Roslindale ESOL students learn the language of success 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/29/2014 Categories: ESOL Graduation ESOL Programs
By Julie M. Cohen, West Roxbury wickedlocal, May. 29, 2014

Roslindale resident Samah Tarbal came to the U.S. from Sudan in 2011 and has been pursuing her dream of becoming a pharmacist ever since.

However, she wanted to improve her English language skills in order to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) so she will be accepted to a pharmacy program. Without the help of the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) South Side Head Start Adult ESOL Program, this hurdle would be even greater.

"I have goals to go to college," said Tarbal. "(ABCD) really helps."

In recognition of Tarbal’s hard work, ABCD’s Roslindale Adult Literacy Community Planning Group honored her and several other students and mentors last week with certificates of recognition during a joyful ceremony at the Roslindale Branch Public Library.

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Summer Vacation Programs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/28/2014 Categories: SummerWorks YEA! Initiative

South End News, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ABCD Summerworks: Apply online 24 hours a day and follow the step-by-step instructions by reading and completing the application with a parent or guardian. You can also apply in person at your local neighborhood ABCD office. Applicants must be residents of Boston, be between the ages of 14 and 21, and be income eligible. Submitting an application does NOT guarantee a summer job. Applications must be submitted by Jun 13! 617-348-6548, www.summerworks.net

ABCD’s Youth Engaged In Action: This is a FREE 3 week summer program for 13 year olds. Participating students will focus on job readiness, financial literacy, and civic engagement. Participants will also earn $100 in gift cards. Deadline: May 30. 617-348-6583,www.bostonabcd.org

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Can Recovery High Schools Keep Kids Off Drugs? 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/28/2014 Categories: ABCD William J. Ostiguy High School

The Pacific Standard 

BY MAIA SZALAVITZ • May 26, 2014

ABCD's Ostiguy High School is the first Recovery High School to be accredited in the Country.

For his part, Liam is attending William J. Ostiguy High School in downtown Boston, where about 40 percent of the school’s roughly 80 students suffer from opioid addictions like he does. Principal Roger Oser says, “We’re abstinence-based, not harm reduction,” and unlike at Northshore, the in-school programming at Ostiguy does include required 12-step components. But even here, alternatives like SMART Recoverycan be used instead of attending outside 12-step meetings and relapse does not automatically lead to expulsion. Some students take medications like Suboxone, but because of their age, the plan is for detox, not maintenance.

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ABCD launches YEA! for 2nd year 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/27/2014

Sampian News, May 2014

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD Inc.) is looking to enroll several hundred of Boston’s 13-year olds into the YEA! Program, an engaging 3-week course just designed for children of this particular age. The program is also reaching out for funding support to enroll as many youth as possible.

YEA! (Youth Engaged in Action) addresses a need to connect this critical demographic of inner-city youth who are too young to work but too old for day camp in developmental activities. These middle-school aged teens from low-income families in Boston often struggle to find fun and structured programming in the summer months while many of their parents are at work.

YEA! provides a three-week learning experience for these teens addressing the need for increased safety and responsibility on social media sites along with raising awareness about opportunities for volunteer service in their communities and government. The YEA! Program offers unique workshops on how to become financially responsible as a young person including how to manage their money and save for the future. Additionally, YEA! graduates earn gift cards totaling $100 upon completion of the program.

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OneUnited Bank presses church on sale 

$2m for center is too low, OneUnited says; Charles St. seeks to keep sanctuary
Posted by ABCD Public Information 5/5/2014 Categories: ABCD

By Beth Healy  | GLOBE STAFF   MAY 05, 2014


The Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury.

n the latest skirmish in a long-running bankruptcy case, a lawyer for OneUnited Bank suggested in federal court Monday that the historic Charles Street AME Church should sell its main sanctuary to the highest bidder, along with the other properties it has agreed to sell.

The church’s lawyers rejected the notion as outrageous, and even the judge noted the request was contrary to the point of reorganizing under Chapter 11.

It’s the debtor’s right, Judge Frank J. Bailey said, “to retain for its own use the core property that is fundamental to its mission.’’

But the bank’s counsel, Douglas Gooding, said the two bids the church had received so far from nonprofits, for $2 million each, were not high enough. The church needs to hire a more aggressive broker, he said, and market the properties more widely, into June. The bank also wants the right to bid on the properties, using the debt it is owed.

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