August 2019 @ MPDC
Celebrating MPDC's Summer Youth Employment Program!
On Friday, August 16th, MPDC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) staff, youth leaders, their families, and supporters joined together to celebrate their fantastic summer at The Dewitt Center . The evening kicked off with remarks from MPDC CEO, Jeanne Pinado, followed by MPDC’s 2019 Scholarship Recipient presentation. Youth leaders and their families enjoyed dance , theater , & self-defense performances from SYEP participants and a “science fair” style expo of presentations about what they learned in their enrichment workshops over the summer. Dinner was served by the SYEP Hospitality Team and was followed by ice cream treats from the Cool Cow ice cream truck. Guests enjoyed glitter tattoos, a photo booth, and dancing to DJ Mr. Bajan's beats. The annual SYEP closeout is one of MPDC's favorite celebrations of the year!
Just because we closed out our summer programming doesn’t mean the fun is going to stop! The Youth Workforce program is now recruiting for its academic year programs in the fall. For more information on our After- School Youth Employment Program , contact  Yhinny Matos / 617.849.6236
Now that youth participants in MPDC’s Summer Youth Employment Program have completed another great summer, we want to thank all our SYEP program funders who helped us employ the largest cohort of SYEP youth participants to date:   

Thank you all for making an amazing summer happen  
An awesome August at The Dewitt Center
The Dewitt Center continued their fun paint day series with Teen Paint Day led by instructor Kristin Chin. Teens left with their outstanding piece of artwork after enjoying homemade treats courtesy of senior resident volunteer Ms. Edna Ross & lunch from Yuen BBQ.
The Dewitt Center was happy to host METCO INC. Summer School this year. Over 60 students focused on advancing their academic skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. The theme for the five-week program was “Game Changers.” At their End of Summer Celebration , each METCO class led a presentation to show what being a game changer means to them . The Dewitt Center would like to thank Deborah Ward, Director of Student Services and Brenda Coaston - Lewis, Principal, for making this partnership happen!
On August 10th, Violence In Boston & Black Lives Matter Cambridge hosted a conference to celebrate , uplift , empower & encourage Black Womxn . The conference featured a variety of break out sessions, including a "real talk" conversations with District Attorney Rachel Rollins , and a discussion on healthcare disparities facing black womxn. The event featured a ' Buy Black ' vendor fair, networking hour, and an engaging panel moderated by Marie Free Wright from BET’s 106 & Park .
On August 14th, Madison Park Village hosted a Back to School Event for MPV residents. Over 200 residents received free backpacks stuffed with school supplies! Guests enjoyed a moon bounce, balloon twisting, pizza, and other fun activities courtesy of WinnResidential .
The Boston Association for Childbirth Education and the Nursing Mother's Council hosted a Breastfeeding Foundations Class for Perinatal Health Workers at The Dewitt Center. The course was an interactive one-day workshop that educated twenty health workers on how to support parents in various aspects of breastfeeding.
Stay connected by following the
Dewitt Center Facebook & Instagram pages!
Kenilworth Street Annual Cookout
On August 4th, School House & Kenilworth Williams residents gathered for their annual summer cookout with Peabody Properties . Guests enjoyed food from Zaz Restaurant , entertainment by Bruce's Fun Company sponsored by MassHousing's TAP Program . MPDC was happy to attend and provide goodie bags & music for everyone in attendance.
MPDC & CDC Family Self-Sufficiency Collaborative
MPDC is excited to partner with Compass Working Capital , WinnResidential, and four other Boston area CDC’s to expand the availability of the Federal Family Self-Sufficiency program to our residents. The FSS program offers a combination of incentivized savings and individualized financial coaching to support residents of subsidized housing to work toward increased income, credit, and assets.
Hibernian Hall is ready for Fall!
African Music sensation TENI THE ENTERTAINER live in concert at Hibernian Hall! The Afro-beats musician will perform some of her biggest hits like Case , Askamaya , Power Rangers , and many more.
On deck for September...
Hibernian Hall is honored to serve as an event site for the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival produced by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce & City Awake . 2019 marks the second year of this five-day city-wide festival featuring more 30 unique events.

