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Robert Kraft honored Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, IBA's CEO with an NFL Hispanic Heritage
Leadership Award

September 21, 2014


On Sunday, September 21st at Gillette Stadium in front of thousands of football fans, the Kraft Family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation awarded IBA’s CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D. with the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Award. They recognized Vanessa for her dedication to serving and giving back to the Latino community. 

On behalf of our Board, Staff and Residents, we congratulate Vanessa for being a great leader who makes a big difference in the lives of so many.





IBA Celebrated Another Great Year
of Festival Betances

July 22, 2014



BOSTON, MAIBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and the community of Villa Victoria celebrated another successful year of Festival Betances with stellar arts and programing this past weekend on July 18-20th, 2014 in the heart of Villa Victoria in Boston’s South End. Food, arts and activities for the whole family complemented numerous music and dance performances for three days of joy and cultural celebration.

Festival Betances begun on Friday, July 18, with the opening Procession where over 400 people parade through the streets from South End, including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, elected officials, Festival Betances staff and Queen, among many colorful groups. Followed by the Procession, a community meal with typical Puerto Rican food was provided to Family Day and Noche de Bohemia featuring Grupo Borinquen.

On Saturday, July 19, we celebrated Youth Day and showcased the lead singer for the renowned Puerto Rican Salsa singer Moncho Rivera.

Sunday, July 20, begun with a Basketball Tournament, followed but the most expected by the audience, the Grease Pole Competition. Sunday evening was full of great multi-cultural performances and music bands who with their musical rhythm, had everyone dancing. Closing the nigh, with a very special songs from Puerto Rican salsa artist Héctor Tricoche, the audience was transported to the classical salsa songs from the 90’s. Thousands of people gathered and enjoyed Tricoche’s songs, they danced, and at the end of the show, they asked for more songs. The 2014 Festival Betances was a total success and we look forward for the 2015.
 
IBA Announces Merger with its Real Estate Affiliate
June 1, 2013

BOSTON, MA — As IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2013, the award winning organization’s community development model continues to gain strength through a corporate merger with its real estate affiliate, ETC Development Corporation (ETC). 

IBA is a community-based organization dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of inner-city families and building safe, vibrant and culturally diverse affordable housing communities. ETC was a non-profit owner and developer of affordable housing that encouraged economic and ethnic diversity. The merger of the two organizations into a single entity will create economies of scale and enhance IBA’s sustainable economic model. It will empower us to establish a new governance structure that unifies IBA and ETC under one Board and one Executive Director, while better aligning our housing portfolio with our education programs, social services and arts programs. Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Inc. will remain the name of the newly merged organization.
 
“As a resident of Villa Victoria, I am excited about the possibilities that this merger brings to our community.  The merger will improve upon all the services that IBA provides to the residents, and will streamline the ability of IBA to respond to the community’s needs. The Board of Directors of the newly merged organization stayed true to IBA’s foundation of having a resident majority Board, and I am very proud of that”, said Gilberto Ayala, a retired teacher and newly appointed President of the new Board. 

The merger came as a result of a strategic planning process conducted in 2010, which was developed with the residents of Villa Victoria, IBA and ETC staff and Boards, and key stakeholders.   IBA’s Strategic Plan for 2015 provides a roadmap for the provision of services, advocacy and organizational development. Establishing a new governance structure through a corporate merger between IBA and its real estate development affiliate was a key goal prioritized by the plan.

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, IBA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The process of merging IBA and ETC was very deliberate, thoughtful and well-planned. Everyone was clear that the goal was to preserve the assets of both organizations, while creating a much stronger and unified single entity. Throughout the process, we kept our residents and program participants at the center of the conversation and decision-making. Engaging IBA and ETC stakeholders early, ensured that we heard everyone’s ideas and concerns and had the opportunity to address any issues before seeking approvals from any lenders or funders.”

During a period of increased competition and reduced resources for nonprofits, the merger will have a significant impact upon the unified organization. IBA will be both leaner and stronger as the merger builds a foundation that will allow us to: increase accountability and performance at all levels; improve communication between the housing and program areas and between residents and the organization; and reduce inefficiencies to produce savings that can be reinvested back into the community. Ultimately a stream-lined governance structure will better serve the Villa Victoria community, residents from IBA’s other housing developments and our program participants.

Calderón-Rosado will remain at the helm of the newly merged organization overseeing all of IBA’s programs, as well as its real estate and asset management functions.  The new IBA will not have changes in programs and staffing, except for adding a few new positions to ensure that all functions are fully staffed and that operations continue running smoothly.  Among these minor changes, Mayra Negrón-Rivera who was the Chief of Finance and Administration has transitioned to the position of Chief Operating Officer and Adrián Carrillo has joined as IBA’s new Chief Financial Officer. 

In many ways, the merger will return IBA to its roots when it grew from a social movement for housing rights in 1968 to develop one of America’s first "new urbanist communities" in which affordable housing is integrated with life enhancing programming.  Today, IBA owns or has developed more than 750 units of affordable housing (including Villa Victoria and Residencia Betances in the South End, as well as elderly housing in Lower Roxbury at the Robert L. Fortes House and in Hyde Park at Neponset Field). IBA also serves over 12,000 people through arts and culture programming and empowers more than 800 individuals annually through programs that include: a preschool; an after school and summer academic program for children, a youth development and employment program; a community technology center; an education and workforce development partnership with Bunker Hill Community College; resident services; and arts programming through New England’s largest Latino Cultural Center, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

These programs have helped IBA garner numerous honors, including: MA Non-Profit Network Awards--finalist (2010 and 2012); Mass Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Award, the state’s top cultural honor (2011); Social Impact Research selection of IBA’s Escuelita Borikén as one of the Top-21 school readiness programs in MA (2011); Citizen’s Bank’s Champion in Action (2009); and Maxwell Awards for Affordable Housing Excellence, Honorable Mention (2003).
The merger will build upon IBA’s rich history of community development innovation, such as establishing a college campus directly in the heart of an affordable housing community. It also will increase our capacity to provide opportunities for economic and life advancement as we fulfill our founder’s vision of a Victory Village.

 “This merger is a tremendous milestone in the 45-year history of this great organization!  We are extremely excited about IBA’s future, and look forward to celebrating our anniversary and this major accomplishment at our Gala in October 2013,” Calderón-Rosado added. 

 

IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a non-profit organization that since 1968 has been dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of our community through education, economic development, technology, and arts programming.       


 
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Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción receives NEA grant to support Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 millionin funding nationwide
December 12, 2012

BOSTON, MA—On November 27, 2012, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive a NEA Art Works grant. IBA is recommended for a $40,000 grant to support the 2013 Performance Season at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest Latino arts and culture center in New England.

The grant to IBA will support Villa Victoria Center for the Arts’ Latino Performance Series, Festival Betances and the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, a free outdoor concert series presented in partnership with Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston’s Parks Department. Fulfilling its mission of preserving, promoting and celebrating Latino arts and creating dynamic cross cultural collaborations; Villa Victoria Center for the Arts will offer 34 performances by high-quality Latino music and dance ensembles as well as 14 additional educational activities (7 matinees for children, 2 open rehearsals, 2 workshops and 3 mini-recitals).

