New York State Youth Leadership Council

Know Your Rights ESOL Program


Sep 11


Know Your Rights ESOL Program: Young Teachers Initiative

Who: College students, grad students or recent graduates, especially those who are immigrants or children of immigrants and who hope to become teachers or become organizers/advocates in the immigrant community.

What: New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) runs a Know-Your-Rights English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program aimed at newly arrived low-wage immigrant workers from Latin America who live in Northwest Queens, primarily Woodside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona. We bring together immigrant workers so they can not only to increase their English language fluency but also to learn their rights as immigrants, workers, consumers, and residents in this country. So that they can gain confidence in speaking English in order to exercise their rights and access needed services.

We are currently looking for college students, grad students and recent graduates to join our Young Teachers Initiative program and become the teachers in our Know Your Rights ESOL Program. Teachers will closely work along with NICE staff to develop expertise in the Know-your-rights portion of the curriculum as well as the English language portions and the integration of the two. Teachers will also become familiar with the organizing campaigns and general efforts of the organization so they can convey this to the students in the classroom.

Through the Young Teachers Initiative, you will:

  • Attend our Popular Education Teacher Institute (2 Saturdays)
  • Teach ESOL/Know Your Rights courses to adults in the Queens community (2 nights per week, Mondays and Thursdays)
  • Receive on-going feedback, support and mentorship from our program coordinators.

What you will gain: As a teacher in our program, you will gain valuable experience in teaching and social justice curriculum development and you will be well versed in civil and political issues affecting the immigrant community. You will work closely with experienced Coordinators who will provide feedback, assistance and mentorship throughout the program. You do not need previous teaching experience, only an interest in teaching and immigrant rights.

The purpose of the Young Teachers Initiative is to provide first and second generation immigrant college students with valuable experience that will help them advance their personal and career goals. In addition to teaching and attending our Institute, teachers are given the opportunity to work with NICE in range of other capacities: you can gain valuable experience in grassroots organizing, program management and immigrant advocacy.

Compensation/class credit: If class credits is available to students, NICE will help students fill out any necessary forms and progressing reports. A monetary stipend is available to all of our teachers who complete the Teacher Institute Trainings and their semester teaching requirements.

To apply: please send your resume and letter stating your interest to Valeria Treves, Executive Director and Adriana Escandon, Organizer and Advocate at and Call (718) 205-8796 with any questions.

When: The next ESOL term goes from Monday September 26th through Thursday December 1st, 2011. Two Popular Education Teacher Institute trainings have been scheduled for Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 29 from 12:30-5:00.