Mattahunt Community Center
Hours and Contact Info
Hours: Mon-Fri, 1-8 pm
Director: Rashad Cope
2014-2015 Mattahunt Family Fun Nights
Food and Fun for the Whole Family!
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Mattahunt in the News
- WBUR interviewed Director Rashad Cope on the challenges faced in Mattapan and what voters want in a new mayor.
- The Mattapan Reporter highlighted the Fall 2013 re-opening of the Center.
- The Mattapan Reporter posts a letter from Center Director Rashad Cope on the schedule and programming changes to the Mattahunt for fall 2013.
- Boston.com and the Boston Globe cover Mattahunt college and career readiness program.
The Mattahunt Community Center had long been a valued asset for Mattapan residents. In 2010-2011, Wheelock College was introduced to the urgent needs in the Mattapan community by Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston. The Mattahunt Community Center, located in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, was closed in 2010 because of severe city budget constraints. Mayor Menino sought solutions to addressing community needs by forging public-private partnerships that would ensure continued attention and more importantly continued services and programs in the greater Mattapan Community.
With support and guidance from the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Advisory Board, the Center officially reopened in 2011 with refurbished facilities, including a pool, a basketball court, athletic fields, and a new computer center with wireless access. The upgrades were completed largely by volunteers, including Wheelock students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the Boston Celtics, state and city officials, and local residents. Mayor Menino, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, the Boston Public Schools, Mattapan residents and Wheelock College have leveraged community relationships and partnerships that have led to a resurgence of energy, enthusiasm and volunteerism. In four short years, the Center has become the physical presence for the College's community-wide engagement in Mattapan. The Center is now a community hub serving approximately 130 Boston-based families a day with a range of recreational, inter-generational and academically focused programs.
Wheelock faculty aligns their curriculum-related, student-engagement programs with field experiences, internships, and graduate assistantships at the Mattahunt Community Center. This collaborative community project now provides enriching opportunities for Wheelock students while supporting children and families in our neighboring community.
New Success Model for Public-Private Partnerships is Honored: Wheelock College Receives the Blackburn Award
The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) presented Wheelock College with the 2012 John Blackburn Award for the Revitalization of the Mattahunt Community Center. This national award recognizes outstanding examples of college and university leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems, and/or illustrate successful efforts to meet demands.
(from left) Adrian K. Haugabrook, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Chief Diversity Officer; Marta T. Rosa, Special Assistant to the President, Office of Government and External Affairs; Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President, Wheelock College; Shellice Baker, Youth Coordinator, Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center; Rashad O. Cope, Director, Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center
Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Community Advisory Board
The Center is now overseen by the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Community Advisory Board that includes leaders from the Mattahunt community as well as Wheelock faculty and staff. The Advisory Board is co-chaired by David Jackson, President of Friends of the Mattapan Library and Mattapan resident for 33 years; Dr. Azzie Young, President and CEO of the Mattapan Community Health Center; and Marta T. Rosa, Wheelock College's Senior Executive Director of Government & External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships; Chief Diversity Officer.
Location: 100 Hebron Street, Mattapan, MA
Available Programs and Hours of Operation
Programming at the Center—provided by Wheelock staff as well as several partner organizations—now includes swimming lessons, an outdoors program, an ongoing youth advocacy seminar, yoga classes, nutrition education, free reading and math tutoring, youth sports, English classes for non-native speakers, and young professional seminars and workshops.
The Mattahunt Center is open to the public Monday - Friday and offers several annual membership levels, including a family rate for $25 and a $5 youth aquatics card.
Through funding support from Santander Universities, the Mattahunt Community Center has been able to provide on-site programs and opportunities to increase the financial literacy, college and career awareness understanding of over 300 youth and participating families.