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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.


July 17, 2014

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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July 14, 2014

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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July 09, 2014

My 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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June 06, 2014

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

May 29, 2014
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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May 28, 2014

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,

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,

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