Fields Corner Crossroads Collaborative
Eight Fields Corner organizations have partnered to implement a 3-year community-driven initiative that strengthens the existing network, leverages our collective strengths, and places decision making power directly in the hand of young people and BIPOC families. The goals of Crossroads are to improve child health by supporting the FCCC to build pipelines of support between families and resources through awareness, inter-organizational referrals, workshop and training opportunities to youth and residents, establishing a youth council to drive neighborhood-wide collective efforts, decrease the cycle of violence, and increase community leadership in local advocacy efforts in Fields Corner. These goals came as a result of a survey of almost 700 individuals who live or work in Fields Corner. The results of the survey, a report by HRiA “Community Assessment Final Report” outlined an intersectional community vision including housing, employment, community safety, and built environment.Based on the 2014 -2018 American Community Survey (ACS) published by the BDPC, Dorchester had a population of 126,466, approximately 19% of Boston's total population. 22% of residents were school age children, higher than the citywide share of 11%. Dorchester is the most racially diverse neighborhood with 45.5% African American or Black, 18.6% Latinx, 9.9% Asian, 4.6% other or multiple race and 21.4% White. The median household income was $52,886, lower than the Boston median.