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Biogen Awards $20,000 grant to JAS TeenWork Program

Biogen, one of Just-A-Start’s longtime community partners, this year awarded the JAS TeenWork program with a $20,000 grant. The sponsorship provides Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students access to summer employment opportunities they would not have otherwise. “It’s a tremendous show of support to our program,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of Just-A-Start. “More importantly,
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JAS Biomedical Careers Program On The Move – Literally!

On June 19th, the JAS Biomedical Careers Program made the “big” move from its Charlestown residence to the main JAS campus at 1035 Cambridge Street in Cambridge. “We’re thrilled about this move,” Ms. O’Donnell said. “In relocating its classroom and offices, the Biomed Careers Program will benefit from integrating with services and staff support in
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JAS Spotlight: The Renovation of Bishop Allen Apartments

This fall, Just-A-Start will celebrate the completion of a $16 million development that has already drawn praise from city officials and neighborhood groups alike for not only preserving affordable housing in Cambridge, but preserving a small piece of Cantabridgian history. Located in the Central Square neighborhood, at the intersection of Bishop Allen Drive and Norfolk
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Peter R. Munkenbeck Elected Chair of Just-A-Start Board of Directors

Just-A-Start has elected Peter R. Munkenbeck of Cambridge as chairman of the non-profit community development corporation’s board of directors. Mr. Munkenbeck, who has been on the board for five years, replaces John Henn, who had served as board chair since 2005. “It is an honor to serve in this role for Just-A-Start at this time
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2015 Biomedical Graduation

  In the heart of Kendall Square – often referred to as the most innovative square mile in the world – Just-A-Start celebrated with the community the success of one of its more innovate initiatives: the 23rd Commencement of its Biomedical Careers Program. Learn more about the Biomedical Careers Program here.
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Biomedical Careers Program Success Story: Shawn Fitzpatrick

In the 16 years since Shawn Fitzpatrick graduated from the JAS Biomedical Careers program, he’s gone from being an entry-level technician to the Associate Director of Manufacturing at Shire, a biotechnology company that develops and provides healthcare in the areas of behavioral health, gastrointestinal conditions, rare diseases, and regenerative medicine. As Shawn put it, “I’m
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JAS Biomed Grads Celebrate Success

CHARLESTOWN – With big bright smiles and an air of confidence that comes with earning a degree, newly-minted graduates of the JAS Biomedical Careers program celebrated on Tuesday morning the first step toward a successful life. “With job offers, internships, and interviews lining up for you, doors are beginning to open for you,” said Deborah
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Van Spanos leaving Cambridge better than she found it

After 45 years of community building, Spanos retiring from Just-A-Start CAMBRIDGE – For Evangeline “Van” Spanos, it has always been about building community. Ms. Spanos, who began working at Just-A-Start in 1969 as the community organization officer for the Wellington Harrington Neighborhood Renewal Program, said helping people achieve their dreams through education, training, and employment
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