The Social Impact Center (SIC) is the non-profit arm of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, with a mission to create educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. SIC’s partnership with Dearborn Middle School has brought about a wholesale transformation of that school. Learning Out Loud, our Saturday tutoring program, helps students improve test scores, while SIC’s community organizing, in partnership with Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, has resulted in the Dearborn becoming a 6-12 Early College STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). In 2012, SIC added Higginson-Lewis School as a second partner, involving students in Learning Out Loud and helping organize parents and teachers to advocate on behalf of the school. SIC also provides support and boosts school morale through donated supplies, teacher appreciation breakfasts and more.
Please consider donating to support The Social Impact Center!
$25 - Helps with outreach about Common Unity Peace Cafes
$50 - Covers a Tutor stipend for Learning Out Loud
$100 - Buys healthy breakfast food for 1 Learning Out Loud Saturday
$250 - Covers the cost of a trauma training for teens
$500 - Covers the cost of a field trip for Learning Out Loud students
$1,000 - Helps provide professional trauma support at "Our Voices, Our Stories" community conversations on trauma
The Social Impact Center is the non-profit arm of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, with a mission to create educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. Our recent accomplishments include:
- Expanded Learning Out Loud tutoring to 26 weeks, serving Dearborn and Higginson-Lewis schools.
- Secured $72 million for Dearborn 6-12 Early College STEM Academy, groundbreaking on June 19, 2014.
- Created CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace a program by and for youth with inspirational speakers, youth employment and a fun, safe space for young people to create together.
- Launched the Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project pioneering a new way to engage the community in providing support for those impacted by trauma and violence.
White House Award Winner!
The Social Impact Center was awarded a “Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Champion” by
The White House Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships for our work at the Dearborn School.
This was truly a great honor!
Your Support Helps These Future Leaders!
In response to two daytime shootings in the spring of 2013, including one directly in front of RPC just as we were taking students to the Big Apple Circus, SIC began to work with area non-profits and residents on new ways to stem violence. Meeting weekly with Higher Ground, NAACP, Mothers for Justice & Equality and others, the efforts became known as the Game Changer Group. SIC brought young people to testify at statewide hearings on gun violence prevention, hosted large community meetings well-attended by youth and began to meet with troubled young adults at Warren Gardens.