New National Project Helps Integrate New Americans

April 10, 2014 BOSTON — MIRA is proud to announce that Executive Director Eva Millona, in her capacity as co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, will participate in a new, ground-breaking initiative, Networks for Integrating New Americans, which aims to advance immigrants’ economic and civic integration in five U.S. communities and beyond.

Funded by Office of Technical, Career and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S Department of Education, this initiative will refine and document collaborative program models for helping immigrants to achieve their dreams.

Led by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), IMPRINT, Welcoming America, and World Education, Inc, the Networks for Integrating New Americans positions adult education programs as key players in local networks. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs are often immigrants’ first sustained welcoming encounter in their new home community. The initiative will leverage ESOL programs to support broader immigrant needs in their communities.

In this capacity, Ms.Millona will serve as the technical advisor for the Metropolitan Providence network, one of five networks selected nationally to particiapte in the intiative.

Communities throughout the U.S. depend on immigrants as workers, consumers, employers, home buyers,and civically engaged residents who revitalize run-down neighborhoods.

NPNA and its partners will work with networks of organizations in five communities to help build on their innovative immigrant integration services that:

  • Improve immigrants’ access to effective and innovative English language programs,
  • Support immigrants on the path to citizenship, and
  • Support immigrants’ career development through training and education.

Selected through a national competition, the five communities and their lead organizations supported through the initiative are:

1) Metropolitan Providence led by Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research, and

2) Central Valley, California led by Fresno Adult School,

3) Lancaster-Lebanon, Pennsylvania led by Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council,

4) Boise, Idaho led by the Idaho Office for Refugees,

5) White Center, Washington led by White Center Neighborhood Development Association.