July 2021
Monthly News & Updates
ABCD seeks early ed teachers, staff who want to make a difference, pursue a fulfilling career
Signing bonuses, paid training & development, and a pathway to leadership attract current and future educators
As Greater Boston continues to rebuild and reopen after the pandemic brought much of life to a standstill, ABCD is recruiting early education teachers and staff who are looking for a clear path to a fulfilling career.
ABCD Head Start and Early Head Start: Now enrolling!
Calling all families with children from birth to age 5 who are ready to learn and grow – who are ready for a Head Start. This successful program gives income-eligible families access to quality early education and comprehensive services including health, dental, nutrition and family services.
ABCD urges families in need to sign up for assistance with food, rent, other essentials at ABCD Neighborhood Centers
ABCD is all about access: the organization’s community-based network of centers throughout Boston and Mystic Valley ensures that individuals and families experiencing financial strain and in need of vital resources can find the help they need without traveling far.

And despite signs of economic recovery in Massachusetts, tens of thousands of disadvantaged people in Greater Boston are behind on their bills and in distress.

Help is here. ABCD staff members are ready to assist with urgent needs, empowering youth programs, vital elder services, longer-term avenues to financial stability including education and job training, and more.
ABCD Hosts Second Successful Vaccination Clinic
ABCD held its second successful vaccine clinic on July 13th, with great turnout at the Thelma D. Burns building in Roxbury. ABCD is urging everyone to get vaccinated to stop the further spread of COVID-19, and protect our communities, families, and coworkers from the virus. If you'd like more information about the available vaccines, check out ABCD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Info page. To find a vaccination site near you, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov.
ABCD’s signature summer jobs program helps youth chart a promising path, prepare for school this fall
After more than a year of isolation and hardship brought on by the pandemic, underserved youth in Boston are developing the skills and confidence to succeed when they’re back in the classroom this fall.

ABCD SummerWorks is partnering with more than 100 mission-driven employers to provide youngsters with career readiness workshops, mentoring, and earnings of up to $1,600 from jobs that give back to the community.
ABCD SummerWorks participant Francheska shares her experience.
Thank you, Klarman Family Foundation
ABCD thanks the Klarman Family Foundation for its support of SummerWorks, a program that provides underserved Boston youth career development mentoring and workshops and a paid job that gives back to the community! ABCD SummerWorks had a positive impact on Takai, a young man from Dorchester with a focus on the future. Watch now.
At YEA! Middle Schoolers Become Leaders
YEA! – ABCD’s Youth Engaged in Action! program – wrapped up its second and final session of the summer in July. This program introduces eligible 13-year-olds introduces to people, resources, and powerful experiences that help them become young leaders. During the week-long session, these middle-schoolers learn how government works, explore opportunities to take action in their communities, and learn about the importance of financial wellbeing.
This year, State Representatives Chynah Tyler and Steven Ultrino, Boston City Councilor Kenzie Bok, and Audrey Seraphin of SPARK Boston spoke to the participants about civic engagement and helping to envision and build a better future. Thank you to our guest speakers as well as YEA! program sponsors, Capital One and Junior Achievement of Northern New England for making this learning adventure a success. We hope to see all our participants return to ABCD for SummerWorks next year!
Presenting the Ostiguy High and
University High School 2021 Graduates
Congratulations Class of 2021! In June we celebrated the graduating classes of William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School and University High School, which ABCD operates in partnership with the Boston Public Schools. Ostiguy High School provides students in recovery with a safe, sober learning environment, while University High School helps students who have struggled in a traditional learning environment earn their high school diploma and embrace the future.

At their graduations, students shared truly inspiring stories. Watch these video recaps to hear what they had to say on their graduation day.
Theresa Parks, passionate housing activist and ABCD community hero, dies at 84
She was humble, but she was fierce. Theresa Parks, who led a movement to preserve affordable housing in her beloved Mission Hill neighborhood, passed away last month. ABCD, which recognized her with a community hero award for her tireless advocacy, worked alongside her for decades. Read the Boston Globe story about the spirit and legacy of Mrs. Parks.
Monday, August 16 General Job Fair (all industries) 
Tuesday, August 17 Manufacturing, Professional Services, Finance 
Wednesday, August 18 Healthcare, Hospitality, Education 
Thursday, August 19 General Job Fair (all industries)
Friday, August 20 Information Technology, Building Services, and other
Questions? Please contact your local MassHire Career Center here.
Helpful Resources
The pandemic made clear that millions of people don’t have access to or can’t afford high speed internet. For many, laptops or tablets are also out of reach. These are essential resources, which is why the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

The program offers up to $50/month discount for broadband services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. See if you’re eligible! Visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org.


Looking for information about COVID-19 vaccination?

Find helpful information at mass.gov/info-details/trust-the-facts-get-the-vax, watch for Covid-19 Vaccine Information updates on the ABCD website, and follow ABCD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
In the News
Letter to the Editor, John J. Drew, The Boston Globe

Special to the Malden Advocate

by Anthony Brooks, WBUR

Op Ed by John J. Drew, The Dorchester Reporter
Recommended Reading:
ABCD's Work in Context
by Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post

by Aaron Pressman, The Boston Globe
In Brief
ABCD Connect
Need help with food, rent, other essential bills?
If you or someone you know is experiencing hardship, ABCD Connect is here to help.
Questions about programs and services?
Contact your nearest ABCD neighborhood center.
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