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Minutes: March 2016 TCC Meeting

APIs CAN! is a new coalition of AAPI civic organizations in Eastern Massachusetts cities such as Boston, Quincy, Malden, Lowell, and Worcester.
-The coalition is dedicated to helping the AAPI community shape and advocate for a platform of shared policy goals
-Their first event is the APIs CAN! Candidates Forum for the 2016 First Suffolk & Middlesex State Senate Election.
-The forum will be on March 16 at 6pm, in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School Auditorium
-It is co-sponsored by AACA, ACDC, BCNC, CRA, CPA, CPPA, MassVOTE, and South Cove Community Health Center
-For more information see flyer here: http://sampan.org/2016/03/state-senate-candidate-forum-march-16/

AACA Adult Education update: Careers in Banking and Finance Training Program
-This is a program to help participants start careers in retail banking/finance.
-15 week course, Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-4pm; Next cycle begins April 26
-Graduates go on to jobs as customer service representatives, personal bankers, tellers, financial services reps, etc.
-Nearly 100% job placement. Wages are around $14.30 per hour
-For more information on the program and requirements to apply see: http://aaca-boston.org/programs-services/job-training/banking/

Announcements:
-AACA is updating their website with the most recent information on all Chinatown adult education/training/ESOL programs. CCEP members should send program updates to marianiesimeon@gmail.com
-Everyone is encouraged to attend the City Council hearing on the Just Cause Eviction proposal next Monday 3/14 at 4pm at City Hall. Contact Lydia@cpaboston.org for more information.
-ACDC will be uploading their mapping project on Chinatown affordable housing inventory on the ACDC website in the next week. Contact Debbie.chen@asiancdc.org for more info.
-The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is holding a resource fair for Asian American Pacific Islanders on 5/24. Michelle Wu will be speaking at the event. Contact norman.eng@sba.gov for more info, and for the SBA’s latest guide to starting your own business.
-Huiling Chen raised the concerns of parents of ABCD Chinese Headstart participants and wait-listed children, concerning the relocation of ABCD programs in June. There need to be more bi-lingual program spots to meet the Chinatown community’s needs, but instead the relocation reduces the number of spots, merging 3 programs into 1 program and reducing classes from 13 to 9.

Minutes: February 2015 TCC Meeting

The Chinatown Coalition

Meeting Minutes

February 12, 2015     9:30 AM

Present: Bet Har Wong-Chan, Kun Chang, Richard Goldberg, Joan Abbot, Paige Gunning, Angie Liou, Ziyu Zhou, Christopher Blackler, Mary Higgins, Peggy Ings, Ross Cameron, Claire Dynes, Russell Fenton, Kate Chang, Sherry Dong, Terry Yin, Mark Liu, Nancy Liu, Helen Wong, Ling Mei Wong, Nelson Kiang

Peggy Ings from Emerson College as well as architects from Elkus Manfredi presented two Emerson building projects.  The Little Building, at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets, will be closed in May 2017 to undergo significant renovation to bring it up to code.  When completed in the summer of 2019, its dorm capacity will increase from 750 students to 1044.  The 1-3 Boylston Place will be a new construction project that will begin April 2015 and be complete by summer of 2017.  This building will provide 379 dorm beds.  To minimize the impact on nearby neighborhoods including Chinatown, Emerson is working on a temporary relocation plan to house the students that will be displaced during the Little Building renovation.

Richard Goldberg reported that the yearlong presentation from various CCEP Adult Education organizations has come to an end, but that he wanted to hear from the group what adult education gaps they believe still need serviced, and what other adult education presentations the group would be interested in seeing in the future.  Suggestions included statistics on demographics of adult education learners, definition of “career readiness”, and bridging soft skills and cultural issues new immigrants may encounter but not necessarily covered by any specific adult education or counseling program.

Agenda: March 2015 TCC Meeting

Date: March 12, 2015
Location: BCNC, 38 Ash St., Boston, MA 02111

Agenda:

1) Introduction and Welcome

2) Introduction to City of Boston Office of New Bostonians, Alejandra St. Guillen, Director

3) Liberty Tree Park Update, Allison Perlman, Project Manager, Boston Parks and Recreation Department

4) CCEP Adult Education Update, Anna Fan, Executive Director, American Chinese Christian Education and Social Services (ACCESS)

5) Other Business/Announcements

December 2014 TCC General Meeting

The next meeting of The Chinatown Coalition takes place on Thursday, December 11, 2014. All are welcome.

Location: Conference Room, 4th Floor, 38 Ash Street (Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.)

Time: 9:30-11:00am

Agenda

1) Introduction & Welcome

2)  Transportation discussion, Eric Bourassa, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

3) CCEP Update, Fred Bennett, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

4) Announcements & Other Business