Our Story

Boston’s bitter cold winter ignited MUA’s creation. While teaching local residents how to set up insulation material to protect against freezing temperatures, a group of  We-can volunteers discovered that a great number of Latinas did not know how to speak English. The majority of these girls and women were low-income, unmarried mothers with little to no education in their native language. 1979 marked MUA’s inception in a church basement, where volunteers gathered to teach English to low-income mothers.

40 years later, MUA has bloomed into a vibrant education-based non-profit, serving nearly 350 families a year.

MUA empowers Latina girls and women to believe in themselves and grow into leadership roles through free classes and social services. These leaders serve as mentors to their peers, families, and community. With program graduates serving within the organization, MUA understands the Latina community on the grassroots level and is committed to their mission to increase Latina access to education and professional mobility.

Since 1979, we have helped nearly 10,000 girls and women and 1,700 children. Roughly 1,600 girls and women obtained their High School Equivalency; 5,000 girls and women have learned English; 4,700 are working; 87- have enrolled in college; 800 have found housing; and 1,700 children have gained readiness for school.

MUA is dedicated to serving our communities and helping Latina, immigrant families find solidarity and ease of life in the U.S.