Corey J. Allen has been a teacher, a coach, a journalist, and an ardent supporter of community-based initiatives. He has seen the rewards and opportunities available through a strong educational foundation and is looking to see those opportunities extended to more of his neighbors and their children with a strong kindergarten to college initiative plan. Corey is a 2001 graduate of Boston Latin Academy who continued his education at Bentley College from 2001-2003. He received his B.A. and M. Ed. from UMass Boston in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Active in his neighborhood throughout his college and post-college career, he began coaching youth for the Mattapan Patriots at Almont Park, and joined the board as the educational coordinator, initiating a year-round tutoring program. Through the City of Boston Mattapan liaison Freda Brasfield, Corey helped coordinate the first Boston Shines cleanup at Almont Park. He is executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition and also board member of the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center Advisory Board and TechBoston Academy. Corey is also a mentor for Alray Scholars.