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A Wealth of Community Opportunities

A Wealth of Community Opportunities

We’re constantly working to “empower and engage individuals and their families to improve their lives," and this past month we held two resource fairs in order to introduce opportunities that residents of all ages would enjoy. Last week, we held our first annual Academic and Career Fair in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), whose representatives offered educational and career a...

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The Critical Role of After-school and Summer Learning Programs

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...

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Easy Activities To Keep Your Kids Learning From June to August

Easy Activities To Keep Your Kids Learning From June to August

Students will be let out of school in the coming weeks and some parents are scrambling to find the right summer programs, camps, and daycares for their children; but our parents are at ease with our year-round Preschool. In fact, our teachers are excited for the unique opportunities for learning, parent-child bonding, cultural immersion, and field trips that come along with the warm weather. ...

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The Role of Activism in Promoting Affordable Community Development

The Role of Activism in Promoting Affordable Community Development

Founded by a group of Puerto Rican activists in 1968, IBA grew from efforts to fight displacement amidst gentrification in the South End. Through widespread civic engagement, we won the right to keep our neighborhood and build our homes, and have been able to uphold our vibrant culture in the community. With our history steeped in advocating for low-income families, we believe that activism is a c...

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Youth Build Community Family

Youth Build Community Family

It becomes increasingly more difficult to engage and build relationships with our youth nowadays, which is why we are so grateful to all of those who make our Youth Development Program (YDP) possible and provide a safe space for teens to grow. [caption id="attachment_8027" align="alignleft" width="300"]...

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The Importance of Arts Funding: Our CEO on Cityline

The Importance of Arts Funding: Our CEO on Cityline

This past Sunday, IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was featured in Channel 5’s award-winning urban news and feature magazine program “City Line,” in a segment focusing on the importance of funding for the arts. She was joined by Anita Walker, Executive Director of the ...

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Youth Development Program Peer Leader's Hard Work & Heart Paying Off

Youth Development Program Peer Leader's Hard Work & Heart Paying Off

Our Youth Development Programs (YDP) strives to empower students ages 13 - 19 years old by equipping them with the life skills and the support system they need to excel. Through workshops with a strong arts component, we have helped hundreds of youth find their voice and gain the confidence they need to make positive, impactful changes in their communities. That is why it is always a huge reward f...

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It Takes A Village: How IBA Supports Residents through Community Services

It Takes A Village: How IBA Supports Residents through Community Services

Healthy, sustainable communities often grow from environments that provide equal social and economic opportunities. For instance, according to a 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research report, upwardly mobile communities typically exhibit low income inequality, minimal racial and socioeconomic segregation, stable households and ...

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Where a Solid Foundation for Success Begins

Where a Solid Foundation for Success Begins

Every day parents and teachers are doing the best that they can to ensure that our young children have access to quality early education. That is why the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates “The Week of the Young Child” every year - to congratulate & emphasize the hard work done by families and educators all year round. Their joint efforts make NAEYC’s “...

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A Win for Early Education in Massachusetts

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...

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Visitors Day: The 'Push' Students Need

Visitors Day: The 'Push' Students Need

Our Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs are doing their best to make an impact on the lives of elementary aged children in our community through focusing on their socio-emotional development as much as their academics, and no one understands the importance of this mission more than parents. That’s why we have made parent eng...

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How the Community Preservation Committee Could Influence Affordable Housing in Boston

How the Community Preservation Committee Could Influence Affordable Housing in Boston

This fall, more than 60 percent of Boston residents voted in favor of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), a one percent property tax that will raise nearly $20 million in revenue annually. Since then, we’ve been following how future funds will be allocated. With many Greater Bos...

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Why Boston Needs Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

Why Boston Needs Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

At IBA, we continue to watch the changes the Donald Trump administration and Congress will have on affordable housing. One topic we are watching closely is tax reform and its possible effect on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Created 30 years ago, the LIHTC is a federal program that issues tax credits to state housing agencies. In Massachusetts, the Department of Housing and Co...

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Now More Than Ever, We Must Unite

Now More Than Ever, We Must Unite

Since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States 68 days ago, we have seen many changes; but we have also seen the power that many voices have when they join together. These changes have motivated people of all ethnicities, ages, and genders to be informed about the operations of our government, so they can stand up for their beliefs. What is even greater, is the posit...

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College and Financial Empowerment: Shifting Focus to Inspire

College and Financial Empowerment: Shifting Focus to Inspire

Our mission here at IBA is to empower and engage individuals and families to improve their lives through our housing and programs. We know that as our community grows & changes, so must our programs; which is why we are re-introducing our College & Workforce Development (CWD) as College and Financial Empowerment (CFE). CFE Director, Tiana Bonner, hope...

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