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"English is the most important thing because if I learn a little English that helps me in my life so it is good for me. But, that help to me also helps my children. When it helps my children, then that helps my family. By helping my family, that is good for my neighborhood. What is good for my neighborhood is also good for my community. What is good for my community, is good for the City."
- Aung Htwe, English tutoring learner and Waltham resident
What is Breaking Barriers at WATCH?
Breaking Barriers at WATCH is an adult education, training, and leadership program for immigrants of all nationalities. The program expands the skills and strengthens the voice of immigrants in the Waltham community. Breaking Barriers at WATCH addresses critical needs through educational programs grounded in leadership development and action. In 2008, WATCH merged with Breaking Barriers, a local nonprofit organization with a complimentary mission that had been serving the immigrant community. Today, the Breaking Barriers at WATCH program carries out this vital work for immigrants.
The Breaking Barriers Committee is a group of graduates and current English learners of the program who meet to advise staff on program planning. Recently, this committee has been active in immigrant rights actions such as advocating for the Safe Driving Bill. The committee's aim is to continue to improve our work and for learners to have leadership opportunities.
How Can You Get Involved?
Our main need for volunteers at this time is in our Tutoring Program.
Have skills in other languages? Help Breaking Barriers, and other programs at WATCH, by translating outreach materials particularly into Spanish, Haitian Creole, or French.
The Breaking Barriers program is supported by the City of Waltham, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, The Nelson Companies, One Moody/Compass Realty LLC, SKS Management/Park Lodge Hotel Goup, People's United Community Foundation and many generous individual donors.