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全美首届华人公益及非营利组织创业论坛在洛杉矶举办

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全美首届华人公益及非营利组织创业论坛在洛杉矶举办

全美首届华人公益及非营利组织创业论坛在洛杉矶举办

全美首届华人公益及非营利组织创业论坛28日在洛杉矶举行,近三百位来自洛杉矶、加州和全美各地的华人公益及非营利机构、知名企业的代表出席了本次论坛。美国国会众议院外交事务委员会主席Ed Royce,加州财务长江俊辉、加州参议员Bob Huff,?加州众议员David Hadley,?核桃市华裔市长秦振国分别向论坛发来了贺信。他们肯定并鼓励华人积极参与和投入到社会公益事业活动和参与非营利组织。
论坛邀请在国际野生动物保护界享有盛名的华人、马拉野生动物保护协会创始人星巴两届奥运会拳击冠军、世界拳王邹市明,三届残奥会跳高冠军侯斌等嘉宾在论坛发表了主题演讲。
嘉宾们表示,野生动物保护刻不容缓,中国残疾人公益组织也日渐壮大,华人要注重塑造关注和热心公益的社会形象,希望华人非营利公益组织能在全美华人区更加壮大。
第一位全职在非洲从事野生动物保护的中国人星巴表示,中国民众目前的环保意识越来越高,但还处于起步阶段。已经有越来越多的人理解并参与保护生态队伍。他表示,保护自然是不分国界的,必须以全球视野来看待。中国作为一个发展中国家,
他认为公益是全世界不分国家和种族都认同的事情,华人应积极参与,并在自己的能力范围内用自己的专业和特长服务社区、人类和这个世界。而通过参与公益,也可以提高华人在国际社会中的形象。
奥运冠军邹市明在论坛中分享了自己携全家赴非洲参加野生动物保护的体会。他表示,作为公众人物,发挥自己的影响力,让民众了解野生动物保护所面临的困境,让更多人关心野生动物保护,投身环保,是他义不容辞的责任。能受邀参加论坛他非常高兴。
他表示,保护自然环境,保护生物多样性,是关系到全人类福祉的事情,所以必须引起重视。他讲到刚刚到非洲,当地人由于受到星巴的影响,可以听到非洲的孩子用贵州话跟他们交流,深切感受到爱真的是没有国界的。
侯斌九岁时因意外失去左腿,1996年在亚特兰大残奥会获得男子跳高金牌,并于20002004年两次卫冕,2008年残奥会,侯斌通过拉拽绳索攀爬方式,点燃了主火炬。他讲述了自己从残疾人工厂开始为自己设立目标,不懈努力,终于达成目标的过程。鼓励青年朋友,不要放弃心中的梦想。
2013年,他成立非营利组织“再站起来”,为贫困青少年以及残疾人运动员免费安装义肢。作为一名运动员,他得到过非常多的帮助,才能成就今天的成绩,因此他认为自己应该回馈社会。他也分享了从事公益活动和事业的体会和过程中的困难。
包括美国云南青年联合会、北美学生网、世界青年发展论坛、北美职通车、可道、美国贵州华侨联合会等机构的代表在论坛中分别介绍了各自的组织概括和宗旨。
全美中华青年联合会会长任向东讲述了公益和非营利组织的定义和作用;(Plusyoou)普创联合创始人史源LEAP职业发展论坛联合创始人何宇滔参加了由全美中华青年联合会理事长朱冰峰主持的联合访谈,分享非营利组织创业的心得和经验;马拉野保基金会学生志愿者刘涟莲(15岁)、任士辰(15岁)、胡凯琪(15岁)和刘桐汐(8岁)也上台讲述他(她)们在非洲的野保志愿者经历。
在美国推动、从事陆龟保护的何山在参加论坛后表示,这样的论坛太及时了,通过论坛认识了这么多志同道合的青年精英,也给了自己继续下去的动力。到现场表示对贵州籍同乡星巴和邹市明支持的美国贵州华侨联合会会长罗景、非营利组织北美职通车的刘方等表示,通过参加论坛,对于管理非营利组织、以及从事公益事业有许多“脑洞大开”的启发。
全美首届华人公益及非营利创业论坛是由PlusYoou普创、LEAP职业发展论坛、侨报、肯尼亚马拉野保基金会、美国栖息地守望者基金会、深圳守望自然野保发展研究中心、全美中华青年联合会以及再站起来公益项目等机构联合主办,集合了数十家机构联合发起的大型公益活动,旨在鼓励全球华人投身支持公益事业以提高华人国际形象,这是第一次在美国举办的由华人社团发起的立足公益创新的主题论坛(AACYF洛杉矶讯)

