by the numbers

This past year (2018-19) was a busy one for English in Action.

At a glance:

  • 397 students participated in our programs.
  • 309 volunteer tutors donated more than 7,500 hours of their time.

As a result:

    • 86% of our students showed measurable improvements in their oral, reading and/or writing skills after one year in the program
    • 95% of students report improved self-confidence
    • Nearly 70% 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
  • Nearly 40% of our students report a greater sense of community belonging
  • 85% of tutors reported a substantially increased understanding of issues faced by immigrants

Highlights:

English In Action events help raise awareness of our work in the Aspen Valley and bring together community members from all walks of life:

  • In August 2019, close to 300 community members joined us for our second summer benefit at the Hotel Jerome, featuring inspired words by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and New York Times correspondent David Sanger.
  • In October 2019, over 600 diverse community members supported the Fiesta de Tamales at new venue Basalt High School, sharing in an amazing celebration of culture and community.
  • In May and November 2019, our Immigrant Voices storytelling events enlightened and entertained audiences at Aspen Chapel and Thunder River Theatre Company.