|About Breaking Barriers at WATCH|
"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.
We currently provide various educational opportunities - learn more using the links to the left.
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.
Like all of WATCH's programs, Breaking Barriers is overseen by a committee of local residents who have an interest in the immigrant community. WATCH's Breaking Barriers commitee meets approximately 8 times a year to consider the needs of the community, advise staff on current programs and strategic planning, and to volunteer with some aspects of the community outreach that is required for the program. We'd love to add you to this committee!
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.