Links to Community Organizations
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The mission of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is to develop “leaders in service”: individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whole example influences and inspire others. The Fellowship achieves this through an interdisciplinary, service-learning model that fosters moral and professional development.
Body By Brandy
Body By Brandy Fitness Studio in Roxbury, a neighborhood of Boston, offers programming, personal training, nutrition counseling, cardiovascular and strength training. Their mission is to invest in the health of our community through creative fitness programming, health education, self empowerment and community outreach. “We want to make our community healthier by teaching individuals to take ownership of their health and make their body, their business.”
Body By Brandy 4 Kidz
Body By Brandy 4 Kidz, located in the heart of Roxbury, Massachusetts, invests in the health of the children in our community through the teaching of positive health and fitness lifestyle habits. In a safe and supportive environment, youth can improve their bodies and themselves, developing a positive body image and maximizing their own potential. Body By Brandy 4 Kidz offers programming that is fun, exciting, innovative and life-changing.
Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness
BCFF is a city-wide partnership working to improve community health through a comprehensive initiative addressing issues related to food and fitness. Our commitment to racial equity is the foundation for our core strategies. The Collaborative is comprised of dynamic individuals representing a diverse group of sectors, including healthcare, government, education, youth development, food systems, social services and residents. BCFF’s mission is to transform Boston so that every resident can access and afford healthy, locally-grown food and enjoy public spaces and opportunities for active living.
Boston Medical Center’s Nutrition and Fitness for Life
The Department of Pediatrics’ Nutrition & Fitness for Life (NFL) Program is an innovative clinical and community-centered obesity prevention and treatment program. Through unique interventions, initiatives and collaborations, the NFL Program seeks to support children and families in leading healthier lives.
Bowdoin Street Health Center
Founded in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood in 1972 by community residents, Bowdoin Street Health Center remains focused on providing outstanding medical care while maintaining a tradition of working with residents to identify and meet their unique health needs. The mission of the health center is threefold: caring for patients; caring for families; and caring for the community. The health center runs a weekly farmer’s market July-September featuring food grown by Healthy Champions, patients of the health center who plant, grow and harvest their own produce.
Boys and Girls Club of Boston
A 501(c)3 whose mission is to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. They do this by providing: a safe haven filled with hope and opportunity, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life-enhancing programs. The Boys and Girls Club of Boston serves approximately 14,000 children and teens, ages 6 to 18, in their ten clubs, and through programs and partnerships.
Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association
The National Congress of Parents and Teachers (National PTA) is an educational organization that seeks to unite the forces of home, school, and community on behalf of children and youth. PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States, a not-for-profit organization of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities. Massachusetts PTA has approximately 19,000 members in 119 local units throughout the state. The Massachusetts PTA provides a support network to local units and councils through state and district PTA conferences, workshops, personalized schools of instruction, and numerous publications and materials.
Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) draws on the wonderful ethnic and cultural diversity of the Mattapan community to promote a healthy living environment, with a focus on access to healthy foods and the promotion of physical fitness for all ages. The MFFC sponsors a weekly farmers market July through October; promotes utilization of community resources for physical fitness through the annual Mattapan Moving for Life fitness event; and helps coordinate Healthy on the Block, an initiative to increase community access to healthy affordable food through community corner stores.
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
NOAH is a multi-service non-profit community development corporation in East Boston that works on creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities and building safe and healthy neighborhoods for those most in need and others challenged by today’s housing market. NOAH’s Community Building and Environment Department (CBE) works with community members to improve the environment, enhance the quality of life, and develop the leadership skills of residents in East Boston and beyond NOAH’s Environmental Chelsea Creek Crew (E3C) employs East Boston teens to learn how to be local leaders as they participate in the clean up and redevelopment of polluted sites and the development of programs related to ecological, environmental, recreational, and health issues associated with the Chelsea Creek.
Smart from the Start
Smart from the Start (S2) is a family support and community engagement initiative that will promote low-income children entering school with the cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional assets that facilitate school and life success. S2 expands and strengthens early learning opportunities, promotes parents’ role as their children’s first teacher and builds neighborhood will, understanding and capacity to support school readiness.
Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with Latino youth and families to end destructive cycles of poverty, health inequities, and lack of opportunity in our community. Through our Pathways to Success model we pioneer new and innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing Latino youth today, supporting positive youth development from 8-21, creating a community that supports young people, and training all youth to advocate for themselves and their communities. Each year, Sociedad Latina serves 3,000 youth and adults. Our comprehensive, intensive array of programming builds skills in four areas, identified by our constituents as those most in need of support: Education, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Arts & Culture.
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center
A non-profit tennis club located in the heart of Boston, offering comprehensive tennis, academic and social programs for children ages 4 and up, and instructional, recreational and competitive tennis program for adults of all ages and skill levels. Their mission is to raise academically and physically healthy young adults, with a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence in all facets of life. Their vision is that tennis is a vehicle through which life lessons can be learned and character developed. In a multi-cultural setting, we teach the value of personal investment, achievement and teamwork.
The Food Project
Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, they works with over a hundred teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 37 acres in eastern Massachusetts. Their hallmark is to focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. Food from their farms in distributed through their Community Supported Agriculture programs, Farmers’ Markets, and to hunger relief organizations.
YMCA of Greater Boston
The YMCA of Greater Boston ranks as one of the large urban Ys in the nation, staying true to its roots as a values-driven, volunteer-led, human service organization strengthening children, families and communities. The Y’s mission, driven by the values derived from a century and a half of service, is to improve body, mind, and spirit health for all. The Y is the largest provider of after school programs and child care in Massachusetts, offers the state’s largest summer youth employment program, involves more than 10,000 children in summer camps, and leverages resources to provide over $10.3 million in critical services at no cost to low income participants.