Boston: Perhaps the biggest obstacles immigrants face in achieving their dreams is the language barrier. Enter English for New Bostonians - an organization that has been helping immigrants achieve their dreams for over two decades.
This is what the executive director of English for New Bostonians had to say about immigrants who are seeking to overcome their challenges with learning English - “What unites them is their desire to learn English,” said Claudia Green, the organization's executive director, "so that they can support their children in school, so they can run a small business, so they can advance in the labor market.”
English for New Bostonians offers their students the following:
1 . Free low-cost language courses for more than 1,100 immigrants each year.
2. Offers a special course for small business owners as well as those who want to become entrepreneurs that include lessons on marketing, finance, and web design.
3. Each student gets to work with a career counselor.
Venard Veillard, an immigrant from Haiti, beauty shop owner and a student in the English for Entrepreneurs program had this to say “I am learning some new vocabulary and new words in order for me to communicate better with my clients.”
English for New Bostonians is playing an important role in empowering immigrants and setting them up for success by helping them realize their entrepreneurial dreams.
Even though English for New Bostonians funds 21 programs in the City of Boston, a lot of its courses are conducted by the YMCA International Learning Center located in Boston.