Strategies

Through our neighborhood programs, we’re working to build a neighborhood of choice and promise. Find the one that’s right for you below.

Community Pillars

Connected Community

Like a tree, our foundation is community. And we are growing neighborhoods with a village feel where people know each other, talk to each other and care for each other

Thriving Community

We envision a local sustainable ecosystem where residents & businesses are partners towards a connected community.

Healthy Community

We are committed to establishing a healthy, vibrant Dorchester where private and public properties have been transformed into healthy and sustainable environments

Supportive Community

We will work towards a community committed to peace not violence. One where youth can succeed. A neighborhood full of places where we can best learn, work and play.

Community Programs

Community Café

Background

The Community Café (originally called the Crossroads Café) was a start-up, non-profit social enterprise cafe that was to address the need for a “third space” and good food in a sit-down environment.

Current Status

The Community Café’s champion had to take a step back to focus on another “Big Idea”. It has been difficult to find another champion, even as a for-profit venture. The CSNDC tried to utilize space in it’s properties to no avail. Millennium Ten tried a new approach: we decided local entrepreneurs that will fulfill most of the goals for the Community Cafe.

Next Steps

We have named 3 area restaurants as “Community Cafes”. They are Juice and Jazz and Next Step Soul Food Cafe in Codman Square and Yelu’s in Four Corners. We are working on a logo for the cafes to use in their branding. Please go support them!

Anti-Displacement Strategy

Background

Anti-Displacement is the newest focus for Millennium Ten.

Current Status

We support the anti-displacement organizing efforts of TNT and CSNDC. Anti-displacement featured very prominently in both seasons of Together We Stand, our community forum.

Next Steps

We’ll be working even more closely with groups like City Life/Vida Urbana to combat displacement as our neighborhood changes.

Eco-Innovation District

Background

The EID is Dorchester’s first “green” initiative by building a model for maximum energy sustainability in an underserved urban neighborhood.

Current Status

A continued priority is the process of energy-efficient retrofits that have reached approx XX% of the neighborhood. TNT and the CSNDC are now doing outreach to the business owners as well. The other priority is acquiring LEED-ND status. The City of Boston has also designated the EID a Slow Streets Zone and will begin making traffic calming and green infrastructure.

Next Steps

The M10 Coordinator will continue to work with the CSNDC and TNT to secure more funding for the EID. The Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative and a number of other Fairmount centered advocacy groups will focus on the development of affordable housing and green space along the Fairmount Line inside the EID. The further development of OASIS on Ballou will provide food access, green space, and green jobs.

Men of Color / Mentoring Initiative

Background

The Men of Color Men of Action (MOC/MOA) group was helped shaped by Millennium Ten as a parallel process, with a specific focus on mentoring. This initiative centers on community engagement and outreach & enrichment capacity through resource referral and support of program participants’ personal development.

Current Status

The MOC/MOA group has a cohort of men who organize annual events such as CORI-friendly job fairs and coat drives. The CSNDC and M10 received a planning grant to develop a program that connects housing, mental/physical wellness, employment, and positive masculinity. The result of this grant was the creation of the Male Engagement Network.

Next Steps

Millennium Ten and the other two Resilient Communities, Resilient Families organizations will continue to flesh out and develop the MEN initiative. We are starting our outreach and surveying to help shape the events and programming we will launch in the fall.

Youth Hub & Youth Outreach

Background

The Youth Jobs HUB works to increase youth employment opportunities and strengthen the youth employment pipeline in the Millennium Ten target area.

Current Status

Youth Hub now has a full-time director and not only connects youth but employs them as well. They did their first participatory research project for an outside client, the Codman Square Health Center, this year. They have also hosted successful job fairs. Youth Hub has also been recognized by outside groups such as TUGG Tech Gives Back, who awarded them a $50,000 grant. Youth Hub, unfortunately, closed due to funding and the fact that youth programming landscape had changed.

Next Steps

M10 will work with community based non-profits to take on some of the functions of Youth Hub. M10 will also work to convene youth providers in the neighborhood to talk about greater collaboration and needs.

Merchant’s Association

Background

The Codman Square Business District does not have a formal Main Streets Association or official Merchants Association. The goal of restarting an association is to build trust among merchants themselves and to connect merchants to the community.

Current Status

The previous iteration of the Merchants Association is inactive and the Main Streets Assoc. folded about a decade ago. The Small Business and Economic Development Office at CSNDC has a Small Business Breakfast which brings merchants and non-profits together for holiday events and helps to activate the corridor.

Next Steps

The M10 Coordinator will work with the CSNDC, merchants, and the Neighborhood Council to help organize more merchants and develop a plan towards self-sufficiency. The CSNDC received some funding for placemaking efforts and will be erecting a directory in the square. The M10 Coordinator will work with community partners to help activate the Commons and leverage resources for beautification efforts.

Business Co-Op

Background

The Business Cooperative is a coalition of merchants and non-profit partners working together to strengthen business owners and entrepreneurs.

Current Status

The Business Co-op was originally championed by the CSNDC but is not currently being run as a traditional co-op. There has not been a sustainable organization led by the merchants to run such an initiative. The merchants do share some street cleaning and snow clearing supplies.

Next Steps

The Merchant’s Association should be reactivated and focus on getting to self-sufficiency. Then this association could search for grants and other sources of capital to start a co-op.