Hibernian Hall will be hosting three featured events:  ' Afrobeat Fit Sweat Session ,' ' Queer People of Color Art Showcase ' by Citizens Schools , and ' The Transgender Emergency Fund Ball ' by Mass Now all happening on Saturday, September 7th.
Stick Fly  premiered in 2010 at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, in a production that then moved to Boston to the Wimberley Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion . In 2010-2011  Stick Fly  enjoyed a run on Broadway in New York, in a show at the Cort Theater produced by Alicia Keys .
According to Dillon Bustin , Artistic Director for MPDC, “The first play I presented in the ballroom, in 2010, was Underground Railway Theater ’s production of Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs . I’ve followed her career in the years since and am pleased to have a chance to produce  Stick Fly  at Hibernian Hall.”
Jeanne Pinado, MPDC CEO, says, “As someone who spends time on Martha’s Vineyard, I’ve wondered about what goes on in those big fancy summer houses on the beach . I’m looking forward to enjoying Lydia Diamond’s  Stick Fly  and watching her portrayal of that lifestyle.”

Hibernian Hall’s original production of Lydia Diamond’s “ Stick Fly ” will run two weekends: October 17 - 20 and 24 - 27 . Performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3:30 pm on Sunday.
Stay connected by following Hibernian Hall!
MPDC celebrates our 2019
Scholarship Recipients
MPDC awarded 15 scholarships this year totaling

2019 marks the scholarship program’s fourth cycle. This year's recipients are attending schools such as Boston University , Simmons College , and Suffolk University . Fourteen youth received the Danette Jones Scholarship, a $500 scholarship to use for school supplies & books. The Haynes Family Scholarship is awarded to program participants, volunteers, and people affiliated with MPDC and the Ralph D. Smith Community Scholarship is designated for Roxbury residents.
Resource Development stays
busy in the Summer
We’re delighted to announce MPDC has received an  Opportunity Zone Impact Grant from Boston LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in support of community engagement and review of upcoming city-generated Lower Roxbury development projects happening within the Lower Roxbury Opportunity Zone.  We look forward to this partnership with Boston LISC!

MPDC also recently received second year’s funding for our public safety efforts from  Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation .  

Thank you also to  Berkshire Bank  for providing 80 young people with financial literacy training during MPDC's Summer Youth Employment Program. 

And...MPDC was recently selected to be part of a  NeighborWorks America 2019 Peer Learning Communities  cohort! This year, MPDC will join six Neighborworks Organizations from across the country to explore how to engage the health sector in strategic partnerships that advance health equity and comprehensive community development goals.
Save the Date!
Don’t miss MPDC’s Sparks for Arts Masquerade Gala on Friday, November 1, 2019  at Hibernian Hall where we’ll celebrate MPDC accomplishments and, look to a future with new horizons and new leadership. 

Become a Gala Sponsor Help us raise funds for the upcoming year by supporting this fabulous event! Your sponsorship is CITC eligible (50% state tax rebate on gifts of $1000 or more). Contact Kay Mathew / 617.849.6335 to learn more.
Community Action in action!
In August, MPDC's Civic Engagement team hosted a workshop with the MA Area Planning Council (MAPC) on their upcoming regional plan, MetroCommon 2050 , at The Dewitt Center. The workshop asked Roxbury residents about their vision for the neighborhood and discussed strategies to ensure that their voices are heard. We hope to continue working with MAPC and find ways to include local voices as we move towards making our communities more livable and equitable in the future!
Also in August, our Resident & Civic Engagement Manager, Beyazmin Jimenez , represented MPDC at Haley House ’s Community Tables event featuring local vendors and partners from the Roxbury neighborhood. The all-ages celebration featured great food, music and lots of fun!
RoxHealth makes summer fun at MPDC
The members of the MPDC RoxHealth Committee have been busy this summer! During August, committee members planned and implemented a Summer Wellness Series that included activities like lunchtime salad bars , smoothie stations and, a staff favorite, ' Trail Mix Tuesdays .' Staff also participated in an MPDC Property Walking Tour , led by Real Estate Resident Engagement Coordinator and RoxHealth Committee Member Dwayne Watts !
RoxHealth is an internal committee focused on promoting health and wellness among MPDC’s staff. The committee meets bi-weekly to plan initiatives and activities that encourage physical,
mental and emotional wellness.
Strive Program @ MPDC
This summer, MPDC's Health Equity & Wellness Organizer, Leslie Stafford , had the opportunity to work with 20 participants & mentors Madison Park Technical Vocational School 's Strive Program at the Hope Community Garden. This partnership allowed MPDC to provide education on gardening and healthy eating , the benefits of vegetables & herbs, and creating healthy recipes. Healthy snacks were always the highlight of the day! The youth spent their mornings watering plots , pulling weeds , raking, removing rubbish, and planting seeds . We are excited to continue this partnership in 2020!
Harvard Pilgrim Foundation
at the Garden!
On August 5th, MPDC’s Health Equity and Community Wellness team hosted members of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation ’s Board and program staff at MPDC’s community gardens. During their visit, they heard from our gardeners about why access to fresh produce is important to them and sampled delicious recipes made with produce harvested from the gardens. A sincere thank you to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for their investment in MPDC’s work!
MPDC Staff Spotlight:
5 Questions with Leslie Reid
As a way for our community to learn more about our staff members, we have started the '5 Questions' series. These monthly interviews in our newsletters feature five random questions with an MPDC staff member.
This month we are chatting with Vice President of Programs, Leslie Reid.