MIT鼓励文理并重 为郑洪新书"南京不哭"办接待会

MIT 教授,中央研究院院士,郑洪。(周菊子摄)
? ? ??(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿综合报导)跨入2017,就是南京大屠杀80周年了。尽管联合国教科文组织在2015年已把中国申报的南京大屠杀档案,列入世界记忆名录,日本却迄今从未就此向中国正式道歉。促使麻省理工学院教授郑洪以英文写作南京不哭(Nanjing Never Cries)”一书的原因,如今依然在。
????? 1227日,日本首相安倍晋三在美国总统奥巴马陪同下访问珍珠港,悼念在日本偷袭珍珠港时大约2300名的美军死难者,但70多年来,日本却从未到南京,或当年满州国的东北去悼念更无辜,遭遇更惨的中国百姓,实在让中国人情何以堪。
????? 签书留言时常写一句书成国恨心犹烈的郑洪,每提起南京,心头就涌起万般滋味。他希望有一天,有人能把南京不哭这本小说,和其他的相关题材,资料揉合起来,拍一部像辛德勒名单那麽有震撼力的电影,更广泛的让西方世界知道,有2030万的中国百姓是那麽无辜,悲惨的受害者,日本绝不是不少美国人认定的二次世界大战受害者。
"南京不哭",英文版第一刷,一天之内售罄。
中文版订2016年12月13日由中国艺林出版社发行。
????? 祖籍广东省茂名县的郑洪是19376月出生的。几十天後,卢沟桥事变,中日开战,他跟随家人逃难,飞机来时要拼命跑,没被机关枪扫中,就赶紧躲进防空洞。轰炸结束後走出来,只见乱窜火苗,处处硝烟,遍地焦屍,悲切的哭声不断传来。
????? 这经验深埋在他心中,让他一直有着有朝一日要写本书,描述这段岁月的心愿。抗日胜利後,他随家人迁居香港,1949转澳门,然後到台湾,进建国中学,台湾大学,赴美深造,并成为麻省理工学院教授。
????? 真正促使郑洪提笔的导火线,是1995415日那天,两名同事突然跟他说,有个专题研讨会在扭曲历史,他最好去听听。那是在MIT一座大楼的9105室,3名白人,1名日本人的4个讲者,向2300名听众说日本在二次世界大战中为了保卫自己的特有文化,抵抗西方侵略,受伤最重,苦难最多,如果不是因为某些因素,事件,美国也许不会把原子弹在广岛,长崎。
????? 郑洪当天在会场上发言,却被当成空气。他说事後从不少年轻人那儿知道,原来美国有许多中小学的历史课就是这麽教的,认为两颗原子弹,使得日本成为二次世界大战的最大受害者。他事後投书MIT校报,文稿竟被删了一大半。
????? 郑洪心里很不平衡,为美国言论的其实并不自由,为中国的无辜受日本战火侵袭,为2030万平民百姓被日本残暴屠杀遭遇,感到极度不公平。
????? 那年的教授休假期,他到南京住了3个月,亲自走访了两名南京大屠杀受害者,常志强,姜根福,参观南京大屠杀博物馆,蒐集了许多资料。
????? 郑洪说自己选择以小说的形式,还要用自己并不擅长的英语来处理南京大屠杀这题材,主要是希能引起更多人关注南京大屠杀这段历史,还没有得到公正对待的事实,让西方人知道,在东方中国,日本曾做出比希特勒对犹太人还残暴的行为,而且规模之大,远不成比例。
????? 他知道市面上已经有张纯如等人出版的南京大屠杀书籍,也有以南京大屠杀为题材的电影,但是别说西方人,就连中国人自己,恐怕也还有很多人不清楚。他希望这本书能促使西方社会知道这段历史,让哪些无辜牺牲的人得到公平对待。
????? 郑洪的努力,得到很多人的帮助。他的邻居爱丽霞(Alexa Fleckenstein)每星期二下午和他一起修改稿建的英文,前後十年,稿件大修不下10次之多。MIT出版社负责人Ellen Faran原本回覆是麻省理工从来不出版小说,但二个月,把书看过两遍後,她决定以MIT前任校长姓名,成立了Killian Press这个部门,来出版英文版的南京不哭
????? 中国大陆凤凰传媒集团下的译林出版社也已於1213日,中国大陆第三届「南京大屠杀死难者国家公祭日」这天,发行中文版。
??????????? 现在就看有没有人来拍一部南京不哭电影,提醒世人,南京大屠杀中的廿,三十万冤民,正义待伸。



