What We Do

One-third of adult New Yorkers–over two million people–lack either English proficiency or a high school diploma, but inadequate funding means that just 3% of them have access to the classes they need. Make the Road New York helps meet this need by providing English, computer, citizenship preparation, and Bridge to Health Careers classes to over 1,300 adults annually.

Our graduates are better able to help their kids with homework, communicate with their doctors, engage civically, and achieve their educational and employment goals.

How We're Helping

Our teachers set high expectations and use proven methods to help students advance and meet their goals. Over 80% of students who complete their English language course move up at least one educational level.

Our English and computer literacy classes increase students’ ability to know their rights, and develop the skills they need to engage civically and secure and retain jobs.  Working closely with our in-house legal services providers, our citizenship class instructors help community members to apply for and obtain citizenship. We help 60-100 people to become citizens every year and more than 100 others annually to prepare for future exams.

Our health team and adult literacy team staff work together to prepare students for stable and productive jobs. Our Bridge to Health Careers classes integrate English language development with the study of the healthcare field to prepare graduates for more advanced healthcare job training or for jobs as community health workers and other allied professionals. Our Community Health Worker Training program prepares students with the skills needed to become CHWs in NYC, and connects students with internship opportunities as well as health job placement assistance. Click here to sign up for a program orientation and to learn more!

of students
who complete a MRNY English course advance at least one level
Fast Facts
  • Every year, MRNY helps over 1,300 adults learn English, pass their citizenship tests and learn job skills
  • Curricular units integrating know your rights information on issues housing, education, work, immigration, health and economic issues are taught annually
  • At MRNY, over 80 percent of English students who complete their courses advance at least one educational level
  • Annually over 175 students a year attain their citizenship
  • Over 30 students a year complete our Bridge to Health Career Training and transition to other trainings and jobs
  • After completing our Community Health Worker Training Program, the average wages of our graduates increase by 46%
Meet Jorge

Jorge Idrovo, a MRNY member from Long Island, enrolled in MRNY’s adult education classes to build skills that would help him expand his painting business. He’s studied English with MRNY for over a year, advancing three full levels. “I work all over Suffolk and Nassau and about 90% of my clients are native English speakers. The language skills I’ve learned at Make the Road New York have helped me attract new clients,” Jorge says.

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