One in nine New Yorkers—over two million people—don't speak English well or at all. Over a million adults also lack a high school diploma. Yet most immigrant New Yorkers don't have access to educational opportunities to gain these skills.
Make the Road New York helps meet this need by providing English, computer, and High School Equivalency classes to almost 1,700 adults annually. Our graduates are better able to help their kids with homework, communicate with their doctors and accomplish their educational and employment goals.
At MRNY, we do more than teach skills: we ground those skills in our students' daily lives. Class themes include attending a parent-teacher conference, requesting repairs from a landlord, and dealing with a difficult boss. Our teachers work closely with staff from MRNY's other departments, referring students to workforce training, legal assistance, and other services when needed.
Our teachers set high expectations and use proven methods to help students advance and meet their goals. Over 80% of students who complete their English language course move up at least one educational level.
PREPARING FOR JOBS & CITIZENSHIP
Our High School Equivalency and computer literacy classes increase students' ability to secure and retain jobs, as well as qualify for immigration relief programs such as Deferred Action. With our in-house legal services, our citizenship instructors help families access work authorization and citizenship. We help nearly 200 people become citizens every year.
Our workforce and adult education staff work together to prepare students for stable and productive jobs. We launched an intensive training program for over 40 students a year that integrates English literacy and health advocacy skills to prepare graduates for jobs as work as community health workers. Other students learn how to start their own cooperative businesses, receiving training and technical assistance from MRNY. Still others get help obtaining jobs in construction, warehousing and other industries. Participants also learn about workplace rights and occupational safety.
PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATIONS
MRNY is proud to be a pilot site of the Plazas Comunitarias program, in collaboration with the Mexican government and New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, which provides resources for literacy students and those seeking primary and secondary school instruction in Spanish. In addition, MRNY has also been selected by IBM to pilot online resources for adults seeking to improve their English reading and pronunciation. MRNY is a member of the New York Coalition for Adult Literacy, the New York City Education and Training Coalition, and the New York College Transitions Network.
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