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Boston students face food insecurity over the holidays

Boston students face food insecurity over the holidays

Maria Aguirre Torres

December 12, 2019

Brandon McPherson, 19, remembers his freshman year at UMass Boston as the time he was homeless and when most lunches were half-sandwiches his girlfriend was willing to share.  During the fall of 2018, McPherson lived in a friend's house in Fall River and drove an hour every day to class. "I didn’t have...

Journalism students put Massachusetts’ Public Records Law to the test

Somerville City Hall. Photo by Asher Rappaport.

November 20, 2019

This story was reported by Northeastern University School of Journalism students Jordan Baron, Rhiya Bibby, Matt Hersey, Aidan McGovern, Nolan Piccola, Asher Rappaport, Calli Remillard, Ivy Saltsman, Naomi Silver, Elizabeth Torres and Amaya Williams. Northeastern journalism students recently visited n...

How public transport leaves riders in Roxbury stranded

Members of the Nubian Square Coalition will campaign next for the renaming of Dudley Square bus station. Photo by Eileen O'Grady.

November 11, 2019

  A window into one resident's daily commute Bill Tony, an older man who declined to give his age, was waiting for his bus home at Dudley Station on a cold, windy Sunday in March. He works near Hynes Convention Center and lives between Dudley and Field’s Corner, which means he takes multiple buses just to get to...

New non-profit law center provides lifeline for New England’s immigrant communities

Immigrants that arrived in Boston from 1920-1954 climbed these stairs after being processed in the East Boston Immigration Station. The stairs are located just down the street from the Golden Stairs Immigration law office. Photo by Avery Bleichfeld.

Avery Bleichfeld

September 12, 2019

By Avery Bleichfeld Matt Cameron sits on the floor of his office in East Boston Shipyard. One floor below him is a SCUBA shop and across the street is a modern art museum. But here, stacks of files teeter beneath the window. The floor is sprinkled with Ikea box sawdust. A partially-finished constru...

Developing for Diversity: Could these Roxbury apartments be the future of Boston housing?

Developers of a new Roxbury housing project took inspiration from the North End, where a diverse population has created a thriving neighborhood. Photo by Eileen O'Grady

Madelaine Millar

September 4, 2019

The North End shouldn’t work.  It breaks all the traditional rules of city planning. It’s very densely populated. There’s little to no green space. And for decades it could have been considered a slum.  Anyone who’s actually visited Boston's North End, though, knows that it’s a vibrant, energetic and healthy neighborhood. A ten-mi...

Jamaica Plain ballerino beat the odds to captivate Boston Ballet audiences

Corina Gill and Isaac Akiba in Leonid Yakobson's Rodin; photo by Rachel Neville Photography; courtesy of Boston Ballet

Paige Stern

August 28, 2019

Growing up, Isaac Akiba was a well rounded athletic machine. If he had chosen a typical path, he would have likely gone on to play high school football and to graduate with the rest of his peers.  But that never happened.  Instead, at nine years old, Akiba auditioned for the Boston Ballet’s Citydance ...

Meet the grassroots journalists weaving Boston’s civic fabric with storytelling

Young hands out Valentine’s Day cards to strangers in the Copley Place Mall. Young is a member of Everyday Boston.

August 22, 2019

By Michelle Faulkner and Sumya Mohiuddin  Valentine’s Day is a celebration filled with commercialized romance. But for some, it is a time to show appreciation to a deserving population: strangers.  On Feb. 14, 2019, Jamarri Young, a 17-year-old student at City on a Hill, passed out Valentine’s Day cards to pa...

Left out of democracy: the Americans who live without representation

Left out of democracy: the Americans who live without representation

May 2, 2019

Photo by Eileen O'Grady By Yuuki Nishida Harvard University sophomore Robert Jomar Malate finds it difficult to identify as an American, though he carries a U.S. passport It’s the same process every time he meets someone new: He is asked the question, “where are you from?” He opens Go...

With Boston’s Latino population on the rise, a 40-year-old nonprofit continues to boost women and girls

Photo courtesy of MUA's Facebook page

May 2, 2019

By Alexandra Diamond and Oliver Price One winter in the late 1970s, a group of volunteers from the non-profit WeCare spread out over the Greater Boston area to knock on doors and see if low-income families needed help weathering the cold. They discovered a significant number of Latina mothers s...

Teaching tomorrow’s tech leaders, one Boston girl at a time

Teaching tomorrow’s tech leaders, one Boston girl at a time

May 2, 2019

By Alyssa Lukpat, Ava Sasani and Joshua Stair On a recent Saturday, 12-year old Lily Castello ran up the stairs to the computer lab in Northeastern University's computer science building. Castello, a middle-school student from Roslindale, was ready and eager to participate in Northeastern’s Girls W...

Native American organization tackles education disparities in Boston

NAICOB hosted an artisan fair in September 2018 and brought in many Native artists from across Massachusetts to sell their items | Photos by Gloria Colon

Hannah Bernstein

April 4, 2019

By Hannah Bernstein & Jasmine Wu Facebook Twitter Google-plus Wordpress Gloria Colon always knew where her roots originated. She was a First Nation, from the Elsipogtog reservation in Canada’s New Brunswick province. But after spending her childhood in Boston’s f...

In Grove Hall, community center becomes home away from home

Photo by Joshua Qualls

Ysabelle Kempe

February 14, 2019

Photo by Joshua Qualls By Ysabelle Kempe An unforgiving gust of wind washed over the Grove Hall Senior Center, a simple brick building on a quiet street that runs along the border of Dorchester and Roxbury. Ayana Green, 23, one of two full-time employees, greeted several women who had been ...

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