March 28, 2014 Announcements from Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians

March 28, 2014 Announcements

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Enclosed are this week announcements for your sharing with your networks. Please forward any of your announcements to [email protected] and we will be happy to post them on.


Alejandra St. Guillen


Statements of Mayor Martin J. Walsh – March 26-27, 2014

“Tonight the City of Boston mourns the loss of two of our own. Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy lost their lives battling the nine-alarm fire on Beacon Street today.

Words cannot do justice to the grief that we feel tonight. Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that these brave men gave their lives to protect the safety of our city and its people.

The men and women of the Boston Fire Department are the brave heroes who run towards the danger when others run away. A day like today makes us all too aware of what they are risking in the course of doing their jobs. They are heroes simply by virtue of accepting this duty. They put themselves in harm’s way so that others might be safe.

Thank you to the Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department, EMS and all other first responders and volunteers for your heroic work today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families tonight as they face this terrible loss. We also hold close their fellow firefighters, who have lost friends as dear as brothers.

“In difficult times like these, I am so proud to be mayor of a city that comes together to help our neighbors in need. Since yesterday’s tragic events, we’ve experienced an outpouring of support from across the city, state, and country. So many people have expressed a willingness to help, in some way, as we grieve the loss of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy.”


Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians

Free Immigration Advice at Boston City Hall

April 2nd and 16th
May 7th and 21st
June 4th and 18th

Boston City Hall
Room 804
12:00 Noon -2:00 PM
For more information contact the:
Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians


Immigration Clinic:


Irish International Immigrant Center – Two announcements

Author/activist Michael Patrick MacDonald and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry to speak at 20th Annual Black & Green Celebration

On Sunday, April 6, 2013, the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) and Montserrat Aspirers will hold their annual Black & Green Celebration at Montserrat Aspirers Hall in Dorchester.  This event was established in 1994 as a way to foster trust, and build bridges between communities in Boston. Black & Green brings together many different cultures for an afternoon of great food, music, and discussion. This year, the event’s theme is The Faces of Change in Boston: Our Community Challenges and Improvements. A conversation focused on this topic will be led by two special guests:

Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. Senator Forry, a native Bostonian and first generation Haitian-American, is the first woman and person of color to represent the Commonwealth’s 1st Suffolk District, a diverse and thriving cross-section of Boston which includes Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan and South Boston. Senator Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service, working in various capacities in both state and local government.

Author/activist Michael Patrick MacDonald. A South Boston native, MacDonald is well-known for his thought provoking New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. As an activist, he often speaks about multi-cultural coalition building as a way to reduce violence and promote grassroots leadership.
About the Black & Green Celebration:
·         Sunday, April 6, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
·         Montserrat Aspirers Hall, 358 Washington Street, Dorchester
·         Suggested donation of $10. Children 12 and under free.
·         For more information or to RSVP, contact Johanne Méléance at 617-542-7654 ext. 13 or [email protected].


New Start Date for Citizenship Classes at the Irish International Immigrant Center: April 3rd


There’s still time to sign up for our next session of Citizenship Classes! Our six-week course will help you prepare for the interview and exam with a thorough review of American history and civics. You can also work with one of our citizenship specialists to get help with your citizenship application.

Our next session begins on Thursday, April 3rd, with afternoon (1-3 PM) and evening (6-8 PM) classes available. The course cost is $30.

Anyone interested in signing up for classes should come to the Center (at 100 Franklin Street, LL-1,Boston, MA 02110) between 9 and 5 to fill out an intake form, or contact Sarah Chapple-Sokol, Education Coordinator, at  617-542-7654, ext. 36 or [email protected].

Sarah Chapple-Sokol
Education Coordinator
Irish International Immigrant Center
100 Franklin Street, LL-1
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-542-7654, ext. 36
Fax: 617-542-7655
Email: [email protected]



Boston Election Department is looking for Election Poll Workers/Interpreters

The Boston Election Department is looking for bilingual folks who can speak Spanish, Vietnamese and/or Cape Verdean Creole to serve as Election Poll Workers/Interpreters for the two upcoming special elections: APRIL 1st and APRIL 29th. Serve your community! Earn some money ($135 for the 15-hr shift)! Learn about the election process! Meet your neighbors and make some new friends! If interested, please contact

[email protected]617-635-4491 or visit:

