Immigrants play a significant role in the Marin County economy and community. Currently, 20% of Marin’s population is foreign-born, and in the past two decades, Marin’s Latino population rose over 100% and Asian population rose 64%, while the white population fell by 2% — meaning the significance of immigrants is growing. However, 46% of Latino immigrant workers lack high school and 68% of these adults have limited English skills. The inability to speak English impacts the employability and civic engagement of immigrants in their local community, affecting parents’ level of engagement in their children’s schools and creating an inability to access better jobs and wages.
There simply aren’t sufficient resources for ESL services in Marin County. We see an opportunity to focus on multi-generational interventions for ESL, addressing the needs of both parents and children. We will support critical programs that provide ESL courses, and help develop stronger alignment between ESL providers, public schools, post-secondary institutions, and employers.
The Access to ESL initiative uses an invitation-only application process. The next proposals are currently scheduled to be invited in February 2017.
- Canal Alliance