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Back to School: A Deep Dive into How Boston Public Schools is Using ESSER Funds to Support ESL Students

Back to School: A Deep Dive into How Boston Public Schools is Using ESSER Funds to Support ESL Students

The 2022-23 school year has officially begun. As students and teachers embark on the nine-month journey of homework, studying, and tests, school districts across the Commonwealth are currently in the process of investing historic education funds received from the federal government. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), first authorized in 2020, pledged t...

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Turning feelings into art - part II

Turning feelings into art - part II

IBA’s Youth Development Program (YDP) serves local young people, ages 14-18, by fostering socio-emotional, intellectual, and artistic growth through academic support, job readiness, arts education, leadership training, civic engagement, and advocacy opportunities. YDP’s summer poetry workshops is one of IBA’s most impactful programs. Participants explore their ident...

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It was very important to be in a bilingual school

It was very important to be in a bilingual school

IBA’s preschool is a vibrant all day bi-lingual Spanish English learning community committed to nurturing creativity, critical thinking, and celebrating the individuality in every child. The preschool is an inclusive, warm environment for children to learn, grow and thrive while mastering both languages and readiness skills for kindergarten. IBA’s pre-school serves children ag...

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The Need for Boston to Beat the Heat

The Need for Boston to Beat the Heat

Temperatures in Boston are rising each year. Stretching several days at a time in July and August, two heat waves with temperatures over 90⁰ F have rattled our city, with the adverse impacts felt most acutely by vulnerable residents. In anticipation of a future where temperatures will continue to rise, improvements must be made to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color, whi...

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Turning feelings into art - part I

Turning feelings into art - part I

IBA’s Youth Development Program (YDP) serves local young people, ages 14-18, by fostering socio-emotional, intellectual, and artistic growth through academic support, job readiness, arts education, leadership training, civic engagement, and advocacy opportunities. YDP’s summer poetry workshops is one of IBA’s most impactful programs. Participants explore their ide...

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Yes, the Tito Puente Latin Music Series really does get better with every concert!

Yes, the Tito Puente Latin Music Series really does get better with every concert!

Porque esto no acaba hasta que se acaba. On Thursday, August 4th at Mozart Park, Astoria Salsa Company will have everyone moving to the music! Founded and led by acclaimed multi-award winner, percussionist, and composer Samuel Torres, this band melds vocals, piano, drums, congas, bongos a...

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¡Que siga la fiesta, mi gente!

¡Que siga la fiesta, mi gente!

Let’s keep on dancing because “Esta fiesta no tiene fin!“ The Tito Puente Latin Music Series is underway, and we have four more concerts for you to enjoy! On July 21st at Lopresti Park, discover Alea’s high-energy alternative Latin sound, which will move you with messages...

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A Housing Market Out of Reach: The Challenging Path to Homeownership in Greater Boston

A Housing Market Out of Reach: The Challenging Path to Homeownership in Greater Boston

Millions of Americans dream of homeownership and the financial and housing stability it provides. However, the current economic climate and housing market have made purchasing a home nearly impossible for many families and reinforced existing racial wealth gaps in both Boston and across the country. Home prices in Greater Boston are drastically out of reach for most residents. Accor...

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This is Puro Sabor, hermanos!

This is Puro Sabor, hermanos!

Tito Puente Latin Music Series celebrates 15 years! In honor of Latin music icon Tito Puente, every summer, live Latin music comes to Boston parks. Come dance and enjoy our annual tradition on six diff...

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"El Hijo de la Salsa", todo un espectáculo.

"El Hijo de la Salsa", todo un espectáculo.

El Festival Betances se caracteriza no solo por su gran ambiente familiar y deliciosa comida, sino por su música en vivo. Desde hace más de 50 años ha sido y sigue siendo plataforma para nuevos talentos, y este año Frankie Ruiz Jr es parte del talentosísimo grupo de artistas que nos acompañarán el 16 de julio en Plaza Betanc...

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Música Jíbara: Orgullo de Puerto Rico

Música Jíbara: Orgullo de Puerto Rico

En menos de un mes, el Festival Betances vuelve a Villa Victoria. A pesar de haber mantenido el Festival en línea a causa de la crisis sanitaria, todos extrañamos el vernos, platicar, comer y sobre todo, bailar. Es por esto que ante tanta expectativa, nuestro lineup no podía quedarse atrás y decidimos traer a...

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Festival Betances 2022: De Puerto Rico para Boston

Festival Betances 2022: De Puerto Rico para Boston

A lo largo de los años, Festival Betances se ha encargado de reunir no solo a artistas de primer nivel, sino también orgullosamente boricuas. Este año no es la excepción y como parte del talentosísimo lineup con el que cuenta el Festival, tenemos a Juan R Nieves, talentoso cuatrista quien ya nos ha fascinado con su presencia en otros eventos, siendo el más reciente ...

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Pride Month: The Transgender Women of Color Who Paved the Way

Pride Month: The Transgender Women of Color Who Paved the Way

As we kickstart the month of June, we are also ushering in the month of Pride! Pride month is known to be a time of celebration for the lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA+) community. While it is commonly associated now with festivals and parades, it wasn’t always that way. It is crucial to acknowledge the trailblazers, particularly the transgender women of color, tha...

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Festival Betances 2022: Escenario del talento boricua

Festival Betances 2022: Escenario del talento boricua

¡Ven a apoyar a los nuevos artistas de nuestra isla! ¡Ven a ser parte de estos momentos inolvidables que crean historia en el movimiento musical de Puerto Rico! Celebremos juntos el amor y orgullo que todos los puertorriqueños sentimos por nuestra hermosa isla. Por eso, y porque forman parte de las grandes promesas del horizonte musical de Puert...

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Moving toward greater equity

Moving toward greater equity

Since its founding in 1968, IBA has worked tirelessly to achieve equity within its affordable housing community. This undertaking continued throughout 2021, and thanks to the support of our amazing donors and community partners, IBA and its five community-centered programs – Preschool, Youth Development, Financial Empowerment, Resident Services, and Arts – successfully served over 1,200 residen...

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