The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (Mcif) Center

Rating: 4.89 stars   116 reviews

Issues: Education, Job Training

Location: 75 Lewis Avenue 1st Floor Brooklyn NY 11206 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide opportunities for developing self-esteem, individual growth, and educational learning skills that will enable women to claim and realize their own potential.
Results: MCIF Center has been serving the community of Bushwick since 1993. In that time we have educated and empowered over 2000 women and men in the area. Many have left the center and achieved a better life by continuing their education, obtaining jobs, and furthering their participation in the community.
Target demographics: Immigrant women and men of Bushwick, Brooklyn and the surrounding area
Geographic areas served: Bushwick, Brooklyn and the surrounding area
Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL), GED Preparation in Spanish, Computer Literacy, Citizenship Preparation, and Entrepreneurship
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 11-3188470
(718) 452-0167
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Rating: 5 stars  

MCIF Center uses a holistic model to teach the students they serve. Not only, do they work on the rules of grammar, but also on incorporating the social aspect of the English language. Keep up the great work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As Program Manager of People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, it is a great pleasure to write a review in support of the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center. Our program, a grassroots project based on literature directed to adults who have not had the opportunity to access formal education, has greatly benefited from our partnership with the MCIF in several ways. We have witnessed the breath and quality of their programs through our contact with their clients, as well as their great work on behalf of the community. We have worked with groups of adults in their ESL classes for many years. Because our program is based on the reading aloud and discussion of literary short stories—including Gabriel García Márquez and James Joyce among others—we have been able to evaluate the importance of MCIF´s efforts in teaching and promoting reading, the acquisition of the English language, as well as other cultural, linguistic and educational tools with programs that help immigrants succeed in this country. The MCIF provides us with great support, and the participants in turn are able to benefit from the contact with classic writers where they could express their inner wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the texts through their own life experiences. It has enabled us to value MCIF´s focus on the fact that people will learn more readily and enthusiastically if the learning process brings about greater self-confidence. The programs at the MCIF have contributed to their clients’ successful outcome in their classes and in life, motivating them and improving their communication skills. The Center and their staff have a shortage of basic needs that are important to maintain their status of excellence. We believe the MCIF should be granted all the possible means to continue their good work and their contribution to a more just society. People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos support them fully.


Alma Concepción
Project Manager
People and Stories-Gente y Cuentos
(609) 213-3039

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

I cannot think of any changes to be made at this time.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Good Job keep making Life better for people may thé work that your company do go down in history.a

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Nô me but a friend of mind

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

None grate job

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Rating: 5 stars  

My personal experience at MCIF Center has been good.MCIF gives on opportunity to peoples from diferent cuuntries.MICF did the some for me.The center gave me the opportunity to learn and became self-sufficent. Than you MCIF Center

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned to use computer.Wilhout the teacher at MCIF Center, it would have been impossible for me to learn.Thank you MCIF for your support.

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

Iwould add olther courses for example cooking and reupholsltry classes.Also classes to prepare you for on interview.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

MCIF helped me change Iam more self-sufficient.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Iam happy,MCIF did the some for me.The Center gave me the opportunity to learn and became self-sufficient. Tank you MCIF Center.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Mildred Collado. I'm studying English and computer classes at the MCIF center. I feel great about my experience at MCIF. I think the center is very good,because the center gives opportunity to people of different nationalities. The center has very good teacher. They are very punctual and put a lot of you themselves in to their work so that their students learn what they are studying. To me personally, I love studying at MCIF, beause I feel very happy and grateful to my teacher Carol. She is very loving and very concerned that you learn and understand what she explains.

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I personally, realize I have leaned a lot in the short time I have been at MCIF. Thanks to my teacher carol I learned to speak English a little better so that I can communicate with my son's teacher can tell you that many carol thanks to Carol for your being such a beautiful person and givind best. I am happy about what I learned in the short time I have in MCIF.

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

Me only thing I hould change at MCIF is the computer class. I would like MCIF to have more advanced computer classes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for one week at MCIF through my college’s service program. From day one, I was so impressed with the MCIF program; from the enthusiasm of the teachers and the students, to the value placed on fostering a sense of community within the program, to the way the program effectively carried out their mission statement of educating and empowering women. It was always evident that both the students and the teachers wanted to be there. Each day, the students would thank the teacher (and thank me, the volunteer) for being there and teaching them new things. I observed first-hand how dedicated my teacher was to educating her students, and the way she encouraged a classroom atmosphere conducive to open communication. There was never a lack of class participation; the students were very enthusiastic about raising their hands in class to read a passage or volunteer an answer. I thought very highly of the way the classroom emphasized active learning, as it allowed the students to get the most out of lessons by continuously participating and essentially providing feedback about their level of understanding, while simultaneously increasing the students’ self esteem. The lessons taught at MCIF are invaluable in educating otherwise economically disadvantaged women with the essential skills they need to have better relationships with their families and with the community, and grow as self-respecting individuals.
It was also evident that the members of the administrative staff at MCIF were there for the right reasons. Whenever we would discuss the program and its aims, it was clear that the administrators were student and education focused. They made sure to promote entrepreneurial workshops like making cards or jewelry, which are great opportunities for the students to gain other skills to discover how to support their families financially and realize their own potential.
My time spent at MCIF was truly invaluable and impacted my life, and I cherished my time there. I appreciate what MCIF does for its students, and how it works towards breaking the unrelenting cycle of poverty. MCIF changes lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the way that I've gained a greater appreciation for the opportunities I am given. Since working at MCIF and seeing how dedicated the women are to working hard to reach their potential, I have been impacted to do the same and not to take my education for granted.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would increase its funding, because what MCIF does for its students is truly invaluable and empowers for many otherwise underprivileged women.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This volunteer experience made me feel like I was changing lives, simply by being involved with the MCIF program. They make such an impact on their students that just volunteering there for a week gave me a great sense of self-fulfillment, and that I was making a difference in the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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