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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Job Training

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

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Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.