After-School Program for Immigrant Teens

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After-School Program for Immigrant Teens
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After-School Program for Immigrant Teens
After-School Program for Immigrant Teens
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After-School Program for Immigrant Teens
After-School Program for Immigrant Teens
After-School Program for Immigrant Teens
Math Learning Circles
Math Learning Circles

Enroot is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. For the past 28 years, Enroot has directed programming for low-income immigrant high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) with program alumni graduating college at more than twice the rate of their peers with demonstrated increases in self-confidence, advocacy, and leadership skills. In 2016 Enroot expanded beyond Cambridge to serve the growing immigrant population at Somerville High School. And in 2018, Enroot piloted a College Success Program with the goal of supporting high school graduates of our program in their first two critical years of post-secondary education. 

By providing wrap-around support that tackles the unique challenges facing low-income immigrant students, we narrow the achievement gap between Enroot students and their native-born peers. We do this by supporting students throughout the process of integrating into their school and community and by partnering closely with school staff and municipal departments in both communities. Enroot also receives financial support and in-kind donations of office and programmatic space from school and city partners, enabling the organization to operate effectively within the fabric of the school community.

Enroot’s progressive program model spans 4-6 years of a student's high school to college trajectory. We provide a holistic program model taking into account students' academic needs, need for community connection and belonging, as well as their social-emotional needs. We recruit students designated as English Language Learners (ELLs) or Formerly Limited English Proficient (FLEP).

Complementing school day supports with robust after-school programming greatly accelerates our students’ pace of language acquisition, enabling them to more quickly transition out of academically segregated departments and ensuring they are given access to the resources to succeed. Our program model is designed to serve students with different levels of English language proficiency with activities and supports appropriate to their level (as measured by their school-designated ELL level, with “ELL 1” being the most basic and “ELL 4” being the most advanced). Students who are just beginning to learn English enroll in the Explore program, which pairs each student with a mentor and provides brief weekly workshops, attended by student and mentor, designed to help students navigate their new community.

Students typically spend one year in the Explore Program before transitioning to the more intense Leadership Program, where students designated as ELL 3 and 4 engage in activities designed to increase access to postsecondary and career opportunities. Students meet once a week for 90 minutes with their mentor and on a separate evening for 90 minutes with their academic tutor. Recognizing that Math is an indicator for students, especially at-risk youth, for achievement gaps and drop out rates, Enroot partnered with Lesley University and introduced math learning circles for students in Somerville. These supplement and enhance students’ exposure and perspective about math learning through math games and help students challenge stereotypes about who a mathematician is. The math seminars take place once a month during the school calendar. 

In the weekly Leadership Seminars, students explore post-secondary pathways and career interests, gain practical professional skills, and become increasingly engaged in the community. Additionally, students attend field trips to local colleges and universities, visit local workplaces, and hear from immigrant leaders in Somerville. Students have an opportunity during their 6-year relationship with Enroot to experience a professional work experience through a paid professional internship at one of our many internship partners. In addition to the internship experience, Enroot has piloted job shadow experiences during vacation weeks. Enroot students have spent half a day shadowing professionals at companies like TripAdvisor, Google, Akamai, and Broad Institute. We continue to explore and develop similar opportunities with Microsoft, Biogen, and other companies in STEM fields.

Navigating high school, post-secondary preparation and college are full of complexities and decisions that bear long term consequences. This is especially true for our English learner students, many of whom will be first-generation students on college campuses. Bob Dumas of Boston25 spent some time interviewing an Enroot alumnus, current students and staff, as well as filming a weekly seminar workshop featuring several community leaders and discussing advocacy. You can view the segment HERE.

All Enroot high school juniors and seniors participate in bi-monthly post-secondary workshops with their mentor to ensure they have the tools and the guidance necessary to make a clear, actionable post-secondary plan. Seniors explore college options, research and apply for financial aid, and plan for the upcoming transition to post-secondary education. Juniors begin preparing for the activities involved in applying to college, such as practicing the SAT’s, visiting local universities, and ensuring their academic performance matches their desired postsecondary path. Enroot brings guest speakers from partner organizations including UAspire, Eastern Bank, as well as Somerville High guidance counselors to speak on issues like financial aid, budgeting during the first year, writing a strong scholarship essay, and making a sound acceptance decision. We also invite first-generation current college students and Enroot alums to speak to seniors about their experience transitioning to college and finding support on campus.

