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Harlem New Americans Welcome Center

Welcome to the Harlem YMCA New Americans Welcome Center

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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 2018 Winter 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

James Anderson
Program Counselor
Tel. 212-912-2165