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NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs We Are New York - Practice English

November 25, 2013 — Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama and New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno today announced the debut of the 10th “We Are New York” episode, called “The Storm.”
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We Are New York Project Celebrates the Completion of its 500th Group
The We Are New York Project marked the completion of its 500th conversation group at the Bangladesh Society in the Bronx. Frank Nigro, the volunteer facilitator, who has led more than 10 conversation groups was honored with a letter from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented by Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama.
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United Chinese Association in Brooklyn Uses WANY to Learn English
We Are New York volunteer-led conversation group helps Chinese-speaking adults become more confident speaking English.
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Students Earn Credit By Teaching English and Civic Lessons to Immigrants
Brooklyn College students facilitators in the We Are New York Project helped thirty immigrant adults improve their English conversation skills and learn about City Services. The project used videos of the Emmy Award winning-show, and the five CUNY student facilitators taking part received school credit for community service.

Baruch Club Helps Adult Immigrants Learn English
The We Are New York club at Baruch College aims to help adult immigrants learn English and find out about helpful City services. As a student organization, it revolves around volunteers and club members working closely and networking with other nonprofit organizations, volunteer services and City agencies, in order to both engage in community service, and non-profit and public service internships. Club members also help raise student awareness of issues facing immigrant communities and provides opportunities to lead WANY conversation groups.

LaGuardia Community College Professional Awarded the 2011 New York Times ESOL Teacher of the Year
Paula Da Silva-Michelin, an ESOL teacher at LaGuardia's Center for Immigrant Education and Training, was recognized for her contributions in-and-out of the classroom. Her dedication as a teacher and mentor has helped her students develop the skills they need to create successful lives in NYC. In 2009, Paula received a grant to develop lesson sets for WANY, which have been shared by teachers across the City.
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We Are New York Celebrates Its Volunteer Leaders

The Mayor's Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York recognized the accomplishments of the WANY conversation group leaders. Their hard work and dedication have helped more than 4,000 immigrant adults practice English and learn about valuable City services. Over 700 volunteers have been trained to lead We Are New York conversation groups across the five boroughs. Since March 2010, these dedicated leaders have contributed 7,500 hours to their communities - equivalent to about four years of full-time work.


In December 2010, the Mayor's Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York recognized the hard work and accomplishments of the WANY conversation group leaders. The inaugural We Are New York Volunteer Dinner was held at Jing Fong Restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown. Over 100 volunteers attended the event, including We Are New York Student Ambassadors and interns from CUNY and NYU.

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We Are New York Distribution Day Attracts 200 Attendees
In the spirit of the holidays, the We Are New York Community Project organized a three-day event in early January to distribute free WANY materials to the public. The WANY team distributed nearly 88,000 packets (equal to over 77,000 pounds) of study guides and multilingual magazines to 200 teachers, public libraries, City agencies, and community-based organizations. Attendees included the City University of New York, the NYC Department of Education – Office of Adult and Continuing Education, Queens Public Library, and Adhikaar.

We Are New York Graduating Class Live TV Performance on BronxNet's Diálogo Abierto
The We Are New York graduating class at Holy Spirit Church performed Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" under the guidance of their group leader, award-winning TV producer, Trent Love. The students and volunteers shared their experiences with the We Are New York Community Project. The performance aired on BronxNet’s Spanish-language TV show "Diálogo Abierto."
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Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Walcott Urge New Yorkers to Watch We Are New York

Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Walcott Urge New Yorkers to Watch We Are New York
"We Are New York is a terrific example of what makes our City so vibrant - a great diversity of people working together towards a common destiny," said Mayor Bloomberg.

"As the world's most welcoming place for immigrants, New York is famous for being a city of opportunity. The new immigrants who come to New York in search of a better life are critically important to the economic and cultural well-being of our city.

The better things are for immigrant New Yorkers, the better they go for all New Yorkers."
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Immigrants from Nepal and Tibet Graduate from Adhikaar's English for Empowerment Program
Sixty-five Nepalese and Tibetan immigrants completed the English for Empowerment Program at Adhikaar - a women-led non-profit working with Nepali communities in NYC. The program uses the Emmy-award winning We Are New York series to help adults learn English and find out about useful City services. For many, the graduation ceremony marked the first time they received certificates for formal schooling. Participants were very enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn, with some traveling from as far as Long Island to Queens every week just to attend Adhikaar's program.

BMCC Students Bring Talent, Dedication, and Leadership to English Conversation Groups, BMCC News, 4/9/2010
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Mayor's Office of Adult Education Partners with Chinatown Community Leaders
Seven leading Chinese community organizations hosted screenings of We Are New York to help community members learn English. The organizations distributed free English language DVDs and study guides. Over 1,000 residents attended the nine free screenings of the TV show.
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New Immigrant Education Program Unveiled in St. George, NY 1, 11/24/2009

Chinese Media Coverage of We Are New York Community Events, 10/30-11/23/2009
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Una telenovela para aprender inglés (A Soap Opera to Learn English), AOL Latino, 10/11/2009

Intrigues and Immigrants: Soap Opera for Learners, City Limits Weekly, 8/24/2009

City to Teach English Through Television, Queens Courier, 7/29/ 2009

Para aprender mucho más que ingles (A Model for Learning More Than English), El Diario, 7/26/2009
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New TV Show Uses Immigrant Stories to Teach English, 7/24/2009
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新移民學英語節目 講述自己的故事 (TV Program Helps New Immigrants Learn English), NTDTV, 7/23/2009
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New Television Show Teaches ESL Learners Life Lessons, Manhattan Times, 7/23/2009
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我們紐約 劇集教移民學英語 (We Are New York Uses Drama to Teach English), World Journal, 7/21/2009
Harlem YMCA New Americans Welcome Center Teachers Awarded Grants to Develop We Are New York Curriculum, Summer 2009

Watch We Are New York on TV to Learn English, The Epoch Times, 7/6/2009
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New Television Show Teaches ESL Learners Life Lessons, Manhattan Times, 7/2009
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ESL TV show unveiled at Queens Museum of Art, 7/1/2009
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TV 보며 영어 배운다•••뉴욕시, 27일부터 '위 아 뉴욕' 프로그램 방영[뉴욕 중앙일보] 토요일 오후 4시, 일요일 오전 7시 (Learn English Watching TV), Korea Daily, 6/25/2009
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TV Series Aims to Reduce Language Barrier, NY 1, 6/25/2009

We Are New York enseña inglés a inmigrantes (We Are New York Teaches English to Immigrants), Telemundo 47, 6/25/2009
이민자위한 TV프로 방영..27일부터 채널25 (TV Program for Immigrants), Korea Times, 6/25/2009
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