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 ILC volunteer and board member, Diane Stern, was honored by the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation in a halftime ceremony during the Patriots’ regular season finale versus the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Gillette Stadium. She has been a volunteer and tutor since 2008 and a board member since 2013. Congratulations, Diane!
News & Events
December 11, 2018
How Immigrants Help Startup Companies
The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed will moderate this panel discussion at the December meeting of The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET).
December 6, 2018
Community Forum on Immigrants Amidst Hate
The ILC Public Education Institute Director Denzil Mohammed will be on of the experts who will offer replicable strategies to change the narrative on immigration and build support for better policies at community and state levels at this community conversation hosted by The Harvard Guardian at the University of Connecticut Hartford Campus.
November 19, 2018
New Citizen Swearing-in Ceremony
The Immigrant Learning Center is hosting a swearing-in ceremony for new citizens held at Malden High School auditorium.
November 13, 2018
What We Have in Common: How to Talk About Immigrants
Learn the shared values and issues that can bind immigrants, refugees and the U.S.-born as well as tested messaging and framing techniques on how to utilize these in the most compelling ways in this free interactive webinar.
What makes us unique?
There is no place on Earth quite like The Immigrant Learning Center. Our combination of well-resourced, award-winning direct services to immigrants and refugees with research and education for the American public on immigration issues is a rare combination that 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.
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. The ILC’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship class helps budding entrepreneurs who want to improve their English while learning about starting a business
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.