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Millennium Ten (Dorchester)

Millennium Ten Unveils Community Contract

On March 20, 2013, neighbors and community leaders will gather together at the Codman Academy Black Box to witness the unveiling of Millennium Ten's Community Contract for the Codman Square-Four Corners neighborhood. The community contract captures two years of community engagement and careful planning.

Boston.com Town Correspondent, Patrick D. Rosso covers the event, read more by visiting the link below:

With Community Contract Millennium Ten looks to continue growth in Codman Square and Four Corners - Patrick D. Rosso, Boston.com

 

 

 

After more than two-years of planning, the grass roots initiative Millennium Ten will unveil its Community Contract for Dorchester’s Codman Square and Four Corner neighborhoods.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation funded planning process seeks to help the reemerging area create a comprehensive plan for the next decade.

With the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation acting as the “lead agency,” residents have been surveyed, meetings have been held, and the community has generated ideas and answers.

Combined into a presentation that will be given Wednesday night, the Community Contract lays out what the community has said it wants over the past two years and the strategies that it can use to achieve that.

“We’re trying to bring back to the community what was produced,” said Jenna Tourje, lead organizer. “We want to show the people what was developed and where it’s going.”

Starting with the formation of a Steering Committee in the spring of 2011, local residents and organizations were brought together to provide input about the issues facing the neighborhood.

From surveys and conversations with residents, Working Groups were established around the physical environment of the neighborhood, safety, economic development, the youth, and connectivity and communication.

As the Working Groups met and more community meetings were held Change Areas were created and strategies were generated about how to tackle them.

From creating a thriving “village” to being the greenest neighborhood in the city, the plan lays out the ideas, how to implement them, who they will be implemented by, and how long they should take.

Although money and time will always be a factor when tackling any challenges in a neighborhood, the plan estimates that one strategy in each Change Area will be implemented within six months.

“We want the community to keep the momentum going,” said Tourje.

Eventually LISC’s grant will run out, but Tourje said Millennium Ten will still continue, but it won’t be like traditional neighborhood groups.

“We’re going to be less of an organization and more of an advisory board on the work that’s getting done,” said Tourje. “We’re going to be supporting the implementation of strategies and keep the vision alive and bring people to the table.”

Millennium Ten will hold an unveiling of its Community Contract on Wednesday, March 20, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Codman Academy Black Box located at 637 Washington St.

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Email Patrick D. Rosso, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Follow him @PDRosso, or friend him on Facebook.

- See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/dorchester/2013/03/hold_with_community_contract_m.html#sthash.PF1MRdvo.dpuf

After more than two-years of planning, the grass roots initiative Millennium Ten will unveil its Community Contract for Dorchester’s Codman Square and Four Corner neighborhoods.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation funded planning process seeks to help the reemerging area create a comprehensive plan for the next decade.

With the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation acting as the “lead agency,” residents have been surveyed, meetings have been held, and the community has generated ideas and answers.

Combined into a presentation that will be given Wednesday night, the Community Contract lays out what the community has said it wants over the past two years and the strategies that it can use to achieve that.

“We’re trying to bring back to the community what was produced,” said Jenna Tourje, lead organizer. “We want to show the people what was developed and where it’s going.”

Starting with the formation of a Steering Committee in the spring of 2011, local residents and organizations were brought together to provide input about the issues facing the neighborhood.

From surveys and conversations with residents, Working Groups were established around the physical environment of the neighborhood, safety, economic development, the youth, and connectivity and communication.

As the Working Groups met and more community meetings were held Change Areas were created and strategies were generated about how to tackle them.

From creating a thriving “village” to being the greenest neighborhood in the city, the plan lays out the ideas, how to implement them, who they will be implemented by, and how long they should take.

Although money and time will always be a factor when tackling any challenges in a neighborhood, the plan estimates that one strategy in each Change Area will be implemented within six months.

“We want the community to keep the momentum going,” said Tourje.

Eventually LISC’s grant will run out, but Tourje said Millennium Ten will still continue, but it won’t be like traditional neighborhood groups.

“We’re going to be less of an organization and more of an advisory board on the work that’s getting done,” said Tourje. “We’re going to be supporting the implementation of strategies and keep the vision alive and bring people to the table.”

Millennium Ten will hold an unveiling of its Community Contract on Wednesday, March 20, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Codman Academy Black Box located at 637 Washington St.

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Email Patrick D. Rosso, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Follow him @PDRosso, or friend him on Facebook.