右起,教育组秘书黄玮婷,麻省理工学院理学院院长Michael Sipser,经文处教育组组长黄薳玉,郑洪,李小玉医师夫妇。






Thursday, September 29, 2016

全美亚太裔耆英中心访倍投方案图片顿听民意

全美亚太裔耆英中心举办的聆听之旅,逾百人出席。
(Boston Orange 周菊子倍投方案图片顿报导)全美亚太裔耆英中心(National Asian Pacific Center on Aging)(929)日早上在纽英仑中华公所礼堂,举办聆听之旅,邀请说中文,韩文,越南文等不同亚裔语言耆英出席,和联邦政府社会服务部门官员当面晤谈。
右起,林良华,安丰贵,陈建立, Roberto Medina,Raymond Hurd
,梅伍银宽,陈家骅,证券及交易局代表等在会末合影。(周菊子摄)
全美亚太裔耆英中心执行长林良华(Wesley Lum)表示,美国现在每天都有大约10,000人年龄达到65岁,未来15年,大概也都这样。到2040年时,几乎每4个美国居民中,就有165岁或年纪更大,美国历史将第一次出现老年人比15岁以下年轻人还多的情况。
目前住在美国的亚裔耆英约有160万人,约等於全美人口的4%,占亚裔人口的9%。到2040年十,在倍投方案图片顿的亚裔耆英人数,估计会增长52%
陈建立(右一)向出席者报告,自己刚接任中华其应会董事长。(周菊子摄)
为进一步了解亚裔耆英的需要,全美亚太裔中心和白宫亚太裔太平洋岛民计画(WHIAPPI)合作,举办聆听之旅",巡回六个城市,请耆英把需要,以及所面对的挑战,障碍整理出来,排列优先顺序,再汇整成一份报告,做为未来修订措施参考。
在麻州及倍投方案图片顿市府老人局代表,局长出席致意後,出席耆英们分别就访问服务,社会福利,看护,文化及语言,老年痴呆症,财务与经济保障,医疗保险/处方药,住屋,移民,行动独立,免遭诈欺的安全性,交通等各议题做进一步讨论。
安丰贵(右一)分享经验。
联邦政府平等就业机会局的安丰贵,社会安全局的区域传播主任Roberto Medina,医疗护理及医疗补助服务中心(CMS)区域长Raymond Hurd,以及证券交易局代表等人应邀出席,现场回答耆英们的提问。
安丰贵以他个人的成长经验指出,尽管美国是个很民主的法治国家,仍然不时传出少数族裔遭遇歧视,被人欺负的事情。该局每年接到的抱怨个案都逾万宗。该局因此积极深入社区,希望民众知道,遇状况时,有地方求助。
梅丽梨为耆英做翻译。
社安局的Roberto Medina透露,人们最常问自己甚麽时候可以退休",但这得看各人的年龄,收入,工作年期等等,实在是个见仁见智的问题。一般来说,只要工作满十年,就有资格从62岁起退休,申请领取社会安全金。但是每个人每月可领多少社会安全金,是要以工作35年为基准来计算的,能拿到多少,还要看是几岁时申请退休。如果是在62岁时退休,可领结算金额的75%,若66岁再退休,可领100%,若是等到70岁以後才退休,更可以领到132%
会场摆放的相关资料。
CMSRaymond Hurd,他被问到最多的问题是,医疗保险分ABCD四类,到底各有甚麽不同。他指出,A类保民众去医院,ㄖ类保看医生。C类及D类则是用於购买处方药等的医疗保险。他建议麻州居民和Shine这服务机构接洽,以更便捷地找出最适合自己的医疗保险计画。





