THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER® (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 Immigrant Learning Center has created a collection of Resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators During COVID-19 Crisis. Please bookmark and share widely, as we will continue to add resources to support all members of our communities in this crisis.
News & Events
July 21, 2020
Maria was determined to obtain her citizenship. She and her teachers at The ILC didn’t let COVID-19 stop her. Read our newsletters for more New American Stories.
Participants learned how to support immigrant students and their communities, understand the impact of anti-immigrant policy, and center the immigrant voice across subject areas in the free online workshop. Check out our free resources and recordings.
Apply to join The Immigrant Learning Center as a communications specialist. We are looking for someone with 2+ years of experience, and strong writing and graphic design skills.
From our blog: Immigrants Make Our Economy More Resilient
Learn how immigrants play a role in strengthening and improving struggling economies. We need immigrants’ flexibility and skills now more than ever.
From our blog: Cultivate Kindness: Activities for Children and Teens
With COVID-19 leading to a rise in xenophobia and keeping families trapped inside, it’s a great time to check out our list of free activities to cultivate kindness in young people. Discover virtual field trips, empathy-inspiring TV shows, techniques for combating hateful rhetoric and more.
From our blog: Drawing Support
Teach your children about immigration and show your support for immigrants from home! Our downloadable coloring sheets and discussion questions can help children understand immigrants’ role fighting the COVID-19 crisis. Putting the finished coloring sheets in your window will signal to people that you stand with immigrants.
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 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.
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.
To date, we have helped more than 10,000 immigrant and refugee adults living in 94 communities across eastern Massachusetts, By helping them learn English, we help them pursue their dreams. The impact is felt throughout the region by their families, their employers, customers, neighbors and more.
Americans from coast to coast learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and curated database of Immigration Research, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.
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.
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.
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.