 1. What role does the VP of Programs play at MPDC?
LR : As Vice President of Programs, I have the incredible opportunity to support the dedicated MPDC staff that work directly on a broad range of program initiatives in the community and to work collaboratively with Communications and Fundraising staff that share with funders and stakeholders the important stories that distinguish the Roxbury community. From supporting resident leaders at Madison Park Village, Orchard Gardens and beyond to voter engagement, arts, cultural and community programming at Hibernian Hall and the Dewitt Center, to trauma-informed response to violent incidents, community gardens and healthy food distribution, and creating work opportunities for young people, MPDC programs are reaching into every corner of our neighborhood to foster a vibrant and healthy neighborhood.
2. What are some MPDC initiatives you are excited about?

LR : I am especially excited about our work to reach out to marginalized young people, who may be out of school and or court-involved, to offer support and paths to stability, work, and educational opportunities. I’m also inspired by MPDC’s investments in workforce, financial development, and homeownership opportunities for current residents, which contributes substantially to our mission of a vibrant and diverse community that leverages resources for all.
3. Where is your favorite place to visit in Roxbury?
LR : I have always loved Dudley Square. Since I was a little girl waiting with my mom on the old elevated Orange Line, Dudley Square has been a place where I experienced Boston in a really special and unique way. Today, that experience continues from the Silver Slipper to Hibernian Hall to Suya Joint , Tropical Foods and Black Market , plus the newer Fasika Café . Dudley Square continues to be a unique showcase of the experience of Black Americans, African Diaspora, and new immigrants in the City of Boston.
4. What do you like to do in your spare time?
LR : In my spare time, I most enjoy spending time with my three kids. I also enjoy reading, cooking, knitting, and exploring local communities.
5. What do you hope for the future of Roxbury?
LR : I hope that we can continue to invest in initiatives that leverage resources and create a spotlight that celebrates the history of activism and culture that distinguishes Roxbury as a unique Boston neighborhood.
Ruggles Street Reconstruction
Public Meeting
Join the City of Boston for a Public Meeting at The Dewitt Center about the Ruggles Street Reconstruction

WHEN:   Wednesday, September 4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE:   The Dewitt Center
(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

Join your neighbors as the City provides an update on the proposed roadway and urban design improvements for Ruggles Street between Tremont Street & Washington Street.
Cookout with Candidates
Meet the 2019 At-Large Candidates before the Primary!

WHEN:  Friday, September 6
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

WHERE:   MPDC Parking Lot
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

Meet the Boston City Council At-Large candidates & incumbents while enjoying a meal with your neighbors!
AfroBeat Fit - Fierce Urgency of Now Festival
Join AfroBeat Fit at Hibernian Hall as part of the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival!

WHEN:   Saturday, September 7
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

TICKETS :   $1 - 10

Join Afrobeat Fit as they guide you through a 60 minutes session with trained Sweat Coaches & an Afrobeat DJ, photo booth, giveaways, and a sense of solidarity among attendees.
Queer People of Color Art Showcase - Fierce Urgency of Now Festival
Celebrate queer artists of color at Hibernian Hall!

WHEN: Saturday, September 7
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

Join the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival for a showcase of visual & performance art followed by a panel discussion with the featured artists.
The Transgender Emergency Fund Ball - Fierce Urgency of Now Festival
Come celebrate the Boston-based Ball scene & raise funds for the Transgender Emergency Fund

WHEN: Saturday, September 7
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)


Join The Legendary Athena Mona Lisa & Mass NOW for a back to school ball at Hibernian Hall!
HubWeek Open Doors Reception
Join HubWeek as the celebrate & explore Dudley Square!

