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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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MBTA eyes discounts for low-income riders in the future 

by Nicole Dungca, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/8/2016 Categories: MBTA

As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considers fare increases, advocates for low-income residents are encouraging the agency to implement something new in the state: discounts for those customers who have the hardest time paying.

John J. Drew, the chief executive of the antipoverty organization Action for Boston Community Development, said his employees reached out to the MBTA after first hearing about a possible discount for low-income riders.

“We help 100,000 people all over Greater Boston,” Drew said. “We have the apparatus where we could document and certify people” as low-income.

Drew, who objects to the MBTA’s proposed fare increases in general, said he believes such a program would be an important step in helping some of the people who need the T the most.

“There are an awful lot of people who totally depend on that system, and their lives depend on that system because they can lose their jobs and everything else,” he said.

 

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Opponents: MBTA Fare Hike would hurt poor most 

Matt Stout, O’Ryan Johnson, Boston Herald
Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/8/2016 Categories: MBTA

The MBTA wants to jack up bus and trolley prices for public school students by 23 percent as part of its plan to cap a $242 million budget shortfall as new fare hikes that will hit just about every rider were rolled out yesterday.

John J. Drew, president of 
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., said a sudden fare increase would hit poor families the hardest.

“For folks trying to get to and from work, for people with disabilities, for the elderly, every penny counts,” Drew said. “A sudden and significant fare hike would hit these people hard.”

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ABCD: Join Our Team of Early Childhood Professionals! 

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Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2015

"Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Head Start and Children’s Services programs serve low-income children and their families, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services at sites throughout Boston and now serving Malden, Everett, Medford and surrounding towns." read more.

ABCD: Join Our Team of Early Childhood Professionals! 

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Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2015

"Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) Head Start and Children’s Services programs serve low-income children and their families, offering a variety of early childhood education, health, and case management services" read more.

VIDEO: Federal cuts impact winter heating assistance for needy Boston residents 

by Kerry Kavanaugh of FOX25
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP LIHEAP Fuel Assistance

BOSTON – Federal budget cuts are having a big impact on many low income Boston residents that rely on assistance for winter heating.

We're talking about a cut of about $200 this winter. The group we spoke with says it's possible the maximum amount of families can receive this year won't get them through this winter season.

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Thanksgiving dinner held for motel-bound homeless 

by Astead W. Herndon, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/10/2015 Categories: Allston-Brighton Thanksgiving

Elizabeth Tyler struggled to close the Styrofoam to-go container for her slices of sweet potato, apple, pecan, pumpkin, and pumpkin chiffon pies, but you could hardly blame her for trying.

Tyler, a 33-year-old mother of four, said she had been homeless for the past two months, after her family was evicted from their apartment in Charlestown.

Over the past two months, Tyler has lived in a motel, which means cooking meals in a microwave and washing items in the bathtub, she said. But for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview in Brighton, Tyler did not have a single chore on her plate — just turkey, dressing, and lots of desserts.

“My kids are having fun, and everyone here is open arms and smiles. No one is judging you or looking down on you,” Tyler said. “It makes you feel good."

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