Success Stories

Diego Lao

Diego Lao is a past graduate of the BEEMS program who, after working successfully almost two years as a Facilities Manager for commercial buildings in MetroWest, was recently hired by the Berkshire’s Jefferson at Admiral Hill property in Chelsea. Diego continues to hone his skills doing appliance repair, general maintenance, … Continue reading

Youth Council presents Youth Players theater workshop


Teen mentors spend two hours every Sunday afternoon working with younger children on a play-writing project. The mentor program at AACA provides elementary-age kids with positive older role models. They also learn the process of writing the plays along with the technical aspects of theatre and play-writing. The main goal is … Continue reading

Continuing a legacy of activism

Amy Guen stands on JQS rooftop  which is the outdoor play space for the students.

AACA has partnered with local organizations, residents, and city officials to build the Clean-Up Chinatown initiative. Among the partners is the Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQS). With the support of Dr. Simon Ho, the principal, and Amy Guen of AACA, Social Capital Inc. AmeriCorps member, Danni Jones, will visit classrooms … Continue reading

Funding News

Thank you State Street Thank You to our long-time generous supporter, State Street Foundation! The foundation continues to show great faith in AACA’s adult education and workforce education programs by granting AACA $100,000 for Fiscal Year 2014. We thank you for helping us transform the lives of hundreds of immigrants … Continue reading

Next Step is #1 again

For the second year in a row, the Next STEP program, AACA’s intermediate-level English program is number one in the state for sending adult students to college, among 82 community-based adult basic education programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Since May, 2011, Next STEP has … Continue reading

AT&T meets Chinatown Boston

Pattie Jacobs, president of AT&T New England, with Mary Chin, President of AACA Board, and the staff of AACA and AT&T and Chinatown community leader, Hung Goon.

      Thank you everyone for attending this great AT&T meets Chinatown Boston event on Friday, Nov. 21. It was an amazing turnout. Many people came and no one sat down in our generous amount of chairs, because we were all too busy standing and chatting.   The event … Continue reading

Tesfaalem Tesfaye: From Odd Jobs to Hotel Engineer

Tesfaalem grew up in Ethiopia, where he had a variety of hands-on jobs from furniture making to working at a shoe factory. In 2011 he came to the US and immediately began looking for ways to put his hands to work. “I love taking things apart and finding out how … Continue reading