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GIVING IMMIGRANTS A
VOICE SINCE 1992

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 INSTITUTE FOR IMMIGRATION RESEARCH

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

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News & Events

Strategic Conversations: Deep Engagement to Build Broader Support from Immigrants

Resources and recordings from the November 19 workshop.

From our blog: Immigrant Entrepreneurs Embrace Social Responsibility

Immigrant entrepreneurs are embracing social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. This post outlines how our Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards nominee Miriam Morales and Business Growth winner Joseph Ngaruiya are leading the way.

From our blog: Implicit Bias in Schools: How to Level the Playing Field for Immigrants and Other Minority Students

Many well-meaning people, including teachers, can have implicit biases against immigrants. Our blog post draws on our free webinar for educators to outline how they can recognize and combat bias in their classrooms.

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Working Together: How Community Colleges and Their Partners Help Immigrants Succeed

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.

Director of the Public Education Institute Denzil Mohammed

Educator Spotlight: Denzil Mohammed, Immigrant Learning Center

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.

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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 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.

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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