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By the Numbers What's happing with us

FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021

Like all organizations, the global pandemic has presented many challenges as well as opportunities for growth. After a temporary hold on programming in early 2020, our participant numbers rebounded to just 10% below fiscal year 2019-2020.

At a glance:

In total, 302 students and 236 volunteers directly participated with English In Action’s programs.

  • 197 students participated in our Individual Tutoring program with the help of 188 volunteers.
  • 62 students participated in Small Group Tutoring sessions (10 week classes with groups of 2-10 students) with the support of 12 tutors.
  • 59 students participated in our Open Hours drop-in classes with the help of 16 tutors.
  • 25 students participated in our new Digital Literacy program and received a complementary laptop or tablet upon graduation.
  • Approximately 600 students, tutors and family members participated in our Community Engagement activities, including community events, civic engagement activities, volunteering and other enriching activities.

Our outcome measures are as follows for students completing a year+ in individual tutoring:

  • 84% of students improved their skills & test scores (speaking, listening, reading)
  • 80% of students improved their attitudes (self-confidence, sense for potential, etc.)
  • 68% of students increased their action (being able to do things that were difficult due to language barriers, such as taking a leadership role at work, speaking to a child’s teacher, etc.)
  • 35% of students improved their life condition (getting a better job, a GED, U.S. citizenship, finding a better or safer living situation, etc.)
  • 40% of students reported an increased sense of belonging in the community.
  • 77% of tutors reported a substantially increased understanding of issues faced by immigrants, and 92% reported a strong relationship with their student.

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:

  • Our annual Celebrating Our Students picnic returned to an in-person format in July 2021 and brought together 92 students, tutors, and family member for acknowledgements, a shared meal, and conversation practice.
  • In September 2021, 160+ guests gathered for our Summer Benefit at the Aspen Art Museum’s rooftop café to enjoy a mission-centric program featuring author Francisco Cantú in conversation with immigration expert Ali Noorani.
  • In October 2020 and again in November 2021, our Immigrant Voices storytelling events enlightened and entertained audiences both online and live at The Arts Campus at Willits, respectively.