In another time and another place, Diane Portnoy and her parents would have been called “illegals,” and the truck driver who hid them beneath a tarp as they rumbled across the border of their homeland would have been called a “coyote.” As an American immigrant, Portnoy has founded The Immigrant Learning Center, won the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, been given the keys to the city of Malden, edited “Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts,” and shows no signs of slowing down.
In December 2001, then-16-year-old Joseph Ngaruiya migrated from Nairobi, Kenya, to the eastern Massachusetts city of Lowell with his mother, Salome, to join his father, Stephen, who had arrived six months earlier. He grew up to become a successful entrepreneur, founding A Better Life Homecare and winning The ILC’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for Business Growth.
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.
In honor of the tremendous contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs to the commonwealth, 252 business and community leaders gathered for the eighth annual Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Benefit, including Yessy Feliz, of JP.
A Guatemalan immigrant, Garcia was recently nominated by Malden’s Immigrant Learning Center for a Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in the business growth category.
Phalla Nol, whose family is originally from Battambang province, was among 38 immigrants nominated for the 2019 Barry M Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, the Immigrant Learning Centre announced this week.
In the U.S. and across the globe, instances of anti-immigrant bias and discrimination are drastically increasing. The need to be aware and to humanize the experiences of migration is more pressing than ever. This work has led us to the The Immigrant Learning Center in Malden, MA, where we spoke with Denzil Mohammed, Director of their Public Education Institute.
This video by Wiki.ezvid.com profiles five groups, including The Immigrant Learning Center, that assist people in different ways, from providing legal counsel to teaching English as a second language to rolling out the welcome wagon.
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.”
On Thursday, June 20, guests were handed a passport when entering the ILC building at 442 Main St. with a list of 22 countries from across the globe. ILC students were set up in classrooms throughout the building representing their countries and their culture with food, music, clothing, and displays.
Kathleen Klose of The Immigrant Learning Center was honored recently by the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education for her work in adult education.
SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices has partnered with the Immigrant Learning Center … Immigrant Voices is matching new or first-generation immigrant writers who live in Massachusetts with composers who are also new or first-generation immigrants, or who strongly identify with the immigrant experience. The resulting songs will be presented both throughout the community and to mainstage audiences, bridging the gulf that typically exists between a company’s operatic productions and its community and educational outreach activities.
Immigrants make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to a June 2016 report by the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University and the Immigrant Learning Center, the latest from the organizations. Immigrants make up 28 percent of physicians and surgeons, 40 percent of medical scientists in manufacturing research and development, more than 50 percent of medical scientists in biotechnology in states with a strong biotechnology sector and 22 percent of nursing, psychiatric and home health aides and 15 percent of registered nurses, according to the report.
The Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation celebrated the ongoing “Celebrate Volunteerism” initiative in a halftime ceremony during the Patriots’ regular season finale versus the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Gillette Stadium….Also honored at the game was Diane Stern, of Malden’s Immigrant Learning Center. Stern has been an ILC volunteer and tutor since 2008. She joined the ILC Board of Trustees in June 2013, earning a second term in 2016.
Immigrants and allies will gather in December to discuss ways to deal with anxiety spawned by hate incidents or deportation and offer viable resources to cope….At the community conversation, experts will offer replicable strategies to change the narrative on immigration and build support for better policies at community and state levels….Participants include Tess Reagan, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Denzil Mohammed, Immigrant Learning Center, Alok Bhatt, Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, Christina Gill, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Homa Nacify, Hartford Public Library, Fiona Vernal, University of Connecticut, Ann-Marie Adams, The Hartford Guardian.
The United States has long been a beacon of hope for people the world over. From the Pilgrims who came here seeking religious freedom in the 1600s to my parents who came here seeking safety after losing their entire family in the Holocaust, this country has offered people in crisis a fresh start.
Fall for the Book created this post-publication book prize to recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing. Before announcing the winner, Diane Portnoy, founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center discussed the importance of immigrants to the United States and to literature, saying “stories… help educate the public in a way statistics cannot…We are ushering in the next generation of great authors.”
For the past five years, adult students from the Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) have been visiting second grade classes at the Linden STEAM Academy in Malden….
Bhuju just received the Malden-based Immigrant Learning Center’s Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for a neighborhood business…“Umesh is a superstar. In small town Ipswich he knows everyone, and is universally loved. You can’t come into his wonderful shop without Umesh coming over and asking after your family, and letting you know what is going on in town,” said Isaac Ross, who nominated Bhuju for the award…
The Malden-based Immigrant Learning Center — a non-profit organization that provides free English classes to immigrants and conducts research on and promotes immigrants’ economic contributions — has recognized a number of local restaurant owners in its 2018 entrepreneur awards.
When he opened his first restaurant nearly eight years ago, Rodrigo Souza didn’t even have enough money to fill his cash register….The hard work and success Souza has had was enough to select the Brazilian native as one of 40 Massachusetts business owners nominated for a 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award from the Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. in Malden.
Forty Massachusetts residents from 24 countries who founded businesses in 18 Massachusetts communities, from Hyannis to Springfield, have been nominated for The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. They are outstanding business leaders who are making their mark in four business categories: growth, neighborhood, high-tech and life science. Among those nominated for the award in the high-tech category is Alexander Falk, founder of Altova, Inc., which is located in the Cummings Center in Beverly.
Forty Massachusetts residents from 24 countries who founded businesses in 18 Massachusetts communities, from Hyannis to Springfield, have been nominated for The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. They are outstanding business leaders who are making their mark in four business categories: growth, neighborhood, high-tech, and life science.
Umesh Bhuju, who owns Zumi’s Espresso on Market St., and is originally from Nepal, joins thirty-nine other immigrant business owners from 24 countries and, now, from 18 communities from throughout the commonwealth in earning a nomination for The 2018 ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.
They have boundless faith in this country — even though this country is now led by people who have little faith in them.
For the students trying to master English in this classroom at The Immigrant Learning Center,America’s promise is real. They work night jobs as cleaners, cooks, and servers. Each day, they come here to work on their gerunds and pronouns. They write essays on their heroes and hopes. The share their setbacks and celebrate their victories.
Mass Literacy, a nonprofit organization supporting literacy education in Massachusetts, selected Malden resident and ILC teacher Jeantilus Gedeus as a winner of the 2016 Mass Literacy Champions Award. The program publicly recognizes and rewards Massachusetts-based educators who have shown exceptional commitment and results through their work in literacy education.
As Americans, we cannot let terrorists succeed in altering our way of life or steering us away from the values that make our country exceptional.
Hosted at the ILC’s Main Street headquarters on Nov. 6, the event offered immigrants learning English a chance to share their language, food, music and culture with friends, family and ILC staff.
Over three dozen finalists are up for one of four categories: Neighborhood, Business Growth, Life Science Business and High-Tech Business. Turning their big ideas into prospering businesses, the nominees ultimately created jobs and made a lasting mark on their local ecosystems. In other words, they’ve turned the American Dream into a reality.
The award is presented to an educator who has demonstrated leadership, met significant challenges in an effective way, supported others in the field and shown selfless dedication, service and commitment to the principles of adult and continuing education.