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Building Bridges to 21st-century Careers

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Yohannes Kassaye is a client of JVS (Jewish Vocational Services) in Boston, whose Bridges to College and Careers Pathways program helps topple barriers to employment for low- and moderate-income residents. This free 23-week college prep program segues into a professional curriculum at community colleges that prepares people to work in growth industries short on talent. LISC committed $675,000 through the Social Innovation Fund for the JVS Bridges initiative. Kassaye, a native of Ethiopia, describes how the program helped him realize a dream of working in science and health—and how doors keep on opening. Read his story.

 

Fairmount Indigo Network weighs in on changes to the line

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In today's Dorchester Reporter, our Fairmount Indigo Network Coordinator, Allentza Michel, is quoted on the importance of community involvement in decisions about changes that affect them.  "It really is indicative of the history in which the community members have been undervalued over time. And especially now when local governments are supposedly really exploring and engaging in more equity work, why are the very groups that would be impacted by the work always the last brought to the table?”

   

Green Retrofit at NESEA Conference

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Join us at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's BuildingEnergy Boston conference from March 7-9 at the Seaport World Trade Center.  Our own Mike Davis will be presenting "Greening Affordable Housing: Driving Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, and Health in Our Communities" on March 9 at 1:30pm.

   

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Boston LISC Staff Blog

Boston LISC Staff members share their perspective on LISC's work, the community development world. and many other topics.

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