College Bound Dorchester

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About us


To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college.


To use education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.


Results; High Expectations; Solutions Oriented; Community; Honest Clear Communication; Personal Accountability; Joy


College Bound Dorchester, formerly known as Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, has been serving the community of Dorchester since 1965. Although the organization's name has changed its commitment to supporting positive change in Dorchester remains resolute.

In the neighborhoods of Dorchester less than one quarter of the adult population has a college degree. College Bound Dorchester works to ensure that all students view success in college as not just a possibility in their lives but as a baseline expectation.

Everyday College Bound Dorchester's educators work with diverse populations between 3 months to 80 years of age, including at-risk youth, newly arrived immigrants and families struggling to provide educational support to their children. In each program, College Bound Dorchester provides educational services to the underserved and lays the foundation for future academic, economic and social success. By providing a continuum of services, College Bound Dorchester ensures that no student gets lost on their path to higher education and that all students have the tools to realize their goals. This work has the ability to not only increase the number of college graduates in Dorchester, but to also shift the community's mindset about college. This shift, from one of limited possibilities to one of high aspirations for all, will ultimately have transformative impact on the community's socio-economic development.

With an annual budget of $5.6 million and a staff of 90, College Bound Dorchester annually serves over 1,000 children, youth and adults.


Contact information

Government ID number: 04-2383512

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Phone: (617) 282-5034

Fax: (617) 265-6020

18 Samoset Street, Boston, MA, 02124, US

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