Statement on Trump Administration Public Charge Policy

Statement on Trump Administration Public Charge Policy

The Trump administration finalized its public charge policy, which would expand the federal government’s ability to deem immigrants who use public assistance ineligible for lawful permanent residency. BCNC continues and will continue to stand by the most vulnerable families in our communities. Read Executive Director Giles Li’s statement on the proposed policy.

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Empowering Our Youth: Teens At Work

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Our teen staff are quite busy! This summer, BCNC employed 26 teen staff across Boston and Quincy. These teens work in the childcare programs, Operations, Pao Arts Center, Youth Center Quincy, and Youth Center Boston. Teen staff with the Youth Center are creating and leading activities for other teens, helping with planning and logistics, updating marketing materials, and planning for the upcoming school year. In the childcare programs, teen staff directly support teachers and group leaders with planning and implementing activities for children. Other projects our teen staff are working on include updating our databases, taking photos of classes and events, creating videos for the Pao Arts Center, organizing offices, and filing. While enhancing BCNC’s daily operations, the teen staff are also developing vital skills in the workforce, empowering them in their future work endeavors.

Special thanks to the following organizations for supporting our Teen Employment Program: City of Boston – DYEE, John Hancock – MLK Summer Scholars, The Boston Foundation – My Summer in the City, and the Boston Private Industry Council.

Volleyball, Foosball, and Snacks: Alums Reconnect

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As part of BCNC’s 50th Anniversary, we hosted a reunion for the Youth Center and Recreation programs on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. Former participants, staff, and volunteers gathered at the Josiah Quincy School gym for a friendly volleyball tournament. Afterward, everyone made their way to the Youth Center lounge for socializing! Between games of foosball and In a Pickle, attendees shared memories over snacks and old photographs. Jeremy Mei, a former youth participant, recalls his favorite memories of BCNC were “coming in after school to hang out, participating in guy’s club, cooking club, digital connector, and playing computer games after 5pm.”

What’s a Fun Way to Support the Youth Center? Paint Nite!

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On July 16th, the Bamboo Circle, BCNC’s young professionals’ network, had a Paint Nite fundraiser to support the Youth Center. 31 people learned how to make a beautiful seascape painting, all while relaxing with food, drinks, and conversation. Through this event, the Bamboo Circle exceeded their fundraising goal! Click here for photos on Facebook.

Family Services Partners with MFA

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Family Services collaborated with the Museum of Fine Arts to bring the Special Arts Program to BCNC Quincy for the first time. 11 families who have children with special needs participated in this 4-session art class. Through hands-on art activities, children developed their understanding and interest in arts, and improved communication between parents and children. In the last session, families will go on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. Thank you to the MFA for this partnership!

Giles Li Profiled for Immigrant Advocacy

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CEO Giles Li was featured in the Patriot Ledger for his advocacy work with immigrant communities and for BCNC's work in Quincy! "Change sits at the heart of the organization Li oversees: BCNC, a nonprofit based in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, supports immigrant families across the metropolitan region. The center serves about 8,000 people at four locations, the newest opened in Quincy last month." Read the full article here.

BCNC Portraits: Sonny Mei

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When Sonny was in 6th grade, his mother got him involved in BCNC’s Youth Center for the summer. There, Sonny found a supportive community and grew into an outstanding youth leader. During his time at the Youth Center, Sonny participated in community projects and prepared for getting into college. Read more here about Sonny’s aspirations to be a scientist and what he’s doing at Vertex this summer.

Preschool and Pre-K Enrollment Open

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At the end of June, children in the Acorn Early Education & Care program celebrated their graduation with a ceremony attended by family and friends. Congratulations to the children who graduated the program ready for kindergarten! The Acorn program is currently accepting enrollment for Fall 2019 for our new Boston Public Schools Pre-K class as well as the regular Acorn classes. For more information, click here or contact Kathy Choi (617-635-5129 x1033).