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Harlem New Americans Welcome Center

Welcome to the
Harlem New Americans Welcome Center

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Please join the New Americans Initiative at the Harlem YMCA for a Know Your Rights panel featuring prominent legal and social service organizations from around New York City, including the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York Immigration Coalition, African Services Committee, Manhattan Legal Services, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, and the Immigrant Community Law Center. Have all of your questions about immigration, immigrants’ rights, and related topics answered by experts working in the field. Also, learn how to protect and find services for yourself, your loved ones, or anyone you know who may need legal representation and/or aid.
 
Following the panel, a light reception of food and drinks from local, immigrant-run restaurants will be available for your enjoyment. For any questions about the event, please email Harlem NAI Program Director Kaitlin Griswold at kgriswold@ymcanyc.org.
 
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/know-your-rights-immigration-and-legal-panel-the-harlem-ymca-tickets-37216335060
 


 

As of the 2000 census, more than 35% of City’s residents are foreign-born and 43% of the City’s workforce are immigrants. Nearly 70% of the total immigrant population in New York speak a language other than English. Within this group, 23% do not speak English well and about 10% do not speak English at all.

Most of these immigrants live in population clusters that are underserved for informational, education, recreational, vocational, advocacy and human services that the YMCA of Greater New York is in a position to provide directly as well as in collaboration with other human service and immigrant–service agencies.

The YMCA of Greater New York is committed to serving the immigrant population of the City, and, in response to their needs, has opened New Americans Welcome Centers to help immigrants achieve literacy, cultural competence, and self-sufficiency. The goal of the YMCA is to be recognized by every New American as a “safe haven” that provides multilingual information, resources and referrals and a wide range of services (instructional, vocational, recreational, and family support) that will help them attain their goals.

The New Americans Welcome Centers serve as multilingual information resource and referral centers, and provide immigrant families with a wide array of instructional, vocational, recreational, family support, and social services. Instructional services include English as a Second Language, Cultural Orientation, Citizenship Preparation, Job Readiness, and Computer Literacy. In addition, some of our Centers offer Adult Literacy and GED preparation classes as well as Substance Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Counseling.

Come in and register for our Fall Classes!  Click the links below for our registration dates and times.


For more information on the Harlem YMCA New Americans Welcome Center, please contact:

Kaitlin Griswold
Program Coordinator
Tel. 212-912-2163
Email: kgriswold@ymcanyc.org


James Anderson
Program Counselor
Tel. 212-912-2165
Email: jaanderson@ymcanyc.org