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CITY of BOSTON

Immigrant Advancement

Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration

The Office of Veterans Services invites you to join them for their event "Honor and Rememberance: A Vigil of Peace" to commemorate Memorial Day. This evening event is a capstone for the entire Memorial Day Weekend.  It will feature readings, music, and times of reflection to honor the memories of our fallen heroes, and to ask for strength and peace for our Nation.

Deadline for the Immigrant Professionals Fellowship applications is May 31!

The application for Boston residents for the Immigrant Professionals Fellowship will remain open until May 31, 2022. Please find the link to our website and ABN's recruitment page. Here is also the link to Juliet's Story, one of our first cohort graduates.

MOIA Budget Survey

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) is collecting anonymous survey responses around household budget experiences here in Boston. It will be really helpful for us to gather this data as we look to understand how the pandemic might be affecting you and your community members' budget. We will use this information to plan our upcoming work and are happy to share our results with you.

  • Could you please fill out and share this Budget Surveyit should only take about 5-10 minutes
  • We ask that you also share this survey with other immigrants in your network
  • The Survey is available in English, Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cape Verdean Creole, Brazilian Portuguese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Please let us know if you require additional languages

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to my colleague Natalia Espinosa Tokuhama (natalia.espinosa@boston.gov).

Free Immigration Consultations on June 1st fully booked

Our Free Immigration Consultations are fully booked for June 1st. Our next available appointments are on June 15th. Volunteer lawyers work with MOIA to offer free immigration consultations on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 3pm. Appointments are by telephone, and interpretation and disability accommodations are available. To schedule an appointment, call (617) 635-2980 or email immigrantadvancement@boston.gov. Flyers in several languages for 2022 can be found here.

Meet the Mayor!

Coffee hours are back! Meet the Mayor, enjoy treats from Dunkin', fresh fruit from Star Market, and bring home a free plant. Coffee hours are from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. through June 30. Find out when it's in your neighborhood here: boston.gov/coffee-hours

Pride Kickoff!

The City of Boston and Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement will be celebrating National LGBTQ+ Pride month by hosting, supporting and amplifying events that serve the local Queer community. Please join the kickoff event on June 1, 2022 at 5:00PM. The City of Boston’s theme for this event will be “PRIDE: Past, Present, and Future!” Please register here.

PowerCorpsBOS is Now Accepting Applications

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development is currently accepting applications for its PowerCorpsBOS program which provides young people ages 18-30 with training, career readiness support, and connections to employers in the green industry. An “earn and learn” program, PowerCorpsBOS pays members to participate in hands-on training that prepares them for living wage careers. The tentative start date for the program is June 13. For any questions, please email PowerCorpsBOS@boston.gov.

Rent Stabilization Public Listening Sessions

The Mayor's Office of Housing will be hosting Rent Stabilization Public Listening Sessions.To receive notifications about future Public Listening Sessions, please complete the Listening Session Notification Request Form. Additional information about the Rent Stabilization Advisory Committee is accessible on the City's website.

Love Your Block

The Office of Civic Organizing is launching their 2022 Love Your Block Mini-Grant program. Residents and community groups can apply for a Love Your Block mini-grant of up to $3,500 for neighborhood beautification projects like cleanups, murals, community garden revitalization, etc for Summer 2022. Apply by June 10.

Call to Artists

Artists can now to apply to the PaintBox Program for 2022. Every year, Boston-based artists are selected to paint utility boxes across the City. These painted boxes reflect the diverse people, ideas, histories, and futures of everyday Bostonians. Selected artists will be given $500. Applications are due by May 27.

Events and Announcements

  • June 4 - Join the Chelsea Creek for free kayaking in Boston on Condor Street Urban Wild. Starting at 11:00 am, you can bring your family and friends for food, games and more! For more information, email mmendez@noahcdc.org or text 617-829-0939.
  • June 6 - You're invited to the PAIR Gala 2022 on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 pm. This is a virtual event that is free to attend. Please register here.
  • June 6 - SheridanWorks is offering filmaking courses. For more information, please contact Michael Sheridan at michael@csfilm.org
  • June 7 - The Attorney General’s Community Engagement team is offering a training on Landlord & Tenant Rights at 10:30 am. Click here to register. Fill out this form to request a presentation for your organization, clients, and students.
  • June 7 - The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) at UMass Boston is inviting undergraduate women who study or reside in Massachusetts to apply for their second NEWL Massachusetts Summer Institute by June 7, at midnight. For any questions, please contact muna.killingback@umb.edu.
  • June 14 - Deadline to submit proposals for The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's "Connecting Consumers with Coverage".
  • June 21- The Attorney General’s Community Engagement team is offering a training on AGO Assistance to Immigrants and Refugees at 10:30 am. Click here to register. Fill out this form to request a presentation for your organization, clients, and students.
  • June 25 - The Family Nurturing Center will begin hosting support groups for Cabo Verdean parents and grandparents raising children every last Saturday of the month at 200 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, MA 02122. For more information, email lbarros@familynurturing.org
  • July 14 - Equity and Inclusion Chief Mariangely Solis Cervera will speak at a Funder and Donor Briefing on "Investing in an Inclusive New Economy" hosted by English for New Bostonians.


