How do I become a Youth Leader?

Our Youth Advisory Council is a year round council for young leaders from Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan who are currently in or have recently graduated from college. For more info about the program and on how to apply, please email us at

How do I get connected with the organizations available on the website?

Each organization on the website has a contact section with their phone number, street address, and email address. Please, contact the organization and they will be able to further connect you to their resources. Feel free to tell them you heard about them from the Bigger Than My Block website!

Can I connect directly with any of the Youth Leaders featured on the site for mentorship?

Although we do not provide direct contact information for our youth leaders, you will be able to engage with them through our online forum here or via our Facebook page.  

Why do I need to be Bigger than my Block?

  • While 43% of all adult Bostonians hold a college degree, only 18% of adults in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan hold a college degree
  • 42% of children in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan live in poverty
  • More than 1/3 of families in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan have annual income less than $25,000 – 10% had incomes less than $10,000


These statistics mean that families in these neighborhoods have higher health issues, don’t have access to healthy food options, and are not making decisions about the qualities of life in their neighborhoods. Having a college degree will level the playing field for the next generation so that we can decrease poverty rates in increase income levels in their neighborhoods.

Is this website only for students in Boston, can I share with friends out of state?

Our content is directed to students in Boston and many of the non-profits we work with are located in Boston. However, our resources, ideas, and College Road Map can be generally used to guide high school students all over the country.  In addition, some of our organizations may also have locations in other major cities.