During the winter of 1979, while teaching residents how to set up insulation material, a group of We-Can volunteers discovered that a great number of Latinas did not know how to speak English. The majority were low-income, unmarried mothers with little or no education in their native language. We-Can volunteers gathered in a local church basement to teach English to low-income mothers. In 35 years, our program has grown from a handful of students gathering in a basement under the tutelage of volunteers to an 8,900 square foot building serving 404 students and 44 children a year.
MUA has a track record of encouraging Latina girls and women to believe in themselves and grow into leadership roles within the community. Building from this foundation, students are then in a position to grow further, serving as mentors to their peers and families, and as leaders within the community. MUA graduates include our bookkeeper, our Hi-SET (formerly known as GED) instructor, and our childcare teachers. Three students currently serve on our board of directors. THis instills a strong grassroots understanding and commitment to our mission within our organization.
Since our program’s inception in 1979, we have helped nearly 8,670 girls and women and 1,590 children. To date, roughly 1,650 girls and women have obtained their High School Equivalency; 4,600 girls and women have learned English; 4,300 are working; 840 have enrolled in college; 770 have found housing; and more than 1,560 children have gained readiness for school.
We look forward to many more years of improving our communitites and to help immigrant families realize a better life in the US!
All classes and social services are free.