On December 3, 2012, Cathay Bank Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. (BCNC) to promote the academic performance of immigrant youth. This grant will support the Chinese Immigrant Student Leadership Program, partnership with BCNC and Charlestown High School. BCNC’s youth program includes English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) classes, homework help, college access support, educational and vocational counseling, and preparation classes for the standardized tests for high school graduation. The program serves over 180 youth a year. The majority of the youth program participants are recent immigrants from China and Hong Kong.
The seventh We Are Boston Gala took place Dec. 4 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, celebrating diversity and new immigrants. More than 1,000 people attended the gala, featuring ethnic dishes, cultural performances and an awards ceremony.