"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."

The NEA grant will help us present the finest local, regional, national and international Latino artists with styles ranging from the folkloric to the contemporary, while linking our presentations with numerous audience engagement activities focused on the Villa Victoria affordable housing community,” said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Chief Executive Officer of IBA. “We are especially proud that this is our fourth NEA grant in the last five years. Our success demonstrates that the NEA believes in arts programming that creates community vibrancy, spans the age spectrum, reflects cultural diversity, exhibits high-quality and emerges within a local cultural and linguistic contexts.

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For more information, please contact David Kay at (617) 927-1719 or dkay@iba-etc.org. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a non-profit organization that since 1968 has been dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of our community through education, economic development, technology, and arts programming.    


 
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Alex Alvear, IBA’s Performance and Production Manager, Relocating to Ecuador
November 8, 2012

IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is pleased to announce that Alex Alvear, its highly talented Performance and Production Manager, will continue to serve IBA as a consultant in the production of performances at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts after relocating to his native Ecuador in November of 2012. Alvear’s decision comes from a need to be close to his parents and family, after living in the US for almost 25 years.

IBA’s culturally enriching musical programming will continue without missing a beat. Alvear, the engine behind IBA’s acclaimed Tito Puente Latin Music Series and Festival Betances, will work remotely to book bands, establish partnerships and coordinate presentations. He will also spend lengthy amounts of time in Boston when IBA’s programming is heaviest. Through this strategy, IBA will continue to preserve, promote and celebrate Latino arts, and to create dynamic cross-cultural collaborations.

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, IBA’s CEO said, “While we are going to miss seeing Alex’s smiling face every day, we will connect with him regularly via phone, email and Skype. He will also return to Boston 3 times per year for 5-6 week periods that include time in June and July when he will coordinate the performance logistics for Festival Betances and the Tito Puente Latin Music Series. We will continue to present a broad spectrum of high-caliber Latino musicians in variety of styles and genres, ranging from local and regional talents to legendary master artists like Hermeto Pascoal, Israel López “Cachao” and Ray Barreto; multi Grammy awards winners Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Pérez, David Sánchez and Esperanza Spalding; and McArthur Genius Award recipients Dafnis Prieto and Miguel Zenón.”

A respected, active and experienced musician, Alvear came to Boston in the mid 1980’s to attend Berklee College of Music. While building his musical career with his critically acclaimed Afro-Latin band Mango Blue and other musical ensembles, Alvear has served IBA and the community of Villa Victoria for over 20 years in a variety of positions, ranging from Program Coordinator to Director at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. Alvear was nominated for the 2004 Latin Grammys for his work with acclaimed Latin Jazz icon Paquito D’Rivera and in 2009 to the Grammys for his work with Gonzalo Grau & La Clave Secreta. Alvear’s contributions to IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts have been invaluable. His dedication in bringing high quality acts and performers has greatly impacted IBA’s arts program’s profile and has helped IBA and Villa Victoria Center for the Arts garner numerous awards, which include: four consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grants (2008-2011); the 2011 Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts’ top cultural honor; 2010 Berklee College of Music’s Urban Service Award, 2009 MetLife Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities; the 2008 Citizens Bank Champion in Action Award for the Arts; and the 2007 Boston Center for the Arts’ Champion Award. In 2005, IBA was one of twenty groups selected as National Finalists for Ford Foundation's Arts in a Changing America.

With an extensive and prolific presenting track record, Alvear has positioned IBA as the leading promoter of Latino arts and culture in the New England region, offering over 40 presentations, 5 matinees and a three-day community arts festival, Festival Betances, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this July. Alvear has ensured that IBA presents free matinees to more than 1,200 Latino and African-American elementary school children from our neighboring public schools, whose music programs have been decimated by budget cuts.

Alvear has embodied IBA’s belief that arts and culture can be used as tools for self-transformation and community building. He has worked tirelessly towards bringing the arts programming closer to the community. For example, every week for the past two years, he has led a sing-along that has brought great joy to our elderly residents. On October 31, Alvear led the last sing-along of the year in the community room, during a heartfelt farewell party organized by IBA’s staff and residents of Villa Victoria.

In 2012-2013, IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts will continue to shine. Backed by IBA’s Strategic Plan for 2015 that prioritizes the further integration of arts and culture into community development strategies and multi-year funding from the Barr Foundation, IBA will not only retain Alex Alvear but also hire a new Program Director at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a non-profit organization that since 1968 has been dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of our community through education, economic development, technology, and arts programming.    


 
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MIMI MAURA Performed for the First Time in Boston
October 30, 2012

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is pleased to report on the successful show by the internationally acclaimed Puerto Rican Ska and Reggae band, MIMI MAURA, in a party that took place on Friday, October 26 at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

This concert presented one more Boston premiere within the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts’ programming, which is characterized by bringing several Boston premieres yearly. Close to 200 people attended the event to enjoy an evening with MIMI MAURA. The concert included spins by DJ Danny Dan and DJ Benny, as well as video visuals by Oxycontinental. In addition, the local band Los Three offered a set of their original renditions of Rock, Salsa and Reggae classics, which were enthusiastically received by the audience. The almost 2-hour set by Mimi Maura got people dancing from start to finish.  The audience enjoyed some of the band’s most popular hits, as well as new additions to their original repertoire, led by Argentinean saxophonist Sergio Rotman, a member of the quintessential band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. To end their set, after many encore requests, Mimi, the band’s lead singer, offered a series of Puerto Rican parrandas (traditional Christmas music) accompanied only by her little  güiro (a traditional percussion instrument from Puerto Rico).

“In light of the great success we’ve had with Los Negros Vivos in January and now with MIMI MAURA, it seems only logical to include a yearly segment dedicated to Latin Ska and Reggae in our series” said Alex Alvear, Performance and Production Manager for IBA.

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Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a non-profit organization that since 1968 has been dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of our community through education, economic development, technology, and arts programming.    


 
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Escuelita Borikén Earns National Accreditation
October 22, 2012

BOSTON, MA—On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Escuelita Borikén, the high-quality bilingual preschool program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, achieved a new, five-year term of national accreditation by successfully completing the renewal process of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Promoting excellence, NAEYC’s accreditation system sets professional standards and represents the mark of quality in early childhood education across the nation.

Escuelita Borikén exceeded the NAEYC standards in each of ten program areas (scoring between 94% and 100%) based upon Program Portfolio and Classroom Portfolios and a site visit, during which they observed classrooms. The NAEYC Academy specifically commended Escuelita Borikén for “implementing a curriculum that...promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive." They also praised the program for “using developmentally, culturally and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the program’s curriculum goals.” Other areas of strength that they noted, included: employing a high quality teaching staff; building positive relationships with families; conducting formalized assessments; and promoting nutrition and health of the children we serve.

Program Director Matilde Graciano said, “We are so pleased that NAEYC again recognizes the expertise of IBA’s Escuelita Borikén in providing a culturally responsive and high-quality bilingual early education program that prepares children to thrive in Kindergarten. We believe this mark of quality will continue to attract parents who appreciate our efforts to work with them as partners in their children’s education.”

