Students from our English classes at a rally for immigrant rights.

The Welcome Project builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions. We do this through programs that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, adults and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions.

We are based at the Mystic Public Housing Development, and we work with immigrants throughout the city. Our efforts combine services, leadership development and opportunities for civic engagement -- from our interpreter training program for bilingual youth (Liaison Interpreter Program of Somerville or LIPS) to English Classes that help adult learners to navigate a new
culture and community  to our
Summer Youth "Culture Camp."
Explore these pages to learn more.

News & Notes

  • Aug 18, 2014
    After a successful pilot conducted entirely in Spanish last year, the Somerville community partners organizing the Powerful People program now plan a 12-week leadership program conducted in English. 

    The program focuses on "emerging leaders" -- individuals from immigrant and lower income backgrounds whose voices need to be heard in Somerville. Powerful People begins in October, and applications are being accepted now through September 15, 2014.

  • Sep 30, 2013
    In July 2013, twelve children from immigrant families, ages 9-14, participated in The Welcome Project's Cultural Storytelling Camp, themed “Travel Around the World.”  Each day, the campers simulated travelling by plane or train to a country around the world, toting paper suitcases and hand-drawn passports to discover a new culture.  The group explored their backfrounds through art projects, videography, games and field trips.  Campers experienced the songs, food, customs and spoken languages of each of their home nations.  The camp emphasized youth empowerment, cultural literacy and community partnerships to foster lasting engagement in our intercultural community.
  • Apr 26, 2013

    The East Somerville Community School PTA received The Welcome Project's first-ever Intercultural City Award on April 25 at the annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City event. The award highlighted an event where more than 250 people celebrated the city's growing intercultural identity. Eleven immigrant-run Somerville restaurants served tastings of  Ethiopian, Turkish, Mexican, Indian, Nepali, Mediterranean, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Italian cuisine.