Learning and Training Programs for Immigrant Communities

English Classes for Adults

We use our ESL program for domestic workers and all immigrant community interested in overcoming language barriers. We use a popular methodology and integrated curriculum with different components to support immigrant women seeking a job, looking to develop their leadership and building opportunities to transform their communities and the life of other immigrant workers. This program runs every Monday and Wednesday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We developed a collaboration with other organizations to provide a safe space and a good learning environment. Our program is free for members and we charge a minimal fee for non-members interested to overcome language barriers and know a little bit more about the organization to eventually become our members. Each English session is 10 weeks long and we have three different levels for our students, depending on their knowledge.

The schedule for the new session is coming soon.

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Citizenship Class

Dominican Development Center offers citizenship classes for adults who want to prepare for their citizenship test. In this class, students can get information on how to become US citizens, learn US history and government, and practice for the citizenship interview. To apply for the program:

  1. Students should be legal U.S. residents with plans to take the U.S. citizenship exam within the next year.
  2. Students should be able to converse in English.
  3. Students should attend every class.

We organize few citizenship classes per year. Each session is 10 weeks long and the cost of the class is $75. Students will be provided with all the necessary materials for the class.

The schedule for the new session is coming soon.

Home Care Aid Training Program

The training opportunity is key to dignify home care workers with good salaries and increase their self-esteem. Also, we want to use our ESL program for domestic workers interested in overcoming language barriers. We use a popular methodology and integrated curriculum with different components to support immigrant women seeking for a job. Home-based training, The Bill of Rights, caring with love and compassion, environment, and healthy strategies to take care of elderly people in the house, occupational health, and strategies to create a good relationship with employers, human relations, and the pros and cons of working in this market. We hope to obtain guidance and support from NWDA in each area.

Our short-term goal is to provide space for continue education, professionalism, and new skills to empower workers to overcome fears and open channel of communications with their employers to obtain a quality job, more hours, manage a higher hourly wage, mentor to mentor programs, and advance career development with the effective strategies. This program is developed in partnership with Grassroot Training Solutions.

We charge a minimal fee for 10 weeks programs with CPR training and Community Leadership Practices.

The purpose of the program is to integrate immigrant worker women into workforce development. Grassroots Solutions provides curriculum support.
There are currently 32 students enrolled in the Home Aid Program. Before the pandemic, students would meet in person. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dominican Development Center and its members have had to adapt to virtual classrooms.

Students meet virtually every Friday. Troncoso says her students have told her, “We have to graduate no matter what.” Troncoso says that even though this is a difficult economic time, members are still very eager to virtually participate and complete the Home Aid Program. They want to be prepared for jobs once the economy begins to recover.

Latino Leadership Program - Domestic Workers

The goal of this project is to develop the leadership of Latina immigrant workers who are confronting worker rights violations during and after the pandemic. Through our grassroots organizing effort, the DDC working in collaboration with other coalition members has been able to support Latina Workers confronting worker right violations and all kinds of abuse because of the anti-racist and immigrant environment. Funding will be used to continue and expand our leadership program and workforce development efforts for job opportunities and protections for almost 200 domestic workers already impacted by COVID-19. 255 of these workers were contracted the virus. This program runs every other week for 8 weeks during the evening time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Programs

Technology Classes

The Dominican Development Center has traditionally not offered technology classes. But the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges for workers and workers' rights. Workers need computers to work from home; workers need email accounts to receive important information; workers need phones with several apps to stay connected to other workers and organizations like the Dominican Development Center. But many workers do not have email accounts set up or do not have a computer at home.

The Dominican Development Center has responded to the needs of its members and is now offering technology classes. The organization is motivating its members to set up a virtual workstation at home. But there are still many needs. The Dominican Development Center is calling for donations of computers or laptops. These computers can help workers do remote work from home.

The schedule for the new session is coming soon.

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Women's International Leadership Conference

Over the past 15 years, the Dominican Development Center of Boston and the Network of Women in Solidarity have created a space where immigrant women can share strategies and inspiration, learn from each other, and encourage each other’s’ efforts. This includes learning about and planning strategies to overcome challenges regarding education and health disparities in our communities, workers’ rights, economic development, activism, and the overall immigrant experience in the US. It has also included the opportunities of sharing cultures through music, dance, food, stories, language, and ways of organizing. Each woman brings its own distinctive contributions to the network and, together, collaborate to build a stronger movement; join us and become part of the sisterhood.

Despite our vastly different locations, international and local, we face many similar issues: violence against women/human trafficking, health disparities, challenges in professional development and advancement, educational attainment, just to name a few. In the United States, low-income communities and immigrant communities face aggressive attacks and budget cuts to the services and programs designed to work toward bridging the gaps of the mentioned inequalities, making our united efforts even more necessary.

This annual conference also provides the space for empowerment and learning from each other’s situations.

Women's Annual Leadership Conference is organized every year on March 8th, International Woman's Day.