Job Postings

CITY of BOSTON

Immigrant Advancement

A Transition Message from Yusufi Vali

Dear Friends,

I write to you today to share a bittersweet personal update. On May 31, I'll be starting a new role in the City of Boston, serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michelle Wu.

Serving our great city as the Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have loved every minute – getting to know our diverse immigrant communities and helping execute your innovative ideas that make Boston a better place for everyone.

To my incredibly talented and dedicated MOIA team, inspiring immigrant community partners, committed foundation and corporate champions, three incredibly supportive Mayors, and the best City Hall colleagues – thank you. Together we launched Immigrants Lead Boston, the Dreamers Fellowship, and the Immigrant Professionals Fellowship. We provided over $5 million in basic needs assistance to our most vulnerable immigrant residents during COVID; we led the nation in supporting Haitian arrivals; and we advocated for policies like the Driver’s License bill that treat immigrants equitably and with dignity.

I will take what I have learned these past three years into my new role, which in many ways is a continuation of this one. My job will be to support Mayor Wu, a daughter of immigrants, and her Chief of Staff Tiffany Chu, another daughter of immigrants, implement the Mayor’s transformative vision to make Boston work for each and every resident. While it is hard to leave MOIA, I am excited for this new path of service. I will need your help to implement this vision, and I hope I can rely on your continued partnership as we move our City in the right direction.

Finally, I want to thank MOIA’s Chief of Staff, Agnes Chang, who has been a tremendous guide and partner in driving the work of our office forward. She has been leading this transition and will serve as interim director of MOIA under Equity and Inclusion Chief Mariangely Solis Cervera. I know that under their leadership, MOIA will continue to be a fierce advocate for our immigrant residents.

With gratitude,

Yusufi Vali


Read the press release here.
CITY of BOSTON

Immigrant Advancement

Deadline for the Immigrant Professionals Fellowship applications extended!

The application for Boston residents for the Immigrant Professionals Fellowship will remain open until May 31, 2022. Please find the link to our website and ABN's recruitment page. Here is also the link to Juliet's Story, one of our first cohort graduates.

MOIA Budget Survey

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) is collecting anonymous surveys around household budget experiences here in Boston. This information will help us understand the ways in which the pandemic might be affecting you and your community members' budget, which we plan on using in our upcoming work. The MOIA Budget Survey is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Cabo Verdean Creole, and must be filled by Saturday, May 31, 2022. Other languages are available upon request.

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF)

The City of Boston is partnering with The Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF). LEAF provides loans and 1-on-1 technical assistance to support small businesses and create opportunity in Boston. LEAF has agreed to provide personalized business problem solving, coaching, and customized tools to evaluate and continuously monitor business performance for immigrant-owned small businesses. They will be hosting an info session on how immigrant owned businesses can take advantage of these great opportunities on Thursday, May 26th at 3:00pm. To register, please email Chris Hunter at chunter@leaffund.org.

Next Free Immigration Consultations on June 1st

Our next Free Immigration Consultations are on June 1st. Volunteer lawyers work with MOIA to offer free immigration consultations on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 3pm. Appointments are by telephone, and interpretation and disability accommodations are available. To schedule an appointment, call (617) 635-2980 or email immigrantadvancement@boston.gov. Flyers in several languages for 2022 can be found here.

Meet the Mayor!

Coffee hours are back! Meet the Mayor, enjoy treats from Dunkin', fresh fruit from Star Market, and bring home a free plant. Coffee hours are from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. through June 30. Find out when it's in your neighborhood here: boston.gov/coffee-hours

Pride Kickoff!

The City of Boston and Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement will be celebrating National LGBTQ+ Pride month by hosting, supporting and amplifying events that serve the local Queer community. Please join the kickoff event on June 1, 2022 at 5:00PM. The City of Boston’s theme for this event will be “PRIDE: Past, Present, and Future!” Please register here.

Free Medical Interpreter Training

Found in Translation now accepts applications throughout the year for their Language Access Fellowship program, which provides medical interpreter training and job placement to low-income bilingual women. Applications will be reviewed and processed on a first come, first served basis until their class is full. Please click here if you're interested in attending an information session.