“NAEYC’s stamp of approval is yet another measure of Escuelita Borikén’s high standards. As stated in our Strategic Plan, we are aligning all of our education programs with the Boston Opportunity Agenda. This is translated into a commitment to high-quality early education that provides the foundation for reading proficiency by third grade”, said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, IBA’s Chief Executive Officer.

The NAEYC recognition is one of many honors that the preschool has garnered in recent years. Social Impact Research named Escuelita Borikén one of the top 21 school readiness programs in Massachusetts in 2010 after studying more than four hundred programs. They specifically praised the curriculum’s focus on education and socio-emotional wellness, early literacy and parent involvement. http://rootcause.org/documents/SR-BOS-IBA.pdf

Empowering 110 children yearly, IBA’s Escuelita Borikén is a nationally accredited (NAEYC) and state licensed (MA Department of Early Education and Care) preschool. Our bilingual and multicultural program provides an education that fosters the physical, social, emotional, linguistic, cultural, and cognitive development of children in a challenging but self-affirming environment.

Escuelita Borikén is currently enrolling children from ages 2 years 9 months, and older. For information about enrollment, please call (617) 927-1740.

IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a dynamic community building agency dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of individuals and families through education, economic development, technology and arts programming that builds safe, vibrant and culturally diverse affordable housing communities.

 

 
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Vetan Mapa de Redistribución Electoral en Boston
September 12, 2012

En Boston, el Alcalde Thomas Menino veta polémica decisión del Concejo Municipal en torno al Mapa de Redistribución Electoral.

A casi tres semanas de la votación en torno al Mapa de Redistribución de Distritos Electorales en Boston y cuya decisión causó preocupación entre grupos minoritarios.


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Escuelita Borikén Celebrates 2012 Graduation
August 31, 2012

BOSTON, MA—On Friday, August 31, Escuelita Borikén, a program of IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, celebrated the 2012 Preschool Graduation. Empowering 134 children and their families yearly, Escuelita Borikén is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

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United Way receives $1M from State Street Foundation to boost region’s economy by fostering 21st century workforce
Contact: Brigid Boyd, United Way
(617) 624-8252 / bboyd@supportunitedway.org
August 29, 2012

BOSTON, MA—State Street Foundation, the charitable arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) is joining United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley as a major partner to improve educational outcomes for local youth and build a strong, future workforce for the local economy, the organizations announced today. State Street Foundation is contributing $1 million to United Way’s current investment in a portfolio of 23 high-performing community-based organizations in Boston and Quincy that are focused on ensuring more youth graduate from high school ready for college or work, and more adults gain the job skills they need to gain employment. The investment will support United Way’s work in Quincy and the Boston neighborhoods of Chinatown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, South End and South Boston.

The $1 million contribution from State Street Foundation is expected to:

Provide over 12,100 youth with homework assistance, tutoring, literacy training and math, science and technology curricula;Help adults achieve more than 7,075 basic skills and/or job skills through programs like GED and vocational training;Help more than 4,500 people obtain or retain jobs, or advance to positions that will lead to greater financial stability.

“The State Street Foundation is pleased to collaborate with United Way in education and workforce development,” said George Russell, director of Corporate Citizenship and president of the State Street Foundation. “This innovative partnership will not only ensure the short- and long-term needs of our employers, but will also increase our investment to keep Boston’s adolescent students on track toward achieving academic success and obtaining meaningful career opportunities.”

“Preventing 1,000 students from dropping out of high school can add $15 million per year to our economy,” said Michael K. Durkin, president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “State Street’s support will, for many, be the difference between graduating from high school with options for a bright future versus dropping out and losing hope and will provide more adults with the skills and supports they need for securing good jobs.”

Partner agencies for this effort are:

Building Educators for Life (BELL)
Bird Street Community Center
Catholic Charities of Boston
College Bound Dorchester
Friends of Youth Opportunity, Inc.
Hyde Square Task Force
IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
JFY Networks
Jewish Vocational Services
Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston
Sociedad Latina
South Boston Neighborhood House
South Shore YMCA
Stars
STRIVE/Boston Employment Service, Inc.
United South End Settlements
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
X-Cel, Inc. Adult Education Services
Year Up
YMCA of Greater Boston
YouthBuild Boston

About the State Street Foundation

The State Street Foundation offers grant support to initiatives that bring long-term solutions to important community issues such as workforce development and education among others. Founded in 1977, the Foundation has since given more than 200 million in grants to charitable organizations in communities where State Street has a business presence. The State Street Foundation is funded by State Street Corporation, which provides a portion of its pre-tax profits every year to the Foundation.

About United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

One of the region's largest nonprofits, United Way’s work ensures that children enter school ready to learn, youth stay engaged in school so they graduate with options for the future, and parents attain financial stability. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a dynamic community building agency dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of individuals and families through education, economic development, technology and arts programming that builds safe, vibrant and culturally diverse affordable housing communities.


 
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The Acclaimed Tito Puente Latin Music Series Successfully Concludes its Seventh Edition
August 13, 2012

BOSTON, MA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, in collaboration with Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston’s ParkArts Department completes with great success the 2012 Tito Puente LATIN MUSIC SERIES.

This past Thursday, August 9, the last concert took place with a performance by Mike Ringquist & Marcus Santos Bloco AfroBrazil for a capacity audience that danced and enjoyed of the contagious energy of Afro-Brazilian music. This summer featured 6 concerts in diverse parks and communities throughout Boston, including Frankie Rodríguez & Homenaje a la Salsa and Mike Ringquist & Marcus Santos at O’Day Park in Villa Victoria, Revelación Latina – The Latin Project at Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain hosted by Hyde Square Task Force, Fiesta Sinfónica with a special concert by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at Blackstone Park in the South End, Mango Blue at ZUMIX in East Boston and Combo Sabroso at Mission Hill Playground hosted by Sociedad Latina. Each event attracted hundreds of people who went, some to dance, others to listen and in some cases to have a picnic with background music.

“For the seventh year the City of Boston’s partnership with IBA and Berklee College of Music brought the excitement of Latino music and culture into our parks,” said Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston. “As always, the musicianship during the entire Tito Puente Latin Music Series was outstanding, the music joyful and vibrant, and capacity crowds of all ages from toddlers to grandparents filled the dance floor. It was the perfect way to celebrate summer in Boston and we look forward to doing it again.”

Attracting thousands of people every year, Tito Puente LATIN MUSIC SERIES is characterized by an extremely diverse audience. “Beyond it being a highly enjoyable artistic experience for all who attend these concerts, the series offers a very special social experience as it joins people from all ages, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities, who for a couple of hours come together to share in the joy of great music and dancing. You don’t see that happening much in Boston,” commented Alex Alvear, IBA’s Production and Performance Manager.