倍投方案图片顿华埠社区办筹款会 提前为波市长竞选连任打气 (图片)

倍投方案图片顿华埠侨领陈毓礼(右四)为倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Marty Walsh)(左三)
办筹款会。右起,陈文珊,梅丽梨,梅伍银宽,粱国忠等人。(周菊子摄)

纽英仑中华公所主席陈家骅为筹款会担任司仪。
陈郁璇(左起)邀倍投方案图片顿国民党常委张韵兰,前任常委王竞芳,以及陈台荣等人和倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊合影。

部分出席者。

陈毓礼(立者)。


倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(左二起)和华埠侨领陈毓礼,以及善单凤琴,
陈家骅,陈文栋(左一),陈文珊(後左),邝剑峰(後右)等人合影。

後左起,京川园,新金门,五味七品,乐嚐轩,五味七品等餐厅东主,
都支持陈毓璇(前左起),陈毓礼,陈家骅等人主办的筹款餐会。

倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(左)高兴的和倍投方案图片顿消防局副局长黄瑞瑜,侨领
陈毓礼合影。

倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(中)笑说,中华耆英会握有那麽多选票,
当然要对该会两名重要人物,梅伍银宽(右),梅丽梨(左)好一点。

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT for Asian Health Initiative

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
Asian Health Initiative
Request for Proposals (RFP)

Tufts Medical Center is seeking innovative programs to promote the health of Boston’s Chinatown and Asian community.? The priority health issue to be addressed in a new three year funding cycle for the Asian Health Initiative (AHI) is reducing cigarette smoking, and its related health consequences such as lung cancer, and exacerbation of other chronic illnesses.

Grants will be awarded to individual organizations for up to $50,000 per year, for up to three years. Examples of initiatives may include, but are not limited to clinical and nonclinical ?outreach, education, prevention efforts, referrals to medical services, smoking cessation programs, and/or support groups.

The submission deadline for proposals is?November 1, 2016.? For a copy of the RFP or more information about the Asian Health Initiative, please visit?www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/commhealth.

Potential applicants are invited to attend a bidders’ conference to learn more about the RFP and consult with experts on?October 11 at 3PM?in Proger Room A, Tufts Medical Center. Should you have any questions regarding the RFP, please call the Office of Community Health Improvement Programs at (617) 636-1626.

IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 ANNOUNCES FINALIZED SUGGESTED READING LIST TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN THE CONVERSATION ON BOSTON'S FUTURE

IMAGINE BOSTON 2030 ANNOUNCES FINALIZED SUGGESTED READING LIST TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN THE CONVERSATION ON BOSTON'S FUTURE
Final reading list incorporates community feedback, adds five additional titles to broaden conversation on Boston's future

Imagine Boston 2030 bookmarks are available at Boston Public Library locations.



BOSTON - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - As part of Imagine Boston 2030's community engagement process, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced Imagine Boston 2030's finalized suggested reading list, adding to the?original list?released in August. Members of the community voted on five additional books to complete both the adult and youth titles on the list. The Imagine Boston reading list offers residents the opportunity to learn more about the background on some of the history and concepts that are helping to inform conversations about the future of our city.

The texts were chosen by members of the Mayor's team, and selected for their historical analyses and their relation to Boston. The five additional titles include:

Adult Reading List
  • "The Last Hurrah" by Edwin O'Connor
  • "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino
  • "Don't Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston's Barrios" by Ken Tangvik
Youth (Ages 3+) Reading List
  • "Bus Route to Boston" by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • "From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers: Architecture for Children" by Christine Paxmann
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"This engagement initiative received great input from the community and has started an important conversation - one focused on how can we learn from our past to create a better Boston for the future," said Mayor Walsh. "This finalized reading list represents a wide range of issues and stories that are relevant to all Bostonians, and together we can use these books as tools in our efforts to make Boston the best it can be in 2030."

After the release of the initial list, Boston residents of all ages were asked to vote on the final books to complete the adult and youth selection. Members of the community responded and voted on a finalized list that includes urban histories of cities like Boston, as well as explorations of concepts and theories that shape modern cities.

