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Prospect Park New Americans Welcome Center

Welcome to the Prospect Park YMCA
New Americans Welcome Center

As of the 2010 census, more than 37 percent of city’s residents are foreign-born and 43 percent of the city’s workforce are immigrants. Nearly 85 percent of the total immigrant population in New York speak a language other than English. Within this group, 19 percent do not speak English well, and about 10 percent do not speak English at all.

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

The YMCA 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.


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

Nabila Khan
Program Director, New Americans Welcome Center
Tel. 212-912-2375
Alejandro Vilar
Program Coordinator, New Americans Welcome Center
Tel: 212-912-2378

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Bangla, Italian, Creole, French, Punjabi