New York Immigration Coalition draws attention to decreasing number of programs for older immigrants entering NYC education system

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell

New York Immigration Coalition held a multilingual media briefing on August 27, 2019 in Manhattan to draw attention to the decreasing number of programs for older immigrants entering NYC education system.

Expert community leaders and advocates including Kim Sykes, Director of Education Policy, New York Immigration Coalition; Darnell Benoit, Founder and Director, Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project; François Nzi, Executive Director of New York Math Academy and Coaching Services and Rita Rodriguez-Engberg, Director of the Immigrant Students’ Rights Project at Advocates for Children of NY discussed the successes and challenges of integrating older recent arrivals into public schools across the city.

According to experts, these students are less likely to graduate compared to the general population because of limited schools that adequately support their needs.