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 provides a valuable and timely solution to citizens and new comers in developing their English language skills. The methodologies used by MCIF are time tested and quantifiable. It is important to note that as American citizenship issues of documented and undocumented individuals work their way toward a solution with an English language requirement that MCIF is currently positioned to provide that service. Equally as important is that individuals in the program become more culturally assimilated, have better job opportunities, can help their children with school language arts and gain more confidence in their understanding or our society.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

MCIF is a wonderful organization that helps its students not only learn English, but how to function in everyday life in New York. Teaching life skills beyond English comprehension gives their students a better chance to find employment during these tough economic times. MCIF integrated excellent traditional classroom environments with modern computer classes that teach practical real world skills. It is a great nonprofit with a wonderful history of helping the local Brooklyn Community.

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

I sat in on a class and school presentation.

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

make it more financially stable, so that the students could have access to better facilities.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Need for new computer lab

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It gave the students a great method for learning more English

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is a great way to contribute to your local community while helping others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

There could be no greater service to the Bushwick community than the education that Maura Clarke-Ita Ford center provides. Students not only better themselves by improving their grasp of the English language, but also by developing a sense of community as both a New Yorker and an American. I was struck by the cultural diversity of both the faculty and the students themselves, but their differences served to foster a more dynamic learning environment. Despite their varied backgrounds, they all strived for a common goal to create a better life for themselves and their families. This is most apparent during the graduation ceremony where the year to year progress is most evident. The classes that graduate from the program have a sense of shared accomplishment, knowing that they have helped their fellow classmates obtain a new level of confidence in their language skills. This attitude was exemplified in the end of the year play, written and acted out by the students themselves, who showed no hesitations in expressing their newly developed skills. Truly, the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford center is a jewel of the Bushwick community.

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

carrying out conversations with graduates

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

We have been funding MCIF for 11 years now and are truly impressed with their story. They execute well-rounded programs to help better the lives of the Bushwick community members. Their warmth and deep passion for the work transcends down to the children of the mothers/fathers they help. We look forward to witnessing what other creative programs they have in store for us in the coming years...

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

The way they handle challenges thrown at them, especially in these hard economic times.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The MCIF Center is an invaluable resource for women (and men) to learn vital skills like English, computer technology, jewelry making and other crafts, and entrepreneurship. It is a place to earn a GED, to prepare for citizenship, and simply to become an integral part of a wonderful, loving, productive community. It is exactly what we need wherever there are people eager to learn and grow and contribute to society.

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

stories I've heard and read.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

MCIF is a small place with a big heart. The education, job training and friendly, safe environment make it a wonderful place in which to learn. There is a spirit of wanting people to achieve to their highest level. People are treated with dignity and empowered to be all that they can be.

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

A number of donors have stayed with MCIF for years because they see that it does what it says it will do - and all that with trying to enable immigrant women to meet and surpass their own potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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