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The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with over 130 member organizations, ICIRR educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is launching the "Neighbor to Neighbor" English Volunteer Project! This exciting project matches English learners and native speakers to practice conversation and learn together. Neighbor to Neighbor is part of the We Want to Learn English initiative, a partnership with the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services to create a coherent, strategic, and proactive state government approach to English education that arose from the 2005 Illinois New Americans Executive Order.
The Neighbor to Neighbor" English Volunteer Project will help our state’s newcomers learn English and talk with their neighbors while enabling them to share their lives and build bridges, bridges between immigrants and local neighbors.The Neighbor to Neighbor program is unique because it brings English to people. Volunteer tutors are paired with English learners and placed in "English Clusters" to learn and build community, creating a culture of literacy and learning that benefits families for generations to come. English Clusters are located at community organizations, schools, libraries and businesses. There are currently three tutoring tracks that one can take part in: traditional English tutoring, language exchange and English for citizenship.
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