We are proud of how many Enroot alumni go on to beat the odds and complete college, but we know we can do even better. That’s why in 2018 we introduced an extension of our high school programming to continue serving students during the pivotal transition through their first two years of college. One of the reasons this specific metric matters so much to Enroot is that research demonstrates that college degree holders enjoy, on average, the lifetime earnings potential of $1 million more than those who don’t complete college. In addition to being a game changer for the financial stability of their families, this increased earning potential could also represent an important economic contribution to the communities in which they work and reside. Enroot’s College Success Program aims to improve college completion rates for first-generation ELL students by continuing to support Enroot high school graduates during their first two years of college. This takes the form of continued 1-1 support with their mentor and frequent 1-1 coaching from Enroot’s staff. Enroot will also work to identify professional internship opportunities for College Success students at the offices of corporate sponsors.

All of our programming is traditionally in-person. However, in March of 2020, we committed to providing a multi-faceted virtual support system for students given the COVID-19 public health crisis. We incorporated providing support with the navigation of health, social-emotional needs, housing, technology, and financial resources. We are committed to ensuring students are provided access to English learning, academic support, and post secondary opportunities while continuing to be remote and navigating a new distance-learning environment. We continue to conduct the necessary research and development to transition the components of our program that are more challenging in a virtual setting, such as opportunities for internships, job shadowing, office visits and college visits.

Immigrant Student Success: Midline, a senior graduate this year from CRLS was an Enroot Leadership student for 3 years. She thought that she was not going to get into any of the colleges/universities of her choice. However, she got into all 4 schools that she applied to. Her mentor, and Enroot Board Member, Deborah Downes, recently said, "The hallmark of mentoring Midline is how diligent she is, taking ten honors courses during her tenure at CRLS in order to prepare herself for college-level work. She follows through with all the opportunities that Enroot provides and has been a role model for other immigrant students who have college aspirations. She applied to four colleges and was accepted at all four. Midline plans to major in biology and she will be pursuing a nursing degree.” 

 

Join Us!

Enroot Celebrates Immigrant Leaders!

DATE: Thursday, October 22, 2020

TIME: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Zoom Event

REGISTER HERE: bit.ly/enrootoct22

We invite you to join us as we celebrate first and second-generation immigrant leaders, and their essential contributions to advancing the movement for racial equity and the response to the Covid-19 crisis. The evening will include a performance by U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo followed by a panel featuring Betty Francisco, Michel Bamani, Yvette Modestin, and Chirfi Guindo.

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Enroot | Making a difference in the lives of immigrant students and creating belonging


Enroot is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. For the past 28 years, Enroot has directed programming for low-income immigrant high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) with program alumni graduating college at more than twice the rate of their peers with demonstrated increases in self-confidence, advocacy, and leadership skills. In 2016 Enroot expanded beyond Cambridge to serve the growing immigrant population at Somerville High School.

By providing wrap-around support that tackles the unique challenges facing low-income immigrant students, we narrow the achievement gap between Enroot students and their native-born peers. We do this by supporting students throughout the process of integrating into their school and community and by partnering closely with school staff and municipal departments in both communities. Enroot also receives financial support and in-kind donations of office and programmatic space from school and city partners, enabling the organization to operate effectively within the fabric of the school community.

Enroot’s progressive program model spans 4-6 years of a student's high school to college trajectory. We recruit students designated as English Language Learners (ELLs) or Formerly Limited English Proficient (FLEP). Complementing school day supports with robust after-school programming greatly accelerates our students’ pace of language acquisition, enabling them to more quickly transition out of academically segregated departments and ensuring they are given access to the resources to succeed. Our program model is designed to serve students with different levels of English language proficiency with activities and supports appropriate to their level (as measured by their school-designated ELL level, with “ELL 1” being the most basic and “ELL 4” being the most advanced). Students who are just beginning to learn English enroll in

the Explore program, which pairs each student with a mentor and provides brief weekly workshops, attended by student and mentor, designed to help students navigate their new community.

Students typically spend one year in the Explore Program before transitioning to the more intense Leadership Program, where students designated as ELL 3 and 4 engage in activities designed to increase access to postsecondary and career opportunities. Students meet once a week for 90 minutes with their mentor and on a separate evening for 90 minutes with their academic tutor. In response to concerns shared by school and district leadership over student performance in mathematics, Enroot is considering adding some group tutoring or ‘math workshop’ opportunities at other times of day for our students.

In the weekly Leadership Seminars, students explore post-secondary pathways and career interests, gain practical professional skills, and become increasingly engaged in the community. Additionally, students attend field trips to local colleges and universities, visit local workplaces, and hear from immigrant leaders in Somerville. Students have an opportunity during their 6-year relationship with Enroot to experience a professional work experience through a paid professional internship at one of our many internship partners.

