Neighborhood Engagement

Mattapan Students

The Corcoran Center researched, developed and implemented a program to accelerate academic, volunteer and service learning activities in a neighborhood of Boston. This place-focused effort activates Boston College departments, programs and activities to direct academic, service learning and volunteer activities to the neighborhood of Mattapan.

Goal: To facilitate positive, community-led neighborhood transformation through interdisciplinary connections with Boston College
Students improv workshop

Current On-Campus Partners

  • School of Social Work
  • Connell School of Nursing
  • Boston College Volunteer and Service Learning Center
  • 4Boston
  • BC Theater Department
  • Carroll School of Management
  • Environmental Studies Program

Highlighted Activities

  • Day of Service in Mattapan in coordination with 4Boston with 60 volunteers
  • Real Estate Field Projects class project team developed options for the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan Square for the development of several parcels of property
  • The BC Children's Theater performed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Mildred Avenue Elementary School for over 150 elementary school children
  • Two Boston College Improv Theater Groups ran an Improv Workshop for the Boys and Girls Club Mattapan Teen Center. 
  • Four faith-based organizations in Mattapan brought 76 youth and parents with their pastors and youth leaders to campus for the BC Artsfest
  • In partnership with City Councilor Tim McCarthy and Brighton Marine Health Center Corcoran Center students digitally restored historic images of 60 post commanders dating back to 1919