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A Special Holiday Wish for You

A Special Holiday Wish for You

And what an amazing year of Acción 2016 has been! Your Acción, has sustained a legacy that helps empower individuals and families to improve their lives through affordable housing, education, and arts programs. ...

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Spreading Hope for the Future

Spreading Hope for the Future

Last Thursday, our community gathered in Plaza Betances for our annual Tree Lighting. Residents - young and old - were joined by friends, family, and city officials as they came together to enjoy traditional Puerto Rican parrandas music, a visit from Santa, and, of course, light the beautiful tree. Our CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, deemed the event one of her favorite community gatherings of the ...

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Create Memories, Lessons, & Ornaments with Your Child this Holiday Season

Create Memories, Lessons, & Ornaments with Your Child this Holiday Season

Spending time with family in December is one of the best parts of the season. You share old stories and make new memories while going through your holiday traditions together - like cooking special meals, watching your favorite holiday movies, and decorating the tree. This year, add to those memories and make more that will last for many years to come by decorating your tree with some of these hom...

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Legacy into Acción

Legacy into Acción

A letter from our CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D. I...

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Make the Holidays both Educational & Fun for Your Children

Make the Holidays both Educational & Fun for Your Children

We’re all thankful to spend more time with family over the holidays - we can enjoy delicious meals together, see distant relatives, and spend more time with our children while they’re on vacation for a few days. A great idea for making memories during this time is to read together - your child will remember these moments forever and have the book to keep making memories all year long! And since No...

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Youth Program Wins the 2016 NAHYP Award!

Youth Program Wins the 2016 NAHYP Award!

You could feel the burst of joy, appreciation, and excitement spread throughout the room when First Lady Michelle Obama presented us with one of the 2016 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Awards. Many gathered for our live viewing party to celebrate all of the hard work of our staff, students, and commun...

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A More Intimate Performance with Gregorio Uribe

A More Intimate Performance with Gregorio Uribe

¡A rumbear! Returning to our Villa Victoria Center for the Arts after last year's sold out show, Gregorio Uribe is bringing you another rumba colombiana - this time it with a more intimate twist. Last October, Uribe and his Big Band celebrated the release of their debut album, “Cumbia Universal” and have enjoyed a successful year ever since - including a sold out show at Lincoln Center an...

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Rebuilding a Home for those Who Need it Most

Rebuilding a Home for those Who Need it Most

In our constant efforts to improve the lives of our community, we unveiled the new & improved Residencia Betances with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the property last Wednesday. The ceremony marked more than just the completion of renovations to the building, it celebrated the improvements that will help us provide even better care to our 11 residents, who were previously homeless and suffer fr...

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Teaching Youth: "We All Have the Power to Make a Difference"

Teaching Youth: "We All Have the Power to Make a Difference"

The future of our community lies in the hands of our youth. This is why our Youth Development Program (YDP) gives them opportunities to participate in dynamic workshops, lead groundbreaking conversations, and express their opinions creatively - through visual art, poetry, film, and more. We strive to give our youth the tools they need by pl...

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Voting Tips to Prepare for Election Day

Voting Tips to Prepare for Election Day

Your vote matters. Voting in the upcoming election is not only important because you decide the next leader of our country, but you also have the power to create and modify laws in our state and city. At IBA it is our mission to improve our communities through high-quality programs and this starts with the individual. Your vote gives a voice to our community; by exercising your right to vote you a...

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10 Facts You Didn't Know About el Español

10 Facts You Didn't Know About el Español

October 12th celebrates Spanish Language Day - a day highlighting the importance of the Spanish Language. Started by the United Nations in 2010, we couldn’t agree more with the reason for its creation, with an “aim to promote and support initiatives that promote multiculturalism and multilingualism.” At IBA we want to promote this initiative everyday of the year through our variety of programs roo...

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IBA CEO Speaks at Affordable Housing Panel in Boston

IBA CEO Speaks at Affordable Housing Panel in Boston

Recently, our CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was a panelist at Bisnow Boston’s Affordable Housing Conference. Vanessa and fellow panelists Karen LaFrazia, St. Francis House Executive Director, Paul Donahue, RED Capital Managing Director, and moderator Jeff Sacks, Partner at Nixon Peabody, discussed the state of the affordable ...

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When Should My Child Start Learning a Second Language?

When Should My Child Start Learning a Second Language?

As parents, at times we may experience the lingering thought, “Am I doing this right?” We’re worried about giving our children the best life possible as we make decisions for them every day. One of the greatest concerns shared by multicultural families is if we should expose our child to a second language. We share the same worries, often afraid a second language will cause confusion in our child’...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Keeping Culture Alive

Hispanic Heritage Month: Keeping Culture Alive

We live in a country that thrives on diversity. Where a mixture of backgrounds supports our development as a nation, whether our ancestors have been here for generations or if we are the first generation of Americans, we integrate our roots into our daily lives and share our culture with those around us so that we may learn from others and others may learn from us. [caption id="attachment_7069" a...

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Language into a Beat: An Interview with Henry Cole

Language into a Beat: An Interview with Henry Cole

We’re excited to host this world renowned percussionist who is transforming the music scene: Henry Cole, a Puerto Rican native, alongside the Villa Locura, combines a variety of musical styles to create an entirely unique genre. His fusion of beats - from salsa, to folklore, to funk, to R&B, to jazz, to Afro-Caribbean rhythms - moves audiences to feel ...

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