In addition to the internship experience, Enroot has piloted job shadow experiences during vacation weeks. Enroot students have spent half a day shadowing professionals at companies like TripAdvisor, Google, Akamai, and Broad Institute. We continue to explore and develop similar opportunities with Microsoft, Biogen, and other companies in STEM fields.

Navigating high school, post-secondary preparation and college are full of complexities and decisions that bear long term consequences. This is especially true for our English learner students, many of whom will be first-generation students on college campuses. Bob Dumas of Boston25 spent some time interviewing an Enroot alumnus, current students and staff, as well as filming a weekly seminar workshop featuring several community leaders and discussing advocacy. You can view the segment HERE.

All Enroot high school juniors and seniors participate in bi-monthly post-secondary workshops with their mentor to ensure they have the tools and the guidance necessary to make a clear, actionable post-secondary plan. Seniors explore college options, research and apply for financial aid, and plan for the upcoming transition to post-secondary education. Juniors begin preparing for the activities involved in applying to college, such as practicing the SAT’s, visiting local universities, and ensuring their academic performance matches their desired postsecondary path. Enroot brings guest speakers from partner organizations including UAspire, Eastern Bank, as well as Somerville High guidance counselors to speak on issues like financial aid, budgeting during the first year, writing a strong scholarship essay, and making a sound acceptance decision. We also invite first-generation current college students and Enroot alums to speak to seniors about their experience transitioning to college and finding support on campus.

Enroot's first Annual Career Night: Last year Enroot brought together high school seniors, college students, program alumni, and volunteers to participate in our first-ever Enroot Career Night. Each student conducted mock interviews with volunteers or alumni, played career-related games, and exercised their networking muscles. The impact was palpable, and alumni and students can expect more opportunities to connect and collaborate in the upcoming months and years!

Our Vision For The Future Over the last 5 years, we have significantly increased the number of students we serve, serving over 200 now, while also expanding the depth and breadth of our program. We are proud of how many Enroot alumni go on to beat the odds and complete college, but we know we can do even better. That’s why in 2018 we introduced an extension of our high school programming to continue serving students during the pivotal transition through their first two years of college. One of the reasons this specific metric matters so much to Enroot is that research demonstrates that college degree holders enjoy, on average, the lifetime earnings potential of $1 million more than those who don’t complete college. In addition to being a game changer for the financial stability of their families, this increased earning potential could also represent an important economic contribution to the communities in which they work and reside. Enroot’s College Success Program aims to improve college completion rates for first-generation ELL students by continuing to support Enroot high school graduates during their first two years of college. This takes the form of continued 1-1 support with their mentor and frequent 1-1 coaching from Enroot’s staff. Enroot will also work to identify professional internship opportunities for College Success students at the offices of corporate sponsors.

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Enroot is an organization dedicated to empowering immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. For the past 26 years, Enroot has directed programming for low-income immigrant high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) with program alumni graduating college at more than twice the rate of their peers with demonstrated increases in self-confidence, advocacy, and leadership skills. In 2016 Enroot expanded beyond Cambridge to serve the growing immigrant population at Somerville High School. In 2018, Enroot began serving college students as well, following our high schoolers into their first two years of college, when they’re most vulnerable of falling short of their full potential. 

After doing this work for a quarter of a century, Enroot is in a unique position to identify the multitude of challenges facing low-income immigrant students and go about tackling them. Through our work, we narrow the achievement gap between Enroot students and their native-born peers. Navigating high school, post-secondary preparation and college are full of complexities and decisions that bear long term consequences. This is especially true for our English learner students, many of whom will be first-generation students on college campuses. Bob Dumas of Boston25 spent some time interviewing an Enroot alumnus, current students and staff, as well as filming a weekly seminar-workshop featuring several community leaders and discussing advocacy. The segment aired three times on April 16 and can be viewed HERE

Our model begins with being fully committing to the students we serve. Schools recommend students to our program as soon as students arrive in the country and we serve these students throughout their high school career, often following them for 2 years into college. All of our students are English Language Learners (ELLs) or Formerly Limited English Proficient (FLEP) and greatly benefit from being paired one-on-one with a mentor. Mentoring is at the core of our model, as students not only value from practicing English one-on-one with an adult, but also greatly benefit from the social-emotional support and cultural capital they can gain from a mentor dedicated to helping them achieve their goals. 

Our program model is designed to serve students with different levels of English language proficiency with activities and supports appropriate to their level (as measured by their school-designated ELL level, with “ELL 1” being the most basic and “ELL 4” being the most advanced). At all levels, complementing school day supports with robust after-school programming greatly accelerates our students’ pace of language acquisition, enabling them to more quickly transition out of academically segregated departments and ensuring they are given access to the resources to succeed. 

