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For 50 years ABCD has provided basic services and innovative programs that help empower individuals, families, and communities in Boston to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential.

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  • Strengthen & Educate Families
  • Promote Self-Sufficiency
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April 19, 2016

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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April 19, 2016

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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April 19, 2016

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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April 19, 2016

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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January 08, 2016

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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January 08, 2016

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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