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From the very beginnings
of La Alianza Hispana (LAH), organizers identified education as
an important component of LAH’s mission, having perceived
that the unique educational needs of the Latino community were not
being met in Boston. Originally, LAH's education program focused
on adults, but in recent years an alternative program for out-of-school
teens was developed as well. Both curricula helped clients advance
in their education, while also developing skills necessary for everyday
life. In contrast, the educational opportunities offered by Inquilinos
Boricuas en Accíon (IBA) were always geared towards youth.
IBA’s Cacique Youth program is comprised of several projects,
including a "Teen Empowerment" program. Additionally,
IBA runs Esquelita Boriken, which provides year-round, educational
day care to children under age six.