Living as a person of color in the U.S. is not easy. This is true whether one is a new arrival or was born here. Maine offers a growing number of resources to help people thrive, including nonprofits, grassroots organizations, and immigrant-led associations and community organizations. Six such organizations are described below. Stay tuned to Amjambo Africa to keep in touch with services directed at helping people.  

Midcoast Literacy provides free tutoring and literacy programs to people of all ages in Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and northern Cumberland Counties. Our mission is improving lives through literacy. 

Midcoast Literacy is the primary source of free, English-language tutoring for recently arrived immigrants in the Brunswick-Topsham-Bath area. Working with partners including Midcoast New Mainers Group, Merrymeeting Adult Education, and local school systems, we help people who want to improve their reading, writing, and conversation in English. We match them with trained volunteer tutors for weekly, one-on-one language instruction. Tutors and learners commit to meeting at least once a week for a long-term learning partnership. Please contact us if you are interested in getting a tutor! Midcoast Literacy has worked with over 100 New Mainers in the last year, from as young as 7 years old to teenagers and adults. 

In addition to our one-on-one tutoring, Midcoast Literacy also offers a monthly Conversation Café event (in partnership with the Brunswick Welcome Center) for New Mainers learning English to gather and practice social conversation with native English speakers. For individuals who have entered the workforce, we also run small group Workplace Literacy classes onsite at several local businesses that employ non-native-English-speaking workers.  

For more information: [email protected], www.midcoastliteracy.org

  

9 Park Street, Suite 1; Bath