Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
College Bound Dorchester, established in 1965 as Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, reframed its mission in 2008 " to equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college to realize a vision of neighborhood transformation. College Bound Dorchester's programming focuses on critical developmental periods in the lives of 900 students each year, from ages 3 months to 27 years, through a dual framework of: 1. Prevention Programming: Early Education and Out of School Time programs for students aged 3 months to 13. 2. Intervention Programming: College Connections which provides college preparation for adolescents and adults aged 14 to 27. This programming is designed to support students, including those involved in traditional educational settings and those who have become disengaged in their education, at key junctures in their lives and to ensure that students stay on the path to college. By providing multiple entry points and a continuum of service, College Bound Dorchester strives to ensure that no student is lost on his or her path to higher education and that all students have the opportunity to realize their goals. College Bound's goal, and ultimately the goal for all of its programs, is for each student to enroll in and graduate from college. College Bound's model to achieve this goal is implemented through the College Connections program and focuses on two areas, "skills and motivation", and is done within the context of connections, high expectations and deep engagement. College Bound works with students through a youth development framework that provides them with academic instruction, mentoring support and enrichment opportunities. Above all else, educators meet our youth where they are and walk with them to a place they never believed they could be.