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A Guide to Community-Based Organizations for Immigrants

An informed, empowered community of parents, guardians and other persons in parental relation is critical to ensuring that Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners (MLLs/ELLs) are well supported and thrive. The New York State Education Department's Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) has created A Guide to Community-Based Organizations for Immigrants which provides a list of organizations throughout New York State. Each organization offers a variety of services. Some of these services include, advocacy & community engagement, health care & insurance, housing, labor & employment, legal services & lawful status, public assistance, safety, and youth & education, that may be useful to parents and communities.

OBEWL is committed to supporting MLLs/ELLs and their families across New York State. Parents of MLLs/ELLs and former MLLs/ELLs are encouraged to contact these organizations when they need assistance. When families’ needs are supported, children have a base to build upon in order to achieve academic success and become college and career ready. 

The guides are organized by New York State region:

Capital Region CBO Guide

Hudson Valley CBO Guide

Long Island CBO Guide

Mid-state CBO Guide

Mid-west CBO Guide

New York City CBO Guide

Western Region CBO Guide

The guides have been translated into the following five languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.  Click on the blue boxes below to access guides in these languages.

Updated 3/6/19