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Wheelock receives $15K for Mattapan community center

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 27, 2013 12:23 PM

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Wheelock College has received $15,000 to develop and implement college and career-readiness program and services at the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Community Center in Mattapan.

The college announced it received the award from the Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation to help meet the needs of the Mattapan community through a college and career readiness Center for Excellence.

The center will offer multidimensional, age-based progression of college- and career-readiness programs and services for students in grades 4 through 12 and support programs for parents, families, and other adults who are supporting Mattapan youth, according to the college.

“The beginning stages of building a successful future for a young person require thoughtful consideration of the resources and opportunities he or she has at their disposal,” Rashad Cope, director of the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership, said in a statement. “Creating pathways for college- and career-readiness has proven to be an essential element in the foundational stages of student success, and at the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Community Center we are truly excited that the Hamilton Company understands and supports this critical agenda.”

Wheelock began working with the community center after city budget issues closed the facility in 2010. The college worked with the community to develop the programs and services children and families needed before reopening the center in 2011.

Nearly 200 families now use the center and its program everyday and the college was recognized by the American Association of University Administrators for its work.

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