Triple C Confidence Character Citizenship | City of Ideas

Posted 11/20/2012 by Collaborate Boston Application

Issue to be Addressed:
ABCD serves many of Boston’s neediest children and families; 100% of ABCD’s clientele are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, 44% of households subsist on an income of less than $10,000 per year. Moreover, of the 19,392 children served by ABCD, over 80% are of minority background – with 43% speaking a language other than English at home. Often children who live in poverty are isolated from the broader community and have few opportunities for educational and personal success. For the youth served by the Triple C Initiative, the possibility of community change seems remote. These children often feel removed from the civic life of their community, are provided few opportunities for leadership and have few interactions with role models from similar ethnic and community backgrounds.

The purpose of the Triple C Initiative is to connect at-risk boys of color to sustainable social, economic, leadership and educational opportunities.

Project Proposed:
A twice weekly initiative for black and brown boys ages 11-13 in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury to provide avenues to mentorship, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.

The Triple C Initiative connects college educated, professional black and brown mentors with at-risk boys of color. The Triple C Curriculum is composed of three training modules focusing on civic engagement, entrepreneurship and leadership through participation on the ABCD Youth Council. Each of these modules will be provided at ABCD’s Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester Neighborhood Service Centers. In addition to the twice weekly training, each month a leader and role model within the black and brown community will hold an informal presentation and conversation with program youth. The goals of this initiative are to:

-Provide boys with role models who share the same ethnic background
-Increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for mentored participants
-Improve knowledge of entrepreneurship for black and brown boys
-Build Confidence, Character and Citizenship

In addition to the youth aspect of the Triple C Initiative, all families of youth participants will be encouraged to access ABCD’s wrap-around social services, including but not limited to: education, job training, fuel assistance and case management. In providing holistic services to the family of Triple C participants they are better able to escape poverty’s burdens.

Role of Collaboration:
Action for Boston Community Development:
ABCD will serve as the lead agency for the Triple C Initiative with training modules held at ABCD’s Dorchester, Elm Hill (Roxbury) and Mattapan Neighborhood Service Centers. All ABCD clientele are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, program participants will be selected from ABCD’s current low income youth population.

Boston Chapter Historically Black Fraternities:
The Boston chapters of the nation's largest, most prestigious, African American fraternities (Sigma, Kappa, Alpha and Omega) have volunteered to provide in-class assistance and mentorship to boys enrolled in the Triple C Initiative. This collaboration will ensure a strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship between men and boys of color that will change the lives of these youths for the better.

Junior Achievement:
Junior Achievement (JA) will be one of the two primary trainers for the program youth. JA will provide the It’s My Business!®  curriculum for students ages 11-13. The program emphasizes entrepreneurship while providing a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations.

MassVote will also be providing one of the two training modules to boys at the Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury Neighborhood Service Center. Through their Young Civic Leaders curriculum, MassVote will help provide youth the tools they need to become leaders in their communities. Through active participation in training, workshops, and project-based learning, Young Civic Leaders are molded into agents of change in their communities. Young Civic Leaders educate, organize and mobilize their peers to be more civically engaged in their neighborhoods.

Through the Triple C Initiative we intend to foster civic action, leadership and entrepreneurship among low-income, at-risk black and brown boys through out-of-school time training, mentorship and social mobility. 

Short-Term Outcomes:
Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development Opportunities:
-90%( 59/66) of youth will gain advocacy skills and demonstrate increases in entrepreneurial techniques, financial literacy, and media literacy
Civic Engagement and Community Service:
-90% (59/66) Youth will complete 20 hours of community service, conducting 3 neighborhood beautification projects
Continued Youth Action:
-80% (53/66) of youth will gain advocacy skills and participate on one of three Youth Action Councils at the Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury Neighborhood Service Centers

Long-term outcomes include continued mentorship, significantly increased rates of high school graduation and college entry. To measure our progress ABCD will track attendance, length of mentor relationship, increased participation in civic ventures, increased knowledge of targeted life skills, and improvements in basic entrepreneurial skills.

Primary Contact:
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD):

The mission of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is to empower disadvantaged people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity and achieve their full potential. ABCD was incorporated in 1962 as a precursor to the national war on poverty and designated Boston’s antipoverty agency with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act in 1964. Today, ABCD assists more than 85,000 low-income individuals annually through a wide array of programs that help people to access work, school, and the benefits they need to stabilize their families and move towards self-sufficiency. ABCD’s central office works cooperatively through a network of 19 Neighborhood Family Service Centers, 27 Head Start Centers, and numerous delegate agencies. This scope allows ABCD to combine sensitivity to diverse neighborhood needs with the capacity to support major, citywide programs.

Partner 1:
Boston Chapter Historically Black Fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma

The first African American Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha was created in 1906 to affirm that, despite racial segregation, African Americans refused to accede to a status of inferiority. Today, the primary purpose and focus of the fraternities remains camaraderie and academic excellence for its members and service to the community. Each promotes community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.

Partner 2:
Junior Achievement:
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

Partner 3:
MassVOTE works to promote a culture of active political participation by providing civic organizations the tools they need to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. MassVOTE builds civic coalitions to advocate for democracy reforms that make the electoral process more accountable and accessible to all people.

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