Big Apple Circus

March 25 – May 11
City Hall Plaza – Boston


The Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, Inc.
Baile de Guayaberas
featuring Grupo Mapeyé   

For tickets:  Call 617.266.3455
visit our website at

Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Mosleys on the Charles
50 Bridge Street
Dedham, MA  02026

Come enjoy an evening of good company and traditional music as we recognize people of Hispanic origin making history in Massachusetts. Flyer:


Harvard’s Second Annual Nonprofit Board Recruitment Fair

Monday, April 28 7:00 PM


Harvard Club of Boston (map)
374 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Want to be more involved with public service organizations in the greater Boston area? Connect with local nonprofits in a wide range of projects at this second annual fair. Past participating organizations include Cambridge Community Center, Horizons for Homeless Children, Phillips Brooks House Association, Peace Corps, Strong Women, Strong Girls, The Food Project, World Teach, and many more. A full list of participating organizations will be available in early April.

Want your nonprofit represented? Register here >>

Sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), Harvard Alumni Association, and Harvard Club of Boston

South Boston en Acción has several open seats in its beginner and high-beginner ESOL classes.  Level 1 (beginner) runsTuesday/Friday from 10 am to 12:30 pm, and Level 2 (high beginner) runs Monday/Thursday, also from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  The class runs from April 28 to June 27 and costs $25 for registration.  Latino residents of South Boston are given preference, but all are welcome.  To enroll, students should call Alexandra at (617) 288-1593 to set up an appointment.  Please see the enclosed flyer for more information.    

Alexandra Papagno
ESOL Program Coordinator
South Boston en Acción
10 Logan Way, Basement
South Boston, MA 02127
phone (617) 288-1593



Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Are you struggling to meet your FAMILY’s financial NEEDS?

Have you thought about your family’s financial future?

Do you want to learn more about getting your finances on track or building a better future for your family?

You’ll learn about:
$ Setting financial, personal, and career goals
$$ Money management and saving
$$$ Creating a family budget
$$$$ Credit repair and management
$$$$$ Valuing your skills and work experience
$$$$$$ Tips for a brighter future


If you answered YES to these questions…then the Family Prosperity Initiative can HELP

When: Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20,  27, June 3 & 10, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Where: Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartin St. Jamaica Plain

Space is limited.  Call 617-522-2424 x 258

Karla Torrez
[email protected]
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Viet-AID is going to host a Community Forum with Carmen Ortiz, the United States Attorney for District of Massachusetts, onMonday, March 31th, 2014, 6-8pm at the Vietnamese American Community Center (42 Charles St, Dorchester, MA 02122) to talk about civil rights and publicsafety issues. We would like to invite you to attend the forum. This will be a good opportunity to meet with people from the Fields Corner community. Please RSVP if you will be able to attend.


Nam Pham
Executive Director
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development
Vietnamese American Community Center, Suite E
42 Charles Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

For more information or RSVP call 617-822-3717, ext. 15
or e-mail [email protected]


MassHousing’s 24th Annual M/WBE Trade Fair

MassHousing’s commitment to diversity exists at all levels of MassHousing-funded and administered projects and programs. The Greater Boston Minority and Women Business Enterprise Trade Fair will feature over one hundred exhibitors chosen for the specific procurement needs of general contractors, property management companies, resident associations, government agencies, and other private sector institutions.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

6 Billings Street
Randolph, Massachusetts 02368

MassHousing Compliance and Diversity Department

MassHousing, One Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108


Here at First Literacy, our Young Professionals Board has recently completed a very successful book drive. We have hundreds of great books that are now in need of a good home.

The books range from board books for really young children, to picture books, to read aloud books, to beginning chapter books, to non-fiction books that would be appropriate for older students and adults. We have a box of Green Light Reads books in levels 1, 2 and 3. Some of the titles have multiple copies in English and Spanish.

First come first served!

We are located at 160 Boylston Street, directly across from Boston Common and are generally in the office from 8:45 to 5:30M – F.

Please contact Skye Kramer at [email protected] or Emily Tabor at [email protected] to schedule a time to come by.

Skye Morrison Kramer
Chief Executive Officer
First Literacy, Inc.
617-482-3336 x10
[email protected]


Caribbean Integration Community Development

The Caribbean Integration Community Development would like to invite the community to “Caribbean Affair”. The cultural soiree will showcase the rich culture of the Caribbean nations, as well a chance to socialize among different Caribbean groups in Boston.

