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GIVING IMMIGRANTS A
VOICE SINCE 1992

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

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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

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

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THE PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTE

informs Americans about immigrants and immigration in the United States.

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THE INSTITUTE FOR IMMIGRATION RESEARCH

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

Most of The ILC’s classes have returned to being in-person as of September 2021. The ILC is working to protect the community from COVID-19, including requiring vaccinations and masks.

For more information please call (781) 322-9777 during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Listen to The ILC’s Podcast on Immigrant Entrepreneurs!

The Immigrant Learning Center has partnered with Pioneer Institute to create JobMakers, a podcast highlighting risk-taking immigrants who create new products, services and jobs in New England and across the United States.

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December 8, 2:00-3:00 PM

Webinar: Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join The ILC for the webinar Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Wednesday, December 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. This webinar will explore The ILC’s new research report on the unique challenges and extraordinary contributions of immigrant workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Register now!

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Research Initiative: Immigrant Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The ILC Public Education Institute is publishing a research report on immigrant workers in essential industries during the COVID-19 crisis. The report will cover both the enormous obstacles these workers have faced and the exceptional contributions that they have made. You can subscribe to receive updates on this vital topic.

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Immigration Explainer: What can Massachusetts expect from Afghan evacuees?

Of the nearly 100,000 Afghan evacuees that the government plans to resettle, around 900 will soon be resettled in Massachusetts. Who are they, where will they go, who will help them and what does their future look like? Our new “Immigration Explainer” answers the big questions.

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Supporting Unaccompanied Minors in the Classroom

Rates of unaccompanied minors crossing the border have increased. These young migrants have unique strengths, challenges and needs that are distinct from immigrant children as a whole. Read The ILC’s blog post to discover how teachers can support them.

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Fall 2021

Impact Update newsletter

Read about The ILC students returning to the classroom, our book club for English language learners, our new educational resources for and about immigrants, our citizenship class and more.

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October 27, 2021

Newsletter: Your support gives freedom to immigrants like Muna

Muna knows exactly what she likes best about becoming an American citizen. “The freedom,” she says. “I love this country very much.”

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Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Hamdi Ulukaya

Meet Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, the latest member of our Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. His sense of social responsibility has set him apart as a CEO, with 10 percent of Chobani profits and $2 million of his own money going to philanthropic causes.

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How Immigration Has Enriched American Holidays and Traditions

Immigrants have brought many diverse traditions from around the world that have shaped American holidays. Read The ILC’s blog post to discover how immigration has impacted Easter, Halloween, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.

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Nine Famous Asian and Pacific Islander Immigrants

Immigrants from Asia and Pacific Islands have made extraordinary contributions to the United States. Meet nine of them, including an Olympic athlete, an HIV/AIDS activist, a U.S. senator, a world-famous cellist and an astronaut!

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Best 50 Books About Immigrants and Immigration for All Ages

Looking for a good book about the immigrant experience? We’ve got 50 great options that are by and about immigrants, including picture books, elementary and middle grade books, young adult books and books for adults.

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Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide

The ILC has created a free curriculum and learning guide based on Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern, a nonfiction graphic novel following the Aldabaans, a family of Syrian refugees. The curriculum is suitable for English or social studies classes in grades seven to 11.

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What makes us unique?

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

Public and Private

We receive 75 percent of our funds from the private sector and only 25 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.

Local

To date, we have helped more than 10,500 immigrant and refugee adults living in 94 communities across Massachusetts. By helping them learn English, we help them pursue their dreams. The impact is felt throughout the region by their families, employers, customers, neighbors and more.

National

Americans from coast to coast learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and our Immigration Research Library, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.

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.

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 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.

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.

Impact Stories

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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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