
Children's Health Watch
Children's Services of Roxbury
City of Boston
City Life/Vida Urbana
Civic Engagement Initiative
Community Ventures Consulting
CVC Unido/Catholic Charities Teen Center
Dearborn Middle School
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
Franklin Park Coalition
Full-service Schools Roundtable
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
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
MA Alliance for Portuguese Speakers
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Mothers for Justice and Equality
Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
Orchard Gardens Pilot School
Quincy Street Missional Church
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
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
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/
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
Winthrop Elementary School
Youth Hostelling International
Youth Violence Systems Project
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