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Boston Police Work to Improve Relationship with Community 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Paul Burton of WBZ-TV, August 16, 2014

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Teens in Mattapan Finish Summer Jobs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014

by Boston Neighborhood Network Television, August 16, 2014

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SummerWorks Program Helps Kids Fight for a Better Life 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Jessica Heslam, Boston Herald, August 16, 2014

Growing up in Dorchester, Tina Lewis-Ware watched her single mother scramble to pay the bills and raise four daughters. Her mom had dropped out of high school, worked at a dry cleaners and tirelessly cooked and cleaned.

“I used to hate seeing her struggle,” Tina recalled yesterday.

Yesterday, Tina was among 150 youngsters honored at the Mattapan Family Service Center for taking part in this year’s SummerWorks program run by Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).

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ABCD's SummerWorks is More Than a Job 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 8/18/2014 Categories: ABCD SummerWorks

by Adrian Walker, Boston Globe, August 8, 2014

If there’s one thing John Drew never gets tired of, it’s his summer jobs program.

Drew has spent well over 40 years at Action for Boston Community Development, the antipoverty agency where he is the chief executive. ABCD’s good works are almost too many to mention here, but among those good deeds is introducing young people to the world of work.

Boston is filled with examples of Summerworks grads who went on to success. “Billy Evans told me this was his first job,” Drew said Thursday of the city’s police commissioner. “Felix Arroyo was in this program as a teenager. So was Tito Jackson,” said Drew, referring to the city health chief and city counselor, respectively. “Of course, some of the kids have gone to jail, too.”

Drew was at the Prince Hall Lodge in Grove Hall, at a ceremony honoring the 1,300 young people who work for the agency this year. They make minimum wage, doing anything from picking up trash to counseling kids.

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The Action for Boston Community Development Board of Directors recently elected JOHN McGAHAN,  

Posted by ABCD Public Information 7/21/2014 Categories: ABCD William J. Ostiguy High School

NEWS@STATEHOUSENEWS.COM JULY 21, 2014

The Action for Boston Community Development Board of Directors recently elected JOHN McGAHAN, president and CEO of the Gavin Foundation, as its chairman. According to the anti-poverty group, McGahan’s advocacy contributed to the creation of ABCD’s Ostiguy High School, the recovery high school of the Boston Metro area. McGahan is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and certified addiction and domestic violence counselor. He is vice president of the Massachusetts Recovery Homes Collaborative, and a member of South Boston Association of Non-Profits and the South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition.


 

Mayor’s office offers up a social media boot-camp class 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 7/17/2014 Categories: ABCD

by Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter -- Jul. 17, 2014

Said Irvienne Goldson, deputy director of Action for Boston Community Development:”I am excited that the city is looking at social media as a way to engage with the community. I was also interested in the social media ‘best practices’ because our organization is looking at ways to use social media to increase awareness around our key issues like HIV prevention and education. We are also trying to use it to increase awareness of the programs that we offer.”

Goldson said she came away from the presentation feeling that ABCD is “doing a good job of managing our social media presence. It was heartening to hear that we are doing it right,” she said. “It was also great to learn about the different ways we can connect with the mayor’s office.”

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Roxbury Multi-Service Center Celebrates 50 years of Success on July 24!  

Posted by ABCD Public Information 7/14/2014 Categories: ABCD

by WCVB.Com Jul 14, 2014

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary serving the children and families of Roxbury and North Dorchester, the Roxbury Multi-Service Center, Inc. (RMSC), one of the first social service agencies in Boston, will host a Gala Celebration on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum from 6-10 pm.

To mark this historic and special occasion, RMSC will honor Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), one of the nation’s leading and region’s largest human services agencies, which is responsible for writing the Ford Foundation demonstration grant, that funded the creation of RMSC. 

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Building Pathways Graduates 15 Workers From Pre-apprenticeship Program 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 7/9/2014 Categories: ABCD Building Pathways

My SouthEnd.com Jul 9, 2014

On Friday, June 27 fifteen young minority women and men graduated from the Building Pathways Program, made possible by the leadership of Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh. Building Pathways is a highly successful pre-apprenticeship program that provides an opportunity for low-income Boston area residents to attain a career in the building trades. Mayor Walsh has often referred to the Building Pathways Program as his proudest accomplishment in the building trades.

"Creating the Building Pathways program was one of my proudest achievements during my time with the Building Trades," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This is a program of opportunity that makes real, tangible change in the lives of women and people of color. I’m moved by the stories of the program participants, and I could not be more proud of the success of the program overall. Congratulations to the graduates, and I wish you the best of luck as you start your new careers."

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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!

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
ABCD SummerWorks
& YEA! Programs
617-348-6583
www.bostonabcd.org

 

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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