Attendees to the concerts also provided their feedback on IBA’s Facebook page:

“Last night's concert was so much fun! Everybody was up on their feet and enjoying the beats.” Susan Collings

“It was amazingly cool! I danced the whole time much to my kids' embarrassment....” Nancy Prieto

“Bloco AfroBrazil did their thing! Everyone had a blast!” Darryl Robinson

“Had a great time...dance like there's no tomorrow...had to make up for missing
out on zumba tonight.”
Maria Torres-Rodriguez

“It was a wonderful event, the music, the crowd, the energy. Congrats to all that had a part in bringing it to the community!” Marilyn Sanchez


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IBA's Pathway Technology Campus is Accepting Applications for 2 of its Programs
August 10, 2012



Need help finding a job in this difficult economy? Join our FREE 8-week Job Readiness Course! Gain the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace! Applications available at IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, 405 Shawmut Ave., Boston MA 02118. Click here to download one now! Applications must be completed by September 1st, 2012

This course is in English / You must be a resident of the South End/Lower Roxbury, or a BHCC Student to qualify

Join our Free GED Program! We provide a safe space for you to be able to successfully prepare to take the GED test. Applications available at IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, 405 Shawmut Ave., Boston MA 02118. Click here to apply now! Applications must be completed by August 22nd, 2012

This program is in English / Ages 16+ / You must be a resident
of the South End/Lower Roxbury to qualify



Pathway Technology Campus is a program of IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College.

Questions? Contact us at (617) 927-1707 or ptc@iba-etc.org


 
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IBA’s CEO, Vanessa Calderón Rosado, featured in Puerto Rico’s newspaper Vocero
August 8, 2012

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IBA’s Employment Specialist, Cristina Lares, did a presentation at a Symposium on Education in Venezuela
August 6, 2012

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IBA Celebrates Another Great Year of Festival Betances
July 25, 2012

BOSTON, MA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and the community of Villa Victoria celebrated another great year of Festival Betances with stellar programing on July 20, 21 and 22, 2012 in the heart of Villa Victoria in Boston’s South End. Food, arts and activities for the whole family complemented numerous music and dance performances for three days of joy and cultural celebration.

Festival Betances begun on Friday, July 20, with the soft opening reception for PUERTO RICO EN REFLEJOS: Rafael Angel Carrasco-Vázquez at La Galería at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, followed by the Inaugural Procession, Family Day and Noche de Bohemia featuring Grupo Borinquen.

On Saturday, July 21, we celebrated Youth Day and showcased the lead singer for the renowned Puerto Rican Power Orchestra, Mr. Osvaldo Román.

Sunday, July 22, begun with the Grease Pole Competition and closed with a very special Tribute to Frankie Ruiz, in the spectacular voice of Salsa star Mel Martínez, who obtained international acclaim as the lead singer for the orchestra led by legendary Tommy Olivencia.


 
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IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Earns $150,000 Capital Grant
July 10, 2012

BOSTON, MA—On Monday, July 2, 2012, the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (MCFF) awarded IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción a $150,573 grant for capital improvements to its Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest Latino arts and culture center in New England.

http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities_news/june12_release.htm

Funded through a partnership between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the grant funding will be used for renovations that include:  improvement of disability access; installation of a sound system; repair of the basement floor and a structural envelope analysis.

The Cultural Facilities Fund was created as part of a major economic stimulus bill in July 2006 that was designed to increase investments from both the public and private sectors to support the sound planning and development of cultural facilities in Massachusetts.

http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities_about.htm

To date, the Fund has awarded $49.5 million in grants to 228 cultural organizations across Massachusetts. IBA is honored to be one of 56 nonprofit arts, history, and science organizations across Massachusetts for whom the state is investing more than $5 million in the current round.
 
Alex Alvear, IBA’s Performance and Production Manager at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, is extremely excited about the impact of the award. He said, “Remedying critical maintenance issues will make our facility more attractive. Technical and systems upgrades will allow for better performance capabilities and an improved experience for audience members. The renovations will appeal to producers, audiences and renters alike, increasing Villa Victoria Center for the Arts' ability to produce and promote more shows and increase earned income.”

A program of the community building organization IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is a multi-functional community arts center whose mission is to promote, preserve, and celebrate Latino arts and artists and to create dynamic cross cultural collaborations. Awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts from 2008-2011, a 2011 Commonwealth Award (Massachusetts top cultural honor), a 2010 Berklee College of Music Urban Service Award; a 2009 MetLife Award or Arts Access in Underserved Communities and a Citizen Bank Champion in Action Award in 2008; it provides the underserved with access to high-quality programming, while increasing cultural awareness across racial, cultural, and socio-economic barriers. 

The Center reaches over 12,000 people through arts and culture programming that includes: Performance Series, New England's longest running Latino performance series presents innovative Latino and Latin American music, dance and theater with free matinees for school children; La Galería, the first gallery in New England focusing on art created by Latinos and from the Latin American Diaspora; Festival Betances, the oldest Latino folk arts celebration in New England. Special Events, including: the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, free outdoor concerts in partnership with Berklee College of Music and the City’s Parks Department; Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, African American History Month and Three Kings’ Day Celebrations. Our facility also serves as an affordable rental space and supports extensive Community Arts programming for IBA's preschool, children and teen arts education (Latin Percussion, poetry, theater, visual and digital arts) as well as elder's programming.


 
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IBA a Finalist for MA Nonprofit Excellence Awards
June 11, 2012

IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción was honored on June 11, 2012 as a finalist for the MA Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Collaboration category for its outstanding work with Bunker Hill Community College to create the Pathway Technology Campus. By establishing a college campus in the heart of the Villa Victoria affordable housing community, PTC has been able to provide South End/Lower Roxbury residents with opportunities to: complete GED’s; take adult education (ESL, Basic English and Math) and college classes (e.g. Fundamentals of Algebra, Principles of Psychology, English Writing Skills I); and receive academic support, case management, child care, advising, life skills and workforce development opportunities. IBA’s direct connection with a community college and a three-pronged approach (life skills development, academic enrichment and workforce readiness) helps at-risk learners to thrive.  

IBA was one of four finalists in the Collaboration category. Overall, the MA Nonprofit Network received 122 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations from across the Commonwealth and IBA was one of only 28 finalists http://www.massnonprofitnet.org/mnn-pr/inquilinos-boricuas-en-accion-iba-selected-as-a-2012-nonprofit-excellence-award-finalist/


 
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Boston Rising Conversation Series Featuring IBA's CEO
June 10, 2012

Líderes comunitarios y expertos residentes sostienen un diálogo abierto sobre el tema de la pobreza. Vanessa Calderón Rosado y Gerena Jesús compartieron sus historias el 24 de mayo de 2012. La conversación completa esta disponible en http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5z4NI8nPX4


 
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IBA's Former Student Recently Published in the National Magazine the Change Agent
June 08, 2012

Ricky Silvestre, a Psychology Major at Bunker Hill Community College through IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus, was recently published in the national magazine the Change Agent. His article was one of the very few selected to also be featured on the Change Agent’s website. Click on the link to read or listen to the article http://www.nelrc.org/changeagent/audio/audio-34-30.html

 
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IBA and Union of Minority Neighborhoods BBDP present Can We Talk?
June , 2012

Clips from the film “Can We Talk” and discussion of Latino experience of the Boston busing/desegregation crisis with panelists:

Miren Uriarte, Professor UMass Boston and Senior Researcher, Mauricio Gaston Institute
Carmen Pola, Community activist and educator
José López, Teachers Activist Group (TAG), Boston
Panel Moderated by Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Chief Executive Officer, IBA

Monday June 11, 6:00pm—8:30pm
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 West Newton Street, Boston's South End

Spanish translation provided. Light refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity, Social Justice Education

RSVP: meghandoran@gmail.com

 
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IBA Celebrates Students for Completing Courses Taken During the 2011-2012 Academic Year!
June, 2012

IBA — Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción proudly announces that Pathway Technology Campus, a program of IBA, a nationally replicable model of a community-based organization working hand-in-hand with Bunker Hill Community College for the educational benefits of affordable housing community residents of South End and Lower Roxbury; will be celebrating the accomplishments of all students who earned their GED/high school equivalency and completed their courses during the 2011-2012 academic year at IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus and at the main campus of Bunker Hill Community College. Pathway Technology Campus’ Student Achievement Celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6PM at IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St., Boston, MA 02118.

