English for New Bostonians creates opportunities for immigrants to learn English and pursue their educational, economic and civic aspirations. We are an activist grantmaking organization that funds over 20 high quality English language learning programs that provide free or very low-cost instruction to more than 1,100 immigrants each year. We conduct community and policy research and share it with English learning language programs, policymakers, funders, and employers.


Through our English Works campaign, we elevate immigrants’ own voices among employers, community leaders, students, unions, and educators to advocate for greater public and private investment in English language learning programs.


English for New Bostonians was founded in 2001 as a public-private-community collaborative spearheaded by 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 learning English 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 21 high-quality English language learning programs that teach English to approximately 1,100 immigrants each year. In this video, Northeastern University President Joseph Auon, Brazilian Worker Center Executive Director Natalacia Tracy, and others describe what learning English meant for them.