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CityLine November 30 Segment 2
WCBV TV: CityLine (December 2, 2014)
Mark Culliton, CEO of College Bound, and John Smith-St. Cyere, former student and current CRA, sit down with CityLine host Karen Holmes Ward to discuss our work and why urban communities need a model for change.

New board chief charts ambitious course for College Bound program
Dorchester Reporter (November 20, 2014)
A change in leadership at College Bound Dorchester, one of the city’s leading organizations targeting at-risk kids and teens, will soon elevate a veteran volunteer and seasoned fundraiser into a key role. Sean Curran, who has served on the CBD board since 2001, will take over as principal chairman for the group’s board of directors this month.

Students who had been written off head to college
The Boston Globe (August 28, 2014)
In the basement of St. Cecilia Parish in the Back Bay, the men and women of College Bound Dorchester flipped their tassels to the other side of their mortarboards and cheered.

“At-Risk” Students and the College Scorecard
The Huffington Post (June 23, 2014)
College Bound Dorchester promotes a “core influencer” model that intentionally recruits students who exhibit high risk factors, whether based on attitude, behavior or academic aptitude. It currently enrolls about 400 off-track youth aged 14 to 27 in its College Connections program, targeting “core influencers” in Bowdoin Geneva. Students of color represent 95 percent of the enrolled and 92 percent are from households with an income below $35,000, with 53 percent of the latter from families that earn less than $14,900 a year.

Changes To GED Will Make Test Tougher, More Expensive
WGBH (November 25, 2013)
Mark Culliton is the CEO of College Bound Dorchester, which provides educational services to underserved communities. Culliton embraces the Common Core approach, but is worried about the new test shifting from paper and pencil to computer.

New chief selected to lead Roxbury Community College
The Boston Globe (May 24, 2013)
“She’s done it,” said Culliton, who serves as chief executive of the nonprofit College Bound Dorchester. “If you look at her track record in Chicago, in particular…

Boston Friends help out
Boston Herald (April 26, 2013)
Local charities took the spirit of giving to a new level last night, as Longwood Giving, The Bruins Foundation, The International RETT Syndrome Foundation, The Ellie Fund, College Bound Dorchester and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation raised funds for their organizations as well as The One Fund Boston, a late-game addition to Longwood’s Friends With Benefits gala at the State Room.

College-bound students celebrate academic success (August 30, 2012)
More than 50 local students recently celebrated their academic success as they head off to college. The teenagers and young adults, who hail from Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods, took part in the College Bound Dorchester program, a nonprofit group that helps guide student success and connect youths with college resources.

City Calls For Different Reaction After Spate Of Violence
WBUR (August 17, 2012)
“Those young women were all like really successful and had sort of made it through the system,” Culliton said. “But they came back to the neighborhood, and the neighborhood is still, in some ways, fundamentally broken because there’s this small group of young people that we think of as wearing this sort of veil of disruption.”

Smith Family Foundation Gives $1.1M to Help Build Capacity
Mass Nonprofit News (May 15, 2012)
College Bound Dorchester, which works to equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, received a grant of $392,636 over three years to strengthen its capacity in case management and student intake/placement around college access.

Mom and Dad Know Best
Essence (January 1, 2012)
At a recent Jumpstart class in Boston, all the signs of a traditional preschool atmosphere were evident. Inside the classroom at College Bound Dorchester, sounds of raucous play echoed across a room filled with play mats, wood blocks and paper collages plastered on the walls.

Stories of Gutsy Leaders: Mark Culliton, Chief Executive Officer, College Bound Dorchester
Grand Circle Foundation (August 2011)
Grand Circle Foundation Co-Chair Harriet Lewis often speaks movingly about the importance of travel in bringing people together. “What I’ve learned is that we all want the same thing–to be free, safe, and healthy and to have food on the table,” she says. “The important thing is to connect.”

What she does speaks volume
The Dorchester Reporter (March 31, 2011)
On March 28, the Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) presented five local community leaders with their Boston Community Fellows Award. Among the recipients is Mattapan’s very own Mrs. Myrtle Huggins.The Fellows are publicly recognized as “quiet leaders and giv[ing] them the chance to share their stories.”

Verizon Foundation Awarded Nearly $3.9 Million in Community Grants in 2010 to Support Nonprofit Organizations in Mass.
PRNewswire (January 31, 2011)
Nonprofit groups in Massachusetts received nearly $ 3.9 million from the Verizon Foundation in 2010. The majority of the funds went to organizations that support education, literacy, domestic violence prevention, health care technology and Internet safety.