Pathway Technology Campus provides low-income residents of the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood with the highest concentration of subsidized housing in MA with the opportunity to: complete their GED and take adult education classes; transition into college; enroll in college-level classes; participate in job readiness training and receive academic support, case management and child care services needed to demystify the college process and open “Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency.”

Since 2004, Pathway Technology Campus has: served over 800 participants; matriculated 300 students into degree programs; empowered more than 70 students to earn their GED; helped 36 students earn their Certified Nurse’s Aide certificate (placing 56% of these graduates in the workforce) and supported over 80 students in becoming employable and obtaining employment. Pathway Technology Campus was named a finalist in the collaboration category by the Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Awards in 2010 and again in 2012 as well as honorable mention from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration in 2007.

In April of 2010, through a Hyams Foundation Teen Futures Initiative grant, we opened a new site at the YMCA’s Central Branch with a focus on providing holistic GED programming to some of the most high-risk youth who have dropped out of school. Strong case management, free onsite child care, direct connection to a local community college and a three-pronged approach (life skills development, academic enrichment and workforce development) distinguish us from other community-based programs. In April 2012 we implemented a PC Hardware Support Specialist Certificate program to prepare residents for the A+ and Network+ certification which is required for entry level positions in the IT field.

In describing the importance of attending Pathway Technology Campus’ Student Achievement Celebration, Project Manager Elizabeth Pabón-Szebeda, recipient of the 2012 national NISOD Excellence Award says:

“Some people might not understand the importance of this type of celebration because it’s not an official college or high school/GED graduation. It’s a celebration for our college students, GED students, Job readiness program students and Basic English as a Second Language students who passed their courses this year. We, at Pathway Technology Campus, believe that completing even one course and earning a GED/high school equivalency should be celebrated especially if college was not on the student’s radar screen before entering our doors. Most of our students are the first in their family to attend college and some are the first to earn a GED so as a community, we will come together to celebrate them for these great accomplishments. Please join us!” 

For hundreds of low-income families, Pathway Technology Campus serves as a symbol of hope. Our students are young people like Kiara, who says that the program is “a place that has given me hope after I felt hopeless in life. It has helped me gain faith in myself and now I know it’s not too late to build for my future.” 

Please join us on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St., Boston, MA 02118 for Pathway Technology Campus’ Student Achievement Celebration. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Pabón-Szebeda at (617) 927-1724 or epabon@iba-etc.org.

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IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center
at Fenway!
May 10 , 2012

Through a generous donation from Bank of America, 45 youth and community members were able to attend a breakfast buffet and baseball game at Fenway Park on April 16th, 2012. Although the Red Soxs lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0, everyone enjoyed their time at the park!


 
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IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center
Celebrates Passage of New Rules Restricting Tobacco Sales
March 5 , 2012

On Thursday, December 1, 2011, the Boston Public Health Commission’s Board of Health tightened rules on the sale of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products to prevent their purchase by minors.  IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center was an active partner in the campaign to implement these rules through its participation in the United Way/Jimmy Fund Tobacco Control Through Civic Engagement Project and The 84 Movement. 

The new rules restrict youth access to tobacco products by requiring vendors to obtain a permit to sell electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to youth under 18 years of age and forbidding their use in the workplace. The new regulations also place new restrictions on the sale of cigars and cigarillos, requiring them to be sold in packages of at least four, rather than individually, as was allowed under the previous rules.  Priced as low as $0.50, mini-cigars sold individually proved an inexpensive and attractive tobacco product for teens.  The e-cigarette restrictions took effect on December 1, while the new cigar packaging rules take effect on January 31, 2012. 

Edlyn Thompson-Mettle, Youth Exploration and Leadership Program Coordinator at IBA, and member of the Cacique Youth Learning Center’s Tobacco Civic Engagement Workshop, was gratified by news of the tightened tobacco rules.  “I am very proud of the work that the youth have done in the eighteen months or so that we have been involved in the project.  More than anything, this is proof of what can happen if you commit to a project and see it through to the end,” Thompson-Mettle said.  Miguel Rodriguez Figueroa, a tenth-grader at Madison Park High School who joined IBA’s tobacco awareness campaign in October, said, “I feel like we accomplished something.  It took a little work but it was a lot of fun and it was very interesting to learn about different tobacco products and their effects on the community.  It was a good experience.”

The Cacique Youth Learning Center’s Tobacco Civic Engagement Workshop’s activities to promote the new rules included a Tobacco Awareness Talent Show held in March, 2011, at IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts where approximately 300 signatures on petitions to limit tobacco access for teens were collected and the youth met officials of the Boston Public Health Commission, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and State Representative Byron Rushing.

Cacique Youth Learning Center is a holistic arts, education and youth development program that empowers the leaders of tomorrow by unlocking their full potential today. Cacique Youth Learning Center is a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción.

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Exención Federal de Ley de Educación
WUNI News

9 de febrero, 2012



El presidente Barack Obama exime a 10 estados de la ley "que ningun niño se quede atras"
La reforma fue aprobada con amplio apoyo bipartidista hace diez años durante la administracion del presidente W. Bush con el proposito de ayudar a las familias de bajos recuros economicos y minorias, sin embargo fue criticada debido a las altas expectativas que se le impusieron a las escuelas y distritos escolares. Esta tarde el presidente Barack Obama libero oficialmente al estado de Massachusetts junto a otros 9 estados de la estricta ley "que ningun niño se quede atras" dandole mas flexibilidad a los educadores para que cumplan su compromiso de mejorar la preparacion y evaluacion de los estudiantes.

Estos estados tendran la oportunidad de hacer los cambios adecuados que sean mejor para ellos. "Cada uno se ha trazado altas expectativas para los logros academicos de sus estudiantes, y han ofrecido un plan viable para evaluar, y apoyar a sus estudiantes y educadores de una manera justa y no simplemente basado en las calificaciones de los examentes estandarizados."

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Cacique Youth Learning Center is hiring Peer Leaders for its spring cycle!
January 4 , 2012

The spring cycle will run during the after school hours of 4-6 PM, Monday through Friday, from February 27, 2012 through May 24, 2012. We will be offering various workshops in art and academic support.

