by the numbers
This past year (2017-18) was a busy one for English in Action.
At a glance:
- 368 students participated in our programs.
- 248 volunteer tutors donated more than 5,500 hours of their time.
As a result:
- More than 90% of our students showed measurable improvements in their oral, reading and/or writing skills after one year in the program
- More than 90% of students report improved self-confidence
- Nearly 75% report increased participation in activities that were previously difficult, including speaking to customers, shopping in stores, attending parent-teacher conferences and taking community college classes
- Many of our students get better jobs, attain citizenship or earn a GED
- 60% of our students report a greater sense of community belonging
- 80% of tutors reported a substantially increased understanding of issues faced by immigrants
English In Action held two major events, bringing together community members from all walks of life:
- In August 2018, 300 community members joined us for our summer benefit at the Hotel Jerome, featuring inspired words by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
- In October 2018, 500 diverse community members supported the Fiesta de Tamales at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel, sharing in an amazing celebration of culture and community.
- In November 2018, our second annual Immigrant Voices event attracted another sold-out audience who enjoyed live tales of harrowing and humorous immigrant experiences.