Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Wins Grant

March 19, 2013

The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation funds the development of a "center of excellence"

Wheelock College announced the award of $15,000 from the Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation for the development and implementation of college- and career-readiness programs and services at the Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Community Center.

Growing and developing a comprehensive college- and career-readiness program addresses the un-met needs expressed by the Mattapan community. The college and career readiness "Center of Excellence" will create a multidimensional, age-based progression of college- and career-readiness programs and services for Mattapan youth in grades 4-12 and a continuum of support programs for parents, families, and other adults who are supporting Mattapan youth.

"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," said Mattahunt Wheelock Partnership Director Rashad Cope. "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."

In 2010, Wheelock College was introduced to the urgent needs in the Mattapan community by 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. Guided by its mission to improve the lives of children and families, Wheelock worked in close partnership with the Mattapan community to set a collaborative vision for the Center focused on the expressed needs of the community, ensuring that the Mattapan residents' voices informed the future programs and services offered at the Mattahunt Community Center. The Center re-opened in 2011 and is now a thriving, sustainable community hub that offers a growing roster of academic and recreational services and activities driven by community needs and priorities. Nearly 200 families currently access and benefit from the Center's robust portfolio of programs and activities every day.

The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation was formed in 2011 by Harold Brown. Its goal is to provide support for local 501c3 organizations that serve the community. Annual funding ranges from $250,000 to over $1,000,000. Past and current charities supported include The West End House, The Franciscan Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cradles to Crayons, the Coolidge Corner Theater, and scholarship programs at various local colleges and universities. Preference is given to deserving charities serving the local communities of Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Greater Boston and any community where The Hamilton Company does business.

For more information on the Mattahunt Community Center, visit www.wheelock.edu/mattahunt

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