Enroot bridges the gap between education and a life full of possibilities. We participate in the movement to make America the most welcoming country on earth by helping immigrant students thrive within our education system. Our students are global citizens and we celebrate their individuality. We provide low-income immigrant teens in Cambridge and Somerville, MA the space to dream big and the tools to succeed by providing mentoring, academic support, internships, and leadership development.
In recent years families have immigrated to the US in record numbers, fleeing violence, religious persecution, and seeking economic opportunity. The communities they settle in are often overwhelmed by the unexpected influx of new community members and lack the infrastructure to fully support their successful transition to a new life in the United States. Adequately supporting the growing English Language Learner student population remains a major challenge for most communities.
Enroot's multi-year model enables us to leverage established and long-lasting student relationships to achieve the targeted support that immigrant students need to persist through high school and college. Enroot's progressive program model spans four to six years of a student's high school to college trajectory. Complementing school day supports with robust after-school programming greatly accelerates our students' pace of language acquisition.
In Cambridge, 42% of students go on to graduate from college in six years, while only 17% of English Language Learners graduate from college. In spite of this, according to our most recent alumni impact study, nearly 55% of Enroot alumni go on to graduate from college, a rate nearly triple that of their peers. By providing wrap-around support that tackles the unique challenges facing low-income immigrant students, Enroot narrows the achievement gap.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).