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.
News & Events
November 20, 2019
Voices from the Margins: Changing the Conversation and Looking Ahead
This talk will feature Denzil Mohammed, director of The ILC Public Education Institute, and Amy Grunder, an attorney for MIRA, answering questions on current immigration laws and proposals. It is the third presentation in Voices from the Margins: A Film and Conversation Series on Immigration, hosted by the Sawyer Public Library.
With more than 1,000 biotech companies headquartered here, the Boston area is known as a global center of biotechnological innovation. The Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for Life Science Business is meant to show the critical role immigrants have played in making this possible. After all, more than one quarter of all biotech companies in New England have an immigrant founder. In this post are stories of a few that are changing the way healthcare is delivered.
From our blog: Meet the Latina Immigrant Entrepreneurs of Massachusetts
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) and this year’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, we are honored to have three amazing Latina businesswomen: Yessy Feliz, Zoila Gomez originally from the Dominican Republic and Miriam Morales from Nicaragua.
The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed authored the chapter Reflective Narrative: How Community Colleges can Reframe the Immigration Narrative in this book published October 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield and the American Association of Community Colleges.
In this article, Re-Imagining Immigration profiles the work of The ILC Public Education Institute and its Director, Denzil Mohammed. Denzil discusses the importance of collaboration, and Re-Imagining Immigration is an important collaborator, frequently providing speakers for The ILC’s free webinars on immigration.
In the news: Have we forgotten?
In an op ed in the Malden Observer, The ILC Founder and CEO Diane Portnoy reflects on her own childhood experience as a refugee and the plight of today’s displaced people. “Some may look at children in detention facilities at our southern border and think, ‘They’re not our kids.’ I am a proud, naturalized U.S. citizen, and when I see the deplorable conditions we’ve put these children in, I think, ‘that could have been me.’ “
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.