News & Notes

  • Nov 12, 2015
    By Cooper McKim
    “I absolutely hate when I don’t understand things, so helping others understand is amazing, that’s what I love doing.” That’s Estefany Ramos, a senior at Medford High School.  It’s been her dream to interpret for people ever since she was a little girl.  She would even practice in her head at church, just to improve.  Through the LIPS program, she gets to interpret at community events all over Somerville “and now I’m living the dream.”
  • Oct 1, 2015
    By Cooper McKim
    For two weeks this past summer, kids from all over Somerville participated in the "Welcome Project's" recreational camp.  Every day, there were cultural activities for the kids to enjoy.  One day, a volunteer came in to teach an Authentic Mexican cooking class.  Another day, the kids learned how to salsa.  Overall, the camp emphasized the importance of cultural activities.
  • Sep 30, 2015
    By Cooper McKim
    Last spring, The Welcome Project's Lindsay Paredes set out to find funding for a new addition to the ESOL curriculum. The idea was to promote leadership skills alongside learning English.  It would give our students a new edge and hopefully a new confidence to participate in their community.  Thanks to First Literacy, a foundation that supports English literacy in the Boston area, we were able to fund the piloting of a new curriculum which is being woven into the whole ESOL program this fall.