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“Diversity is one of Boston’s greatest strengths and our residents come from all over the world; English programs are essential not just for recent immigrants to engage in economic and social opportunities, but also for our great city to benefit from everything these new Bostonians have to offer.” - Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino

English for New Bostonians (ENB) it is a private-public-community collaboration founded by the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians to increase access to high-quality ESOL classes (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for adult immigrants in Boston.

ENB meets this mission in four key ways:

  1. Grants to support 23 ESOL classes in community-, faith- and labor-based organizations across Boston, including well-established ESOL programs and with a unique focus on emerging grassroots programs;

  2. Training and technical assistance, especially to emerging community-based programs;

  3. Innovation to reach more learners at home, at work and in the community, including a Distance Learning ESOL model and the English at Work Capacity-Building Initiative;

  4. Extending the resource pool, helping 1,200 immigrants annually to improve their English proficiency, and increasing state, federal and private funding through the statewide English Works Campaign, a coalition of business, labor, community and civic leaders. Our online ESOL directory is just one more piece of this ongoing project. ENB is funded in part by proceeds from MONB’s annual We Are Boston gala, which celebrates Boston’s diverse heritage and commemorates immigrants’ contributions and achievements.

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  • 11th Annual Three Kings Day Luncheon
    This traditionally Latin-American and Caribbean celebration gives Latino city workers to celebrate their heritage. Three city employees are honored for their service to the Latino community. Watch Video »
  • New Bostonians Summit
    This summit addresses issues facing Boston's immigrants, including jobs, education, and learning English as a second languageWatch Video »

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