Event Program

Guest Speakers
Light hors d’oeuvre reception, 5:30pm-6:00pm
Live music by Toby Tobas Steel Drummer/Percussionist
Artistic performance

When :  Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Where:  Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hilles at 59 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138

What:  The Caribbean Affair is to showcase the Caribbean vibrancy in Boston, talk about CICD’s work in the community, and grow the Caribbean community. 

Below, find a copy of the event flyer. Please share.

Donald Alexis
Caribbean Integration Community Development, Inc.


Adult Learning Program of Jamaica Plain Community Centers

The Adult Learning Program of Jamaica Plain Community Centers (JPCCALP) has seats available now for the High School Equivalency (HSE) Program. Also, the Curtis Hall Community Center will now be a citywide testing site for the new HiSet exam (formerly GED). The HiSet exam is a high school credential accepted by almost all U.S. employers, colleges and universities.

Register today for our HSE Program. Students build the skills needed to pass the five tests: reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students also master other important educational and career skills including computers, communication, information processing, problem solving and critical thinking.

JPCCALP provides comprehensive instruction, tutoring, and education and career advising to help both those who need the basics, and those who just need a little more preparation before passing the tests. Specialized ASE software in the computer lab intensifies student learning. We provide additional assistance in preparing to apply to college, financial aid, and pass college or skills training entrance exams.

Class times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Location: 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain MA 02130 (English High School)

Cost: Classes and materials are FREE.

Spaces are limited -please call as soon as possible.

Registration: Incoming ALP students are placed in the appropriate HSE class level according to the results of a placement test. As soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the skills in that level, they can advance to the next level.

For more information, contact:

617-635-5201 or  [email protected]

Please visit our website:

Lisa Beatman
Adult Learning Program
Jamaica Plain Community Centers
20 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel  617-635-5201
Cell 617-306-1283
Fax 617-635-5294
[email protected]
Mobile:(617) 792-1245



USES is seeking for a full time position in the Workforce Readiness department to lead the Learn at Work project and provide direct College and Career Readiness instruction within the program. For more detail information, please refer to the Job Description below.

United South End Settlements (USES) is a community-based nonprofit organization serving children, teens, adults, and seniors through programs in art, education, technology, and social services.  USES has held true to its settlement house roots, committing to the motto of “neighborshelping neighbors to grow and thrive.”  Our extended family is an integrated team of participants, staff, volunteers, community leaders, and business partners.  USES operates in three locations in the South End – Harriet Tubman House, South End House, the Children’s Art Centre –and Camp Hale on Squam Lake in New Hampshire.  Please visit our website at

Learn at Work Coordinator & College and Career Readiness Advisor

Reporting to the Director of the Workforce Readiness (WFR), the Learn at Work Coordinator/College & Career Advisor has two primary responsibilities: Oversight of the Learn at Work (LAW) program, which provides ESOL classes to adults in the workplace; and, direct instruction in the area of college and career readiness to students across the WFR program. It is full-time, 35 hours/week M- F, some evenings hours are required.

1.            Masters degree in Education, Administration, or other related field with at least 5 years’ experience in the Adult Basic Education field.
2.            Knowledge of DESE ACLS guidelines
3.            Experience in developing curriculum for adult learners
4.            Strong organizational, writing, and communication skills
5.            Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in diverse settings
6.            Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
7.            Knowledge of or the ability to learn the DESE SMARTT data system and Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)
Learn at Work Responsibilities:
1.            Provide supervision to two ESOL teachers
2.            Ensure that the curriculum and lesson plans are aligned with the program’s instructional levels.
3.            Assist teachers with integrating career readiness materials into classes and provide coaching and regularly scheduled workshops for program participants.
4.            Work with teachers and students to ensure appropriate learning goals are set for each student.
5.            Coordinate pre and post student assessment
6.            In Collaboration with the South End Community Health Center (SECHC) management, staff, and teachers, ensure effective student recruitment, enrollment, attendance, and participation.
7.            Liaise with SECHC to coordinate activities and meetings between both agencies.
8.            Maintain accurate records and submit timely reports on enrollment, attendance, assessments, and teacher instruction.
College and Career Advisor Responsibilities:
9.            Provide direct college and career instruction to day and evening students.
10.          Collaborate with the Educational Advisor/Intake Coordinator to collect, enter, and report postsecondary education student data across the program.
11.          Lead projects, events, and workshops that support college and career readiness transition to the students.

