By Scarlett Wu
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) held an opening ceremony for its new Quincy location at 275 Hancock Street on July 15. About 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.
Speakers included Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, Quincy Councilor-at-large Michael McFarland, Selina Chow, board president of BCNC and Giles Li, executive director of BCNC. District Representative Katherine Shea presented BCNC with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, on behalf of Congressman Stephen Lynch.
Headquartered in Boston’s Chinatown, BCNC has been expanding its impact on the Asian community since its formation in 1969. The new location in Quincy is part of a strategic plan, which will provide adult education, youth and family service programs to serve the community.
Li said, “We opened our Quincy office on April 1, but we have been offering services in the Quincy community for almost two years to great response. Our Quincy-based adult education program ranked third in the entire state last year, and our youth program attracted more than 40 middle and high school students to engage in leadership development, academic activities, and community service. We have been engaging with our partners and constituents in Quincy, and learning how to be a supportive member of this community. Soon, BCNC will increase offerings to support more families.”
In 2012, BCNC received a five-year contract with the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to launch an adult education program in Quincy. This program currently serves more than 60 ESOL students. BCNC Quincy’s Youth Center serves more than 40 students, offering homework tutoring, enrichment activities and leadership programs, focusing on communication and critical thinking. BCNC also serves more than 15 families through its Family Service Program.
BCNC volunteer William Zhang said, “(BCNC) is a supportive program that helps immigrants, because they don’t know how to speak English. They don’t know what kind of society they are living in.”
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