Mass. youths rally for summer job funding 

2/23/2012 Categories: Youth Unemployment

Boston Herald
By Colneth Smiley Jr.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More than a thousand youths are expected to march at the State House tomorrow to push for more state funding for summer job programs.

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Boston ranks 20th in nationwide poverty rate, recent data shows 

2/23/2012 Categories: Poverty

The Daily Free Press

Written by Sonia Su
Feb 23, 2012

Boston ranked 20th among America’s major cities with the highest poverty rates, according to recent data from Queens College demographer Professor Andrew Beveridge.

Local antipoverty agencies, including Action for Boston Community Development and members of the Boston University community, said this does not come as a surprise.

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Looking ahead, preschools add tech to the curriculum 

2/22/2012 Categories: Head Start STEM program

February 21, 2012|Michael B. Farrell, Globe Staff

Preschool teacher Denise Nelson doesn’t talk much about volcanoes anymore. Or dinosaurs.

Instead, she has spent the past six weeks trying to get 20 3- to 5-year-olds in her Head Start classroom at a Worcester preschool to ponder the properties of water. Leaning over water tables, they find out which blocks float and why paper boats sink. And they get a bit wet along the way.

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Cuts To Home Heating Aid Affect The Most Vulnerable 

2/21/2012 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP

By Monica Brady-Myerov
Feb 17, 2012

BOSTON — Legislators from cold-weather states, including Massachusetts, are proposing a new bill that would significantly increase federal heating assistance. That’s in response to President Obama’s proposed budget, released this week, that includes a $470 million cut to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

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Startup group pitched to poor draws skepticism 


By Marie Szaniszlo
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An effort launching today to help connect low-income people in the Boston area with new careers and entrepreneurial opportunities is raising some questions from advocates for the poor and members of the tech community.

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Home heating costs on the rise 

2/7/2012 Categories: Fuel Assistance

Despite this winter shaping up to be one of the warmest in half a century, the cost of heating a home with oil is on the rise. Michelle Miller finds out why.

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US employment rise fails to benefit blacks 


Unemployment in the US has dropped to its lowest rate since February 2009, according to recent data.

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