Overall Responsibilities:
12.          Oversee ETO data entry for the LAW program and College & Career activities.
13.          Participate in weekly staff meetings and attend internal/external professional development activities and meetings as required.
14.          Collaborate and communicate regularly with the USES’ WFR Director to ensure smooth delivery of services.
15.          Other duties as assigned by the Director of Workforce Readiness.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (with or without accommodation)
•              Must be able to reach, stand, finger, grasp, talk, hear, and be capable of repetitive motion
•              Position requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly
•              Work requires close visual acuity
•              Position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions

The above statement reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal function of the job identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. 

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to: [email protected]
In the subject line, please specify the position to which you are applying.
No phone calls, please.

Kate Lopci
Director of Workforce Readiness
United South End Settlements
Tubman House
566 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA  02118

T: (617) 375-8120
F: (617) 536-9638
E: [email protected]



Asian American Civic Association
Free Job Training in Building Maintenance

If you’re looking for work and want to get into the world of building maintenance, this could be a great opportunity for you. AACA’s Careers in Building Energy Efficiency Maintenance Skills program is a free adult education program that teaches everything you need to know to get into the industry, then gives your career a big push in the right direction with constant support and advice. 

FREE Building Maintenance Training Program!
The Careers in Building Maintenance course has been developed in partnership with Madison Park Vocational Tech High School, who tell us exactly what will be expected in this industry. That means that you will learn exactly what you need to know to make a good impression, be successful, and land that dream job in building maintenance.

22 Week Course Includes:
Technical Maintenance Training
Energy Efficiency concepts and Measures for Buildings.
Plumbing and Heating
Appliance Repair
Occupational Safety
OSHA 10 Certificate
Technical Math and Measurement
Review or basic mathematics
Problem solving using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages and decimals.
Jo Readiness and Interview Skills
Developing resumes, cover letters, reference lists and thank you notes
Interview preparation
Job Search skills
Professionalism and time management

Program Requirements
High School Diploma/GED
Driver’s License
Must be at least 18 years old with an outgoing, friendly personality
Eligible to work in the United States
Be able to attend classes Mondayday-Friday from 3:30pm – 7:30pm
How To Apply
Attend an information & testing session held every Tuesday at 2pm

To book your place, contact Rochelle Silva:
(617) 426-9492 x227
[email protected]


87 Tyler Street
5th Floor Boston
MA 02111
(Near Tufts Medical Center on Orange and Silver Lines)


AACA Next Steps Transitional English Program –last 3 opportunities to apply

The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) will have only 3 more testing/information sessions for its Next Steps Transitional English Program before new classes begin on May 6.

The sessions will be held on the following Mondays at 8:30 AM sharp at AACA, 87 Tyler Street, in Boston’s Chinatown (near Tufts Medical Center Orange Line MBTA station):

Mon. Mar. 31
Mon. April 7
Mon. April 28

Students should have an intermediate level of English (SPL-4 or higher) and allow 2 and a half hours for the test and program information session.  No one will be admitted once the test begins.

Next STEP has been preparing immigrant adults for college and job training since 1993.

Please inform qualified, motivated students.

Richard Goldberg
Director of Education
Asian American Civic Association
87 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111
[email protected]


Asian American Civic Association

FREE Banking and Finance Job Training!
The Careers in Banking and Finance course has been developed in partnership with over a dozen banking partners, who tell us exactly what they expect from their employees. That means that you will learn exactly what you need to know to make a good impression, be successful, and land that dream job in banking and finance.

13 Week Course Includes:
Presentations by major banks
Banking regulations
Customer service and sales
Computer skills
Resume writing & interviewing techniques
Business communication for banking

Recent presentation from People’s Bank Financial Services Manager, also including program graduate Azzedine Hammoudi, who was hired by the bank.
Program Requirements
High School Diploma/GED
Must be at least 18 years old with an outgoing, friendly personality
Minimum 6 months cash handling experience in the U.S.
Eligible to work in the United States
Be able to attend classes Tuesday-Friday from 9AM – 4PM
How To Apply
Attend an information & testing session held every Tuesday at 2pm

To book your place, contact Rochelle Silva:
(617) 426-9492 x227
[email protected]


87 Tyler Street
5th Floor Boston
MA 02111
(Near Tufts Medical Center on Orange and Silver Lines)










Commonwealth Seminar

The Spring 2014 Seminar application is due THIS FRIDAY. Apply now or send it to great candidates who you think would be interested. Thank you for spreading the word!

