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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.