CORR Key Priorities––addressing the issues of men of color and creating you employment and job readiness opportunities.
CORR is very pleased to note its developments of the past year, which have been dynamically expansive and inclusive in working with the men, women, and youth involved in its programs, as well as growing new program partnerships to add to those already in place.
Building on CORR’s original call for action with community residents for programming aimed at youth entrepreneurship and job readiness classes, anti-violence support, and a CORI-friendly job fair, a new and active area emerged from funding for voter education and registration for area residents.
• Unprecedented strides were made with the Youth Program––some 25 young people completed a 12-week Youth Leadership Partnership program in partnership with the Delta Sigma Theta sorority of Northeastern University––one of the nation’s oldest university sororities by African-American students established in 1913 at Howard University. The program used the Dare to be King / Dare to be Queen curriculum to educate participants in conflict resolution, healthy choices, and future decisions.
• The Computer Learning Center re-opened and provided 2 production training workshops on video storytelling for youth participants. Participants produced and directed this year’s 2014 video for Boston Shines and a video documenting the involvement and action of the neighborhood cleanup effort. Graduates of CLC’s first class expanded their experience during the workshops as teaching volunteers for participants.
• The After-School Tutoring Program moved into its Four Corners space. Not only has the program grown into acquiring a space of its own for programming, it now has on-site computer access as part of CLC. As a result, the program saw the number of youth coming in for after-school tutoring tripled since last year and now counts some 40 youth participants in the tutoring program. The tutoring program will also serve as a feeder into the CLC video production workshops to engage and develop participants in video production and its job possibilities.
• In a new area related to youth development, CSNDC CORR partnered with Mothers for Justice and Equality to create a curriculum and a program series for Youth Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy classes. As a result, 10 students will be attending the first class series early this year.
• From vision to reality––from its work in the past year, CORR is excited to announce efforts were successful to create and gain site control of the Ballou Avenue Oasis. The site covers 23,000 square feet of green space that will be used as a production garden that will supply fresh produce and create youth jobs around the garden’s planting processes. Plans also include eventually developing the site as a year-round learning area.
• The 2nd annual CORI-Friendly Jobs Fair was held this past spring. Beyond participant attendance and partnerships presence from last year, this year’s attendance showed steady continued growth by over 50% with 56 new attendees. New employer partnerships also increased by 50% with 3 new entities joining the program this year. The employer partnerships will help create job opportunities for the program’s job seekers, including the development of sustainable collaborations and solutions, and will also provide greater visibility for the program.
• Thanks to resource assistance, CSNDC CORR is pleased to add it received funding for programming to conduct training with community residents in Voter Education and Registration through workshops, outreach, and door-to-door canvassing.