Students who are just beginning to learn English enroll in the Explore program, which pairs each student with a mentor and provides brief weekly workshops, attended by student and mentor, designed to help students navigate their new community. 

Students typically spend one year in the Explore Program before transitioning to the more intense Leadership Program, where students designated as ELL 3 and 4 engage in activities designed to increase access to postsecondary and career opportunities. Students meet once a week for 90 minutes with their mentor and on a separate evening for 90 minutes with their academic tutor. In the weekly Leadership Seminars, students explore post-secondary pathways and career interests, gain practical professional skills, and become increasingly engaged in the community. Additionally, students attend field trips to local colleges and universities, visit local workplaces, and hear from immigrant leaders in Somerville. Students have an opportunity during their 6-year relationship with Enroot to experience a professional work experience through a paid professional internship at one of our many internship partners, including companies like TripAdvisor, Google, Akamai, and the Broad Institute. 

For students who are under a greater deal of financial stress, it can be hard to dedicate their out-of-school to Enroot rather than to a job. For that reason, this past year we created the Emerge cohort for students who could still greatly benefit from being paired one-on-one with a mentor without having to sacrifice the same time commitments. Emerge students meet once a week for an hour with their mentor and also receive ongoing support from Enroot staff when needed. 

In our most recent Letter to the Community (attached below), we encouraged our communities to stand up in the face of hatred and find motivation in our students. As immigrants, our students sacrificed what was familiar in the hope that they would find greater security, stability, and opportunity. They knew it wouldn’t be easy but expected that for the most part they would be welcomed and encouraged to become their best.

Take a moment to look carefully at the photo I’ve included here. These are immigrant students. They are loving, they are driven, they are spunky, they are wise, they are unselfish, they are resilient, they are courageous. They are future coders, lawyers, inventors, engineers, carpenters, elected officials, pediatricians, accountants, social workers, they are the leaders of today and tomorrow. This is the true narrative of these young people.

The inhumane conditions at detention facilities, the threatened crackdown, and the many other attempts to instill fear in immigrant families require that each of us stand up with renewed vigor and use our voices to protect not only the dignity of immigrant families but also our very identity as a country. It is not an exaggeration to say this has become a fight for the soul of our nation.

This fight will not be won by simply expressing our frustration and disgust to those around us who nod in agreement. 

This moment requires we each stand up, volunteer more time, donate more money, and speak out with more courage and more urgency. Each time they ratchet up their racist rhetoric and tactics we must again raise the volume of our message of love, inclusion, and humanity. 

Let's raise our collective voice to a decibel never before heard, in a reaffirmation of who we are - a country that is compassionate and understands that we are strengthened by immigrants every single day. 

 

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Enroot | Making a difference in the lives of immigrant students and creating belonging

Enroot is a community-based nonprofit with a mission to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. For the past 26 years, Enroot has directed programming for low-income immigrant high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) with program alumni graduating college at more than twice the rate of their peers with demonstrated increases in self-confidence, advocacy, and leadership skills. In 2016 Enroot expanded beyond Cambridge to serve the growing immigrant population at Somerville High School.

By providing wrap-around support that tackles the unique challenges facing low-income immigrant students, we narrow the achievement gap between Enroot students and their native-born peers. We do this by supporting students throughout the process of integrating into their school and community and by partnering closely with school staff and municipal departments in both communities. Enroot also receives financial support and in-kind donations of office and programmatic space from school and city partners, enabling the organization to operate effectively within the fabric of the school community.

Enroot’s progressive program model spans 4-6 years of a student's high school to college trajectory. We recruit students designated as English Language Learners (ELLs) or Formerly Limited English Proficient (FLEP). Complementing school day supports with robust after-school programming greatly accelerates our students’ pace of language acquisition, enabling them to more quickly transition out of academically segregated departments and ensuring they are given access to the resources to succeed. Our program model is designed to serve students with different levels of English language proficiency with activities and supports appropriate to their level (as measured by their school-designated ELL level, with “ELL 1” being the most basic and “ELL 4” being the most advanced). Students who are just beginning to learn English enroll in

the Explore program, which pairs each student with a mentor and provides brief weekly workshops, attended by student and mentor, designed to help students navigate their new community.

Students typically spend one year in the Explore Program before transitioning to the more intense Leadership Program, where students designated as ELL 3 and 4 engage in activities designed to increase access to postsecondary and career opportunities. Students meet once a week for 90 minutes with their mentor and on a separate evening for 90 minutes with their academic tutor. In response to concerns shared by school and district leadership over student performance in mathematics, Enroot is considering adding some group tutoring or ‘math workshop’ opportunities at other times of day for our students.