Youth who have previously worked as a Peer Leader for IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center must complete a Returning Peer Leader Application. All other interested applicants must complete the New Peer Leader Application. Both applications require essays; applications will not be accepted without completed essays. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2012, by 5 PM.

Applications can be submitted by:

Email: Scan and email completed application and essays to
CBell@iba-etc.org

Fax: (617) 927-1713
Attn: IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center

Mail or returned in person to:
IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Attn: Cacique Youth Learning Center
405 Shawmut Ave., Boston MA, 02118

For more information, please contact us at (617) 927-1707 x114.

Cacique Youth Learning Center is a holistic arts, education and youth development program that empowers the leaders of tomorrow by unlocking their full potential today. Cacique Youth Learning Center is a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción.

 
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New Boards for IBA and ETC
December 22 , 2011

On Wednesday, December 14, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción celebrated the Holiday Season with the installation of new Board Members for IBA and for its affiliate, ETC Development Corporation (ETC).  In addition, the organizations’ accomplishments through the first year of implementation of the Strategic Plan were highlighted, and outgoing Board members were thanked and recognized for their service to IBA and ETC.

The new Boards, which will take on implementing IBA and ETC new governance structure, are composed of some current members and newly appointed ones.  These members represent a mix of resources, including non-residents, as well as residents of the Villa Victoria community, which it serves. 

The new Directors of the IBA Board are: Gilberto Ayala, Carmen Barrientos, Sharon Bonet, Jacqui Conrad, Bienvenido de Jesús, Josephine Erewa, Elizabeth González-Suárez, Luz Guerra, Gale Hayde, Esther Malavé, Carolyn Meadows-Marquez, Reinelda Rivera and Zaida Roshandel.

The new Directors of the ETC Board are: Gilberto Ayala, Apolo Catala, Héctor Cruz, Josephine Erewa, John Mahony, David Price, and Reinelda Rivera.

We are thrilled to count with such a committed group of individuals who bring great diversity of backgrounds and experience that are relevant to IBA and ETC’s work”, said IBA’s CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado. The Boards will come together again in early January for orientation, training, and goal setting for 2012.

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Pathway Technology Campus is Accepting Applications for its 3rd Job Readiness Program Session
December 6 , 2011

Our 2nd Job Readiness Program session at Pathway Technology Campus just finished and it was very successful! 4 participants found jobs that match their career plan and the other achieved many accomplishments that will help them find theirs! We are also proud to announce that all students from our 1st session have maintained their jobs for over 6 months!

We’re accepting applications for our 3rd Job Readiness Program session! Our free 8-week/16 course features weekly trainings and continuous case management to identify strengths, overcome personal barriers, enhance customer service skills and create career plans that match the interests, experience and skills of participants.

Must be a resident of the South End or Lower Roxbury, or a BHCC Student in order to qualify.

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

Applications are due by January 20, 2012. For more information, contact us at (617) 927-1729 or ptc@iba-etc.org

Pathway Technology Campus, a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, works in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College to empower South End and Lower Roxbury residents to complete their GED and adult education classes, enroll in college and participate in job readiness and workforce development trainings—right in their neighborhood.


 
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The Community of Villa Victoria Celebrates as it Lights its Christmas Tree

December 1 , 2011
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IBA at the 20th Annual MassHousing Latino American Heritage Celebration

October 26 , 2011
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Cambios en Medicare
Univision Nueva Inglaterra News
October 18 , 2011

Protestan en posible cambio de edad para cobertura del Medicare
www.wunitv.com/noticia/2011/10/18/303881-cambios-medicare.html


 
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Deficiencias en Centros Infantiles
Univision Nueva Inglaterra News
October 12, 2011
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Governor Patrick Honored Hispanic Educators in Boston During Hispanic Heritage Month
October 7 , 2011

Governor Deval Patrick hosted an event to honor Latino educators as part of the Administration’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., in the Great Hall of the State House. The event featured remarks by the Governor, a ceremony in recognition of Latino educators, arts and cultural presentations and light refreshments.

Earlier this month, Governor Patrick issued a proclamation declaring September 15, 2011 to October 15, 2011 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Massachusetts, encouraging residents to participate in community events across the Commonwealth.

"Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes Massachusetts' rich history of diversity," said Governor Patrick. "As we celebrate our differences, it is important that we turn to each other and recognize that these differences make a stronger, and more vibrant Commonwealth."

“As Massachusetts continues to strengthen its diversity, we encourage all to appreciate the various cultures that encompass our great Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “While we should recognize and value all cultures throughout the year, this special month provides the opportunity to engage with the community and celebrate the Hispanic heritage in Massachusetts and across the country.”


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Honran Educadores Latinos
Univision Nueva Inglaterra News
October 6 , 2011
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Spanish-speaking Students Get the Word Out on Oral Health
BU News
October 3 , 2011

The BU chapter of HSDA attended the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción & Thrive in 5 Educational Family Fair with CHP Oral Health Promotion Director Kathy Lituri on Saturday, September 24, at Plaza Batances. Just down the street from GSDM, the event drew a large group of families from the South End and Roxbury with pre-school age children.

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IBA was honored by the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA)
September 28 , 2011

IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción received MAHA’s inaugural Latino Community Leadership Award at MAHA’s Annual Breakfast Reception on September 15, 2011. The theme of the reception this year was “Building Upon Solid Roots,” based on MAHA’s aim to acknowledge its strong foundation, while reinforcing its mission to continue to maintain an active voice in the legal profession of Boston, and greater areas of Massachusetts.

MAHA’s president, Lucinda Rivera, stated “This award recognizes IBA’s outstanding professional achievements and exceptional dedication to excellence in serving our local community. IBA’s commitment and success epitomize the mission of MAHA.”

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IBA's CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D., Featured in "Hispanos Dejando Huella" by Candela Magazine
August 31 , 2011



http://candelamagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=484


 
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Cacique Youth Learning Center is hiring Peer Leaders for its upcoming fall/winter cycle!
August 29 , 2011

The fall/winter cycle will run during the after school hours of 4-6 PM, Monday through Friday, from October 11, 2011 through January 12, 2012. We will be offering various workshops in art and academic support.

Youth who have previously worked as a Peer Leader for IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center must complete a Returning Peer Leader Application. All other interested applicants must complete the New Peer Leader Application. Both applications require essays; applications will not be accepted without completed essays. The deadline for applications is September 19, 2011, by 5 PM.

Applications can be submitted by:

Email: Scan and email completed application and essays to
CBell@iba-etc.org

Fax: (617) 927-1713
Attn: IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center

Mail or returned in person to:
IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Attn: Cacique Youth Learning Center
405 Shawmut Ave., Boston MA, 02118

For more information, please contact us at (617) 927-1707 x114.

Cacique Youth Learning Center is a holistic arts, education and youth development program that empowers the leaders of tomorrow by unlocking their full potential today. Cacique Youth Learning Center is a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción.

