The English Language Center offers English language classes to new arrivals in Boise, Idaho.
Operating as usual
🤝 Save the date and join us on Sat., Sep. 17 for a Welcoming Week Family Field Day! All are welcome to this free event where we will have the chance to connect with our neighbors and celebrate what unites us as a community.
The Y will host activities for all ages, provide global cuisines, play music, as well as games and prizes.
Sat., Sep. 17 | 4-7 p.m.
Boise High School Field
1010 W Washington St.
Thank you to our partners for their support: Idaho Office for Refugees and The International Rescue Committee in Boise
We need school supplies!
For the past month, the ELC has seen an exciting surge in new students. Last week, we hit our summer record of 20 new students in one week!
With more students coming in, especially from Afghanistan, Ukraine, and the DRC, we're running out of school supplies.
Please consider checking out our Amazon Wish List to help our students have the quality school supplies they deserve!
There have been a lot of new arrivals to the ELC recently and we're looking for volunteers to help us in the classroom on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Classroom volunteers help with small group activities, one-on-one practice, and material preparation.
If you're interested in volunteering with us, please check out or volunteer application:
We are so excited to welcome Judith to the ELC and to Boise!
Originally from DRC Congo, Judith lived in Namibia for over twenty years and has recently arrived in Boise. She has an Associates in Accounting and Auditing. She loves spending time helping people in different ways.
Since her arrival in Boise, Judith has often helped interpret for the IRC and volunteered with Global Talent on World Refugee Day. Her experiences as a refugee, with refugees, and with different language and cultural groups, gives her the strength, understanding and knowledge to help people to her very best ability.
Please join us in welcoming Judith!
ELC staff are celebrating 17 of our students passing up to a new English level this month!
Here we are with the graduation certificates for students moving from Beginning to Intermediate. Go team! 🥳🤩
This week we were honored to be awarded a grant by the Budding Philanthropists Foundation!! Laila Herstein presented us with grant and worked very hard to persuade her classmates that the ELC was worthy of their grant.
We are so grateful for the opportunity and love to see future generations so passionate about refugees in Boise.
Thank you, Laila and the Budding Philanthropists!
We are hiring a Teaching Assistant! The position is part-time and benefit eligible.
If you love working in a fun environment while doing something meaningful and fulfilling, this is the job for you! Please follow the link to apply.
Consider helping out the REACH program this summer by working with children from refugee backgrounds!
Calling volunteers in the Boise area! There's a great opportunity to hang out with students from refugee backgrounds this summer in our youth summer Reach program.
We meet from 12-3 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays and need some more hands on deck! From college students to retired folks, we invite you to join the fun.
Volunteers help with reading and craft projects alongside the Boise Public Library and other partners, chaperone field trips, help serve lunches and snacks, do set up and clean up, and just get to play a lot!
Please sign up here if you'd like to volunteer or lead an activity: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLvwI-v0cJgoYIjzxk7kZpX_KQO_BYh1ZSH4dA1VWKu1axQw/viewform
Pictured is Boise Bicycle Project's visit last summer to teach the kids about bike repairs. If you have a passion or skill you'd like to share with the students, let us know.
Thank you to all of our partners, including Agency for New Americans and The International Rescue Committee in Boise, and to Glocal Community Partners for being such amazing co-organizers.
Laptops are an important tool in our classrooms, and now we have a newly equipped computer lab thanks to a generous grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust! The new laptops equip students to strengthen their language and computer skills and prepare for success in the workplace.
When your students say that they made quacamole for Mother's Day, you make guacamole in class the next day! Alejandra and William talked us through their recipe. It was delicious 😋
We had such a great turnout! Thanks to everyone who made this possible.
If you didn't know, this week is Idaho Gives! A donation helps students like these have quality classroom supplies, access to computers, and a quality place to study. Any amount helps!
Here is a link to donate: https://www.idahogives.org/organizations/idaho-office-for-refugees-da4bfee7-30e7-4e83-86d5-20693fbfd757
We know the welcoming city of Boise has lots to give, so we appreciate all of your support!
If you prefer to make a tangible donation, feel free to check out our Amazon Wish List. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1NNRLJD1Y0U1G?ref_=wl_share
ELC Volunteers and students practice emergency vocabulary during Integrated Skills Class.
Students at the ELC practiced spelling by creating their own posters! We had fun drawing and sharing our ideas.
Integrated Skills teacher Ashley Hislop created cities on the floor of the ELC so that students could practice asking for and giving directions. Thanks ELC teachers and volunteers for helping students gain confidence and have fun!
We are so excited to update our computer lab so that we can provide even more digital literacy opportunities for our students.
Thank you so much M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust!!
We want to share huge thank you and shoutout to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, which has awarded a generous grant to Jannus, Inc. to improve technology and connectivity for new refugee arrivals in Boise.
Highlights include funding for translation and communication services for the Idaho Office for Refugees, new computers and supplies for the English Language Center, and smartphones for refugee arrivals at Agency for New Americans.
The pandemic brought to light a need for better digital connectivity and information sharing. This grant will make a huge difference, and we are so grateful!
Each of our new students gets a folder with lined paper, a pen, and a pencil when they begin classes, all because of YOU!
We recently received a generous donation of lined paper, but unfortunately, we only have about 15 folders left.