The goal of this initiative is to utilize this shared reading experience to develop a broader discussion with the community on the task of building a more equitable and inclusive Boston by 2030. The final Imagine Boston 2030 Reading List is below, with the new additions in bold:

Adult Reading List?
  • "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond
  • ?"The Death and Life of Great American Cities" by Jane Jacobs
  • "Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development" by Mel King
  • "The Given Day" by Dennis Lehane
  • "Common Ground" by J. Anthony Lukas
  • "All Souls: A Family Story From Southie" by Michael Patrick MacDonald
  • "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro
  • ?"Karma and Other Stories" by Rishi Reddi
  • ?"The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong" by Judith Rodin
  • ?"Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio" by Mario Luis Small
  • ?"Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" by Jeff Speck
  • "The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future" by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • "The Last Hurrah" by Edwin O'Connor
  • "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino
  • "Don't Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston's Barrios" by Ken Tangvik
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Youth(Ages 3+) Reading List
  • "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing" by M. T. Anderson
  • "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau
  • "Pennies for Elephants" by Lita Judge
  • "What's the Big Idea? Four Centuries of Innovation in Boston" by Stephen Krensky
  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagine" by Steve McDonald
  • "Beneath the Streets of Boston" by Joe McKendry
  • "On the Loose in Boston (Find the Animals)" by Sage Stossel
  • "Bus Route to Boston" by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • "From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers: Architecture for Children" by Christine Paxmann
Imagine Boston 2030 has also asked community leaders to participate in this initiative, and many of them have been encouraged to submit blog entries discussing the readings. Each blog entry will highlight one book's relation to Boston and its ability to add value to the planning process. These blog postings will be coming soon and will be posted on Imagine Boston 2030'swebsite.

Earlier this week, Mayor Walsh?announced?the launch of Imagine Boston 2030's new engagement team, who will visit community events in Boston neighborhoods to seek feedback from residents on refined strategies for guiding equitable growth through 2030.

The Mayor's Office has partnered with the Boston Public Library to make the entire Imagine Boston reading list available to Boston residents. Residents are encouraged to stop by their nearest?local branch?to access these titles and pick up a bookmark.

"Boston is a literary City and we hope that with this list, residents will not only read the books, but be encouraged to have conversations about the topics and ideas in the books, how they compare to Boston today, and how we, as a community can envision Boston in the future," said Natalia Urtubey, Director of Engagement for Imagine Boston 2030. "We hope that this list will serve as a tool to guide community conversations around the future of Boston, and energize people to participate in upcoming engagement activities."

About Imagine Boston 2030
Imagine Boston?seeks to knit together citywide planning efforts, public engagement and feedback, and City priorities to guide our city into 2030. A citywide plan will serve to implement the ideas set forth and to offer additional ideas for the physical and economic development of Boston. Just as importantly, Imagine Boston 2030 will help Boston's citizens articulate a shared vision for equitable prosperity, innovation, education, health, equity and arts and culture.

Residents are encouraged to share their ideas and connect with Imagine Boston 2030 on??Twitter,Facebook?and?Instagram?using?#ImagineBoston?and#IB2030bookworm.

Boston Public Schools Debut Interactive Model for Math Education, Launches Partnership with New Classrooms

Boston Public Schools Debut Interactive Model for Math Education, Launches Partnership with New Classrooms
Tech Boston Academy in Dorchester Pilots New Program, Supports District-Wide Plan to Personalize Learning
BOSTON, MA - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang today joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill to announce a partnership with New Classrooms, a national nonprofit on a mission to personalize education by redesigning how a classroom works. New Classrooms brought its first school-based learning model, Teach to One: Math (TTO), to TechBoston Academy in Dorchester. ?

"Congratulations to Boston Public Schools' TechBoston Academy and New Classrooms on the formation of this new partnership," said Mayor Walsh. "Our top priority is to meet the diverse needs of every single student throughout our public schools. New Classrooms will be an innovative partner in this mission, and I look forward to students at TechBoston Academy benefiting from this personalized partnership model."

This year, Tech Boston Academy's 360 middle school students are receiving customized daily schedules, curriculum and learning experiences to meet their individual math needs through the learning model.

