Did you know...
- Asians are the fastest growing racial group in Massachusetts.
- 29% of Asians in Boston live in poverty, more than double the rate for Whites in Boston.
- 40% of Asians in Boston are Limited English Proficient.
- 31% of Chinese adults in Boston have less than a high school diploma.
- 1 out of 4 Quincy residents are Asian and 1 out of 3 Quincy Public School students are Asian.
To learn more about the community:
- The Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) “A Community of Contrasts” report compiled disaggregated data on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the cities of Boston, New York and Philadelphia.
- The Healthy Chinatown report assessed childhood obesity among vulnerable Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander families in Boston Chinatown.
Who We Serve
- 2,600 children, youth, and adults each year
- 400 families each year
- 84% are Asian
- 84% do not speak English as a primary language
- 73% are low-income
- 60% are immigrants who have been in the US for less than 5 years
- 50% are children and youth
- 100% of children who entered kindergarten from BCNC's Acorn Center for Early Education and Care met or exceeded developmental standards in all areas: motor skills, language, literacy, and math.
- After participating in BCNC's Red Oak After School Program, children who completed their homework most or all of the time increased from 52% to 87%.
- 176 youth participated in youth leadership programs, where they gained 21st century skills needed to succeed in college and career.
- 100% of high school seniors were accepted to 4-year colleges with financial aid.
- 255 individuals participated in financial literacy workshops.
- 245 adults participated in English language classes to further their education or career.
- BCNC registered 182 new voters and distributed 3,000 voter outreach materials.
- 436 people participated in parent support programs including parent leadership training, support groups, workshops, playgroups and field trips.
- 88% of parents of preschoolers reported BCNC helps them learn about community resources.
- Families who participate in Family Services are able to actively cope with challenges and remain positive, actively apply for all available public benefits and better understand child development.
Chi Wan Chow (BCNC Parent)
When Chi Wan Chow emigrated from Myanmar sixteen years ago, she was illiterate in Chinese and English. Now she has become a leader in the community. Watch this video and see how BCNC has impacted her life.
Felix Li (Participant)
Felix Jianqiang Li is a senior at Charlestown High School who has been going to BCNC's Youth Center for four years. Watch this video and see how his involvement at the Youth Center has improved his leadership skills and led him to a brighter future.
Ellen Tang (Volunteer)
Ellen grew up in Quincy and now gives back to the community as an active BCNC volunteer. Watch this video to hear Ellen’s story and how volunteering and mentoring youth has made a difference in her life.
ShaoLong Zhang (Alumni)
ShaoLong Zhang came to the U.S. from China in 2011 with limited English and became a participant of BCNC’s Adult Education Program. Watch this video to learn how ShaoLong's commitment to furthering her education and career has led her to a full-time job.