 
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Escuelita Borikén Celebrates the 2011 Kindergarten Graduation
August 26 , 2011

On Friday, August 26, IBA’s Escuelita Borikén celebrated the 2011 Kindergarten Graduation. We are very proud of the graduating class and are confident that the formative years they spent at Escuelita Borikén will provide a solid foundation for their education and their life. See the photos here

See the photos at tuboston.com by Melisa Ostrow

Empowering 110 children and their families yearly, Escuelita Borikén (a program of IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción) is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Our program provides an education that fosters the physical, social, emotional, linguistic, cultural, and cognitive development of children in a challenging but self-affirming environment that is fun for young children and their families. IBA’s bilingual and multicultural curriculum directly empowers parents to be part of the educational process.

 
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Free 8-week Job Readiness Training at Pathway Technology Campus
August 17 , 2011

We are starting the second cycle of our new Job Readiness Training the first week of September. Our first cycle was very successful and we can’t wait to start again! 5 out of 7 people that completed our first training had job offers by the end of the cycle!

Please consider participating in this training if you’re struggling with finding or keeping a job.

Click here to download the application and bring it to IBA (405 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118) by August 26th! *Must be a South End or Lower Roxbury resident in order to qualify

For more information, please call (617) 927-1729 or email ptc@iba-etc.org

 
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IBA's CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D., Featured as Massachusetts "Hispanos a Seguir"
August 16 , 2011



Es la directora ejecutiva de Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) en Boston, organización que brinda servicios a familias de bajos ingresos, ofrece programas de vivienda pública y promueve el arte y la cultura. Vanessa también es asesora de distintas instituciones y universidades. Recientemente, el Barr Foundation Fellowship la escogió entre las 12 líderes más en sobresalientes dirigir entidades sin fines de lucro.


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La Galería at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Named "Boston Best Art Gallery 2011" by El Planeta
August 10 , 2011

For the third consecutive year, El Planeta Newspaper organized the only Best Of poll for the Latino population of Massachusetts.

The premier space devoted to promoting Latino art and artists in New England, La Galería presents six annual exhibitions. The works of art shown there have as their goal to introduce local, regional, and international artists who champion Latino culture through their expressive creations.

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Festival Betances 2011 Named "Boston Best Community Festival 2011" by El Planeta
August 10 , 2011

Thousands of Latinos can't be wrong. For the third consecutive year, El Planeta Newspaper organized the only Best Of poll for the Latino population of Massachusetts. The readers chose their favorites by voting online at TuBoston.com.

Festival Betances, named in honor of the father of the Puerto Rican homeland, Ramón Emeterio Betances, is an annual three-day festival organized by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción in Plaza Betances of Villa Victoria in the South End of Boston. The festival's theme this year was the unity of all Latin cultures, represented by the motto "I am Villa Victoria."

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"Queen of Merengue" Packs City Hall Plaza
by Chris Lovett
August 1 , 2011

"Queen of Merengue" Packs City Hall Plaza from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.



This year's Tito Puente Latin Music Series, sponsored by Mayor Menino, Berklee College of Music, and the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, culminates in "Caliente," a free concert at City Hall Plaza, headlined b the "Queen of Merengue," Milly Quezada. Report for BNN News by Chris Harding.


 
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Realizan con éxito encuentro de reggaetón y salsa en Boston
May 20, 2011
Por Miriam Valverde / TuBoston.com

Para divertirse no es necesario emborracharse ni consumir drogas, dijo sonrientemente el cantante de reggaetón MJ en una conferencia de prensa el 13 de mayo en el Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

MJ estuvo en Villa Victoria junto al cantante de salsa Frankie Negrón charlando sobre su música, influencias y perspectiva sobre la industria. “Estoy muy orgulloso de mi herencia”, afirmó Negrón, quien nació en Nueva Jersey de padres puertorriqueños. “El poder dar algo a la comunidad me motivó mucho, pero nunca me vi como salsero”. READ ARTICLE

 
 

Changes at IBA's Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
March 23 , 2011

IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción regretfully announces that Javier Torres is no longer the Program Director at IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, effective March 22, 2011.

IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is the largest and most significant Latino Cultural Center in New England. Reaching over 20,000 people a year, its mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate Latino art and to create dynamic cross-cultural collaborations. Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants in 2008, 2009 and 2010; we present the broad diversity of Latino and Latin American cultural expression in a variety of disciplines (music, dance, visual arts), while using arts and culture as tools for self-transformation and community building.

It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Javier success as he assumes his new position as the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at The Boston Foundation. During Javier’s five year tenure, IBA’s arts program has gained increasing recognition, as we earned honors that included: the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Commonwealth Award (2011); Berklee College of Music Urban Service Award (2010); Citizen’s Bank Champion in Action (2009); and Boston Center for the Arts Champion Award (2007). We also have created a capital plan and raised nearly $1 million dollars for improvements of the physical infrastructure of our facility, which was built in 1898.

Building upon our recent successes and long history of arts engagement; IBA’s Strategic Plan 2015 will further develop our integration of arts and culture into community development. Our focus will be to enhance our impact upon Villa Victoria residents through the power of the arts. Understanding that art is integral to Latino Culture, we will integrate arts into all of our programs in order to engage community, enhance cultural pride, shape identity, increase cross-cultural understanding and improve educational outcomes. Taking advantage of the largest multi-disciplinary Latino arts and culture center in New England; we will work to better coordinate arts activities between all IBA programs and develop a common arts curriculum that is based upon the community’s interests.

Stay tuned for an announcement about future opportunities to work with IBA’s arts program. DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE

 

 
 

Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester visits IBA
March 12, 2011

On Friday, March 11, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mitchell D. Chester, visited the Villa Victoria community and IBA.

He met Julio César Román, Director of IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center; Matilde Graciano, Director of IBA’s Escuelita Borikén and IBA’s Cacique Children’s Learning Center; Anita Mercado, Director of IBA’s Community Empowerment Programs; Priscila Pumarada-Urrutia, Manager of IBA’s Cacique Children’s Learning Center; Elizabeth Pabón, Director of IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus; Barbara Collins, Manager of IBA’s El Batey Technology Center; Mayra I. Negrón-Rivera, IBA’s Chief of Finance and Administration; and Lydorín Rivera, General Manager of IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. For more information about IBA's programs, please click here.

 

 
 

POWERMETER: Mayra Negrón
February 25, 2011

IBA’s Chief of Finance and Administration, Mayra Negrón, is one of the 100 Massachusetts' most influential people in the Latino Community in 2010.
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Awarded for their contribution to culture
February 16, 2011

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, a program of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) was presented with a Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Award in the category of Creative Community, at the Massachusetts State House on Wednedsay, Feb. 9. READ ARTICLE>>

 

 

Boston Talks Race: Exploring the Reputation and the Reality of Race Relations in Our City
January 26, 2011

IBA’s CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, was a panelist at the first in a series of forums presented by The Boston Foundation
, in conjunction with Commonwealth Compact, the Museum of Science and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts on the occasion of the Museum of Science exhibit opening this month called Race: Are We So Different?

Known as the “Mecca” and intellectual center for African Americans in the 19th century, today Boston has a mixed record on race relations, with a low point during court-ordered desegregation of the Boston Public Schools in the early 1970s.

