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.
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.
To protect the health and safety of our students, their families, co-workers and the community as a whole, The Immigrant Learning Center has temporarily suspended classes during the Massachusetts state of emergency.
For more information, please call (781) 322-9777 during office hours, Monday- Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
News & Events
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.
From our blog: Three ways immigrants are fighting COVID-19
Immigrants are on the frontlines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how they’re supporting the U.S. through this crisis, as they have throughout U.S. history.
From the Boston Globe: Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Built Program That Has Helped Over 10,500 American Immigrants
The Boston Globe profiled Diane Portnoy, The ILC founder and CEO. Diane Portnoy was just three years old when she arrived at Ellis Island in 1949. As an adult with multiple degrees in education, she founded The ILC to help immigrants like her and her parents build a better life for themselves in America.
The Classic held at the Pine Brook Country Club funds our efforts to provide free English classes for immigrants and spread accurate information about immigrants as assets to America, and is a whole lot of fun. The event sells out every year, so sign up early.
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.
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.