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...
A Few Tips to Keep your Child Away from the “Summer Slide”
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...
Going Outdoors, the Easiest Way to a Healthy Childhood
We believe in the importance of a healthy community. But, we also know that with our current fast-paced lives it is very easy to get lost in all the things we must do and forget to take care of ourselves. However, there are some habits that if started early are easy and enjoyable and will truly make a difference.
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 Preschool Reflecting their Community
Our bilingual preschool is characterized by its diversity. Children from all different backgrounds come together and learn about each other in an inclusive environment. We strive to make it a place where they can bring their unique experiences, speak their minds, and find common ground while celebrating their individuality.
For this reason, we decided it was time to update our mural to reflect ou...
Proud Mother on IBA's Bilingual Preschool and her Children
Jennifer Velasquez has been involved with IBA’s bilingual preschool for the past five years. First with her daughter Neveah who graduated and went on to the school system and now with her younger daughter Jayna.
We sat down with her, as she came to pick up one of her daughters, to talk a little bit about their experience. Jayna couldn’t put down her book about trains, making her mother laugh as s...
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 ...
IBA announces bid for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
3-year funding opportunity from MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would fund program expansion for IBA’s Afterschool and Summer Learning Program
BOSTON, Mass: IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción will be submitting a full proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, seeking a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Gr...
What You Didn’t Know about Bilingual Education
IBA is an institution that provides an ample selection of programs for social advancement across all ages, as well as affordable housing. For the youngest of our community we have a bilingual preschool to serve their needs best. Through the years we have seen first hand the advantages a bilingual education has on the development of children, but don’t just take our word for it.
We had a chance to...
Nurturing Creativity and Appreciating Reading on World Book Day
It all started 18 years ago when UNESCO decided we needed a day to celebrate authors, illustrators, books, copyright, and most of all: reading. Nowadays over 100 countries participate in the fun on April 23rd, marking the date of the anniversary of the death of two prominent authors: Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and William Shakespeare.
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The Week of the Young Child: Recognizing Early Education
The Week of the Young Child (April 12-18) was established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to bring public attention to the needs of young children. Early childhood years are the foundation for children’s success in school and later in life, thus The Week of the Young Child was created to include every community in the efforts to meet all of young chi...
IBA’s Afterschool and Summer Learning Program: Inspiring Children while Improving Literacy
Jenna Gabriel, a former teacher at IBA’s Afterschool and Summer Program and now Program Director of the Youth Program, spoke about the purpose and the importance of the program. She explained that children come from all over the Boston area to continue and further their education in a setting that’s inviting and engaging.
Gabriel said that after childr...
Home Depot Helps Remodel IBA's Afterschool Space
IBA Staff and volunteers from Home Depot at South Bay Station decided to spend a full day improving the space for our afterschool program located at the Blackstone School. They set out to create a more enjoyable and exciting atmosphere for IBA’s first and second graders. Their goal was to brighten and clean it, add some color, and make it ready for the students to create their own original mural t...
United Way Makes Way for Technology at IBA’s Preschool
Technology in the classroom is a trend that will only increase as the world shifts towards paperless, online, and web-based channels of communication. Studies have shown that children who are not exposed to technology are at a clear disadvantage to those who are. Educators all agree, computer based learning is crucial in early education.
Kathleen Nichols, the director of IBA’s Preschool Program s...
Who Said Snow Days Are Boring Days?
Who Said Snow Days are Boring Days?
Snow days have paralyzed the city of Boston and the region, have caused delays in almost every mode of public transportation, and have left many parents indoors with their children; with very limited options. IBA knows only too well the challenges this can pose, but it is also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children and enj...