All Dorchester Sports & Leadership Inc.

aka ADSL   |   Dorchester, MA   |  http://www.alldorchestersports.org/

Mission

All Dorchester Sports & Leadership's mission is to provide quality programming to youth participants with the goal of fostering self esteem, healthy lifestyles and leadership skills through athletic and academic achievement.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Mrs Candice Mary Gartley

Main address

1565 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122 USA

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Formerly known as

All Dorchester Sports League

EIN

22-2827346

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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Baseball Program

ADSL’s baseball program includes the following teams and leagues: Instructional Baseball, T-Ball, the Wood Bat Baseball League and City Wide Travel Baseball League. Players range in age from 5 to 12. Last year in this age group we hosted 11 teams.

Population(s) Served

The Education Resource Center (ERC): The ERC provides one-on-one tutoring/academic coaching and drop in homework help in core academic subjects, as well as assisting students with homework completion and academic mentoring. We work with Boston Public Schools and Boston After School and Beyond to stay in tune with our students specific needs. We currently serve 20 children per day, 4 days a week.

Population(s) Served

Fitness: Our strength training classes in our fitness center have become very popular with middle and high school athletes looking to stay in shape in the off season and do not have the means to belong to local larger fitness centers who charge a monthly fee (we do not charge a fee for our fitness program). We recently increased the frequency of our classes from two to five per week. Last year, in response to neighborhood adult demand we began to offer adult fitness training and currently have three classes per week on site. Many of these participants have children who take part in our other programs. This program runs all year long and accommodates approximately 43 participants weekly.

Population(s) Served

ADSL’s Softball program includes Girl’s Instructional Softball, Girl’s Youth Softball, Girl’s Frosh Softball, and Girl’s Junior/Senior Softball. Players range in age from 6 to 18.

Population(s) Served

We have expanded our nutrition education program in partnership with the Simmons College and the Daily Table. We offer the “Fit Kitchen” program, in which youth and their parents come to a weekly cooking demonstration and learn about healthy food choices. Weekly workshops include a hands-on cooking class, recipes to take home and try, introduction to organic food and involvement with local farms, discussions on obesity, and diabetes/chronic disease prevention. “Fit Kitchen” meets once weekly for four weeks, with new sessions offered 6 times per year. We are happy to report that as a result of the interest in this program we have added two more 4 week sessions with the goal of making this a year round program.

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ADSL’s long term goal is to ensure that all members of the diverse and vibrant community in and around Fields Corner adopt healthy lifestyle choices, excel in school and beyond, and are empowered to utilize the leadership skills and coping strategies that they learn at ADSL as they grow into successful and healthy adults. ADSL is based in the Field's Corner section of Dorchester. The area is home to a diverse community of African-American, Vietnamese, Caribbean, White and Latino residents. ADSL targets the area's low income, at-risk youth and provides opportunities for sports, recreation and educational enrichment. Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood and 40% of the area’s residents live below the poverty line. There are many barriers to the area’s youth to having access tooutdoor sports and recreational activities, such as parents’ work schedules, parents’ lack of transportation, other youth programs in the city being unaffordable for low income parents, and parents not wanting their kids to play outside because of the gun and gang violence and drugs in the area. ADSL provides safe and low cost or free local after school and summer programs which are easily accessible to area families.However, despite many years of working with Dorchester youth to promote physical activity and healthy life choices,childhood and adult obesity continues to skyrocket in Dorchester, especially among minority populations. In 2011, 32.3%of school aged children in Dorchester were considered overweight or obese. The City average is 23.1. (North Dorchesterhas the 2nd highest adult obesity rates in Boston – 32%). Obesity is tied to a number of poor health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, asthma, etc. ADSL leadership realized that in order to encourage our youth to adopt healthy lifestyles, we must also work with families and the larger community to change poor eating habits, encourage physical activity and ensure health and wellness.

