Asian American Civic Association
The Asian American Civic Association (AACA), operating since 1967, provides limited English speaking and economically disadvantaged people with education, occupational training and social services enabling them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency.
AACA has five major components:
- The Workforce Development Center is recognized as one of Boston’s leaders in vocational training for adults. The agency operates three training programs: office skills, facilities maintenance and automotive repair; workplace education; and job readiness workshops.
- The Education Center offers basic English classes for speakers of other languages; intermediate English classes to help students prepare for college or enter skills training;evening ESOL; distance learning, and Mandarin and acculturation classes for business people.
- The Multi-Service Center provides assistance with immigration, housing, health insurance and primary care, food stamps, social security, home heating oil, income tax preparation, translation and interpretation, college application and financial aid forms, and information/referral.
- The biweekly newspaper, Sampan, provides news about community concerns and development, health, arts and entertainment to the greater Boston Asian community.
- The Youth Initiative is developing young leaders for civic engagement, leadership roles, community research action, and personal growth and transformation.