Accepting Applications Now for the Spring Seminar

The Commonwealth Seminar is accepting applications.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS Friday, March 28, and decisions will be announced the following week.

The next Seminar will take place over six consecutive weeks beginning April 9, 2014. Most of the sessions will be in the evening except the final session, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include a graduation ceremony.

The seminar will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m., MAPC

Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 p.m., MAPC

Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 p.m., MAPC

Wednesday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., MAPC

Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m., MAPC

Friday, May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., State House, Room TBD

You should be able to participate in at least 5 sessions to make it worthwhile to apply.

The Commonwealth Seminar is an intensive training program focused on teaching diverse leaders how the Massachusetts Legislature really works.

Top state legislators, legislative staff, media members, and administration policymakers will introduce student leaders to the Legislature and state government generally. By giving an insiders’ view of the process, our goal is to encourage diverse leaders to become effective advocates and to pursue careers in public service.

Who Should Apply?

The Commonwealth Seminar is a privately funded program with a mission of opening the doors of the State House. Our target audience is leaders from communities of color, immigrant communities, and others working to directly benefit those communities. You should be prepared to make a compelling argument in the application about how you fit into the target audience.

We are looking for leaders who meet those criteria and who have a proven track record of leadership in their communities. We place a high value on creating a seminar class that is diverse racially, ethnically, and geographically. Successful candidates for the Commonwealth

Seminar will have a basic understanding of state government and a clear desire to use the skills learned through the seminar to make positive change.

Acceptance to the seminar is on a competitive basis, and Commonwealth Seminar staff and advisers will make all final decisions about the makeup of the seminar.

There is a small voluntary donation requested: $60 for an individual, and $100 for someone representing an organization. These donations are used to defray the food costs of the seminar.

Joel Barrera
email: [email protected]
phone: 508-740-1078

Commonwealth Seminar | P.O. Box 120064 | Boston | MA | 02112


Boston Public Library Expands Digital Offerings through Free Streaming Media Service
Movies, television, music, and audiobooks available via hoopla for library users

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                      
March 25, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: BPL Communications Office
617.859.2319, [email protected]                  

BOSTON – March 25, 2014 – Boston Public Library now offers a free streaming media service for all cardholders, providing easy access to thousands of movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks for instant streaming or temporary download for smartphones, tablets, or computers. Library users can download up to ten titles per month and the automatic return ensures no late fees, with checkout times ranging from three days to three weeks.

“When we surveyed our users earlier this year, access to streaming content was the top-requested new service,” said Michael Colford, Director of Library Services. “Free digital streaming is an excellent addition to Boston Public Library’s growing online collection, and it is available twenty-four hours a day.”

The service enables access from the convenience of your home, local coffee shop, or anywhere – all you need is a library card, viewing or listening device, and Internet access if streaming content. The collection includes everything from new and notable titles to favorite classics for children and adults, including educational and instructional videos, foreign films, and top-selling music albums.

The streaming media service is called hoopla and is accessible via the “collections” section of the Boston Public Library website. Library users log in with their Boston Public Library card and then create a hoopla reader account. In addition, users have the option of downloading an app for iOS and Android devices. All titles are available for simultaneous access with no waiting periods, and new content is added weekly. More information on the digital media service, along with “getting started” tips and check-out guides, is available on the Boston Public Library website

Digital streaming is the latest in a series of new online offerings available via the Boston Public Library. Other popular services include digital magazines, a mobile catalog, e-books, an ever-growing collection of digitized images from the library’s collection, and a range of career, research, and genealogical databases.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit

Hyde Square Task Force
375 Centre Street
PO Box 301871
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Transforming Youth, Transforming Community
Transformando los Jóvenes, Transformando la Comunidad

Join the HSTF Neighborhood 5K Event Crew
First meeting: Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm
Refreshments and snacks will be provided

We need you. You can make a difference in our neighborhood and help ensure that this year’s 5K will be better than ever!

