English for New Bostonians creates opportunities for adult immigrants to become proficient in English. This opens additional opportunities for their economic advancement and integration into our civic life, workplaces, and schools.
We fund English language learning programs, train instructors, and write customized curricula for groups of immigrants with unique needs, such as entrepreneurs who need to understand US cultural norms and parents who need to be able to communicate with their children’s school.
We conduct community and policy research and share it with English language learning programs, policymakers, and employers. We regularly survey new immigrants to identify emerging needs and we encourage innovation among our grantees so programs can be tailored to the varied backgrounds, experiences and aspirations of immigrant students.
Our English Works campaign elevates immigrants’ own voices among employers, community leaders, students, unions, and educators. Together, we advocate for greater public and private investment in English language learning programs and we help employers find cost-effective ways to offer English language learning classes in the workplace.
ENB was founded in 2001 as a public-private program of the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and Office of Workforce Development to address the urgent need for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes for Boston’s burgeoning immigrant population. In 2008, we launched the English Works campaign to raise public awareness of the importance of English proficiency for immigrants, their families and employers, and our communities. In 2014, we incorporated as an independent non-profit and greatly expanded our work with private employers, particularly those in the healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail industries, which employ significant numbers of immigrants.
Raising Our Voices Video
We fund 23 high-quality English language learning programs that teach English to approximately 1200 immigrants each year. In this video, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, Northeastern University President Joseph Auon, Brazilian Worker Center Executive Director Natalacia Tracy, and others describe what learning English meant for them.