Summer is here and we’re gearing up to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Today we want to take the time to honor our courageous clients, partners, and you—without you all, NMIC couldn’t exist. From awards to graduations – we have some exciting updates we’d love to share!
We’re turning 40!
Forty years ago, NMIC began in a small apartment in Washington Heights as two individuals armed with nothing but a fierce passion to protect, strengthen, and organize recent immigrants to New York City. This October, we’re celebrating these forty years of building futures, changing lives, and empowering communities at our 40th Anniversary Benefit—and you’re invited.
To learn more about how NMIC’s critical work translates into tangible impacts in the lives of real people read Ashley Mata’s story below.
Like mother, like son
When our client, Ashley Mata, passed her High School Equivalency (HSE) exam, she never imagined she’d be graduating on the same day as her ten-year-old son. “I had to leave school at 16 when I had him. When I tried to go back to get my diploma, you know how many times I wanted to give up? But NMIC believed in me and called and texted and made sure I came to class. They gave me so many words of encouragement.”
Ashley now shares that encouragement with her sister, Flor, who is currently enrolled in NMIC’s HSE program just like her brother, Yorky, who provided it to her after he graduated from our program last year.
There’s something incredibly special about the way NMIC can touch whole families and support them as they reach their goals, but we can’t do it without you.
On June 28th, we celebrated the 167 young adults who successfully participated in our Intern & Earn, Train & Earn, and YouthBuild Bootcamp programs this year during our 2019 Bridge Ceremony at the Isabella Geriatric Center. After undergoing rigorous programming, training, internships, and high school equivalency prep, our students secured a combined total of 253 certifications that will put them on paths towards more prosperous futures.
We’re so proud of them and feel privileged to have walked with them as they embarked upon their journeys to self-sufficiency and will continue to support them as they transition to Alumni Services.
We don’t want to brag but we have the best staff around and The New York Bar Association confirmed our suspicion. The association awarded our very own Director of Legal Services, Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus, with the Legal Services Award which recognizes the efforts of lawyers who directly provide free legal services to low-income clients. Rodrigo’s passion for justice and his commitment to our community is exactly why we are so grateful to have him on our team. Felicidades, Rodrigo!
Support Rodrigo and all our attorneys, paralegals, and advocates on the frontline fighting for equity.