IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER INC

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Education, Human Services, Immigration

Location: 442 Main St Malden MA 02148 USA

Mission: The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) of Malden, MA, is a not-for-profit organization that helps immigrants and refugees become successful workers, parents and community members through direct service programs and public education. Our direct service program provides free year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston. The ILC further supports immigrants through the Public Education Institute, which informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.
Results: We help more than 900 immigrant and refugee adults learn English each year and have served more than 8,000 since our inception. By improving their English skills, ILC students achieve goals such as finding a job, entering college, starting a business, becoming a U.S. citizen and more. Our Public Education Institute uses a research-based approach to create reports, articles, presentations and conferences for researchers, educators, policy makers, media and the general public. It has published ten studies about Massachusetts immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers, and a book titled "Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts" about U.S. immigration.
Programs: Our direct services include six levels of intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, citizenship exam preparation, computer literacy, family literacy (parenting-related English lessons) and a theater class where students write and perform plays about their immigrant experiences. Our Public Education Institute uses a research-based approach to create reports, articles, presentations and conferences for researchers, educators, policy makers, media and the general public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former teacher & board member of the ILC (1994--2002), I am honored to continue support through donations. During my service there, I saw first hand how exceptional this organization is: the leadership is strong & visionary; staff is highly competent & compassionate; classes are rich in experience & info; and the students not only progress well with their English, but also with their abilities to navigate American systems. The efficiency of the ILC is exemplary as well: monetary donations are carefully &well used; there are absolutely no excesses in expenditures. Finally, the ILC continues to evolve, expand in resources, & to grow in numbers of students. The organization is truly a role model for other schools & nonprofits in general.
J Seymour

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The "ILC" has such a positive vibe. The students, teachers and volunteers are so glad to be there. It is a welcoming place, where students can gain confidence in the English language and the culture.
I am also a volunteer Wednesday mornings before work and I count that 90 minutes as the highpoint of the week.

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The Immigrant Learning Center is life-changing for those who come to learn English and for those who volunteer. There is a wonderful spirit and excitement in the classrooms and throughout the building. The students are respected and they are respectful and appreciative. Some of them even come back to become tutors or assistants.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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2012

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Immigrant Learning Center is an amazing school. People from different countries study English in this place. I was a student and a short time volunteer and I would like to say "Thank you " my teachers and the students for this opportunity, help, knowledge and great atmosphere. I nave the great memories about time I have spent in ILC.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough wonderful things about The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. It's an amazing place!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the most professional and dedicated nonprofit I've ever volunteered for. The staff not only diligently teaches ESL, but they mentor the students, answer their questions, offer very helpful advice, and build the students' confidences to help them seek full-time employment. In addition, the ILC teaches a naturalization course to immigrants who qualify to help them successfully pass the citizenship test and become US citizens. It takes professional educators who are wholly devoted to making sure newcomers to these shores are educated in precise English so they can make a decent living and be proud of themselves. Even the Director refuses to take a salary. Her reward is the satisfaction of knowing that the ILC staff is one of the Boston area's finest institutions. The students really appreciate and look forward to their time with the teachers. It is an honor and a privilege to help ensure a peaceful transition to these future Americans.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps arrange more field trips so the students can better experience the history of the area they are no living in, and see how we are a nation of immigrants; a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. The students also would benefit greatly by learning about the many countries they have come from. I always try to point out countries on a map whenever they come up in a class lesson.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

ILC is great placed. It's great to learn USA culture plus English courses. they have great crew. I really love this place and advice any new immigrant to be there.
Thank you for everyone participate to be part from this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

donate money to make them grow up more. this will help them to open more advanced and professional English classes

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A lot

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Rating: 5 stars  

The ILC's mission is to promote immigrants as assets to our country. They empower students with the tools necessary to become confident, fullfilled and productive members of our diverse communities. The school provides a safe and supportive environment to countless students who are eager to learn and give back. In my opinion, and as an immigrant myself, the ILC is a springboard to living and achieveing the american dream.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Given that finances are always a limiting factor, if money was no object, I would love to see the ILC in multiple locations serving many students and communities far and wide.

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Life-changing

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2013

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when I was a student in Immigrant Learning Center in 2010, people there gave me a lot of help. Teachers were patient, nice and responsible, every staff was nice and enthusiastic. Students got everything free in the school, including materials, notebooks, even pens. I definitely believe the school is fulfilling with love. In 2012, I went back to the school became a volunteer. I hope my patient and nice could help more and more people who want to start their new lives in US. I have been involved in a survey of opinion from students. I was not surprised that the most answers for the question "what else do you think our school need to be improved" is "No, everything is great". And the most answer for the question "how do you think the school" is "I love my teachers, I love the school".

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I just graduated from Northeastern University got my master degree. If the ILC could hire me I think that would be great! Ha~ When I worked on the survey, a big part of students asked for an evening class. I don't know if it is available for ILC, it is an asking anyway.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a mission driven organization focused on serving its students and educating the public. The team is professional, hard working and deserves a lot of credit for running an efficient, well managed program. Too often, nonprofits struggle with the business fundamentals on fundraising, budgeting, and expense controls. The ILC management team is extraordinarily good at the business side of running the program.

The program itself is lfe changing for the students and has helped fill a huge void in public opinion around how immigrants make meaningful contributions to society.

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The Immigrant Learning Center is a terrific organization. From the mission of the org to the high quality staff, the ILC is professionally run, mission focused and on solid financial footing. What is even more impressive is the waiting list it maintains for students. The desire for services far outweigh the need. Finally, I have been impressed how the school, primarily focused on student education, saw a need and transformed itself to a wider mission: education of the public about the contributions of immigrants, when it became vogue to engage in immigrant bashing. This is a great organization.

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The teaching staff demonstrates great expertise and patients with language learners. Just as important, in my point of view, is that this is not a cold institution but one where students feel welcomed, supported, and valued as individuals. Since an important part of the immigrant experience is feeling lost and isolated in a new country, I think the atmosphere at ILC helps alleviate that anxiety.

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Can't think of any

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A lot

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I've been a volunteer tutor here for several years. The entire staff has always been tremendously supportive of my efforts, which I really appreciate. There are some organizations that tend to ignore their volunteers--not this one. I think the best thing about them is their genuine passion for their mission--they are out to help immigrants operate in America both culturally and linguistically, and I know the students view the Immigrant Learning Center as a safe haven where their beginning English skills are cultivated and not mocked, their work ethic is acknowledged, and their culture is respected, all while encouraging them to integrate in Boston's culture. I look forward to many years ahead of tutoring students for the ILC. A final note I'll add is that my work schedule changes periodically, which impacts when I can do tutoring, and the ILC has always been very understanding and accommodating of that.

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A lot

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2012

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