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Boston Athletic Association
40 Trinity Pl, Boston, MA 02116
This non-profit organization is one of the oldest athletic clubs in the U.S. and is well-known for organizingMore the world-famous annual Boston Marathon. With the help of local sponsors like John Hancock Financial Services, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) provides community programming for the city of Boston. It teams up with area schools and other non-profits to encourage public fitness and promote healthy lifestyles. Other BAA events include the Boston Half-Marathon, the Jimmy Fund Walk and the annual Mayor's Cup Race. 
Justice Resource Institute
545 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Headquartered in Boston, the Justice Resource Institute provides counseling, mental health treatment and special needsMore education to communities throughout eastern Massachusetts and beyond. It operates a network of schools for adolescents who have been referred by the public school system or health professionals. JRI prides itself on its ability to take on challenges seen by the government or other charities as too difficult.
The Learning Project Elementary School
107 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

An independent day school for grades K-6, The Learning Project prides itself on diversity, high academic standardsMore and individual education. In small classrooms, students learn through direct instruction and class projects that often extend into the community.

The six-story building was constructed in 1917 and contains six classrooms, an art studio, a science studio, administrative offices and a multi-purpose room in the basement that's used for meetings, music and physical education. Students also make use of community resources, and regularly visit the Boston Public Library, the Clarendon Street Playground for recess, and the First Church of Boston for access to an auditorium.

The school also has over 30 computers, and students in grades 4-6 have their own laptops. Most students live within Boston, and represent many of the diverse neighborhoods in the city, including Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, South Boston, Roslindale, Allston and Roxbury. About a third come from Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Charles River Park.

Boston Youth Organizing Project
565 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
The Boston-area Youth Organizing Project is a nonprofit group supporting youth-led campaigns for social causes. MembersMore of the BYOP are between the ages of 12 and 18 and are elected by their peers to organize projects centered on issues concerning young people. Projects are adult-supported but entirely organized by the young elected members. The BYOP recently had success extending curfew hours for the MBTA student passes and is now continuing a campaign for public transportation improvements such as running more buses and making a youth pass available for non-students. BYOP also partners with Alliance for Educational Justice and the Save Our Schools program in a campaign to get a higher percentage of public funds allotted to education. It is also currently working on establishing a scholarship program for its members.  
Tappe Associates
6 Edgerly Pl, Boston, MA 02116
Tappe Associates is a cultural, retail and institutional architecture firm run by Charles M. Hay, Jeffrey M. Hoover andMore Brooke S. Trivas. The company has designed public libraries, universities, schools, museums and other public spaces. The company also provides historic preservation.
Kingsley Montessori School
26 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116

Backed by a philosophy that teaches children to learn how to learn, teachers at Kingsley Montessori School useMore real-life experiences and hands-on programs to foster skills such as time management, conflict resolution and self-direction. Integrity, responsibility, respect and community leadership are also core values, and designed to prepare students to become independent, compassionate and engaged in their community.

Students come from many different backgrounds, ethnicities and neighborhoods around Boston, and teachers encourage individuality, self-esteem and imagination and achievements.

They learn from the community around them, including research at the Boston Public Library, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MIT and the Museum of Science. They take gym classes at Boston University, and regularly step outside the classroom. Students may have an art class on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, or walk through the historic Back Bay neighborhood and point out geometric shapes.

The curriculum includes language arts, literature, math, science and science labs, history and geography, technology, visual arts, physical education and Spanish

Snowden International School
150 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

This public high school serves grades 9 through 12, and requires students complete four years of the same foreignMore language. It's one of the largest inner-city high schools in the country to offer two Asian languages - Mandarin and Japanese - as well as French and Spanish. Students regularly take part in overeseas study programs, and faculty members include a Chinese exchange teacher.

Snowden was designated an International Baccalaureate world school in July 2010, at the time joining one other Boston school (Josiah Quincy Upper School in Chinatown) and 13 state-wide schools with the distinction. World-wide there are 3,001 schools in 139 countries, and the non-profit organization is recognized for high standards and leadership qualities.

Snowden also offers a wide range of sports, club and extracurricular activities. It was formerly known as Copley High School, and became Snowden International School in 1986.

Well-known graduates include two members of the popular 90's band New Kids on the Block. Daniel Wood graduated in 1987, and Donnie Wahlberg in 1989. Actor Mark Wahlberg, Donnie's brother, attended the school but transferred his senior year.

First Church In Boston - Unitarian Universalist
66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

Founded in 1620, the First Church is the oldest church in Boston. But it certainly doesn't look the part. The tallMore stone steeple on one side is juxtaposed by modern, sweeping architecture constructed after a fire destroyed most of the church 1968.

The new building was designed with a community center in mind and the inside is void of much religious symbolism. All the seating is flexible, even in the sanctuary, and can be rearranged depending on the need. The space is often rented out for meetings, including Zen meditations, a voices choir, and gatherings by the New England School of Philosophy. The auditorium is used by local schools, and The John Winthrop School for Young Children, which was started by a church member but no longer affiliated with the religion, rents out the basement.

Worships take place in the Hale Chapel during the summer. The main sanctuary, which is part of the new building, is made of concrete and has great acoustics. For a special touch, there are copper strips engraved with the name of every member installed between the concrete grooves.

The First Church also offers educational programs and just started a Sunday school geared toward adults and families, as well as a Thursday lunchtime concert series that's free and open to the public. Services are on Sundays at 11am, and broadcast on WERS (88.9 FM), one of Emerson College's two radio stations.

The church office is located in a brick building, next door to the sanctuary.

French Cultural Center
53 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

Learn to speak French, take a cooking class, research French history, or celebrate Bastille Day at the FrenchMore Cultural Center.

Part of a network of nearly 1,500 Alliances Françaises in 138 countries, it was established in 1945 to celebrate French and American friendship, the elegant brownstone on Marlborough Street contains a language school, cultural center and the second largest French library in the country.

The collection includes 28,000 multimedia documents, stacks of books on everything form contemporary fiction, social sciences, art and history. There's more than 900 DVD's for adults and children, and 1,500 CD's of music, literature and language lessons. In addition,there's a wide selection of French newspapers and magazines, and a children's library.

French classes for both adults and children are available at all levels, and taught by native speakers. Through donors and membership support, the center also offers a free after-school program at several Boston Public Schools, teaching French to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn otherwise.

Cultural programs include everything from art exhibits, to book and Scrabble clubs, to meet and greets and wine tastings. A membership includes invitations to cultural events, discounts and more. The library is free and open to the public.

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