Portraits of Success

Worker Education Program, Dorchester

 Through ESOL classes offered by his union, SEIU 1199, Jean Bellevue has improved his English language skills, allowing him to not only interact with nursing facility patients but also helping him participate in his union bargaining committee as the representative elected by kitchen staff. Meet Jean.

Mujeres Unidas

 Mujeres Unidas en Acción, Dorchester

With the help of Mujeres Unidas' focus on leadership and strength, Reyna Tejada found her way out of challenging circumstances and became a role model in her community.  This is Reyna's success story.

Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain Community Centers Adult Learning Program, Jamaica Plain

Teaching English classes which are relevant to newcomers can make all the difference - this class teaches students how to navigate the health care system.  Nazmi has overcome barriers which prevented him from talking to doctors.  Fatima is able to fill out healthcare applications.  See how Nazmi, Fatima and others learned English which was useful for their everyday lives


Irish Immigration Center, Downtown Boston
Learning English helps lead a student down the path to citizenship.  Eunice knew that learning English would open many doors for her, including a pathway to citizenship. The Irish Immigration Center helps students transition from ESOL to citizenship - find out how.



Gardner Pilot Academy, Allston

Learning English helps parents participate in the education of their children.  Deni was once shy and unable to communicate with teachers. He is now an active parent at his children's school and is able to communicate better with his own family.  This unique program strengthens our schools and communities.  Meet Deni Barrios.


Boston Marine Industrial Park, South Boston

This pilot initiative brings together businesses at the Boston Industrial Marine Park to expand ESOL into the workplace. ESOL in the workplace is good for workers and good for business - read about Juan and Sonia to see why.


Ed Dev.Educational Development Group, Boston

Nathalie came to the U.S. from Haiti two years ago and spoke no English. Now she's enrolled at UMass and on track to becoming a lawyer.  How did Educational Development Group make this possible?

College Bound Dorchester, DorchesterCollege Bound 

Paid-release time for English classes gives an employee and mother of two the opportunity to  develop her language skills and advance in her career.  Find out how immigrants can work and learn by reading Quinley's story.


Asian American Civic Association, Chinatown

In Myanmar, Tracy had to quit school and work to help her family. Today, her English skills have allowed her to pursue an accounting degree at Northeastern University.  Learn more about what the Asian American Civic Association has done for Tracy.


ABCD South Side Head Start Adult ESOL Program, Roslindale

ABCD Portrait

 Vyoulit came to the US 11 years ago after losing her daughter to violence in Lebanon. Learning English allowed her to find success by returning to her lifelong profession as a seamstress. She now holds a permanent, benefited position at the dry cleaner Zoots, and sews habits for the Daughters of St. Paul.  Read more about Vyoulit's success.