ABCD WorkSMART – Helping Boston Youth 

By Yadires Nova-Salcedo
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/19/2016 Categories: Youth Services Youth Unemployment

Check out our Program Coordinator, Jessica Rosario, & Host/Producer of CBS Centro, Yadires Nova-Salcedo, discuss our new pilot program WorkSMART. ABCDWorkSMART places inner city students in pay jobs as long as they stay in school. 

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New program helps at-risk teens get a job, learn life skills 

by Kerry Kavanaugh
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/19/2016 Categories: Youth Services Youth Unemployment

FOX25 News Kerry Kavanaugh hung out with WorkSMART youth Rosa Espiritusanto & Sania Elliot at the Head Start in Jamaica Plain and learned more about ABCD's new pilot program and the opportunities it gives to inner city teens. 

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ABCD President John Drew says WorkSMART- works! 

by Zuri Berry & Joe Dwinell
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/19/2016 Categories: Youth Services Youth Unemployment

ABCD President & CEO John Drew talks the ins & outs of WorkSMART, a program that gives jobs to at- risk teens only if they stay in school, on Boston Herald Radio show Newsfeed with hosts Zuri Berry & Joe Dwinell.

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ABCD Helps Clear Educational Barriers 

by Chris Lovett, BNN
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/19/2016 Categories: Youth Services Youth Unemployment

BNN corespondent Chris Lovett sat down with ABCD President/CEO John Drew & WorkSMART participant Shawn'Dreyah Murphy,from MissionSAFE Charlestown, to discuss ABCD WorkSMART, a program that encourages teens to complete high school while gaining work experience. 

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Henry Smith, 86; former director of ABCD SummerWorks 

by Bryan Marquard, The Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/27/2015 Categories: SummerWorks Youth Services Youth Unemployment

"Summer was anything but a vacation for Henry Smith, who managed Action for Boston Community Development’s employment and training program, ensuring that at-risk youths had jobs during the months when school was out." read more.

ABCD Solutions Series presents "The Cradle to Prison Pipline" 

The Bay State Banner
Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/15/2015 Categories: Solutions Series William J. Ostiguy High School Youth Services Youth Unemployment

"Jumaane Kendrick of ABCD Ostiguy High School, Beantown Society’s Kendra Lara and Johanna Wald of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice discuss the school to prison pipeline at ABCD as part of the agency’s Solutions Series." read more

ABCD Youth Summer Job Programs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 6/6/2014 Categories: YEA! YEA! Initiative Youth Services Youth Unemployment

By Yadires Nova-Salcedo, June 5, 2014

For 50 straight years, with a summer jobs program called SummerWorks, the non-profit organization ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development Agency) has kept kids off the streets, while helping them earn some extra money over the summer! This has been a very successful program and because of this, last year, they came up with a second summer program called YEA! (Youth Engaged in Action). On the June 7th edition of Centro, at 7:50 a.m. on WBZ-TV, Yadires Nova-Salcedo talks about this great program with ABCD Executive Vice President Sharon Scott- Chandler. Tune in!

ABCD SummerWorks
& YEA! Programs


Showing off A lot of Prom-ise Group donates formal wear to students 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 4/26/2014 Categories: Youth Services
http://www.myfoxboston.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10096152by Tenley Woodman, Boston Herald, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Photo by: Faith Ninivaggi -- Jocelyn Harris, 17, models one of the gowns.

There’s a Cinderella story playing out in Roxbury today, as prom-bound teens pick up free tuxes and gowns at the Madison Park High School gym, courtesy of some big-hearted community godmothers.

“Prom is expensive. People spend $300 to $400 on dresses, and the average family just can’t afford that,” said Angela Child, co-founder of United Sisters of Color. “We try to focus on the areas with the highest areas of poverty.”

For the third year, the community group teams with Action for Boston Community Development and City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley to distribute donated gowns and suits to high school juniors and seniors from Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, East Boston and Roslindale.

“What they do is incredible,” Pressley said. “When you are there, it’s very crystallizing and clear that you are making memories, and you are making memories that will last a lifetime.”

Read more.  Watch 4-26 Fox 25 Video.  Watch 4-24 BNN Video.