Donate Your Old Digital Camera to Youth Conservation Corps

Posted June 4th, 2012 by Joel and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, Youth

This summer the Youth Conservation Corps will be working on a photography project showing the natural treasures and parks in Boston. If you’ve recently upgraded to a new camera and are wondering what to do with your old “clunky” digital camera, consider donating it to the Youth Conservation Corps. Contact Candice Cook at or 617-542-7696 to discuss donating your camera. All donations are tax-deductible.

Read more about the Youth Conservation Corps here.


TNT Service Day, Oct. 8

Posted October 4th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester, Youth

On Saturday, October 8th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Talbot Norfolk Triangle will be hosting Neighborhood Service Day at 106 Norfolk Street, a community garden in-progress. Everyone is welcome, and lunch will be provided! Work will include: finishing construction of the raised beds, spreading mulch in the paths, planting trees. For more info, contact the Boston Project Ministries at: 617-929-0925.

Neighbors and youth are busy transforming this old house lot into a new community garden where children are able to learn about gardening. Construction began summer 2011 and will be completed in 2012. Plots will be available to grow fresh, local produce. One half of the plots are to be used by children and youth programs.


My Dot Tour Video Online!

Posted September 17th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in News, Opportunities, Youth

My Dot Tour Logo

A video profiling My Dot Tour is now online! View the video on YouTube or continue on to see it embedded on My Dot Tour is a collaborative program that empowers youth and community through celebrating Fields Corner’s multicultural history. Based on a model made successful by mytown, inc. in the South End and Lower Roxbury, MyDotTour brings this innovative program to Dorchester—Boston’s largest and oldest neighborhood, founded in 1630. MyDotTour youth tour leaders meet weekly to learn about their community, research its history, and create a walking tour of the Fields Corner area. These youth serve as tour guides, developing leadership and public speaking skills in the process.  Continue Reading »


MyDotTour 2011 a success!

Posted August 25th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Dorchester, Youth

Check back for all sorts of coverage of this great project here on this page over the next few weeks!

Chris Lovett interviews the MyDotTour project coordinator, Kate Balug:

Guided Tour Connects the Dot from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.



NOTE: Even though the youth-led walking tours of August 2011 are over, you can still take the tour – go to the MyDotTour website for more information.


Green & Grow Apprenticeship Program

Posted July 26th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester, Opportunities, Youth

The Green & Grow Apprenticeship Program is a workforce development program that helps young Bostonians between the ages of 17 and 20 become effective and reliable employees through working and learning in an urban park. The program combines job readiness training, career exploration, environmental education, academic support, team-building, personal attention from mentors and attractive compensation.

The Green & Grow Apprenticeship Program runs after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as on Saturdays, for ten months during the school year.

Attached, please find additional information about the Apprenticeship Program as well as an application. Please disseminate the attached information (Green and Grow Fact SheetGreen and Grow Program Application) to young people you feel would be interested in this opportunity as well as your colleagues. For more information, call Kent Jackson 617-603-7731 or email

Please note, the application deadline is August 12.


My Dot Tour Kicks Off!

Posted July 21st, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Move Dorchester, Youth

My Dot Tour

The Fields Corner Collaborative is pleased to kick off My Dot Tour, a multimedia, youth-led walking tour of Fields Corner in Dorchester this August! The free tours will take place Saturday August 6 and 13 at 11 a.m. and on Sunday August 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. There is a 20 attendee-maximum at each tour – RSVP today! For media inquiries and to RSVP with your preferred tour date and time, contact You may also call (617) 855-8687.

On the first two weekends in August, My Dot Tour teen guides will for the second year lead participants on hour-long walking tours of Fields Corner. The tours will present a narrative of not only the past, but also the present and future of this diverse and exciting community. Continue Reading »


Youth Environmental Training Institute opportunity – apply now!

Posted July 13th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Opportunities, Youth

The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is accepting applications from qualified teens, aged 16–19 from across the country, to attend its 10th annual “Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute”, to be held August 12–21, 2011, in Glorieta, New Mexico for free.

The Institute is an intensive, science-based, residential, and highly educational 10 day program to be held in Northern New Mexico this August. Using classroom and outdoor settings, the Institute is designed to help create the environmental leaders of tomorrow by educating, engaging, and inspiring youth, especially Latinos and other minorities, to a range of environmental, natural resource and energy topics. It is also designed to provide information on the many college and career opportunities in the environment, and to strongly urge students to pursue these careers in the future. Continue Reading »


Gardening with Little Sprouts: Fields Corner Children Thrive in 5 Launch

Posted July 12th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Greening Dorchester, Healthy Dorchester, News, Youth

Planting with Kids, Posing with KidsThe July 9 DEHC Saturday workshop was spent teaching tiny tots to plant. Field’s Corner Children Thrive, a division of Thrive in Five Boston, launched its formal presence in Dorchester with a “Family Fun Day” at the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center. The action-packed event included a slew of activities, including games, fun, theater from the Boston Children’s Museum, safe play areas, infant massage, and of course, DEHC’s planting workshop!

Before the little tykes arrived, DEHC did some garden bed improvement at the Dorchester House. A few curious onlookers wandered in and out of the planting area behind the Ellet St. parking lot as DEHC members, clad in “Talk Read Play” t-shirts, raked lumpy soil into clean plots and prepared to transplant peppers, marigolds, basil and squash from biodegradable pots into several garden beds. Around 9:30 a.m. small children (ages 0 – 5) began to wander by and the educational portion of the program began. Continue on for more details about the day, pictures of cute kids and details about Field’s Corner Children Thrive. Continue Reading »


“Especially for Children” Entertainment Every Thursday

Posted July 7th, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Healthy Mattapan, News, Youth

PlaygroundA little late to get to today’s entertainment & open wading pool, but there’s many weeks of fun to come! The Neponset River Greenway “Especially for Children Performance Series” begins! Starting July 7, every Thursday morning in July, enjoy this series of kid-friendly performances from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All kinds of entertainment will be featured at Ryan Playground in Mattapan. Amazing musicians, live animals, and even storytelling! That’s not all! After every event kids will be allowed to play in the park’s wading pool. Check or call 617-542-7696 for more information and performance schedule. For Neponset River Greenway Festival events, click here.

On Thursday July 7, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cornell “Sugarfoot” Coley teaches hand- drum rhythms and bursts of high energy African, Latin/Caribbean and Brazilian dance.

On Thursday, July 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bonaparte the Magician will dazzle and delight audiences of all ages with his unique blend of amazing magic, hysterical comedy and much more! Entertainment for later dates TBD.


EPA “Listening Session,” June 21

Posted July 2nd, 2011 by rfoley and filed in Advocacy, Greening Dorchester, News, Youth

Environmental Protection AgencyAfter weeks of coordination (and many last minute changes) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visited three sites in Dorchester and Roxbury on June 21, 2011, with a whole caravan of “alphabet soup” government agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Department of Education (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Labor (DOL) Health and Human Services (HHS) and more. These federal agencies joined the City of Boston and numerous community partners (Dorchester Bay Economic Development CorporationDEHC, Health Resources In Action, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Nuestra CDC, the Urban League of Eastern MAYouth Build Boston, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, The Food Project and others) on a tour of innovative economic, educational and environmental developments in inner city Boston. For descriptions of 2/3 sites, read on. Continue Reading »