MAVERICK LANDING COMMUNITY SERVICES INC.

Opening Doors to Opportunities and Change

aka MLCS   |   East Boston, MA   |  mlcsboston.org

Mission

Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) helps children, youth, and adults build 21st-century skills - collaboration, teamwork, creativity, imagination, critical thinking, and problem solving - to reach economic, educational, and personal goals. MLCS is in the heart of a housing development where 77% of the families are poor and living in subsidized housing. We leverage this access by providing age-appropriate programming.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Rita Lara

Main address

31 Liverpool St

East Boston, MA 02128 USA

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EIN

20-5911734

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

East Boston is a working-class, immigrant gateway community, home to the largest Latino community in Boston (52.9%). 50%+ of families with school-age children are below federal poverty level, 20% heads of households single mothers. 35% of Eastie residents have less than a high school diploma. A youth development approach focused on building 21st-century skills is critical for our underemployed, predominantly Latino population. Latinos remain underrepresented in STEM occupations, now integral to New England economy; yet Latinos experience difficulty accessing higher ed. The tech industry gap is perpetuated by the current development boom in Eastie with new units surrounding MLCS occupied by professionals described by WBUR in a12/21/2017 report as “a wave of high-income earners,” many of whom work in the tech and innovation field. Now is the time to influence the future of the Boston STEM field by equipping underrepresented Latinos in East Boston with basic entry-level STEM skills.

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?

Early Care (0 to 5)

Family Nurturing program for parents and playgroups in Arabic & Spanish, implemented in collaboration with BPS Countdown to Kindergarten.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The stark income inequality in America largely stems from differences in access to a quality education and viable and/or meaningful employment opportunities. Guided by this ideology, we have remained committed to “Opening doors to Opportunities and Change” for children, teens, and adults in East Boston by providing effective and relevant services since 2007. Our location in a mixed-income housing development gives us access and reach to over 1400 families and individuals who are most in need. Further, MLCS is steps from Maverick Square, one of East Boston’s most densely populated and poorest neighborhoods.

When education, economic supports, and social capital are offered to youth and adults, there is a "mutual motivation" for both parents and children to have access to opportunities. This approach defines the work of MLCS.

The combination of goal-setting, academic performance, career exploration, and STEM skill access in MLCS programs bring lasting economic and social capital benefits to the rapidly changing community of East Boston. Some strategies laid out in our youth programs are to:

-have a primary focus on building 21st century skills for youth and exposing youth to new opportunities and careers in science, tech, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics.
-combine individualized family case management with a full-time case manager.
-utilize a youth-centered development approach of intentional and reflective discussions.
-operate youth programs at the same time under one roof, allowing cross-pollination of programs and peer-mentorship with opportunities for talented teens to work in the makerspace as leaders and to develop content on MLCSmakers.com.
-remain the only structured educational community-based programs in East Boston operating Monday- Thursday until 8pm.

Financials

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MAVERICK LANDING COMMUNITY SERVICES INC.

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deirdre Wyman

Trinity Management