The Lexington High School Chapter of the
National Honor Society

Supporting Immigrants in the Boston Area

Project Information

Name: Supporting Immigrants in the Boston Area

Project Coordinator: Edoardo

Signups: Closed

Maximum Number of Participants: No Limit

Start Date: 01/01/16

End Date: 09/01/16

 

Project Description

Goal

To create an NHS-sponsored Program whereby LHS students can support and help immigrants within the Boston Area

Specifics

1) A group of NHS members (say, the “immigrants program committee”) should contact appropriate organizations in the Boston area, with the goal of compiling a list of reliable organizations that satisfy the following criteria:

a) the organizations are dedicated to welcoming and supporting immigrants;

b) they are in need of volunteers for activities such as tutoring children in ESL (English as Second language) classes, tutoring adult students for their citizenship exam, helping immigrants to integrate, etc.;

c) they are willing to have LHS students serve as volunteers for such activities.

2) The committee will diffuse the list so that all NHS members at LHS can have an opportunity to volunteer at such organizations if they so choose.

3) At a later stage, the NHS students involved in such volunteer activities could meet and exchange information and ideas about their experience, and perhaps jointly organize one or more events to raise awareness and support the immigrants’ community.

Potential Organizations (examples)

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) Description: MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. They serve the Commonwealth’s one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development and strategic communications. MIRA involves active membership of over 130 organizations including community-based groups, social service organizations, ethnic associations, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, health centers and hospitals, religious institutions, unions, law firms, and thousands of individual members, contributors and allies. Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for Citizenship services, voter registration, and community organizing. HTTP://CITIZENSHIPMA.TUMBLR.COM/VOLUNTEER Contact: Elsa Gomes Bondlow, 617.350.5480 x218, (address redacted) Address: 105 Chauncy Street, #901, Boston, MA 02111 Website: http://www.miracoalition.org

Brazilian Women’s Group Description: The mission of the Brazilian Women’s Group is to promote political and cultural awareness, and contribute to the development of the Brazilian community. We are open to all interested women, and provide free immigration clinics; ESL and computer literacy classes; community meetings on immigration and how to protect yourself and your family against immigration raids; workshops, seminars and debates about domestic violence, health, sexual harassment, bilingual education and workers’ rights, among others; and referrals to legal and other services. We also participate in the Welcoming Massachusetts Project, run a film series called “Popcorn Show,” and help clients register to become voters and become otherwise civically engaged. Opportunities: Immigrant rights: Help to organize and inform the community about immigrant rights and ongoing legal issues, attend meetings and other events as needed, such as visiting officials at the State House. Workers’ rights: Organize and inform the community, connect workers with services and attorneys. Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights: Inform domestic workers about this important piece of legislation which just passed. Civic engagement: Assist in our citizenship classes and help with applications for voter registration. ESL and computer classes: Tutor students within these classes. Contact: Heloisa Maria Galvăo, Executive Director, 617-202-5775, (address redacted) Address: 697 Cambridge St., Suite 106, Brighton, MA 02135 Website: http://www.verdeamarelo.org

ABCD Citywide Hispanic Center Description: ABCD is a Boston-wide organization that helps low-income adults and families access career readiness tools, financial literacy workshops, SNAP/EBT assistance, heating and utilities assistance, and other crucial services. In addition, the Boston Hispanic Center offers the following services, unique to this location: Spanish translation/interpretation; assistance with the search for affordable housing; identity theft workshops; and a US citizenship exam preparation and instruction course. Opportunities: Help with immigration pre-screenings, civics courses, and citizenship applications. Contact: Lorena Lama, Neighborhood Client Services Coordinator, 617.522.4830 x206, (address redacted)! Address: 30 Bickford Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) Description: Founded in 1977, the Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization that works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives. Contact: Mark Liu, Civic Action Coordinator, 617.357.4499, (address redacted) Address: 28 Ash Street Boston, MA 02111 Website: http://www.cpaboston.org

The Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) Description: The Irish Immigration Center was founded in 1989 to meet the needs of the Irish immigrant population in Massachusetts. Today, the center continues to serve Irish newcomers and has expanded to assist immigrants from more than 100 nations every year. The IIIC provide legal advice, information, advocacy, referrals and support for immigrants on issues relating to immigration, employment, citizenship, housing and social services. The organization is committed to building bridges of understanding and cooperation across cultures, fighting racism and discrimination, advocating for the rights of all immigrants and working in collaboration with other organizations. Opportunities: Students may be involved in tutoring within an ESL class, or assisting with a citizenship course. Contact: Blair Kahn, Intern/Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, 617-542-7654 ext. 18, (address redacted) Address: 100 Franklin Street, LL-1 Boston, MA 02110 Website: http://www.iiicenter.org/

Gilbert Albert Community Center (GACC) Description: The Gilbert Albert Community Center is a cultural resource center for immigrant families in Boston. They offer literacy and ESL classes to low-income immigrant adults (especially those in the Haitian community, which makes up a large portion of the immigrant population in Dorchester and Mattapan), as well as health and wellness programming, computer literacy courses, awomen's support group, and the information and resources needed to achieve self-efficacy. They build bridges between the immigrant families and the community through engagement in cultural events and neighborhood initiatives. Opportunities: Tutoring low-level and intermediate students in ESL, and possibly tutoring students for the citizenship exam. Contact: Sarah Cadorette, Program Manager, 651-245-7313 (personal cell), (address redacted) Address: 157 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121

BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center Description: BEST Corp. provides individuals the education, skills and training to excel in the hospitality industry and in their personal lives. Local 26 Hospitality Training Center (HTC) provides classes in English for Hospitality, literacy, and citizenship as well as certification skills training in On-Call Banquet Server, Busser/Server, Basic Culinary Arts, Food Safety, and Housekeeping. We also provide career counseling and career workshops. In January 2008, HTC opened a state-of-the-art Tech Center. Classes in computer skills as well as drop-in lab hours are offered. HTC arranges one-on-one tutoring for those students who don’t fit into our regularly scheduled classes. Their goal is to meet the educational needs of our clients through a myriad of classes and other services. Opportunities: Tutoring one or two students at a time in English for speakers of other languages. This ranges from teaching literacy to students who are not yet proficient at reading and writing English, to offering supplemental support to students enrolled in our ESOL classes here at BEST Corp., to helping high-level students with their community college coursework. Contact: Chloe Hart, Volunteer Coordinator, 617-542-1177 x206, (address redacted) Address: 33 Harrison Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02111

 

Participants

There are 14 NHS members participating in this project.