Recent Highlights: IBA’s 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Event Coverage
On the heels of our 50th Anniversary Kick-Off event, which was recently held at Davio’s Italian Steakhouse, news of our exciting celebration and events program for the year ahead has been featured in The Boston Globe, South End News and El Planeta.
Most recently, IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was featured in The Boston Globe...
Ten Things We’re Thankful For This Year
As Thanksgiving and the season of charity approaches, we’ve decided to look at this past year and reflect on everything we’ve accomplished. Here are ten things we’ve been fortunate enough to facilitate here at IBA:
We rallied together after Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico to created the ...
Let’s Build It: The Launch of Our Year-Long 50th Anniversary Celebration
In 1968, the city’s urban renewal plans for the South End threatened to displace the neighborhood’s hard-working Puerto Rican community and, with it, drastically diminish economic and cultural diversity. Advocating on behalf of their neighbors and families, a group of Puerto Rican activists founded IBA to preserve affordability and the right to thrive in the community they built from the ground up...
Following Puerto Rico’s Recovery: An Update on Recent Progress
It’s been over a month since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, leaving crippling devastation in its path. Yet, despite the time that has passed, one in four Puerto Ricans still don’t have access to clean water, while three-quarters of the islan...
One Hood vs. BPD: Playing For Community
On a warm afternoon this past Friday, the Blackstone Community Center came to life as the One Hood All-Stars trickled onto their home court. Hip-Hop music underscored the excitement as players greeted each other with high fives and began to warm up. It’s hard to believe there was a time when these kids didn’t get along. Members of the Boston Police Department (BPD) showed up shortly after, out of ...
“The Silent Crisis II”: The Importance of Equal Representation in Leadership
Over the past few decades, Boston’s residential demographics have transformed drastically. According to Mayor Martin Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 report, more than half of today’s Boston residents are people of color – up from one-third in 1980. As Boston continues t...
The Critical Role of After-school and Summer Learning Programs
The Trump Administration recently announced its first full budget for next year, which proposes to eliminate funding for 21st Century Learning Centers, that are federally funded academic enrichment centers for at-risk children attending high-poverty, low-performing schools. As an org...
A Win for Early Education in Massachusetts
High-quality early education is critical to the well-being and future success of children, but high costs keep it out of reach for too many families. A recent report found that the average annual cost for full-day child care is $17,000 for infants and $13,000 for four-year-old children in Massachusetts, ma...
Closing the Gender Gap in Boston’s Real Estate Industry
Diversity is a critical topic in today’s local real estate industry, and a recent Banker & Tradesman series examines attempts made to improve opportunities for women and minorities. It notes two recent studies highlighting both the progress among women in the industry, while also the wage gap that pers...
A Special Holiday Wish for You
And what an amazing year of Acción 2016 has been!
Your Acción, has sustained a legacy that helps empower individuals and families to improve their lives through affordable housing, education, and arts programs.
Spreading Hope for the Future
Last Thursday, our community gathered in Plaza Betances for our annual Tree Lighting. Residents - young and old - were joined by friends, family, and city officials as they came together to enjoy traditional Puerto Rican parrandas music, a visit from Santa, and, of course, light the beautiful tree.
Our CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, deemed the event one of her favorite community gatherings of the ...
Legacy into Acción
A letter from our CEO
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D.
In 1968, when our Inquilinos set out in organizin...
Youth Program Wins the 2016 NAHYP Award!
You could feel the burst of joy, appreciation, and excitement spread throughout the room when First Lady Michelle Obama presented us with one of the 2016 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Awards. Many gathered for our live viewing party to celebrate all of the hard work of our staff, students, and commun...
Our CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado is Awarded as a Woman of FIRE
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This past Friday, IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was honored as one of ...
Leaders in Diversity: Vanessa Calderón-Rosado Makes Community Impact
The Boston Business Journal has published an article about our CEO, Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado.
Education: Bachelor's degree in education, University of Puerto Rico, 1986; master's degree in speech language pathology, 1989; master's d...