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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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Biogen Idec and Just-A-Start Announce Program To Help Unemployed Teens

CAMBRIDGE – Biogen Idec and Just-A-Start are collaborating on a program to address the problem of teenage unemployment during the summer in the Cambridge community. Biogen Idec has committed $18,000 to Just-A-Start to fund youth programming that will match a dozen teenagers between the age of 16 and 19 with job placements at local non-profit
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JAS YouthBuild

Program participants restore Temple grounds for a community garden and open space. Click here to read the article.
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Housing and Biomedical Careers Working Together

  Helen Ekeh, a resident at JAS’s 402 Rindge Avenue, wanted to challenge herself and dreamed of succeeding in a career that seemed so far away. She worked as a Residential Counselor in a group home and although she liked it, ultimately she didn’t feel challenged. She left to raise her son and although the
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Invest in JAS and Get a 50% Tax Credit

JAS is Cambridge’s only nonprofit selected for Community Investment Tax Credit program A donation to Just-A-Start (JAS) this year will have a bigger impact than ever to JAS and to your wallet. Just-A-Start is the only nonprofit in Cambridge selected for the Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program, a Massachusetts program administered by the Department
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