We’re in the process of planning our 3rd Annual Neighborhood 5K Run/Walk in the Hyde/Jackson Square community of Jamaica Plain. As a member of the Event Crew, you’ll work with HSTF staff on planning, outreach, fundraising, and team recruitment. As a crew member, you’ll also get to know the Rookie Runners, the ninth-graders who host the event.

The goals of the 5K are to:
Bring together 500 runners and walkers.
Raise $35,000 through sponsorship, registration, and participant-led fundraising teams. All funds raised will support developing youth skills and creating a safe, healthy, and vibrant urban community.
Engage community volunteers and support for this event.  Meet new people, get to know your neighbors. Help make our community a safer, healthier place!

Neighborhood 5K Event Crew Meeting
Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm
375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact Emma with questions
[email protected] or 617-318-6636


Join the Boston NAACP at the
25th Annual Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast
Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reserve your seat today at or call 617-450-1251

“All too often it takes time for the truth to catch up to history, and Bayard Rustin’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement is yet another example.”
Michael A. Curry, President, Boston NAACP


Bayard Rustin (March 17, 1912 – August 24, 1987) was one of the most influential civil rights activists of the 1950s and 60s. He was also a leader in various international social movements, who followed socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and championed the cause of gay rights.

Rustin was an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and A. Philip Randolph. This openly gay leader was the chief architect in the planning and implementation of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. He would influence generations of young activists who followed him in the Congress for Racial Equality, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the NAACP. He left an indelible mark in the union movement, as he fought tireless for the integration of all-white unions.

Rustin is quoted as saying, “Martin Luther King, with whom I worked very closely, became very distressed when a number of the ministers working for him wanted him to dismiss me from his staff because of my homosexuality.” He also said, “The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.”


Arts Commissioner


The City of Boston seeks an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner, reporting directly to the Mayor. For the first time in twenty years, the Commissioner will be a Cabinet-level position. The City seeks a Commissioner who can:

Develop a comprehensive and innovative financial plan for Boston by convening artists and other stakeholders, listening to their needs, developing consensus, and formulating a comprehensive Arts and Cultural Plan for the City.

Develop and implement pioneering, stable funding sources and strategies based in both the private and public sector that will build a new department from start-up phase to a budget rivaling those of comparable cities. Secure successful major grant applications from national grant-making entities, individual, foundation and corporate donors, and manage the post-grant assessment process.

Develop significant resources including, but not limited to, individual fundraising, corporate sponsorship acquisition, and grant acquisition. Structure fundraising vehicles that maximize support of the creative economy and community.

Work across departments to create a supportive network for artists and the arts, cultural, and creative communities located in Boston’s neighborhoods, in schools, and in institutions of higher learning. Ensure all relevant City programs—within and outside the Commissioner’s direct control—are aligned with the comprehensive Arts and Cultural Plan. Promote and execute the final plan, secure resources, and oversee implementation and evaluation.

Supervise existing staff, attract new talent, and build a strong and cohesive team. Manage a budget of public and private funds. Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills by building the profile and structure of a new Cabinet-level department with an eye towards institutional sustainability and growth, including restructuring and growing the Department to support new mandates and opportunities. Work closely to ensure that the Office reflects and effectively serves all of Boston’s diverse populations.

Serve as an advocate for the cultural community by: a) understanding the challenges they face; b) engaging the community across silos of discipline, geography, and culture; c) having direct involvement in an artistic endeavor; and d) regularly meeting with artists and the arts community to enlist feedback.

Lead the Artists First Initiative, which will address artists’ occupational health needs, professional development, affordable artist space, fair trade, and compensation. Foster the creation of co-ops in housing, business, and work space. Expand the use of existing City incubators and spaces for culture. Develop and implement innovative uses of libraries, parks, and other City property and assets as venues for arts and culture, including temporary performances and exhibit spaces.

Oversee funding allocations and usage to support non-profit arts and cultural organizations, artists, neighborhood arts programs, festivals, and artworks in public development.
Work on a micro-level with Boston’s neighborhood art communities and organizations to encourage “Community-Driven Branding” that leverages each neighborhood’s creative assets.

Serve as an ambassador and advocate for arts and culture in Boston to artists, funders, public officials, the business community, the international community, and other communities.
Serve as a network builder, connecting artists, arts and cultural organizations, local businesses, schools, and institutions of higher education with residents, ensuring that all residents are active participants in Boston’s rich cultural community.

