Helping children, youth and families

ABOUT US Join Our Team

Our Team

Maria A. Rosario

Maria A. Rosario

Executive Director

Hilda Ortiz

Hilda Ortiz

Senior Accounts Manager

Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D.

Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D.

Director of Innovation

Nick Matthew, MBA, MAT

Nick Matthew, MBA, MAT

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Development

Lori Quigley, MAT

Lori Quigley, MAT

Director of Education

Jennifer Torres

Jennifer Torres

Director of Youth Services

Megan Ryan, LICSW

Megan Ryan, LICSW

Director of CLINICAL Services

Ed Machado

Ed Machado

HEAL CENTER DIRECTOR

Valerie Fonseca

Valerie Fonseca

Enrollment Specialist

Jennifer DeBarros

Jennifer DeBarros

DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION SERVICES

Our Board

Stella Rebeiro

Stella Rebeiro

President

Mass Trial Courts
Retired Juvenile Probation Officer

Arnold J. Grace

TREASURER

Mass Trial Courts
Retired Juvenile Probation Officer

John F. DeMello

ATTORNEY-AT-LARGE

Frank Muller-Karger

PROFESSOR

Institute for Marine Remote Sensing
College of Marine Science

Rhoda Purcell

RETIRED ADMINISTRATOR

New Bedford Public Schools

Wayne Ramos

RETIRED ADMINISTRATOR

University of Massachusetts

Damon Chaplin

HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Our Values, Mission, & Legacy

OUR VALUES

01.

BUILDING ON STRENGTH

We focus on what’s right with children, youth, and families instead of what’s wrong with them.

02.

DOING WHAT IT TAKES

We meet children, youth, and families “where they’re at.” Our youth-serving programs include “24/7” availability; after-hours mediation in a family conflict can prevent a youth being removed from their home.

03.

SCHOOL SUCCESS

Where schooling is the most reliable route out of poverty, we focus on school enrollment (keeping youth in regular schools whenever possible), consistent attendance, more positive attitudes toward school, higher grades, grade promotion, and educational goal-setting beyond high school.

04.

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE

We bring the special challenges facing children, youth, and families of color to the policy tables—such as disproportionate minority representation in juvenile justice, special education, school discipline, and foster care. Beyond ethnicity, cultural competency includes recognizing the strengths of youth culture.

05.

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS

Recognizing that the multiple issues disadvantaged children, youth, and families face cross professional, bureaucratic, and agency boundaries, we have has long been committed to teaming up with other organizations to expand, improve, and integrate services and supports.

06.

CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

In addition to providing community-based programs, we work with families, government agencies, and other organizations to remove historic barriers to educational and economic opportunity, to increase our society’s investment in children, and to open pathways for all children and families to achieve a better life.

OUR MISSION

NorthStar’s mission is “to help young people overcome poverty, discrimination, educational disadvantage, violence, and other adversity through learning essential competencies and hopefulness with which they can transform their lives and communities. In advocacy and public policy, we as a minority-led nonprofit organization advance diversity as a strength and resource to open pathways to create a better life.”

Get Involved

Your support helps local families thrive. There are so many ways to create a positive impact in the lives of children, young adults, and the families that support them. Donations, volunteering, and business alliances, all help us toward the common goal of lifting each other up.

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NorthStar Learning Centers

53 Linden Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

267 Samuel Barnet Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02745

80 Rivet Street
New Bedford, MA 02746

725 Shawmut Ave.
New Bedford, MA 02746