Margaret Webster.

RIAC and ENB - Boston, MA

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“My experiences confirmed for me that I want to pursue a career working on the issues that face the immigrant and refugee communities in the United States, and I hope to continue building off what I learned going forward.”

While Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) and English for New Bostonians (ENB) serve similar populations, just about everything else about the two organizations is very different. As a direct service agency, RIAC works directly with refugees. RIAC is essentially contracted by the State Department to guide a refugee through his first 90 days in the United States. Days with RIAC could be pretty hectic, and we often found ourselves scrambling to ensure everything was in order for an arriving family. It’s unfortunate, but it’s often the organizations that do this type of work are understaffed, and the available staff works tirelessly. As a result I learned a lot about problem solving and rolling with the punches this summer.

My experience at ENB varied greatly from that of RIAC, but I feel that I gained many skills working at ENB that will help me in my future. ENB’s goal is to improve the field of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Boston and to increase access to those classes. With the executive director I helped to plan the logistics of the event as well as writing proposals for two grants to fund the event. ENB is a small and very collaborative office. During biweekly staff meetings everyone would share ideas and brainstorm together, I admire the mutual respect the staff has for one another and I felt that I was also a valued member of the team during my time there. Grant writing and proposals are a huge part of the non-profit process, so I am so grateful that the ENB staff allowed me to have first hand experience reading and writing grant proposals.

Project Details

  • Date October 19, 2014
  • Tags 2014, Social Service, Sophomore, Strong/Gault, USA
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