Establish a more visible relationship with Boston’s sister cities and the various embassies, consulates, and business communities around Boston, including promoting a dynamic public art program and robust year-round programming.
Work closely with the superintendent of Boston Public Schools and school-based arts programs to ensure collaboration and communication with the Office of the Arts.

Implement and oversee a marketing and communications strategy for arts and culture, including a robust website and database of arts offerings and a social media strategy. Ensure that the department is linking to cultural promotion partners in the city.
Draw upon best practices of other municipal arts offices and foster a culture of transparency, inclusiveness, teamwork, innovation, and excellence.

Bachelor of Arts degree in arts administration, public administration, visual arts, performing arts, language arts, communications, education, urban planning or other related field (Masters degree a strong plus); and
Ten years of professional experience in the arts and culture sector of which five (5) years must have been in supervising personnel.
Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

The following qualifications are strongly preferred:
Significant budget management experience, preferably with a multi-million dollar annual government budget; and
Significant experience managing complex relationships, partnerships, and fundraising.
Ability to develop and implement pioneering, stable funding sources and strategies based in both the private and public sectors. Have a proven development track record with national grant-making entities, a strong network of individual, foundation and corporate donors, and experience with securing successful major grant applications and managing the post-grant assessment process. 

Ability to structure fundraising vehicles that maximize support of the creative economy and community.
Possess knowledge of municipal government; experience working with cabinet and department officials desired.
Ability to work across departments to create a supportive network for artists and the arts.

How To Apply:
To apply, please go to the following website;
Apply by:
May 09, 2014
Salary:$110,000 – $127,000

About this Organization: City Government

City of Boston Office of Human Resources
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
[email protected]
Date Posted: March 14, 2014
Region: Eastern Massachusetts
Type: Full-Time





“Exploring the Influence of Personalized Mental Health Narratives in Social Media”
by Jessie Quintero Johnson

This presentation investigates benefits and limitations of using social media for the purpose of influencing public health. Online media play a significant role in shaping users’ health, but few studies focus on the influence of health discourse in social media platforms. This study explores how the presentation of educational messages about mental health in social media affect college students’ health information recall, beliefs and attitudes about mental health, and their behavioral intentions to seek mental health treatment.

Tuesday, April 29th
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
UMass Boston, McCormack Hall
3rd Floor, Ryan Lounge


About the speaker:

Dr. Jessie Quintero Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at UMass Boston. She earned a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and specializes in health and mass communication.

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy | 100 Morrissey Blvd | Healey Library, 10th Floor
Boston | MA | 02125

JVS Bridges to College Program

Bridge to College Flyer:

The JVS Bridges to College program is a 23 week FREE college preparatory program. We have two exciting program paths for your clients to consider. General Studies is a great pathway for clients to pursue if they are still undecided about what they want to study in college or if they are interested in a clean energy career. Our General Studies pathway offers clients FREE math and English classes including FREE tutoring, job search support and academic readiness classes.  The General Studies pathway is a morning program which offers classes Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for 23 weeks. Information sessions for the General Studies pathway begin Friday, April 11th at 10:00 am sharp and will be held on the 3rd floor of JVS.

Biotechnology pathway is our evening opportunity for clients. Massachusetts is projected to boast 393 new jobs in bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing over the next three years. (Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry Entry Level Employment Demand Report, 2013). The JVS Bridges to College program will provide accepted clients with 23 weeks of FREE math, science and academic/career readiness classes including FREE tutoring and job search support. The Biotechnology pathway is partnering with a local public college to prepare clients to transition into an 8 month Biotechnology & Compliance Certificate program directly after JVS. With this certificate clients are able to obtain entry level positions in the bio-manufacturing industry with starting salaries between $38,000 – $45,000 a year. Classes at JVS will be held Monday – Thursday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Monday – Thursday for 23 weeks. Information sessions for the Biotechnology pathway begin Tuesday, April 8th at 4:00 pm sharp and will be held on the 3rd floor of JVS.

Attached for your review are new flyers which highlight each program path. Please share the attached flyers with your clients and colleagues.

I am available to answer any questions you, your clients or colleagues may have about our program.

Cindy Firestein, M.Ed.
Academic Coach/Outreach Specialist – Bridges to College Program
29 Winter Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel:         (617) 399 – 3228
Fax:        (617) 542 – 3992
Web:       http://www.jvs-boston.o