Love Your Block

The Office of Civic Organizing is launching their 2022 Love Your Block Mini-Grant program. Residents and community groups can apply for a Love Your Block mini-grant of up to $3,500 for neighborhood beautification projects like cleanups, murals, community garden revitalization, etc for Summer 2022. Apply by June 10.

Call to Artists

Artists can now to apply to the PaintBox Program for 2022. Every year, Boston-based artists are selected to paint utility boxes across the City. These painted boxes reflect the diverse people, ideas, histories, and futures of everyday Bostonians. Selected artists will be given $500. Applications are due by May 27.

Events and Announcements

  • May 25 - Representatives from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) will provide information on the naturalization process, including: eligibility requirements, online filing, and the interview. They will also highlight resources available in the community. ​Click here to register.
  • May 26 - Latino Pioneers in Boston Documentary Premiere.
  • June 6 - You're invited to the PAIR Gala 2022 on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 pm. This is a virtual event that is free to attend. Please register here.
  • June 14 - Deadline to submit proposals for The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's "Connecting Consumers with Coverage".
  • June 25 - The Family Nurturing Center will begin hosting support groups for Cabo Verdean parents and grandparents raising children every last saturday of the month at 200 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, MA 02122. For more information, email lbarros@familynurturing.org
  • July 14 - Equity and Inclusion Chief Mariangely Solis Cervera will speak at a Funder and Donor Briefing on "Investing in an Inclusive New Economy" hosted by English for New Bostonians.May 23 - Equity and Inclusion Chief Mariangely Solis Cervera will speak at a Funder and Donor Briefing on "Investing in an Inclusive New Economy" hosted by English for New Bostonians.


Job Postings

CITY of BOSTON

Immigrant Advancement

Work and Family Mobility Act Passes the Senate!

The Work and Family Mobility Act passed the Senate 32-8 on Thursday! Thank you Senate President Karen Spilka and Senators Michael Rodrigues, Brendan Crighton, and
Adam Gomez for your leadership. Thank you to all our state legislators and advocates – our communities have been waiting long enough – let’s keep advancing it quickly! Share on Twitter.

MOIA Community Webinar: Tuesday, May 10 at 2pm

Our next MOIA Community Webinar is on Tuesday, May 10 at 2pm. Chief Courtney Aladro from the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and Jay Ash from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership will share about resources. Fill out this form to sign up. We'll send the agenda as the webinar gets closer and the Zoom link by noon that Tuesday.

Be part of Immigrant Heritage Month

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and the City of Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement would like to invite Boston teachers and students to help us celebrate! As the butterfly is often a symbol of migration, we will have a butterfly exhibit in City Hall. The paper butterflies will be decorated by the students and will hang from a ceiling. We hope this project will inspire students to take pride in their own cultures and identities. Teachers interested in participating can learn more and fill out this interest form by Friday, May 13, 2022.

Meet the Mayor!

Coffee hours are back! Meet the Mayor, enjoy treats from Dunkin', fresh fruit from Star Market, and bring home a free plant. Coffee hours are from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. through June 30. Find out when it's in your neighborhood here: boston.gov/coffee-hours

Next Free Immigration Consultations on May 18

Our next Free Immigration Consultations are on May 18. Volunteer lawyers work with MOIA to offer free immigration consultations on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 3pm. Appointments are by telephone, and interpretation and disability accommodations are available. To schedule an appointment, call (617) 635-2980 or email immigrantadvancement@boston.gov. Flyers in several languages for 2022 can be found here.

Love Your Block

The Office of Civic Organizing is launching their 2022 Love Your Block Mini-Grant program. Residents and community groups can apply for a Love Your Block mini-grant of up to $3,500 for neighborhood beautification projects like cleanups, murals, community garden revitalization, etc for Summer 2022. Apply by June 10.

Call to Artists

Artists can now to apply to the PaintBox Program for 2022. Every year, Boston-based artists are selected to paint utility boxes across the City. These painted boxes reflect the diverse people, ideas, histories, and futures of everyday Bostonians. Selected artists will be given $500. Applications are due by May 27.

Events and Announcements


Job Postings

CITY of BOSTON

Immigrant Advancement

Friday Deadline to Apply

Community Iftar 2022

Thank you everyone for joining our Community Iftar on April 22. We're so glad our communities could come together. Thank you to Mayor Michelle Wu, Councilors Tania Fernandes Anderson and Ruthzee Louijeune, Boston Public School's Office of English Learners, and Tarboosh! And congratulations to our honorees for all your work serving our Muslim communities. See more pictures from this year's Community Iftar here.

Next Free Immigration Consultations on May 4

Our next Free Immigration Consultations are on May 4. Volunteer lawyers work with MOIA to offer free immigration consultations on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 3pm. Appointments are by telephone, and interpretation and disability accommodations are available. To schedule an appointment, call (617) 635-2980 or email immigrantadvancement@boston.gov. Flyers in several languages for 2022 can be found here.

