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Two Boston-based programs receive national recognition at the White House

Evelyn Francis (left), Traeshayona "Trae" Weekes, and Michelle Obama at the White House.
Evelyn Francis (left), Traeshayona "Trae" Weekes, and Michelle Obama at the White House.

Two Boston-based initiatives — the Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción youth development program and True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive — were honored with the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on Tuesday. IBA’s Youth Development Program prepares low-income young people for college and careers, and True Colors bills itself as the largest and longest-running lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth theater program in the country. Representatives from each organization — including Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado; IBA youth participant Noemi Negron; Abe Rybeck, the executive artistic director and founder of The Theater Offensive; Evelyn Francis, The Theater Offensive’s director of programs; and True Colors participants Niccole Williams and Traeshayona “Trae” Weekes — traveled to Washington to accept the award from first lady Michelle Obama at the White House.