Massachusetts Special Elections: What You Need To Know
Your vote matters. Voting in the upcoming special election is not only important because you decide the next mayor, but you also have the power to create and modify laws in our state and city. At IBA, it is our mission to improve our communities through high-quality programs and this starts with the individual. Your vote gives a voice to our community and by exercising your right to vote you are p...
Empowering Residents Through New Programing
In an effort to impart long-lasting financial security & success in our community, we recently introduced the improved College and Financial Empowerment Program (CaFe). Tiana Bonner, CaFe Director, is leading the change in the hopes that this new program will provide low-income families with the tools and knowledg...
Diversity, A Key to Success for Our Children
Integrating diversity in our classrooms means more than enrolling students from a variety of multicultural backgrounds; it means, including lessons about their heritages, languages, and customs. When teachers create an environment that not only acknowledges diversity but celebrates what makes all of these cultures unique, then students can grow socially and academically with a bet...
One Hood: Forming Connections On & Off the Court
On July 12th, we tipped-off our eleventh year of the One Hood Basketball League, providing a safe space for local teenagers to “just play ball and not worry,” as Angel Lopez, our One Hood Commissioner said. At first look, it may not seem that Boston’s neighborhood streets can be a “battleground” for some, but as former South End District Officer Jorge Dias explained, “It’s hard to be a good kid no...
Create Memories, Lessons, & Ornaments with Your Child this Holiday Season
Spending time with family in December is one of the best parts of the season. You share old stories and make new memories while going through your holiday traditions together - like cooking special meals, watching your favorite holiday movies, and decorating the tree. This year, add to those memories and make more that will last for many years to come by decorating your tree with some of these hom...
Make the Holidays both Educational & Fun for Your Children
We’re all thankful to spend more time with family over the holidays - we can enjoy delicious meals together, see distant relatives, and spend more time with our children while they’re on vacation for a few days. A great idea for making memories during this time is to read together - your child will remember these moments forever and have the book to keep making memories all year long! And since No...
Voting Tips to Prepare for Election Day
Your vote matters. Voting in the upcoming election is not only important because you decide the next leader of our country, but you also have the power to create and modify laws in our state and city. At IBA it is our mission to improve our communities through high-quality programs and this starts with the individual. Your vote gives a voice to our community; by exercising your right to vote you a...
When Should My Child Start Learning a Second Language?
As parents, at times we may experience the lingering thought, “Am I doing this right?” We’re worried about giving our children the best life possible as we make decisions for them every day. One of the greatest concerns shared by multicultural families is if we should expose our child to a second language. We share the same worries, often afraid a second language will cause confusion in our child’...
Transitioning your Child into School
Starting preschool can be nerve wracking for both the little ones and their parents. It is common for both parties to feel a bit of separation anxiety, but there are ways to make this transition easier and a positive experience. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the years at IBA’s preschool which you can do in preparation and also on the actual day.
Don't Lose Year-Long Lessons: Tips for Keeping Education in your Child's Summer
It is a common known fact among school teachers that children tend to forget a lot of material from the previous school year over the summer. On average they have to spend four to eight weeks re-teaching these same things and losing valuable time where your child could be learning something new. After doing some research we found that children lose the most knowledge in math, but reading also decl...
Family Fitness Tips for All Ages
It is always important to remember that education begins at home; parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and anyone under your household are the ones responsible for the first habits and knowledge of our children. And that knowledge also means cultivating healthy habits that will go with us throughout life. At IBA, we promote the general wellbeing of the community and strengthening families' heal...
What Happens After High School?
Being in high school can be a difficult time due to academic pressures and social context; and accompanied by a feeling of uncertainty — a signature of an important transitional period. Being between 16 and 24 means that you have to start thinking about your future, how to be economically independent and what path to take in regards to a career or trade.
In addition to these important life-alteri...
Winter: an Important Season in your Child’s Development
Nowadays stress is something that affects us socially and health-wise; and our children are not immune. Actually, they deal with many stressful situations on a daily basis, and we might not notice the impact that our busy environment has on their minds, but it has been proven that the current fast paced and busy rhythms of daily activities affect children negatively in their abilities to cope and ...
A Delicious, yet Healthy Halloween
Most parents love to dress up their kids for Halloween and to participate in all the spooky fun, however the majority agree that as far as health and nutrition goes, this day leaves much to be desired.
Studies have proved that calories are not the enemy when it comes to picking out the most nutritious foods, it is the source of these: sugars to be exact. Sugar has been linked as a primary source ...
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Focusing on Women on Heart Day: Staying Active and Healthy
Today is World Heart Day, its purpose is to spread awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) which affects men and women alike. This disease, although it is responsible for one third of the deaths among the female population, is often misdiagnosed or underestimated among this gender because its symptoms are different and less obvious than in men, and the lack of information.
The good news it t...