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MAVERICK LANDING COMMUNITY SERVICES

Opening Doors to Opportunities and Change

aka MLCS   |   East Boston, MA   |  mlcsboston.org

Mission

Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) is building an equitable community by uplifting and supporting families, promoting community health, and nurturing resident and youth leadership and creativity.

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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Communication

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
Infants and toddlers
Families

Our workforce development team works with unemployed individuals in our community, assisting them with finding and applying for skills training and/or jobs. We help with rsum review, LinkedIn and Indeed creation, and cover letter writing. Also, Ttis program is integrated with our Digital Literacy Program and English as a Second Language classes, which both teach jobs-readiness skills. Our workforce development coordinators are proficient in England and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Our food justice program focuses on distribution of healthy food every Wednesday, consisting of fresh produce and healthy products in partnership with Fair Foods and Eastie Farm. Our food program was born in the pandemic and is one of many services we offer to promote health equity and address social determinants to health. Todays food program continues to be one of the most consistent sources of food in East Boston. Like many public housing developments and low-income communities, MLCS was unable to access food from the food bank systems during the pandemic. MLCS played a lead role in identifying rescued food partners and in negotiating with the city to fund 4 markets it ran in East Boston and an additional 13 markets run by Fair Foods in other Boston neighborhoods. In 2020 we distributed over 500,000 lbs. of food in 2020 and over 150,000 lbs. of food every year thereafter for a distribution of nearly a million pounds over three years.

Population(s) Served

Our housing lab was launched in response to the housing crisis in a cross-sectoral collaboration with NULawLab, a design, law, and racial and social justice research institute at Northeastern and in partnership with Northeastern Law School faculty and students. We provide the only eviction defense in East Boston that includes court representation with a team of student attorneys. Since its inception, the lab has helped over 200 families to access 1M dollars in rental assistance and eviction prevention support. In the last year, this program has helped over 20 families stay in their homes through eviction defense.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
People of Latin American descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families
People of Latin American descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Families

The Maverick Makers Pro (MMP) program provides an outlet for creative design, problem-solving, leadership, and other skills-building, while simultaneously acting to economically empower the youth of East Boston. Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) hires youth year-round, with 14 teens working during the school year, and 52 teens working in the summer to support our programming. Our teens work an average of 20 hours a week, depending on their availability. Further, they have the choice between four different workforce areas, including Outreach & Media, Community Building, STEM/STEAM Education, Design, and Product Production, with all of these groups interacting and working collaboratively with each other and our Core Staff. Overall, all our youth workers gain valuable and transferable skills, while simultaneously being a part of providing essential services to our Maverick and East Boston community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
People of Middle Eastern descent
People of Latin American descent

We run Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes for primarily Spanish speakers. At any given time, we usually have two Beginner classes running with approximately 25 participants in each, with additional online Intermediate and Advanced class options. We have developed a localized curriculum, centered around life in East Boston, focusing on advancing the vocabulary important to the individuals we teach.

Population(s) Served

We run two different types of Digital Literacy Courses. One, taught in English, primarily serves recently released formerly incarcerated folks who lack digital literacy skills due to their extended incarceration. In our other classes, taught primarily in Spanish, we serve the Latinx immigrant community historically isolated from technological access. Each class has about 15 participants, and we teach a curriculum that focuses on developing a multitude of skills (typing, using Google Apps, web searching, emails, rsum and cover letter writing, LinkedIn and Indeed, PowerPoint, Excel, and more). Further, we work with each participant to tell their own stories through digital storytelling techniques, to achieve and uplift marginalized voices.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
People of Latin American descent
Immigrants and migrants
People of Latin American descent
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people, Immigrants and migrants, People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric includes the total number of English and Spanish Digital Literacy classes taught per year

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

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

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MAVERICK LANDING COMMUNITY SERVICES

Board of directors
as of 12/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Shoenberger

Oracle Cloud


Board co-chair

Gloribel Rivas

State Representative Adrian Madaro's Office

Joe Blamberg

Boston Housing Authority

Brigid K. Bowser

Pierce Atwood LLP

Alex DeFronzo

Piers Park Sailing Center

Ruth Capone

East Boston Community Development Corporation (EBCDC)

Aaron Horne

Trinity Financial

Victoria Phillips

Center for EcoTechnology

Robert Schmidt

Resident (Maverick Landing Community)

Tommy Welch

Boston Public Schools

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2023

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data