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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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Welcome our new Director of Development

Please join is in welcoming Kathleen Ann Carney as our new director of development! She’ll be leading the expansion of our  fundraising efforts and started on March 16, 2015. Kathleen has a long – and successful – track record of developing fundraising strategies and connecting with the community, and we’re happy to have her join our team. We have
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Happy New Year!

Cambridge rings in the New Year, by Peter Paul Payack. First featured in the Cambridge Chronicle. Happy New Year! Peter Paul Payack welcomed the New Year to Cambridge with this cartoon featuring our building at 402 Rindge Avenue. It’s a positive reminder that these buildings are symbolic of the city and that we have high
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Celebrating Gordon Gottsche

Just-A-Start supporters pause to recognize founder’s contributions to Cambridge and beyond. It was a ‘who’s who’ of people who love Cambridge: state senators and representatives past and present, city councilors and school committee members, dignitaries from the city’s corporate and educational institutions, neighbors, and youth. All came together on Friday, Nov. 14th to recognize the
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JAS YOUTHBUILD AWARDED $1.1 MILLION GRANT

CAMBRIDGE – Just-A-Start, the Cambridge-based economic development agency focused on creating opportunity, strengthening community, and improving lives, has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant, spread over three years, will be used to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. “This provides a foundation of support
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