News | April  2017
Immigrants' Day at State House

On April 5, adults students participated in Immigrants' Day at the State House. Students visited the offices of Representative Jefferey Sanchez and Representative Paul Donato to urge support for the Safe Communities Act. BCNC is one of many community organizations that has endorsed the Safe Communities Act, which would protect state residents by ensuring that state resources are not used for federal immigration enforcement. We are proud of our students for voicing their beliefs!


BCNC at Celtics Game

Over 60 of our staff, youth, and supporters attended the Celtics game on April 10. This game was extra special because:

  • Our youth stood on court with Celtics players during the national anthem; 
  • Early Education teacher of over 35 years, Lai Chan, was recognized as a Hero Among Us; and 
  • Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets met and talked with our supporters and youth after the game.
Professional Development Training for Staff 

Staff from our Acorn Center for Early Education & Care and Red Oak After School Program attended an all-day training at the Boston Children's Museum on "Child Directed Play Leading to S.T.E.M. Learning." Staff had a great time developing hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities for children ages 1-13.


BCNC Staff, Kit Yung, leads a musical activity for children.
High Enrollment in Strengthening Families Program

23 families with 28 children have joined this cycle of BCNC's Strengthening Families Program (SFP), doubling our projected enrollment numbers! SFP is a proven intervention that increases parental involvement, enhances the parent-child relationship, and helps prepare children for school. In SFP's last session, music therapist and mental health counselor, Kit Yung, led a musical activity for children to build their communication skills and develop a wide range of social skills such as resilience, problem-solving, and coping skills.


SFP is generously funded by the Shippy Foundation.

Congratulations, Graduates!

BCNC and  Chinese Progressive Association celebrated nine graduates from the  Retail Employment Job Training Program. Congratulations to the students who have already started working in their new customer service positions! Joe Curtin of Roche Bros. addressed the students and encouraged them to continually strive for better English proficiency, step outside their comfort zones, and take risks with language. Read a full recap of the graduation!

Special thanks to the City of Boston  Mayor's Office of Workforce Development for supporting the program through the Neighborhood Jobs Trust,  and to our employer partners,  Roche Brothers Bon Me Foods , and Uniqlo. 
BCNC Portraits: Dora Hui

Dora Hui has mentored BCNC youth since 2015, and most recently, has helped high school student, Kevin, navigate the college application process. She has witnessed Kevin grow academically, socially, and emotionally, and believes her job as a mentor is, "less about providing concrete guidance and more about offering Kevin additional information and perspective so that he can make informed decisions." Dora also serves on the Bamboo Circle Steering Committee to engage young professionals in BCNC's mission.


Dora is the 2017 recipient of our Capital One Mentor Award. Click here for a video of her full story. 


We are looking for volunteers to become life-changing mentors like Dora. Email Jasmine Lee for more information or to apply by April 28.

Join us for Upcoming Events
Boston Marathon |  Mon. April 17 
Cheer on Team BCNC runners at the Boston Marathon! You can also sign-up to receive alerts to track their progress throughout the race. Use bib numbers 30403 (Marisa), 29405 (Terry), 7521 (Kuangshin), and 7477 (Wayne). Our runners are SO close to hitting their goal. Click here to help them reach it before Marathon Monday!

Pao Arts Center Grand Opening
Sat. May 6 | 12:00-7:00 PM
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St. | Boston
Join us for the Grand Opening of The Pao Arts Center. In partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, the Pao Arts Center is the first community-based arts center and cultural space in Boston's Chinatown. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, art-making activities, and performances. Events are open to all ages.  Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Savor the Flavor
Sat. June 3 | 1:00-3:00 PM
Quincy Center for Innovation | 180 Old Colony Ave. | Quincy
Join us for our 3rd Annual Savor the Flavor, a community celebration and benefit. Guests  are invited to sample delicacies from local restaurants, vote for the "best flavor," and hear about BCNC's work to support the rapidly growing Asian community in Quincy. Click here to become a sponsor, advertise in our program book, or purchase a ticket.

38th Annual Dragon Boat Festival
Sat. & Sun. June 10-11
Charles River | Cambridge
Our young professionals network, Bamboo Circle, is recruiting a team of 20 paddlers to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival and raise funds for our Youth Center.  No prior experience is needed to join the team for energetic practices on the Charles River. Click here for more information and to apply by May 1.
Job Openings

(Job) Bilingual Preschool Co-Teacher
Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in March 2017: 

Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation, Inc., Chinatown Trust Fund, English for New Bostonians, Massachusetts Service Alliance, Raybin Q. Wong Foundation, The Blossom Fund, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
Special Thanks to our 2017 Event Sponsors! 
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Giles Li, Executive Director

Mailing Address | 885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Boston Site | 38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111
Quincy Site | 275 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171

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