- See more at: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/dorchester/2013/03/hold_with_community_contract_m.html#sthash.PF1MRdvo.dpuf

130 attend Millennium Ten Action Planning event

Last Tuesday evening, on June 19, one couldn’t find a more inspired group than the 130 people who attended Millennium Ten’s action planning event in the Great Hall in Codman Square. Residents and neighbors of Codman Square and Four Corners ate, talked, and planned together with the entertaining guidance of Millennium Ten’s steering committee. Paul Malkemes, Executive Director of The Boston Project Ministries - TNT Neighbors United, warmed up the crowd by applauding them for showing up, “Turn to your left and right and thank your neighbor for being here tonight with you.” Millennium Ten Coordinator, Jenna Tourje, shared data that had been collected in a community wide survey earlier this year. The data helped determine the Millennium Ten action areas for Codman Square and Four Corners: connectivity/communication (diversity), public safety, open space, youth, and economic development (jobs, businesses).

Daniel Willis, long-time resident and steering committee member, instructed the audience in a “World Café” style format - migrating from table to table, contributing their ideas about each action area and thinking about who needs to be at the table to make actions possible. For example, Rachele Burns (pictured) facilitated one of the Youth tables, which proved to be very popular among all participants including the impressive number of young people in attendance. Dozens of ideas about supporting the youth in the community were shared. This was the first of three action planning events to determine action plans around which a community contract will be created.

By the end of the event, several asked “Why don’t we do this more?” These and any other community members not able to make it to this first event may attend the second event on July 24, 6-8pm at the Second Church in Dorchester, 44 Moultrie Street.

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Bringing Neighborhood Associations Together in Codman

The first Millennium Ten-Neighborhood Association Dinner on April 30th was a milestone event in Codman Square history. Leaders of ten different neighborhood associations and civic groups sat down together for the first time in recent history to share with each other their current successes and future plans for their community. Over 50 people joined Millennium Ten for dinner over locally catered food to talk about what has been going on in their neighborhood over the past year.

Throughout the evening, neighborhood leaders had the opportunity to share their successes, learn from each other, and discover ways to be involved with Millennium Ten over the course of the dinner. Five out of the ten neighborhood groups represented had been awarded funds through Millennium Ten's Early Wins projects during the Summer of 2011, and shared stories of the neighborhood building activities that came out of their Early Wins grants.

Paul Malkemes, a Millennium Ten steering committee member and head of the Talbot-Norfolk-Triangle (TNT) neighborhood association closed the evening offering the opportunity for neighborhood associations to partner with Millennium Ten. As a final activity, neighborhood leaders brainstormed ways to be involved more with each other and within Millennium Ten.

Due to the overwhelming positive response from the evening, Millennium Ten will be working with neighborhood associations in the future to convene a quarterly Codman Square-inclusive neighborhood association dinner to continue to foster communication and relationship building between neighbors.

Jenna Tourje is the Millennium Ten Lead Organizer and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Millennium Ten Kick Off - What's Your Story?

Time and time again, community events have shown us that when you give folks a comfortable environment and the opportunity to speak, they will!  On Saturday, October 29th organizations, leaders, community members and residents braved the downpour to gather around Millennium Ten's storytelling campaign, the 100 Days Campaign.

Guests were greeted by Millennium Ten representatives behind information tables promoting some of Dorchester's youth, health, and green initiatives. In the convening room, individuals and families sat and chatted over cookies and cider, periodically getting up to participate in surrounding activities including an interactive timeline, face-painting, and contributing to a word collage describing the community.

The event featured a presentation by two of Codman's residents, Rachele Burns and Dan Willis on the diversity of local residents and the range of reasons why they choose to live in the Codman Square/Four Corners neighborhood.  Whether it is the community one grew up in, or the community one has found a home in, everyone has a story about why they are there and why they care about the community.

The event hit it's high note when Dan kicked the question out to the audience.  Inspired by the presentation, residents introduced themselves and shared their vision of Codman Square/Four Corners - of it's past, present, and what they envision for the future.  Suggestions from bowling alleys to coffee shops to solar powered garbage compactors moved people away from what might hold the community back and instead got them excited about the possibilities.  Supportive applause followed each resident who shared their story and ideas, the camaraderie inspired by the event powerfully apparent to all who participated.

Millennium Ten will be holding more events in the coming months, but wants to hear your story too.  Contact Jenna Tourje ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to discuss ways you can get involved with Millennium Ten.