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Program Impact Outlook for 2021

Program Impact Outlook for 2021

As we look forward to all we will accomplish in 2021, we thought it would be a great time to check-in with our Chief Program Officer, Rafael Medina, to hear what he’s most excited about in 2021: Q: What can you share with us about your goals for programming this year? A: Our programming goals are always to serve our co...

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BOSTON’S FREE PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE

BOSTON’S FREE PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE

Now parents of preschool age kids can take advantage of IBA Preschool’s outstanding bilingual curriculum for $0, absolutely FREE! The Boston Universal Pre-K Program (UPK) is a city-wide initiative in partnership with community early learning centers, like IBA’s Preschool, and Boston Public Schools. The program offers early education that is nati...

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CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS

CONTINUING OUR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS

IBA’s commitment to high quality education for everyone has always been an organizational priority. Now more than ever, as schools operate remotely due to the pandemic, it is crucial to ensure that all students have the resources they need to thrive academically. In order to support students during this unique school year, IBA joined with other community organizations to create learning pods to...

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LOS RESIDENTES AQUÍ SOMOS MUY UNIDOS

LOS RESIDENTES AQUÍ SOMOS MUY UNIDOS

En los últimos 50 años, desde la creación de nuestro Programa de Servicios al Residente, IBA ha ayudado a muchos residentes de Villa Victoria asistiéndoles con diferentes necesidades o retos de lenguaje, asuntos legales, alimentación o servicios de salud. En esta ocasión nos sentamos con Jorge Ortíz, quien muy agradecido con IBA, nos compartió un poco de lo que él ha ex...

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A Year in Review: Affordable Housing in 2020

A Year in Review: Affordable Housing in 2020

Last January, we created a list of top affordable housing policies to watch in 2020. Little did we know that just a few months later, these policy agendas – and everything else – would be changed by a public health crisis. As we look back on the past year, one thing is clear: the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the widespread disparities in our society, demonstrating the necessity of creating...

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VILLA VICTORIA PARA MI ES UN PARAÍSO

VILLA VICTORIA PARA MI ES UN PARAÍSO

Nuestro Programa de Servicios al Residente surgió hace más de 50 años con la misión de ayudar a las personas no solo con vivienda, sino también asistirlos con otros retos que frecuentemente se presentan, como lenguaje, asuntos legales, alimentación sana y servicios de salud. Don Hector Ruíz es uno de los muchos residentes de Villa Victoria y muy amablemente nos abrió las puertas de su h...

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AN EVENING TO DANCE, LAUGH, CRY AND REMEMBER PUERTO RICO

AN EVENING TO DANCE, LAUGH, CRY AND REMEMBER PUERTO RICO

One of the biggest Puerto Rican musicians right now, Daniel Díaz, began in the world of music from a very young age. Today, he is recognized, among many other things, for his creation: The Tripandero. This instrument helps him play the rhythms of Plena, just the way he enjoys them - with panderos (tambourines) all around. This week, Daniel Díaz...

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Dr. Nancy Levy-Konesky, a friend of IBA’s community

Dr. Nancy Levy-Konesky, a friend of IBA’s community

Through the end of 2020, as part of our Season of Gratitude celebration, we’ll be highlighting some of IBA’s dedicated supporters who help make our work possible. Today we’re highlighting Dr. Nancy Levy-Konesky, a friend of IBA’s community for over 40 years! Nancy has taught Spanish language and Hispanic culture and literature at the university level for over 30 years, and i...

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VAMOS A GOZAR, A BAILAR, A REÍR, A LLORAR

VAMOS A GOZAR, A BAILAR, A REÍR, A LLORAR

Uno de los músicos de gran apogeo en estos momentos, Daniel Díaz se inició en el mundo de la música desde muy pequeño y es hoy en día reconocido, entre muchas otras cosas por la creación del Tripandero. Instrumento que le ayuda a tocar solo ese ritmo de Plena que tanto disfruta. En un par de semanas, Daniel Díaz compartirá con nosotros - de manera virtual - una noche de mús...

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THIS IS IBA'S PRESCHOOL

THIS IS IBA'S PRESCHOOL

Here at IBA, education has always been one of our top priorities. IBA’s Preschool has been around for over 30 years, providing quality education in a diverse and culturally rich environment. It’s not news that this year has been tough for all, but we’re committed to ensuring our children and families have access to high quality educational opportunities despite these challenges. Since w...

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Supporting Residents After the Eviction Moratorium’s Expiration

Supporting Residents After the Eviction Moratorium’s Expiration

Throughout the spring, summer and early fall, Massachusetts’ eviction moratorium provided a sense of security for tenants facing financial hardship as a result of the current public health and economic crises. Last month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker decided to let the moratorium expire, instead allocating $171 million in funding for housing stability protection and urging those in need...

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“IT ALWAYS FELT LIKE A SECOND HOME TO MY KIDS”

“IT ALWAYS FELT LIKE A SECOND HOME TO MY KIDS”

Bringing young children schooling opportunities like IBA’s Preschool has to be one of our most rewarding programs. Also true to that, helping those parents by providing a safe space for their kids, has been a goal we’ve kept throughout the years and volunteers have been a great help and support to achieve that. We got to connect with some parents from our preschool and found Brenda Salg...

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"Somos todos una gran familia"

"Somos todos una gran familia"

Durante los últimos 40 años, IBA se enorgullece de formar parte de la educación preescolar de muchos niños en el South End de Boston. Esta pandemia llegó a alterar la vida de todos, pero especialmente la de nuestros niños, que ya no podían ir a la escuela ni ver a sus amigos ni a sus maestros. A pesar de todo, nuestra escuela se aseguró de que los estudiantes terminaran su ciclo a dista...

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FAQ: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

FAQ: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

If you’ve walked by Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (VVCA) recently, you may have noticed that the building is boarded up. One of our main priorities at IBA is public safety. Due to the structural condition of VVCA and the risk it poses, we have made the difficult decision to remove the current building and develop, in its place, a multipurpose community center that will serve IBA and the So...

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“I’M ALWAYS HAVING FUN”

“I’M ALWAYS HAVING FUN”

IBA’s Resident Services Program is at the heart of IBA’s work. It is our mission to help the seniors of Villa Victoria by promoting activities that encourage them to stay active, help them stay connected to the community, and make accessing healthy food possible for those on a limited income. Gloria Smothers has been part of this community for many years and she shared with us her fav...

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