After-school program puts emphasis on science, literacy
The Dorchester Reporter (January, 27, 2011)
On a recent afternoon— before this week’s recent cold snap— eight elementary school students scoured the yard behind the Little House on East Cottage Street to collect leaves, seeds, dirt and insects. They brought their findings back to the College Bound Dorchester Out of School Time classroom and analyzed the dirt under a microscope to find smaller insects hiding in the terrain.

Announcing the 2011 Community Advisory Group
Grand Circle Foundation (January, 2011)
As a former educator, Harriet Lewis has always had a special passion for creating opportunities for inner city children—and in Boston, there are many outstanding organizations that share this passion and actively work to make a difference.

Root Cause announces 26 finalists for their Social Innovation Awards
(November 17, 2010)
Root Cause, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that supports social innovators by connecting them with and educating social impact investors, just announced their 26 finalists for their annual 2011 Social Innovator Forum.

At Wheelock symposium: encouragement, advice for young students
The Boston Globe (October 25, 2010)
Wheelock College’s 2010 Youth Symposium, “Bridges to Our Future: The Next Generation of Leaders,” was attended by College Bound Dorchester students Andre Smith, 15, and Imani Cardwell, 14.

Putting a stamp on College Bound Dorchester’s Mission
The Boston Business Journal (October 22, 2010)
Since becoming chair of the board at College Bound Dorchester in 2007, Catherine Donaher has expanded both the number and composition of board members to more fully reflect the diversity of the neighborhood it serves.

Dot groups get funding from United Way
The Dorchester Reporter
(June 24, 2010)
The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley will kick off the next phase of its community funding program next month —a three-year plan investing in youth and childhood development programs that includes funneling $5.19 million towards programs serving Dorchester.

Rally addresses neighborhood violence, drugs
The Boston Globe
(June 21, 2010)
Youth discuss how to address neighborhood violence in their community at the 10,000 Strong Boston rally. “More community centers where kids can go hang out together and break down these barriers with kids from different neighborhoods,’’ said Jeremy Rodriguez, 19, a student at College Bound Dorchester.

No glitz, just tough realities
The Boston Globe (April 5, 2010)
While preventing teen pregnancy should be a broad goal, some teens do gain more focus after they give birth. City Hall and Boston school officials should look for better ways to connect them to health programs such as Children’s Hospital’s Young Parents Program and Boston Medical Center’s Teen & Tots program, as well as to education programs such as College Bound Dorchester.

Teen pregnancy count down; Dot, Mattapan rates highest
The Dorchester Reporter (April 1, 2010)
While the number of teen pregnancies in Boston is down, Dorchester and Mattapan had the highest rate in 2008 among the city’s various neighborhoods, public health officials said this week. Debra Holland, an African-American mother who lives in the Bowdoin St. area, testified before the committee, saying more programs and support systems were needed to help teen mothers stay in school. Holland is working on getting her GED with the help of College Bound Dorchester.

Firm’s ratings give donors new tool in picking worthy charities
The Boston Globe (March 31, 2010)
At College Bound Dorchester, 4-year-old Jennifer Dos Santos wrapped a fuzzy, orange boa around her head, tossed it over her shoulder, and reached for a black handbag. “We’re playing pretend,’’ she said. That use of play to prepare children for learning, among other factors, earned College Bound Dorchester a new rating as one of the best school readiness programs in Massachusetts, one that is deserving of the donations that keep the nonprofit afloat.

College Bound Dorchester is still on message: College can be for you
The Dorchester Reporter (February 11, 2010)
After 45 years of service to the community, Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses changed its name last week the better to reflect what the organization is all about. Now called College Bound Dorchester, the nonprofit organization announced the name change as the final element of a year-long re-branding process.

College Bound Dorchester Interview
The Callie Crossley Show
(February 2, 2010)
Students Katarian Andrews and Shauna Jones are interviewed by Callie Crossley of WGBH. Interview begins at 35 minutes.

Don’t assume the worst
The Boston Globe
(January 31, 2010)
If you give kids the expectation of going to college, the thinking goes, you do much more than offer them a chance at upward mobility. You also give them – and their neighbors – realistic alternatives to drugs, gangs, and teen motherhood. Get enough kids to see themselves as college material and you transform a whole neighborhood.

Lag in fund-raising stresses non-profits
The Dorchester Reporter
(January 7, 2010)
While economic indicators may point to a turnaround in the recession, many Dorchester non-profit organizations continue to struggle with less funding coming in from public and private sources.

Getting creative to keep DotArt alive in ’10
The Dorchester Reporter
(January 7, 2010)
Artistic types from the “starving painter in the garret” to the Broadway hopeful who waits tables have traditionally learned to cope with financial problems by applying their gift of creativity.