City of Boston’s Youth Options Unlimited training program transforming lives in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan through full-time jobs

In 2017, Jaquan Bennett was in Mattapan looking for a bite to eat when he met a man working in the Boston Center for Youth and Families Streetworker Program that works to prevent violence and connect kids and families to important resources. The streetworker told the then-27-year-old about a city program that could help him learn a skilled trade.

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The BASE, City Realty team up to level playing field for youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan

Prior to launching the BASE, Robert Lewis Jr. was the vice president of philanthropy at The Boston Foundation, where he was making an impact in the community by granting about $20 million to various efforts.

For someone who had spent years trying to make a difference by improving the lives of others, that role might have seemed like the perfect job.

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Vertex and Bottom Line join forces to create student pipeline for Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan talent

When the nonprofit Bottom Line was founded in 1997 to help increase career-ready college graduates, a good guarantor of success was the completion of a bachelor’s degree. These days, simply turning a tassel from right to left isn’t enough as companies operating in the world’s most competitive economy seek top-tier talent with a proven skillset.

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Wayfair taps Resilient Coders to find qualified women and men of color in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan

Virtually every business in the country relies on computer programs to operate. This has created a huge demand and a resulting nationwide shortage of software developers. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than there are qualified applicants who can fill them. Additionally, the majority of existing software developers are white males.

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The Power of Community Impact

The power of community impact was in full force at the Community Celebration for The BASE’s new world headquarters at Clifford Park on October 18th. In partnership with the Lewis Family Foundation, The BASE hosted nearly 400 community residents, local business leaders, educators and student-athletes under a massive heated tent for a festive evening of BBQ, dancing, games and raffle prizes. 

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Daniel Deleon
Lewis Family Foundation's Annual Dinner Rock's The Edward M. Kennedy Institute While Honoring Strong Leaders

On the evening of April 1,The Lewis Family Foundation gathered at the Edward Kennedy Institute to honor two of Boston’s courageous community leaders. It was also a celebration of the amazing work the Foundation’s partners have done this year and the hundreds of dedicated leaders and teams who have come together to help develop strong leaders and build strong communities. In fact that was the theme of the night: We Believe in Strong Leaders – Strong Communities.

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Daniel Deleon