We Are New York (WANY) is a volunteer-led project that offers free English conversation groups to adult immigrant New Yorkers at community sites around the City. Since April 2010, WANY has helped over 4,500 immigrants practice English by organizing over 500 conversation groups in all five boroughs.
WANY, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office and CUNY, is seeking dedicated volunteers as conversation group facilitators. Volunteer facilitators are students, seniors and working professionals who commit their time to helping adult immigrants practice English and learn about important city services by leading 10 two-hour long conversation classes (classes may occur once weekly for ten weeks, or twice weekly for five weeks) at a partnering community site (libraries, senior centers, schools, etc).
The only requirements are that the volunteer knows English, is outgoing, and is interested in New York’s diverse immigrant population. Additionally, volunteers must attend six hours of training before placement leading a group and a three-hour follow-up training after they have started leading a group. Volunteers will be provided with a free, neatly packaged curriculum to use as a platform for discussion in his/her conversation group.
WANY provides a social, dynamic and community-oriented volunteer experience that offers civic-minded leaders who want to improve their neighborhoods an opportunity to develop their leadership and public speaking skills, interface with immigrant communities in New York, and help adult immigrant New Yorkers integrate more fully into the social, cultural and economic fabric of NYC.
Scheduling is flexible with evening and weekend placement options in all five boroughs.
In order to sign up for a training in your borough, visit the We Are New York website www.nyc.gov/LearnEnglish and click on the ‘Volunteer’ tab. Sign up before seats fill up! Please note that volunteers must attend Part I & Part II of WANY’s initial training to be able to facilitate a conversation group.
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Posted by: Isabella Cardona