Educational Institutions

Immigrant Learning Center Inc

  • Malden, MA
  • www.ilctr.org

Mission Statement

The mission of The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. is to give immigrants a voice in three ways: provide free English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Eastern Massachusetts, educate the public on the ways that immigrants are assets to America, and support research that demonstrates the economic and social benefits of immigration.

Main Programs

  1. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes
  2. Public Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The ILC English Language Programs serve immigrant and refugee adults in 81 Greater Boston communities. The Public Education Institute provides immigration research and information to policy makers, immigrant organizations, the media, teachers, business people, students, religious leaders and the general public nationwide. Please review the online profile for a full list of selected areas throughout the United States and the Greater Boston, MA region.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 1992

Self-reported

Ms. Diane Portnoy

Keywords

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immigrants, foreign-born, immigration, ESL, free English classes

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Also Known As

The ILC

EIN

04-3138284

 Number

3889381646

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments: 1) In FY 2014, (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), The ILC served 913 students from 60 countries. Fifty-seven percent of students had a high school diploma from their native countries, and twenty-seven percent had college and advanced degrees. As a result of learning English at The ILC, students reported the following achievements: got a new job (113); went on a job interview (61); attended training programs (19); opened bank accounts (37); received driver's license/learner's permit (40); bought a car (11); got a new apartment (21); bought a home (2); started or already had a business (14); got a library card (67); volunteered in community (23); became a U.S. citizen (14). 2) The ILC has a Tier One program status from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for program and fiscal management excellence. The ILC also has one of the highest student attendance rates at 90 percent. Goals for the Current Year: 1) Serve around 900 students. 2) Reduce the wait list. 3) Identify new sources of private sector funding. 4) Update the strategic plan through 2017.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes

The ILC offers six levels of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes in the morning and afternoon. Classes are taught year-round in English for a total immersion experience as each class enrolls students from many countries speaking numerous languages. In addition to English skills, students gain leadership, problem solving and organizational skills. To help students achieve their goals, The ILC also offers specialty classes and programs such as citizenship exam preparation, computer literacy, family literacy workshops for parents of pre-school and school-aged children (parenting-related English lessons), a Theater class where students write and perform plays about their immigrant experiences, and a Literacy Program for students illiterate in their native languages or with severe learning challenges.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$1,275,608.00

Program 2

Public Education

Since 2003, The ILC Public Education Institute has researched/highlighted the contributions of immigrants in MA and in the country to foster a fact-based dialogue about immigrants as assets through: 1. Commissioned research on the social and economic contributions of immigrants as entrepreneurs and workers. Eleven studies are used in presentations, articles and workshops for policymakers, educators, researchers, journalists and the public. 2. Partnership with George Mason University that launched the Institute for Immigration Research in 2012 for ongoing, national research on immigrants as assets. 3. Free online workshops for K-12 and adult educators as well as for immigrant-serving organizations have reached 677 Americans in 40 states since 2012. New workshops catering to specific audiences are being produced. 4. An online database, Immigration Research and Information, of more than 500 studies that cover the spectrum of contemporary U.S. immigration research.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$563,782.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The ILC English Language Programs serve immigrant and refugee adults in 81 Greater Boston communities. The Public Education Institute provides immigration research and information to policy makers, immigrant organizations, the media, teachers, business people, students, religious leaders and the general public nationwide. Please review the online profile for a full list of selected areas throughout the United States and the Greater Boston, MA region.

Funding Needs

1. Identify new funding sources to meet the FY 2015 agency revenue goal of $1.8 million. The economic recession, corporate mergers and failures, changing priorities of corporate and private foundations and cutbacks in government grants have impacted revenue generation. 2. Reduce the number of waitlist applicants (500) and wait times. Each ESOL class has its own waitlist. Those waitlisted in lower level classes wait the longest. The ILC has a policy of promoting students within a four-month session to the next ESOL class level if they show sufficient progress as opposed to waiting to the end of a session. This brings more people off the waitlist. 3. Continue to help students with next steps via The ILC's career and education advisor. 4. Continue efforts to educate the public that immigrants are assets to America through The ILC Public Education Institute and The ILC's collaboration with the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University outside of Washington, D.C. The overarching goal of the Public Education Institute is to dispel myths and stereotypes about immigrants and how they positively impact the economy and the country. This is done through research, presentations, online teacher forums, and newspaper and magazine articles.

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THE IMMIGRANT LEARNING CENTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Immigrant Learning Center Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Diane Portnoy

BIO

Diane Portnoy is founder and CEO of The ILC. Ms. Portnoy saw first-hand the growing influx of immigrants and refugees to this country during the 1980's and 1990's who were in need of English language services. Out of concern for their plight, which stems from her own immigrant background as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, she founded The ILC in November 1992. She is a Massachusetts certified teacher in adult basic education and in grades K-8. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Boston University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cornell University. Additionally, she has taken post-graduate courses in adult education and guidance. Ms. Portnoy and the school have received numerous awards locally and nationally. She is an expert on adult education and immigrant issues.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I founded The ILC 22 years ago because I saw an unmet need that persists today. As a teacher in an adult education program during the 1980s, I saw firsthand the influx of newcomers to Massachusetts who needed to learn English quickly in order to create a life of opportunity and prosperity for their families. There were no ESOL programs that were both free and had the level of intensity of instruction (10-15 hours a week) that would enable foreign-born adults to learn English more quickly. The ILC was specifically designed to fill this need in unique ways. Classes are free to any adult immigrant or refugee age 16 and older.Intensive: ILC students receive 10 to 15 hours a week of free instruction.Immersion: Students are taught only in English as each class may have a dozen languages represented.The ILC uses the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) Curriculum Frameworks as its curriculum design.Day time program: Experience shows day time classes are the best for achieving daily attendance.Strict attendance policy: The ILC has one of the highest attendance rates of all the DESE-funded programs in the state. With a waitlist of 500 applicants at any given time, absenteeism is strictly limited.Student centered: Each student is evaluated by the guidance counselor individually, placed in the class that best meets his/her needs and works toward individual goals.Flexible: Seventy-five percent of ILC funding comes from private sources, making it easier to adjust class offerings to meet current student needs.ESOL instructors are paid professionals who have bachelors, graduate and post-graduate degrees; some are certified.As a way of continuing to help ILC students and all immigrants become successful workers, parents and community members, The ILC established the Public Education Institute in 2003 to educate the public that immigrants are assets to the country. The Institute dispels myths and stereotypes about immigrants through commissioned, credible research on immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers and their positive impact on the economy, our communities and the country. The ILC creates an environment of respect and tolerance as students come from 118 countries. An annual International Day organized by students is an opportunity for students to share their cultures and heritage with the community. A yearly student newsletter is also shared with the entire ILC community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Arthur G. Koumantzelis

Private Investor

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

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