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Intro2America

The Intro2America Program addresses the special challenges facing newly arrived immigrant high school students with little or no English language skills to the Yonkers Public Schools.   The Intro2America program assigns bilingual volunteers to work with students on a one-to-one basis to increase their communications skills and familiarize them with American culture.


  


Watch Intro2America on "Tiempo" !

On Sunday, March 30 at 11:30am on ABC's "Tiempo",  Marla Hurban, JCY-Westchester Community Partners Director of Intergenerational Programs, Dr. Edwin Quezada, Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education, Yonkers Public Schools, and Lincoln High School student Samuel Ramos talked with Joe Torre about our wonderful Intro2America program.

 

Thanks to generous funding from the New York Life Foundation, The Intro2America Program provides an enriched environment for learning and addressing the special challenges facing immigrant high school students with little or no English language skills in the Yonkers Public Schools.  Trained bilingual community members are engaged as volunteers and work with them on a one-to-one basis to increase their communications skills, familiarize them with American culture and improve their reading skills.

 

"Tiempo" is a weekly round-table discussion show about topics affecting and relating to Hispanic citizens.


 If you missed the broadcast, scroll down to see it here in two parts:


Our goal is to provide newly arrived immigrant students with a bilingual mentor who can offer a safe, comfortable haven within their own school where the student can receive academic and personal assistance. A bilingual mentor will give a student the chance to pose questions and share his/her opinion.


Our two ESL Centers, sponsored by NewYorkLife, are open throughout the school day in Yonkers High School and Lincoln High School for students to receive language, academic, social, and cultural

assistance.


We currently have students who speak Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Creole and Bengali, and expect more newcomers who speak other languages as well. Mentors are required to make a minimum weekly commitment of 90 minutes per week.

The program is currently being held at Yonkers High School and Lincoln High School.