One Hood: Police & Youth Play For a Stronger Future
Music filled the South End neighborhood surrounding the Blackstone Community Center last Friday night. Community members mingled with one another - children and adults alike had their faces painted, everyone enjoyed hot dogs and sweet swirls of cotton candy, people danced, teenagers joked with their coaches, but what was most noticeable were t...
Community Success: Senior Resource Fair
Last week, our community seniors had the chance to learn about all the assistance and benefits available to them during IBA’s resource fair held in partnership with Caregiver Homes. Caregiver Homes is a MassHealth program which provides support to family caregivers. A multitude of city organizations and priva...
Celebrating 10 Years of One Hood Unity
Friendly faces smile widely at the camera, as each teen holds up one finger — a symbol of One Hood unity. They pose for their family members and friends who are taking pictures to immortalize the moment and feeling. Young people from the Villa Park neighborhood joke with others from Cathedral. A Villa Victoria boy walks around and embraces one of his friends.
However, this peaceful and joyful reu...
Giving Needed Assistance and Benefits to our Residents
During the course of our 50 years, IBA- Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, has been at the forefront of the fight towards equality. We believe that every individual is deserving of a high quality of life and it is our mission to advocate for those rights. This is why our Resident Services program is devoted exclusively to ensuring that our community enjoys all the assistance and benefits available ...
Steps to Give our Youth the Opportunities they Deserve
We know the important role of youth in our communities. We also know that young minds need stimulating opportunities in order to grow and become leaders. This is why at our Youth Development Program young people participate in dynamic workshops, thought and planned yearly in accordance with their interests. Our youth is also very politically involved. To facilitat...
One Hood, Uniting our Youth through Basketball
At first glance, it might not seem this way, but in some Boston neighborhoods the streets can be rough on our youth. “It’s hard to be a good kid now because there’s so much pressure from the bad kids to either join a gang or to be like them. It’s making it very tough for the youth to just be themselves,” explained Officer Jorge Dias, Boston Police Officer in the South End. “A lot of these kids com...
For our Seniors, on National Senior Citizens Day
Today is National Senior Citizens Day, and although we love and honor the older members of our society every single day, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on all their wonderful contributions to our society, as well as advocate for their rights.
Senior Citizens Day came about thanks to former president Ronald Reagan, who declared August 21st as an observance day for seniors back in 1988. ...
Celebrating a Milestone: Inauguration of Renewed Community Spaces
At IBA we strive to provide our community with the opportunities they deserve. We believe that a clean and comfortable environment plays a key role in their quality of life, so it was very exciting to announce that after one year of renovations our community spaces were inaugurated on July --. Through these spaces, we will continue providing resident services, youth and workforce programming, acti...
Volunteer in Boston this Summer
During the summer months many of us have more free time, but not a lot of things to do. This time of year is a great opportunity to become more active and lend a helping hand to your community.
For this reason we decided to come up with a list of places you can volunteer during the summer. We wanted to give you some ideas of all the great contributions you can make by giving a little bit of your ...
Affordable Housing in Boston, a Problem with a Solution
At IBA, we strive to give meaningful opportunities to the residents of our community. Providing comfortable and affordable housing is a necessity to guarantee the wellbeing of all individuals. A well-kept living space is a cornerstone to the quality of life every person deserves.
IBA’s portfolio currently has 521 affordable housing rental units, most of them located in Villa Vict...
IBA’s Youth a Motivation for our Community
We know that the future of our community is in the hands of our youth. They are the ones who will be responsible to carry on the legacy of change and to keep on shaping the world in a positive way. At IBA we strive to let them know that we support them, and want to give them the opportunities they deserve.
Our Youth Development Program is about empowerment, it is a place for young people to come ...
IBA’s Youth Organizers Actively Defend Youth Jobs Funding
IBA believes in the importance of youth jobs, they offer opportunities for young people to support their assets and build others, provide structure, responsibility, and build upon professionalism.
IBA’s youth, from 13 to 19 years old, have formed a group which is part of the Youth Jobs Coalition. They receive political education, they learn about their communities, and how all of their lives are ...