English Class Graduates at NYCC


With funding from CWE, New York Communities for Change provides English classes at six sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx, serving a wide range of our city's immigrant communities. The classes start in October and run through June, when students graduate and can move on to a high level class the following year.


At this summer's graduation, NYCC surprised students and teachers with caps and gowns to celebrate their accomplishments over the past year.


Classes are held in locations that allow many different communities to participate. At this class hosted by St. Paul’s Church in Flatbush, many of the participants are from Latin America, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador. Elsewhere, classes cater to Hatian, West African, or other immigrant groups.


At each graduation, students cook traditional food from their home countries and share it with the class. They also perform songs or skits to show off their growing English fluency.