Love Your Block

The Office of Civic Organizing is launching their 2022 Love Your Block Mini-Grant program. Residents and community groups can apply for a Love Your Block mini-grant of up to $3,500 for neighborhood beautification projects like cleanups, murals, community garden revitalization, etc for Summer 2022. Apply by June 10.

Free Computer and Internet

Adults who do not have access to a computer or internet to meet their educational needs can apply to the Boston Public Library's Long-Term Device Lending Program. Residents would receive a free computer and internet access through an LTE enabled Home Wi-Fi Router. The data plan is free through June 2023. Then the user can keep the Chromebooks, and eligible residents can choose an internet service provider at a low cost.

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MOIA Community Webinar: Tuesday, April 12 at 2pm

Our next MOIA Community Webinar is on Tuesday, April 12 at 2pm. An attorney from Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) will share updates on services available to assist immigrant residents with their applications for public benefits, while representatives from Boston Unity Cup and SPARK Boston will share details on their events and opportunities. Fill out this form to sign up. We'll send the agenda as the webinar gets closer and the Zoom link by noon that Tuesday.


Applications Open for the Immigrant Professionals Fellowship

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Many immigrants in Boston struggle to find work in healthcare in spite of their education and previous experiences. The Immigrant Professionals Fellowship connects them to local hospitals that need their talents. Watch Juliet's powerful story and learn more about the fellowship on our website


Legal Resources for Ukrainians in Boston

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We hosted a webinar on TPS and Legal Resources for Ukrainians in Boston with an immigration attorney from the AILA New England Chapter. Watch and share the webinar on our Facebook page. 

Watch in Ukrainian (український).
Watch in Russian (русский).

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Free Immigration Consultations on April 20

Our next Free Immigration Consultations are on April 20. Volunteer lawyers work with MOIA to offer free immigration consultations on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 3pm. Appointments are by telephone, and interpretation and disability accommodations are available. To schedule an appointment, call (617) 635-2980 or email immigrantadvancement@boston.gov. Flyers in several languages for 2022 can be found here.

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Age Strong Grant

Boston’s Age Strong Commission seeks grant applications from organizations and individuals working to build social connections and community for Boston’s older adults. Human and social service programs, faith communities, arts and culture communities, and any interested organizations are encouraged to apply. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Apply by April 7.

Partners With Non-Profits: Request for Proposals

The Partners With Non-Profits Program is designed to support non-profit agencies in the City of Boston by making funds available to assist them with necessary rehabilitation or improvements to their facilities. Only Non-Profit Organizations that operate public facilities are eligible.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) outlines the eligibility requirements, program components, and criteria for selection. The RFP package can be downloaded electronically by registering on the Requests for Proposals page.

If you are unable to access the RFP, please contact Star Laws at star.laws@boston.gov or 617-635-0110.

Completed RFP responses must be submitted electronically by no later than 4:00pm on April 12, 2022.


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21st Boston Turkish Film Festival

The 21st Boston Turkish Film Festival will highlight leading and new filmmakers from Turkey. This year, the festival is set to run from April 15 through April 28.

Sponsors and supporters include the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Boston Cultural Council through the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

For more information about the program, films, synopses, visit here.

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Health Insurance Options and Savings through the Health Connector (Webinar in Spanish)

On April 12, the Health Connector is hosting a free, public webinar in Spanish ahead of the April 23 enrollment deadline for coverage that starts May 1 or June 1, 2022. To register, please click here.

Events and Announcements

· For anyone interested in learning more about and participating in the Boston Green New Deal and its associated Coalition, find more information here.

· April 7 - Construction Opportunity Job Fair

· April 9 - The Mother & Daughter Spring Conference is scheduled from 10 AM to 2 PM at Roxbury Community College. This event is supported by the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement. Please find links to translated flyers here

· April 13 - Boston Blooms Block Party to welcome people back to Downtown Boston

· April 25 - RFI due for community input to improve the City of Boston's evacuation planning.

· April 25 - Applications are due for Be Mass Competitive, a workforce training initiative.

· May 8 - The 26th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace will be held at Town Field Park in Dorchester, MA 02122. This event will be held virtually. Please register here.

· May 11 - The Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities is hosting their annual Community Forum at Suffolk University Law School.

· May 13 - Applications are due for the 2022-2023 SPARK Boston Council.


Job Postings

· Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is looking to hire a Deputy Director. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2022.

· The Boston Fire Summer Teen Academy reopened applications for its summer jobs program. Interested candidates between 14-18 years old can apply on SuccessLink.

· ACEDONE has several has job openings for their Summer Enrichment Program. Please see them here.

 

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