Boston Uncornered

aka College Bound Dorchester   |   Dorchester, MA   |  www.uncornered.org

Mission

The purpose of our organization is to end generational urban poverty by engaging individuals we call Core Influencers as the solution. Guiding Principles: Love, Trust, Curiosity, Humility, Relentlessness

Ruling year info

1966

Co-Founder

Mr. Mark Culliton

Co-Founder

Mrs. Michelle Calderia

Main address

222 Bowdoin Street

Dorchester, MA 02124 USA

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Formerly known as

FEDERATED DORCHESTER NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSES INC

Boston Uncornered

EIN

04-2383512

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Boston is a city of great opportunity, innovation and promise. Yet, like many urban cities, there are still too many neighborhoods defined by generational cycles of poverty, street level violence, and a widening gap of economic inequality. Only 1% to 7% of the population drives most of the street violence in only a few communities. They are often gang-involved youth (16 to 24 year old), using their skills and influence for disruption.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

What We Aim to Solve:

Gang violence represents more than half of all violence in major urban cities in the United States. It is perpetrated by less than three percent of the population, who we call Core Influencers, and occurs on five percent of street corners. The impact, however, reverberates throughout the entire city as individual lives are lost, families are broken, and entire neighborhoods are held hostage – in seemingly never-ending cycles of violence, incarceration and poverty. We see untapped potential and imagine individuals thriving, neighborhoods shining and cities booming.

Programming consists of:
Personal and Professional mentorship from CRAs
Trauma-informed support from licensed and trained professionals
Stipends for enrolled students

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

College Connections engages students, aged 14-27, in the Bowdoin-Geneva area of Dorchester, and supports them in matriculating to college. College Connections intentionally recruits students who are academically and socio-emotionally off-track, and are furthest from the path to higher education. Participants include middle school students referred by public schools, high school students failing core courses, young people who have left school, and students for whom English is a barrier to academic advancement. We provide highly structured one-on-one mentoring and on-going support through five College Connections pathways: 1) High School support, 2) Foundations (high school credential/HiSet) support, 3) Bridge to College support, 4) College Support, and 5) ESOL support. The gains students make is the result of their deep mentoring relationships with highly-trained College Readiness Advisors (CRA) - who are from the community and share similar life experiences.

Population(s) Served

The support focuses on enhancing community mental health and repairing broken relationships through restorative justice circles. Students have access to participate in counseling with licensed and trained mental health professionals under the guidance of Eleanor Forbes, Director of Mental Health Support. These sessions allow individuals to develop and implement trauma-informed solutions to use in their daily lives.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults
Adolescents
Adults
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation

Awards

Community Partnership Award 2012

Mutual of America

Community Social Capitalist 2012

SCI Social Capital Inc

Community Quarterback 2012

Eastern Bank

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With the right support and opportunities, Boston's 2,600 Core Influencers are agents of change and the solution to unlocking the full potential of communities and urban cities. Our mission is to equip gang-involved youth with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college. Our vision is to end cycles of urban poverty, violence and lack of opportunity through education.

We provide opportunities and support to gang-involved youth who are driving these negative cycles - creating agents of positive change.
We provide financial support, as Gang-involved youth need holistic supports to choose college over the corner. Financial support in the form of living-wage stipends allow students to focus on their education full-time.
We set High Expectations: College is the key to breaking the cycle of disruption and poverty. When challenged and given support, young people rise to the expectations set for them and move from the corner to, and through, college.
We hire and train "connected mentors" formerly gang involved men and women as College Readiness Advisors (CRAs) with the credibility and experience to engage Core Influencers — CRAs unlock some of the very corners they used to hang on.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Boston Uncornered

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jerrell Engermann

Empower Retirement


Board co-chair

Mr. Jim McDonough

Threatstack

William Darling

Chairman, Woodstock Corporation

Paul Connolly

Retired, First Vice President & COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

David Guadagnoli

Partner, Sullivan & Worcester, LLP

LeBone Moses

Chisara Ventures, Inc.

Tom O'Donnell

Inspection Engineer, City of Boston

Mike O'Toole

President, PJA Advertising and Marketing

Simon Taylor

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Rachel Rock

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Mary Jo Meisner

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Summer L Williams

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Michael Frieze

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Paul Francisco

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.