WHEN:  Monday, September 9
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

WHERE:   Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

HubWeek Open Doors is a monthly celebration of the innovation happening in different corners of the city – a curation of the most creative minds, artists, and disruptors making a difference in some of Boston’s most vibrant neighborhoods with new ideas, new businesses, and growing communities. Their next stop is Roxbury!
2020 Census Information Events
@ The Dewitt
Apply for a job with the 2020 Census!

WHEN: Every Tuesday from September 10 - October 29
10:00 am - 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

Learn more about jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau every Tuesday in September at The Dewitt Center.
MPDC 2019 OSHA-10 Class
Sign up for MPDC's Fall 2019 OSHA-10 class at Hibernian Hall

WHEN:  September 12 - 13
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE:   Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

Learn all about workplace safety and reduce job site hazards by receiving your OSHA-10 Card with MPDC.
Age Strong @ Work Series
Age Strong presents an Employment Workshop Series for people 50+

WHEN:  Day 1: Saturday, September 14
10:00am - 2:00p m

WHERE:   The Dewitt Center
(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

Join the City of Boston's Age Strong Commission for an overview of employment opportunities for older workers.
Roxbury Love Concert
Join Hibernian Hall & BAMS Fest for a night of celebrating Roxbury Love!

WHEN:  Saturday, September 14
7:00pm - 11:00pm

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

TICKETS :  $20

See Mark Merren & OOMPA perform live at Hibernian Hall.
Fall into Your New Career - MPDC's Construction Job Fair
Fall into your new career this autumn!

WHEN:   Tuesday, September 17
2:00pm - 6:00pm

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

Meet with a variety of employers from construction & building trades about employment opportunities.
Madison Melnea Cass Apartments
Ribbon Cutting & Celebration
Join MPDC, Preservation of Affordable Housing , & Boston Housing Authority for a ribbon cutting & celebration

WHEN: Saturday, September 21
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

WHERE:   In the parking lots of Melnea Cass Apartments ( across from 34 Sojourner Truth Court) Roxbury, MA

Celebrate the completion of the Melnea Cass Apartments with a ribbon cutting and community housewarming celebration to welcome 76 families to their new homes in Roxbury!
Bikes Not Bombs 35th Anniversary Party
Bikes Not Bombs celebrates their 25th anniversary at Hibernian Hall!

WHEN: Thursday, September 19
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

WHERE:  Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

TICKETS :   $250

Enjoy dinner, drinks, entertainment & a silent bike auction, while honoring Bikes Not Bombs ' alumni & community partners.
STEPRox Recovery Month: All Pathways Lead to Recovery Panel
Join STEPRox for an engaging panel about recovery

WHEN: Saturday, September 21
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WHERE:   The Dewitt Center
(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

All pathways lead to recovery! Come celebrate Recover Month with STEPRox at the Dewitt Center.
Elite Women Expo
Network, shop, eat, and be empowered to fulfill your purpose and set your path to greatness!

WHEN: Saturday, September 28
11:00am - 3:00pm

WHERE:   Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

Join 23 empowered female of color entrepreneurs as they showcase their passions turned into profitable businesses in various industries. 
STEPRox Recovery Month: Recovery Dance
Join STEPRox for their Recovery Dance at The Dewitt Center!

WHEN: Saturday, September 28
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE:   The Dewitt Center
(122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury)

The STEPRox Recovery Support Center's mission is to provide a safe place for the recovery community their family, friends, and those interested in recovery to engage in activities beneficial to the individual and the community.
How does a wealthy man host a reunion at his summer house on Martha's Vineyard, even though both his wife and housekeeper are too ill to attend? He hires the housekeeper's young daughter as a substitute maid, and the gathering begins with the arrival of his two sons and their girlfriends. But old family secrets have been suppressed too long , and before the weekend is over, all the dirty linen has been laundered and hung out to dry.

See it all unfold in 'Stick Fly' written by Lydia Diamond and directed by Ciera-Sadé Wade at Hibernian Hall.

WHEN: October 17 - 27
Various times

WHERE:   Hibernian Hall
(184 Dudley Street, Roxbury)

TICKETS :  $15 - 30
SAVE THE DATE: Sparks for Arts