Mayor Menino to Announce $30,000 in Funding for English for New Bostonians

By David Li,

The New Bostonioan Summit will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM at City Year’s Lavine Civic Forum (287 Columbus Ave, South End). The half-day summit will address Top issues facing Boston’s immigrants

Mayor Thomas M. Menino will announce $30,000 in funding for English for New Bostonians at the New Bostonians Summit. Raised through the Office of New Bostonians’ annual We Are Boston Gala, the funds will be earmarked to train more
school and community-based sites to use the ESOL for Parents and Caregivers Curriculum, and to strengthen pre-vocational and vocational ESOL programs by adding counseling and career coaching resources for students.

Mayor Menino will join hundreds of Boston’s immigrants and representatives from several sectors at the Summit, a half-day forum that will provide an update on the New Bostonians Agenda, a collective response to three of the biggest issues facing Boston’s immigrants today: educational attainment for their children (K-12 Education); English language acquisition (ESOL); and economic success through family-sustaining jobs.

One of the highlights of the summit is the awards presentations to a well-deserving corporation, individual, school and youth who are committed in promoting and embracing Boston’s multicultural richness and immigrant contributions. Nominations are for corporations, individuals, schools and youth in the categories of Corporate Courage, Community Champion, and School/Youth Action.

The New Bostonians Summit Initiative (NBSI) is a multi-year, city-wide process initiated by Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians (MONB) in 2006 to address the three most pressing issues to immigrants in Boston – ESOL, K-12 Education and Jobs – identified from a survey with the diverse communities. It is an inclusive approach that brings together key stakeholders from 7 sectors to help develop, agree upon and invest in a systematic process for addressing issues. The 7 sectors included representatives from Boston’s immigrant, mainstream advocacy, business, philanthropy, labor, higher education and government communities.