"The School Committee is appreciative of the outstanding partners of the Boston Public Schools," said Chairperson Michael O'Neill. "Math can be extremely challenging, and this unique, personalized learning model will ensure that each student is well prepared."

The adoption of TTO is part of a district-wide effort to personalize learning after teachers noticed students were entering middle school with different foundational math skills. Teachers faced the challenge of providing students with varying lessons, learning approaches and timelines so they could learn additional skills while also moving forward through the curriculum.

"To set our students up for future success, we needed to empower our teachers with the tools to make personalizing math a reality," said Superintendent Chang. "With Teach to One, our teachers have more collaboration time while students are engaging in challenging lessons that meet them at their level of understanding."

TTO provides teachers with a curated bank of high-quality learning resources that match students' skill levels and address knowledge gaps. It assigns each student to one of nine instructional approaches, called modalities, daily based on the previous day's assessment. The model was found to deliver 1.5 years of learning in a school year.

"Boston Public Schools is joining the many districts and schools around the country who see personalized learning as key to student acceleration," said New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose. "We're privileged to be working with and learning alongside Boston Public Schools to best support their unique school community at TechBoston Academy."

This new model of personalization helps solve an important problem: almost two-thirds of U.S. eighth graders are off track in math when they enter high school.These students have a less than 20 percent chance of graduating high school ready for college. In the 2015-16 school year, 24 out of the 25 schools using TTO saw academic gains above the national average. In Boston, TTO's implementation is being funded by Boston Public Schools with support from the Barr Foundation and Strategic Grant Partners.

"Teach to One reimagines the traditional classroom to create a more personalized approach to math instruction," said Leah Hamilton, Director of Education for the Barr Foundation. "When each child's experience is tailored to their unique academic needs and ways of learning, the results are remarkable. We are pleased to be able to help TTO bring its proven model to new schools in Massachusetts and New England, including Tech Boston Academy."

TREASURER DEB GOLDBERG ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM IN WESTERN MASSACHUS

TREASURER DEB GOLDBERG ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Pilot Initiative to Take Place in the Town of Monson

MONSON, MA?– State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, in collaboration with Monson Savings Bank, announced today a new college savings initiative. Expanding on the successful launch of the Worcester program just 40 miles northwest, $eedMA Monson looks to enroll the 2016-2017 class of kindergartners with 529 College Savings Accounts through Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA).
“I am thrilled to see this important work expand to more communities across the Commonwealth,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “Access to an affordable higher education is critical to ensuring the economic stability of Massachusetts families.”
$eedMA Monson will be available to all kindergarteners enrolled in Monson Public Schools. Each child will receive a commitment of $50 through Monson Savings Bank to cultivate a 529 college savings account at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
“MEFA is pleased to be a partner in this initiative with Treasurer Goldberg, her team, and the town of Monson,” said Tom Graf, Executive Director of MEFA. “It is exciting to work with Monson families on creating a plan for saving for college.”
“I am thrilled that Monson Savings Bank has stepped forward to support this unique and vitally important initiative which will pay off huge dividends for the kindergarten students and families of Monson,” said Robert Bardwell, Director of School Counseling, Monson Public Schools. “$eedMA Monson gives our students a chance to save for college which will no doubt advantage them when they are ready to seek further education and training after high school. And to think Monson is only the second pilot in the state is exciting and a tremendous opportunity for our community.”
$eedMA Monson aims to increase the percentage of children saving for higher education by delivering high-quality financial education programming to students and their families, building a culture centered around saving for the future and employing prudent budget management. These accounts have been proven to boost postsecondary enrollment and graduation rates, which will result in higher paying jobs. Parents and families will receive more information about $eedMA Monson in the upcoming months through informational sessions administered by the Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment.
“Monson Savings Bank is very pleased to be a part of this initiative and to be able to offer this opportunity to our Monson students. We are also proud to be the 2nd?community in the state of MA to be participating in this program. We look forward to working with Quarry Hill Elementary School and eventually offering this pilot program to other school districts in our business area,” said Steve Lowell, President and CEO of Monson Savings Bank.

Treasurer Goldberg created the Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE), led by a deputy treasurer, with the deliberate goal of implementing a range of economic empowerment initiatives, including closing the gender wage gap, increasing access to financial education, improving college affordability, and investing in STEM careers and education.