ADSL’s greatest strength is our ability to reach and retain at- risk youth and their families in our team sports and educational enrichment programs and promote positive messages about good habits and choices and leadership. We continue to support and engage Dorchester youth and families though the following ongoing programs:Fit Kitchen: We have strengthened our nutrition education program offerings in partnership with the Simmons College and the Daily Table. We offer the “Fit Kitchen” program, in which youth and their parents come to a weekly cooking demonstration and learn about healthy food choices. Weekly workshops include a hands-on cooking class, recipes to take home and try, introduction to organic food and involvement with local farms, discussions on obesity, and diabetes/chronic disease prevention. “Fit Kitchen” meets once weekly for four weeks, with new sessions currently offered 6 times per year. We have since branched out and offer this cooking program in Mass Housing community rooms as well as at ESOL classes. ADSL’s Summer Fun & Fitness Clinic runs during the months of July and August. ADSL just completed it's third year of offering a low cost full day summer program for area children. We accommodate 40 children per week and hire 25 youth as supervisors. We have recently been asked by the Boston Parks Department and the New England Aquarium to be a site for their activities at Town Field during the summer of 2019. Baseball and Softball: ADSL’s program offerings range from our traditional baseball and softball leagues which serve boys and girls aged 5 to 15. Last year in this age group we hosted 16 teams totaling 186 children.Basketball: ADSL has a newly revitalized basketball program for kids ages 7-17. We partner with neighboring youth organizations and currently run a league with over 200 participants all year long.Fitness: Our strength training classes in our fitness center have become very popular with middle and high school athletes looking to stay in shape in the off season and do not have the means to belong to local larger fitness centers who charge a monthly fee (we do not charge a fee for our fitness program). We recently increased the frequency of our classes from two to five per week. Last year, in response to neighborhood adult demand we began to offer adult fitness training and currently have three classes per week on site. Many of these participants have children who take part in our other programs. This program runs all year long and accommodates approximately 60 participants weekly. The Education Resource Center (ERC): The ERC provides one-on-one tutoring/academic coaching and drop in homework help in core academic subjects, helps students with homework and provides test prep services with the end goal of assuring that students improve grades and are not at risk of dropping out of school. We currently serve 20 children per day, 4 days a week.

ADSL staff consists of one full-time Executive Director, one Director of Operations, four part-time/seasonal assistants, including an Athletic Coordinator, Basketball Coordinator and Baseball Program Coordinator. We also have a part-time fundraiser. Candice Gartley is the Executive Director who provides oversight, planning and vision to all ADSL programs and works to recruit new participants and retain current ones. Ms. Gartley has lived in the Codman Square area of Dorchester for more than 25 years. Her children attended the Boston Public Schools and she is actively involved in the community. Prior to ADSL, she worked for 20 years at the Codman Square Health Center, most recently as the Director of Public Relations and Special Events.The Director of Operations oversees the Fit Kitchen program as well as the academic tutoring program. She recruits tutors and participants to the education program and evaluates the results of our interventions. We also recruit several college and post-graduate tutors to work 1-on-1 with our students. Some are volunteers, while others receive school credit or stipends. The Athletic Coordinator runs ADSL's fitness program and recruits and oversees the fitness trainers and conducts program evaluation. He also coordinates our various sports programs, hires coaches, schedules games and practices, reserves field and gym time, and maintains communication with parents. All part time and seasonal staff are supervised by the executive director.At present our organization consists of 50 volunteers who serve as tutors, trainers, mentors and coaches. All volunteers and staff members are required to submit to a CORI background check.ADSL also has a talented and diverse 12-member board of directors which provides supervision to the executive director and meets monthly to discuss various organizational items, including maintaining a consistent fundraising program.

ADSL is steadily and consistently fulfilling its mission of providing high quality sports, wellness and educational enrichment programming to low-income youth in Dorchester.  We are a truly grassroots organization with strong ties to and support from the local community.  What we have not been able to accomplish is recognition beyond Dorchester of our successful work, nor have we been able to grow our funding base beyond our current loyal funders.  Our programs are growing, we are enrolling more participants, we have parents knocking on the door and asking to sign up their kids and we often have to say that the programs is full.  This is because our funding does not permit us to hire new staff or to meet the current demand for our programs. We are experimenting with new ways to generate income, including fundraising events, seeking income from corporate sponsors, sending out individual appeals, and partnering with other local nonprofits.

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All Dorchester Sports & Leadership Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/13/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Peter Moyer

Retired

Term: 2011 - 2018

Peter Moyer

Retired

Kevin Monahan

City of Boston

Mike Joyce

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester

Angela Cruse

State Street Corporation

Peter Moyer

Community Volunteer

Mike Christopher

MasExecutive Office of Public Safety and Security

Alice McCabe

Teacher

Tricia Thomas

Nurse

Jared Blandino

City of Boston

Brian Doherty

Building and Construction Trades

Ronald Savage

Berkeley School of Music

Kevin George

Naveo Credit Union