|The Boston Promise Initiative
(BPI), a collaborative effort led by Dudley Street Neighborhood
Initiative, has been awarded $6 million over the next five years from
the U.S. Department of Education.
DSNI Executive Director John Barros said, “We’re proud to be one of
only seven communities to receive a 2012 Promise Neighborhood
implementation grant. These funds will strengthen and accelerate our
work with residents and partners to prioritize student achievement and
high-performing schools as part of our neighborhood transformation
The grant will be used to catalyze and create “cradle to career
solutions” to ensure that academic and developmental outcomes are
significantly improved for children and youth in the Dudley
neighborhood of Boston.
The federal funding award for year 1 is $1.485 million, which will be
leveraged by an additional $1.2 million in public and private
investments in the first year, with a total match over five years of $6
million. These matching funds are critical for the Boston Promise
Initiative to be able to achieve the desired outcomes of the
Boston Promise Initiative’s vision is that all children growing up in
the Dudley Promise Neighborhood have access to effective schools and
strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them
to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college
Accomplishment: New Charter School
- One major accomplishment of the Boston Promise
Initiative to date was the effort led by BPE (formerly known as Boston
Plan for Excellence) to open a new Boston Public Schools elementary
school, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, in September
- Boston Promise Initiative is also playing a major
role in school improvement efforts at Orchard K-8 School, Dearborn
Middle School, and Burke High School, as well as school readiness
efforts through Dudley Children Thrive.
BPI partners are engaged in a wide range of efforts, which together
have leveraged over $70 million in aligned investments and the
participation of civic leaders from all sectors. Coupled with resident
leadership, this involvement and these investments are sparking
innovative strategies for change through alignment of plans, people,
Aligned with City's Circle of Promise
The Boston Promise Initiative is closely aligned with the City’s Circle
of Promise effort, a school-based and place-based strategy that focuses
on high student achievement and supports for students and families in
an area of Boston with a high number of underperforming schools.
“This is wonderful news for Boston,” said Mayor Thomas Menino. “The
implementation grant will enable Boston to expand the impact of our
overall education agenda, and to build strategies which can be used
across the Circle of Promise to promote the well-being of students and
In 2010, DSNI was one of 21 national recipients of a Promise
Neighborhood planning grant, which led to the establishment of the
Boston Promise Initiative. DSNI used that grant to convene over 800
neighborhood stakeholders and partners to plan for the first year of
pilot programming in the Dudley Village Campus.
DSNI and community
partners will celebrate the news about the Promise Neighborhood grant
at the DSNI Open House on Friday, January 25th from 4-8pm.
In the planning and creation of the Boston Promise Initiative, DSNI has
been aided by more than 165 community and institutional partners,
including: The City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, Boston Public
Health Commission, BPE, Project Hope, The Barr Foundation, The United
Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Thrive in 5, Associated
Early Care and Education, The Boston Children’s Museum, The Boston
Opportunity Agenda, Boston After School and Beyond, Children’s Services
of Roxbury, University of Massachusetts Boston, UMass Boston Center for
Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy, ABCD, and many others.
For a complete listing of Boston Promise Initiative partners go to www.dsni.org.
“The Boston Public School District is pleased to be a partner in this
effort," said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson.
“The Boston Promise Initiative partnership will help us meet our goal
of providing every child in our city with the resources they need to
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) formed in 1984 when
residents of the Dudley Street area of Roxbury and North Dorchester
came together to revive their neighborhood; a community that had been
devastated by arson, disinvestment, and neglect.
DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for,
create, and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in
collaboration with community partners. DSNI today is a collaborative
effort of over 3,000 residents and local organizations committed to
revitalizing this culturally diverse neighborhood and maintain its
character and affordability.