Click link below to view the invitation
http://www.bostonfoundation.org/Content.aspx?ID=16456

 

 

Three Kings Day Celebration at IBA
January 7, 2011


On Thursday, January 6, 2011, Villa Victoria Residents and IBA staff members gathered at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts to celebrate Three Kings Day / Día de Reyes.

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Tribute to Las Pleneras de la Villa
December 20, 2010


On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Villa Victoria Residents and IBA staff members gathered at the Community Room to honor Las Pleneras de la Villa. The tribute took place during the weekly community Karaoke event coordinated by Villa Victoria Center for the Arts’ Production and Performance Manager, Alex Alvear, and the Community Empowerment Program staff.

It started a few years ago as a group of senior Latina women getting together to dance to stay in shape and be healthy. The group grew out of IBA’s senior programming, when community member María Flores decided to organize a formal troupe of senior women who enjoyed dancing. Today, the group draws large crowds at their performances throughout Boston.

The women from Las Pleneras de la Villa have no formal education in dance, yet they meet every week to practice their dance steps and usually sing along as well. They also make their own costumes. Las Pleneras de la Villa perform traditional Puerto Rican dances such as plena and bomba at events and festivals in the city.
 
 

Fostering Skill Development!
Enhancing Cultural Pride!
Inspiring Creativity!

IBA News: 2010 A Year of Honors
December 28, 2010


Dear Friend,

As we launch IBA News: 2010 - A Year of Honors, we are asking for you to help us make 2011 even better through a charitable donation. Every day IBA staff empowers Villa Victoria residents and participants from other affordable housing communities to imagine a better world. With your support, we will continue to help them develop the skills needed to build that world for themselves and their families. Please read about IBA’s education, economic development, technology and arts accomplishments bellow and donate what you can. Every dollar truly helps our participants (like Jacqueline Zayas) and the community to Reach Our Full Potential! Thanks in advance for your support.

Warm Regards,

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
All contributions to IBA are tax-deductible (EIN#: 23-7102740)

 
 

Vanessa Calderon- Rosado named to MA Board of Education—First Latina in State History
December 28, 2010

On Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick announced the appointment of Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Chief Executive Officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is the first Latina in state history to serve in this role. The Board is charged with setting the policy for the state’s nearly one million public school students in grades Kindergarten-12. Governor Patrick commended Vanessa for her “decades of experience in helping children reach new levels” and described her as a powerful new voice that will help “fulfill the promise of public education.” A former school teacher, Vanessa has also helped launch IBA’s partnership with Bunker Hill Community College that has brought a satellite campus to Villa Victoria and has served as a member of the Turnaround Leadership Stakeholder Group of the Blackstone Elementary School in Boston. On her nomination to MA board of Education, Vanessa remarked, “As I join the MA Board of Education, I hope to bring a new voice for the Latino Community on issues of education. The Latino community is lagging behind in educational outcomes and overrepresented in drop out rates. I would like to bring a voice to the Villa Victoria community and engage our residents in a conversation about education and the future of our children.

Photo credit: Josiane Martinez, Ethnic Media Consultant, Deval Patrick Campaign

 
 

IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus at Villa Victoria Named Finalist for the 2010 Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Awards / Expands to Lower Roxbury
December 28, 2010

IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus (PTC), an educational and workforce development partnership with Bunker Hill Community College was honored as a Finalist for the 2010 Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Excellence Awards in the collaboration category. PTC provides low-income residents of the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood with the opportunity to: complete their GED and take adult education classes; enroll in college-level classes; and receive academic support, case management, free child care services and academic advising needed to open “Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency.” During 2010, through the Hyams Foundation’s Teen Futures Initiative, PTC expanded to Lower Roxbury with a new site at the YMCA’s Central Branch that focuses on 16-24 year olds who have dropped out of school. Entering its sixth year, PTC has served over 480 participants--matriculating 120 students into degree programs; empowering 55 students to earn their GED; helping 36 students earn their Certified Nurse’s Aide, placing 56% of these graduates into the workforce.

 
 
Jacqueline Zayas Carves A Pathway to Her Future
December 28, 2010

“After not being in school for over 20 years, going to college has been a wonderful experience said Jacqueline Zayas, a Villa Victoria resident and participant in IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus, a partnership with Bunker Hill Community College that offers college classes right in the neighborhood. Working as a BPS Paraprofessional for many years, Jacqueline decided it was time for her to go onto college in order to move up the employment ladder in the education field. She credits the PTC staff for being “nurturing and supportive with the transition of going to and staying in college” as a key reason “for sticking through it” even when it was not easy. As a mother of three, two of whom have participated in IBA’s Cacique Youth Learning Center as Peer Leaders; Jacqueline is showing her children by example the importance of education and working hard to achieve your dreams. In January 2011, Jacqueline will graduate from Bunker Hill Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education!

Photo: Elizabeth Pabon, PTC Project Manager; Jezenia Warmsley, PTC/BHCC Student; Jacqueline Zayas, PTC/BHCC Student; Keyse Angelo, PTC Case Manager/Dept. of Education

 
 
Community Elders Dance Group Featured in Aetna Latino Calendar
December 28, 2010

“Las Pleneras de La Villa,” a folkloric singing and dance troupe composed of elderly women from the Villa Victoria affordable housing community were recently featured in the Aetna Latino Calendar which showcases and celebrates Latino life, culture and heritage. Their feature is a testament to how IBA’s Community Empowerment Programs uses the arts to foster self-esteem, community pride and engagement. Las Pleneras perform at important community events, such as our annual Festival Betances, Three Kings and our Hispanic Heritage celebrations, as well as at other events throughout Boston. They sing traditional Puerto Rican songs and choreograph routines and dance to Bomba and Plena and other folkloric music. “It is very inspiring to see these women dance. They have such passion!” said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, IBA’s CEO. “They are a group that exemplifies IBA’s objectives as they use dance as a tool to strengthen the community, reaffirm cultural identity and foster pride in being Latina.”

Click here to view the Aetna Latino Calendar

Photo by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

 
 
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts Earns National Endowment for the Arts Grant for third consecutive year
December 28, 2010

For the third consecutive year, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts has earned a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEA funding will support the longest running Latino performance series in New England and help us to fulfill our mission to promote, preserve and celebrate Latino arts and create dynamic cross cultural collaborations.

To view upcoming performances and exhibits visit www.VillaVictoriaArts.org

 
 
Escuelita Borikén named one of top Preschools in State
December 28, 2010

In 2010, Social Impact Research (SIR) recommended IBA and its Escuelita Borikén as a High Performing School Readiness Organization. We were one of just 21 Massachusetts organizations selected for this mark of high-performance among more than 100 studied. IBA earned the honor based upon our ability to provide “a comprehensive academic and socio-emotional curriculum, services to support parents as educators, and community partnerships to provide families with access to complementary services.” Research demonstrates that these are some of the most effective strategies for preparing at-risk young children for the rigors of school. Social Impact Research specifically pointed out that we are “poised to be a leader in public policy dialogue on bilingual education in early childhood.”

Click here to read their detailed report

 
 

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