for Immigrants in
New York City
Help Without Borders Inc. (HWB) is a
non-profit organization established in
2007 to promote the welfare of
disadvantaged groups of people in the
society. We work to empower
immigrants in New York City with all
the necessary help and support.
English as a Second Language
• Targets immigrants who are usually the
community’s most economically,
occupationally, and educationally
• Expects to increase literacy by training
immigrants on reading, writing and
• Assists immigrants in becoming
A pilot program was instituted in May 2009 & space was
provided for by PS 201. This program is a collaborative
effort between HWB and the Parent Teacher Association of
It was met with overwhelming responses from the
May 2009 – June 2010 120 Students for 4440 sessions
With appropriate grant funding, the program will be
moved to a permanent location and operated on a full
• Our teachers at HWB have created a
Teaching Methodology program designed to help students
acquire essential English skills.
Help Without Borders has • We promote interaction between
created a unique approach our students and teacher to facilitate
the use of English in the classroom
Because we understand
our student’s individual • Our teachers are bilingual and or
needs and language speak more than two languages.
setbacks we are able to
• We focus on progress not retention.
tailor lessons and a
pedagogy that provides • Our lessons are level appropriate.
essential language skills, • Most important, our students are in
which they can utilize in
their everyday lives.
charge of their learning.
• The class is open forum for self
expression and is a relaxed learning
• “I learned a lot of new knowledge in this course. I liked it a lot, thank
• “I feel fulfilled, satisfied, and very happy.”
• “I liked this course and hope to continue the curriculum.”
• “I love this class very much because the teacher is very funny and
helpful. He gave us a lot of useful homework. I am very happy to
come to this class. The volunteer person is also very good. “
• “I feel I am much better in English now than before I took this class.”
• “I like this teacher’s interesting teaching methods. I gain something
new for each lesson. Thank you!”
• “I like this English class because the teacher and volunteers are very
• “I like this class because the teacher in the class is relaxed and
• “I really like this English class. The teacher is serious and patient.”
Mission & Goals
The mission is to empower the disadvantaged
immigrants in New York City by providing them with
free ESL service. The ultimate objective is to raise their
quality of life and prepare them to successfully compete
in the 21st century.
•To empower immigrants in their everyday life by
improving their English proficiency.
•To provide free ESL courses to immigrants in New
•To recruit alumni and participants to provide support
and share their experience with the fellow immigrants
The program is designed to provide free
ESL service tailored to meet the specific
needs of the low-income immigrants.
Individual cultural and custom differences
will be respected. We also provide a
flexible time schedule and convenient
location for the class.
New location – Queens Crossing
3 days a week for Summer 2010
for 8 weeks
ESL Beginner, Intermediate
ESL LEVEL 1 and 4
• Theses class was designed for beginning and intermediate
• We are currently using VENTURES ESL books printed by
• The books teach a combination of Reading, Writing,
Speaking, and Grammar.
• These books are new editions and serve our students well
• Note: Having material in reserve is very important for the
preparation of our program. Therefore, money is needed to
provide the students with the books once they register.
Current Events and
• Our Current Events and Communication class has been a success. We
have finished our semester and as a result we have given our advanced
ESL students the confidence to read the newspaper, they often see
Americans reading on their way to work.
• As we know ESL students often shy away from picking up sophisticated
material such as a newspaper, but with our class we have changed that
for our students.
• Using METRO Newspaper, we created lessons using advanced and useful
vocabulary and read the newspaper in class. We built intelligent
conversation while helping the students find confidence in their newly
• We have also build a relationship with METRO newspaper as they are
morally supporting our cause . However, we still need monetary support
to continue to promote our program in printed media.
• 1. Staff
– 2 Teachers per year: $135,000
– 3 Assistants per year: $72,000
– 1 Director: $80,000
• 2. Material + Publicity
– Books & Stationary supplies: $7,000 per year
– Publicity (Newspaper, flyers, postings): $6,000 per year
- Classroom rental: $6,000 per year
PS 201 & Queens Crossing in Flushing
Fall: September 8 – January 19 (20 weeks) for 2 hours per week
Spring: February 2 – June 22 (20 weeks) for 2 hours per week
4 courses for a total of six hours
– ESL (at PS201)
– High School Essay Writing/ in Queens Crossing
– Free Citizenship/ in Queens Crossing
1 teacher & 1 assistant per class
Teacher ($50/hr) & Assistant ($20/hr) for 40 hours per semester
/totals $2800/ per class we open
MOTHER and CHILD ESL
• Mother and Child English – designed to teach ESL to
mothers and their children. Our goal is to give mothers
and their children a chance to bond while learning
English together. Our program recognizes that mothers
often lack English skills because they cannot afford the
time without a caretaker for their children. Therefore,
here is a chance for them to receive some instructions
and have their children with them. The program will be
both entertaining and educational.
Essay Writing Class
• HWB recognized the need of high school students to receive
extra instruction in essay writing. Since many schools are
closing, especially in Queens, Flushing High School being one
of them, we feel the need to reach out and create a program
that instruct these students in the process of composing
• When entering college they will need to provide a written
statement explaining their candidacy for admission.
• These students will definitely benefit from our program and
increase the amount of students being admitted to college.
Help Without Borders needs as much support as in can
get, so that we can continue helping those who cannot
In order to provide quality service we need the funds.
Our ESL program cannot happen without this most
“Language is a need that all immigrants have and in
many instances is as important as the very water we