Building a Neighborhood for Learning: the Boston Promise Initiative

Boston Case Study
Roxbury and North Dorchester residents came together to create a “community of opportunity” through the Dudley Village Campus. This neighborhood-wide learning community supports kids and families in all aspects of life, using schools as an anchor point for coordinating health, education, social services and youth development.

Long-term economic opportunity and well-being depend on years of learning and education, which are, in turn, influenced by access to health and social services, family and community support, early childhood development and much more. The Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) formed in 2012 to connect these dots in the Roxbury and North Dorchester neighborhoods, Led by the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), BPI formed the Dudley Village Campus—a core neighborhood with three population centers and more than 24,000 residents. Residents and community leaders now organize projects and outcomes in five key areas: investments in neighborhood change, school-ready children, successful students and schools, post-secondary completion and career readiness, and strong and healthy families.

Produced for Opportunity360 by PlaceMatters, with support from Enterprise Community Partners and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland.

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