So, in the spirit of the new season upon us, please consider checking out our Amazon Wish List to help us make sure all of our new students receive the educational supplies they deserve.
Mustafa Sayedi, a member of the Treasure Valley community and Agency for New Americans client, has sadly and unexpectedly passed away. This unforeseen loss has deeply saddened and shaken his family. Mustafa was a loving son and devoted brother, and the family is absolutely heartbroken.
We are raising money and behalf and with the permission of the Sayedi family to support payment of medical expenses and funeral costs. The family recently resettled to the United States from Afghanistan and is still navigating their new life here in Boise, Idaho. The Sayedi family has been grateful for the support shown so far and can’t thank the community enough for aiding their family during this unbearably difficult time.
To donate to the Sayedi family, please click the link below to be directed to the Agency for New Americans donation portal. Please, clearly note that your donation to the Agency is for the Sayedi family in the comment section. All donations will go directly to the family to provide them support with rent, groceries, and other necessary expenses as they navigate this tragic time. Thank you for your support.
Come see us at the Idaho Conference on Refugees! We'll be leading a workshop about how we've used WhatsApp to stay connected to students and teach virtually throughout the pandemic.
Conference People have long been coming to Idaho to seek refuge and freedom, as well as build better lives. Our entire country is stronger when everyone feels safe and connected enough to fully participate in...
We were so overwhelmed by the amount of support the Boise community has shown us over the last few days!! Our latest Amazon haul has made us really feel the holiday spirit. A huge THANK YOU to those of you who helped us out.
This latest group of packages included classroom supplies, wireless mice, mousepads, face masks, and a corkboard! Each of these items will be put to great use soon.
Leave a comment or send us a private message if you were one of the people to support us recently, we'd love to send you a thank you note!
Here's our list again!
Do you enjoy working with energetic and caring people? Do you want to make a difference in new arrivals' lives?
Join our team! We promise you'll have fun and learn a lot along the way.
We are hiring a Teaching Assistant and a Teacher. Both positions are benefit eligible. There are options for part- and full-time.
Follow this link to apply. https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=e3313e20-2522-40e5-ab2e-8dbc95be059a&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US
We want to send a big THANK YOU to those of you who have purchased classroom supplies for our school!
Getting new and quality school supplies helps our new students feel the sense of belonging that is so important for their transition to Boise.
Thanks again! Please check out our Amazon Wish List if you'd like to show your support for new arrivals who are learning English and life skills to thrive in Boise.
Come say hi tomorrow during at Telaya Wine Co and enjoy some great food from Adelfa's Comida Cubana! A portion of all wine sales tomorrow (online and in-person) will be graciously donated to IOR.
More details: https://tockify.com/idahorefugees/detail/18/1636135200000
Learn how to make some yummy dishes with the Refugees Speakers Bureau!
Cross-Culinary Kits & Classes Building bridges through cross-culinary adventures! As part of Welcoming America's Welcoming Week campaign, we are partnering with individuals and organizations to do monthly cooking kits and...
You're invited to join us this Friday at Telaya Wine Co which is graciously donating 10% of all wine sales that day to IOR!
12-7:30 p.m.: Enjoy a glass of wine at Telaya's beautiful tasting room along the Boise River.
3:30-7:30 p.m.: Come say hi to the IOR team at our booth and learn more about our work in Idaho.
4-7 p.m.: Delicious food will be available from Adelfa's Comida Cubana
Telaya is located at 240 E. 42nd St. in Garden City. If you prefer to buy online, 10% of all online sales that day will also support IOR.
We still have some spots available in our next citizenship class! The free six-week course starts this Monday, Nov. 1.
If you know someone preparing to take the citizenship exam, please feel free to share these resources, available below in Swahili, Spanish, Kinyarwanda and English.
Today Lucy introduced herself to her new class. She said "I speak Kibembe, Kiswahili, and a little English."
We were so happy to celebrate her advancement to a new level of English. When we gave her the certificate, we told her, "You know more than a little English!" She smiled.
Photos from Idaho Office for Refugees's post
Join us at 12 p.m. MT today for a community panel on Idaho's role in resettling allies and other vulnerable residents of Afghanistan. We'll hear from Idaho resettlement agency directors, a former refugee, and a U.S. Marine veteran. We're grateful to them for sharing their insight and perspective and addressing questions from the community.
Register here: https://www.idahorefugees.org/blog
Thank you to our partners Agency for New Americans , The International Rescue Committee in Boise and CSIRP .
Do you know anyone interested in preparing for the US Citizenship test? We have a class for that!
The English Language Center is offering in-person classes at our new location!
Help us settle a debate, is our new flyer:
red and blue
orange and blue?
Free Citizenship Classes this summer at Whittier Community Center!!
Please call 208-949-0238 or email [email protected] for more information.
This time last year, the English Language Center was getting ready for our annual Holiday Celebration and we were humbled and inspired by the outpouring of generosity we were receiving from our community.
This year, the holidays are going to look a little different but our community is still as amazing as ever. We may not be able to gather together, but the English Language Center still wants to spread some love and welcome this holiday season.
Please click on the link below to find out how you can help Refugees in the Treasure Valley celebrate this year:
Here's a video to give you more practice about Cheap vs. Expensive, and comparatives and superlatives!
Refugees Welcome in Idaho
Questions about the United States election process? Check out this video from Chelsea!
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