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Guide to Community-based Organizations for Immigrants

March 7, 2019

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 and have been translated into five languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Russsina, and Spanish.