In the weekly Leadership Seminars, students explore post-secondary pathways and career interests, gain practical professional skills, and become increasingly engaged in the community. Additionally, students attend field trips to local colleges and universities, visit local workplaces, and hear from immigrant leaders in Somerville. Students have an opportunity during their 6-year relationship with Enroot to experience a professional work experience through a paid professional internship at one of our many internship partners.

In addition to the internship experience, this year Enroot piloted job shadow experiences during vacation weeks. During February vacation Enroot students spent half a day shadowing professionals at companies like TripAdvisor, Google, Akamai, and Broad Institute. We are developing similar opportunities for April vacation with Microsoft, Biogen, and other companies in STEM fields.

Navigating high school, post-secondary preparation and college are full of complexities and decisions that bear long term consequences. This is especially true for our English learner students, many of whom will be first-generation students on college campuses. Bob Dumas of Boston25 spent some time interviewing an Enroot alumnus, current students and staff, as well as filming a weekly seminar workshop featuring several community leaders and discussing advocacy. The segment aired three times on April 16 and can be viewed HERE.

All Enroot high school juniors and seniors participate in bi-monthly post-secondary workshops with their mentor to ensure they have the tools and the guidance necessary to make a clear, actionable post-secondary plan. Seniors explore college options, research and apply for financial aid, and plan for the upcoming transition to post-secondary education. Juniors begin preparing for the activities involved in applying to college, such as practicing the SAT’s, visiting local universities, and ensuring their academic performance matches their desired postsecondary path. Enroot brings guest speakers from partner organizations including UAspire, Eastern Bank, as well as Somerville High guidance

counselors to speak on issues like financial aid, budgeting during the first year, writing a strong scholarship essay, and making a sound acceptance decision. We also invite first-generation current college students and Enroot alums to speak to seniors about their experience transitioning to college and finding support on campus.

Enroot's first Annual Career Night: Enroot brought together high school seniors, college students, program alumni, and volunteers to participate in our first ever Enroot Career Night. Each student conducted mock interviews with volunteers or alumni, played career-related games, and exercised their networking muscles. The impact was palpable, and alumni and students can expect more opportunities to connect and collaborate in the upcoming months and years!

Our Vision For The Future Over the last 5 years, we have significantly increased the number of students we serve, from 30 to 175, while also expanding the depth and breadth of our program. We are proud of how many Enroot alumni go on to beat the odds and complete college, but we know we can do even better. That’s why this year we introduced an extension of our high school programming to continue serving students during the pivotal transition through their first two years of college. One of the reasons this specific metric matters so much to Enroot is that research demonstrates that college degree holders enjoy, on average, the lifetime earnings potential of $1 million more than those who don’t complete college. In addition to being a game changer for the financial stability of their families, this increased earning potential could also represent an important economic contribution to the communities in which they work and reside. Enroot’s newly launched College Success Program aims to improve college completion rates for first-generation ELL students by continuing to support Enroot high school graduates during their first two years of college. This takes the form of continued 1-1 support with their mentor and frequent 1-1 coaching from Enroot’s staff. Enroot will also work to identify professional internship opportunities for College Success students at the offices of corporate sponsors. Early results are promising; the pilot cohort of 27 students has 100% retention thus far with 45% of students on the Dean’s list with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

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Dear Friends,

It’s been an exceptional year at Enroot. When I think back across 2018 I’m struck by the incredible accomplishments of our students and I can’t help but be filled with hope. From 100% of seniors graduating high school, to record scholarship awards, and impressive academic achievements, Enroot students once again taught the adults around them constant lessons in courage and perseverance. 

It's been a year of significant growth for Enroot, expanding  the number of students we serve by over 50%, to 175 this year. For years we have wanted to support our students beyond high school. This fall we launched our College Success program and we’re thrilled to be supporting 28 Enroot high school graduates during their crucial first two years of college - all of them first-generation students. 

The Enroot team pours its heart and soul into this work every day, always putting students first. We’re proud of how far we’ve come, but we know there are many more students in the region without this kind of support. That’s why we’re working hard to prepare the launch of our third Enroot site next year. This expansion to serve more students is only possible with your generous support. 

Recent events have brought a unique sense or urgency to Enroot’s work. This is a moment when the network of support around our immigrant students is needed most. We are committed to affirming the value our immigrant students and their families bring to the community. We simply could not undertake this work without the support and generosity of individuals like you. Thank you for joining the movement to advance equity for the newest members of our community.

With Gratitude, 
Ben Clark

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