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GIVING IMMIGRANTS A
VOICE SINCE 1992

THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER, INC. (ILC) OF MALDEN, MA,
IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT GIVES IMMIGRANTS A VOICE IN THREE WAYS.

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members.

THE PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE

informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.

THE INSTITUTE FOR IMMIGRATION RESEARCH

a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

 

The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepeneur Awards

The seventh annual ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards will be held May 3, 2018, at the Royal Sonesta Boston. Nominations will be accepted starting in mid-January.

News & Events

Jan. 30, 2018
The ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy is speaking at the opening reception for The Baystate: A Multicultural Landscape exhibit at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA.

Feb. 1, 2018
Making Facts Matter: Immigrants, the Economy and Words that Work, a new webinar from The ILC Public Education Institute.

March 27, 2018
The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed will present “Taking Back the Narrative” at COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) Conference 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jan. 15, 2018
From our blog: Most Valuable Players

Eighty-five percent of the highest-valued, venture-backed companies in Massachusetts have an immigrant founder. Coincidence? We think not. …

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What makes us unique?

There is no place on Earth quite like The Immigrant Learning Center. Our combination of well-resourced, award-winning direct services to immigrants and refugees with research and education for the American public on immigration issues is a rare combination that gives us a truly unique perspective. The ILC is:

Public and Private

We receive 80 percent of our funds from the private sector and only 20 percent from government agencies. This unusually high percentage of private funding gives us the flexibility to innovate and respond rapidly to changing needs.

Intense

We offer English classes five days a week. That’s up to 15 hours a week of instruction, very rare for a free program. This intensive schedule accelerates learning and shortens the time it takes our students to reach their goals.

Published

Our book, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, brings insight to today’s immigration issues by examining the history of 11 different ethnic groups. Now in its second printing, the book is available for sale on Amazon. Don’t forget to start at smile.amazon.com.

Theatrical

The ILC Theater Class offers high-level students a chance to improve their English skills by writing and performing plays about their experiences. This unique approach gives them a boost of confidence and public speaking skills.

Local and National

By helping immigrants to Greater Boston learn English, we help them pursue their dreams, and the impact is felt throughout the region. On a national level, Americans learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and curated database of Immigration Research and Information, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.

Collaborative

Collaboration is the key to doing more with less. The Public Education Institute’s webinars are presented by experts in a variety of fields from across the country. The English Language Program partners with job placement, training and educational institutions to help our students reach their goals. Both programs offer their expertise to help others in the field give immigrants a voice.

Entrepreneurial

From the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to the annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, The ILC Public Education Institute has amassed compelling evidence of immigrants’ contributions as entrepreneurs, and it’s curated for easy access on our Immigrant Entrepreneurship page. The ILC’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship class helps budding entrepreneurs who want to improve their English while learning about starting a business

Customized

The ILC’s Literacy Program gives hope to students who struggle in traditional English classes. Students who have low or no literacy in their native language, or who have related learning challenges, receive individualized attention from teachers and trained volunteers. The Literacy Program serves as a model, and we are frequently asked to share our expertise with other programs throughout the region.

Impact Stories

SADDIQA

Saddiqa left Afghanistan after her husband was killed by the Taliban. After living for a while with her brother in Pakistan, she and her children came to the United States…

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ABDONY

On January 12, 2010, Abdony returned to Port au Prince, Haiti, after visiting his wife and daughter in Boston. At 4:53 p.m. that day, a huge earthquake struck Haiti…

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MARIA

When Maria’s children became adults living on their own, she decided to start a new life in the U.S…

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