Making a Difference

We serve immigrant and refugee families through outreach and educational programs to assist them in becoming productive members of the community.

MVIEC Office and Covid-19

Our office is open to help with citizenship questions. Call 978-683-7316 to set up an appointment and please wear a mask if you are visiting the office. We will offer citizenship and English classes from September 14 to December 3. Classes will either be in person with a small number of students or online via Zoom. See below for the details of each class.

Youth Writing Workshop

Using Zoom for remote online learning, this workshop helps students entering grades 7 through 12 to improve their writing skills. Students will write short stories, poems, essays, and reports while exploring the myths and tales of a variety of cultures.

The workshops take place by Zoom from 6.00 PM -8.00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7th through August 20th.

The class is currently full.

Citizenship Classes

From gathering the necessary information and documents needed to complete their applications to meeting individually with prospective citizens and assisting them as they prepare for their exam and interview, the program gently guides its participants through a seemingly overwhelming process ensuring that they stay the course and attain their citizenship status.
September 14 - December 3
$50 fee (optional textbook $25)
Wednesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM (in person classes with a small number of students)

Thursday 6:00 to 8:00 PM (we haven't decided whether this class will be in person or online)

English Classes

We offer one Level 1 and two Level 2 ESOL classes. For the September 14 to December 3 term classes will either be online or in person with a small number of students. Instructors work with the entire class, as well as identify individual needs of students.
ESOL I
12 weeks, $100 fee
Tuesday & Thursday Online Classes
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
ESOL II 12 weeks, $100 fee
Monday & Wednesday Online Classes
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday & Thursday Classes
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Elder Services

Our case managers provide advocacy, translation services, access to social services, and translation support for medical appointments. They collaborate with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and the Lawrence Senior Center to link seniors to life-saving and preventative services that help seniors prosper in the community.

Youth Workshops

Our Youth Writing Program is open to 6th - 11th grade students. In a 12 session summer workshop, they will be exposed to various types of writing and explore many styles and examples. Hands on work will include writing assignments, group sharing and project rewrites. Students are encouraged to rely on their personal experiences by writing about families, and telling their stories as recent immigrants and as children of first generation immigrants and refugees.
Ongoing Monthly Workshops
6:00 to 8:00 PM

English at Work

We offer English classes for the workplace. These classes are free to residents of Lawrence.
Ongoing sessions
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00-11:30 AM or 12:15-2:45 PM.
For the next period of lessons, September 14 to December 3, the classes will be held in person but with small numbers of students.

Funders

Our operations are supported by generous contributions from local and national organizations, including:

Cummings Foundation
Rogers Family Foundation
Stevens Foundation
Saab Family Trust
TD Bank Charitable Fund
Margaret Collins Trust
City of Lawrence
See the full list here