English for New Americans (ENA)
English for New Americans (ENA) was started in September, 2002 by the NH State Refugee Coordinator and 2 devoted teachers of English as a Second Language as refugees had been resettling in Manchester since the 1980’s and demand for English classes had outstripped available resources. In 2003, the Meelia Center for Community Service at Saint Anselm College took over the program and service learners and volunteers from SAC became an important part of the ENA program. In 2009, ENA welcomed service learners and volunteers from Southern New Hampshire University and they have been making an invaluable contribution ever since. Also in 2009, ENA became affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Services, including ENA as a part of SNHS’ Multi Cultural Center and given it additional space in which to offer classes.
ENA’s program currently consists of 13 regular classes of varying levels in which adult refugees and immigrants can enroll, free of charge. Approximately 250 students attend 2 classes a week, 2-3 hours each class, in the morning or evening. In addition to assisting refugees and immigrants in their acquisition of English language skills, ENA tries to assist its students with their adjustment to the new culture. This is done through field trips to local places of interest and importance and by inviting speakers from community agencies into classes. There are also special events such as Conversation Cafes, holiday dinners, and afternoon teas, and special classes such as Workplace English, Citizenship and Computer classes.
ENA is funded by grants from the NH Department of Education (Adult Division), the NH Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Refugee Resettlement), the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, and the Cogswell Benevolent Trust. For more information please contact Sue Corby at (603) 361-2649 or firstname.lastname@example.org