We are thrilled to announce that Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), and the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) are joining together to support economic opportunity for Boston area low-income workers, immigrants and others with obstacles to economic success. By combining BCAE and JVS, the legacy, Board talent, and resources of BCAE will enable JVS to expand its capacity to provide high-quality, innovative adult education, training and employment services to thousands of Massachusetts’ residents well into the future. At a time when economic and racial inequities are painfully evident to all, this partnership of two venerable Boston organizations brings light and hope to a challenging landscape.
BCAE will build on its 86-year-old community adult education legacy of offering opportunities for adults to develop professional skills and pursue leisure time interests by aligning its resources with JVS. BCAE’s Board of Directors wishes to repurpose its experience and assets to continue to make a meaningful impact on the careers and work-based futures of Greater Boston residents who have faced barriers to such opportunities. As it has from its inception, BCAE is committed to adapting its community “contributions” to the needs of current times, building on its considerable legacy to the Boston community.
Founded in 1938, JVS is among the oldest and largest providers of adult education, vocational skills training, and employment services in Greater Boston. It serves a diverse clientele representing over 90 nations, and speaking 50 languages, and it assists people in securing financial independence through educational and employment services. JVS has a reputation for continuous innovation, building person-centered and performance-based models to improve outcomes and increase programmatic effectiveness.
In reflecting on their respective histories and missions, JVS and BCAE leadership have come to believe that the combination of their resources and interests would be instrumental in “moving the needle,” propelling JVS programming and participants to the next generation of economic opportunities. Through this combination, both Boards believe that their missions will be enhanced, leveraging program advancement and successful participant outcomes in important and impactful ways.
This combination will create the JVS board restricted BOOST Fund under the JVS Opportunity Fund umbrella. Starting with approximately $3M, the BOOST Fund will support innovative programs that may be underfunded or can create or leverage new opportunities. As such, it will be used to enhance existing JVS programs, to “seed” new training models, to innovate educational/vocational practice, to serve new communities, and to assist in times of extraordinary community need.
In addition to establishing the BOOST fund, this partnership allows planning to begin for creating a new, state-of-the art adult education and training center BCAE’s home at 122 Arlington Street. Located near public transportation in the heart of the Bay Village, this facility could serve as the home of new technology, innovative labs, and programming that reflects the growing industries and occupations in Boston that need to be opened up to a more diverse and economically challenged workforce.
We are very excited about this important step towards the future and invite you to be part of it. For more information about the JVS/BCAE combination, go to www.jvs-boston.org/JVS-BCAE. For more information about the BOOST Fund and other opportunities to support and enhance this exciting undertaking, please feel free to reach out to Jonathan Nierman, Chief Development Officer at JNierman@jvs-boston.org.
Jane R. Matlaw, Chair, JVS
Dean Hara, Chair, BCAE