New Bostonians Summit Initiative

summit logo 150The New Bostonians Summit Initiative, a multi-year planning process begun by the Office of New Bostonians in 2007, successfully mobilized an unprecedented collaboration among key stakeholders from seven sectors - immigrant community, mainstream advocates, businesses, philanthropies, labor, higher education, and government - to develop an ongoing New Bostonians Agenda to address top priorities identified by Boston’s immigrant communities: educational attainment for their children (K-12 Education), English language acquisition (ESOL), and economic opportunities through sustainable employment (Jobs). Addressing these issues is key to the continued vitality of our city and state as the long-term economic health of our city and state is determined by the human capital of our foreign born. 

The strategies developed to address these key issues, known collectively as the New Bostonians Agenda, overlap and reinforce one another, creating the opportunity for expansion of a seamless pipeline of services across fields to provide smooth transitions between education and the labor market. In essence, the New Bostonians Agenda sets a foundation to Boston’s future by establishing a clearer roadmap to success for immigrant families to fully contribute to the social, economic, civic and cultural growth of the city.

If you are not already involved and you are working in this area, please join us.  Contact Agnes Chang for more information.

Register for the 2012 New Bostonians Summit - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Bostonians Summit Agenda “At a Glance”

K-12 Education

  • Ensure effective and vibrant family engagement through active outreach at schools and district levels of BPS in
    partnership with CBOs.

  • Widely educate families on policies and programming options for English Language learnersActively integrate students’ diverse culture and language as assets in all instructional programs.

  • Increase recruitment and diversity of ELL teachers and provide ESOL Certification and Category Training to current staff.


  • Expand ESOL services to all caregivers of BPS students to empower them to support children’s learning.

  • Ensure ESOL programs are springboards to further education, citizenship, skills training, and career pathways.

  • Improve quality and accountability of programs  through consistent performance measures and feedback to  stakeholders.

  • Expand collaboration to ensure consistency of access, achievement of higher impact, and public awareness.


  • Enhance immigrants’ progress through the workforce development system.

  • Increase immigrants’ success rate in achieving post-secondary degrees and credentials.

  • Expand opportunities and support for immigrants to develop and strengthen entrepreneurship skills.

  • Ensure immigrants with low wage jobs have economic opportunities, fair wages and benefits.

For complete information on the Summit Agenda, including strategies and partners, please download the Executive Report below.

New Bostonians Summit 2010

The New Bostonians Summit event on March 31, 2010 was a great success because of your on-going support and active participation. The energy and interest at the event was palpable and inspiring. With your continued collaboration and commitment, the New Bostonians Agenda on K-12 Education, ESOL, and Jobs will pave the path to New Bostonians educational and economic success.

The following documents provide additional information from the Summit event that we think you may find helpful:

Summit Event Documents

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Videos & Multimedia »

  • New Americans Kiosk Ribbon Cutting
    Mayor Walsh cuts the ribbon on one of the New American Kiosks which opened today in all 24 branches of the Boston Public Library. These kiosks promote citizenship among immigrants and offer materials to help navigate the naturalization process.Watch Video »
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
    City Council President Michelle Wu hosted the first ever Lunar New Year celebration on the City Hall Mezzanine. Watch Video »

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