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.

Want to become a Youth Interpreter?

The Liaison Interpreter Program of Somerville (LIPS) is now accepting applications for 2015-16!

Do you love languages?  Do you love speaking your languages?  Do you have a sharp mind and a drive for excellence?  Do you like helping your community?  Are you interested in health care, social justice, local politics, immigration, business, education, or food?  Are you ready to take on a challenge?  If you answered yes to most of these questions, LIPS is probably for you!  Apply now.

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Latest Updates

  • Oct 1, 2015
    For two weeks this past summer, kids from all over Somerville participated in the "Welcome Project's" recreational camp.  Every day, there were cultural activities for the kids to enjoy.  One day, a volunteer came in to teach an Authentic Mexican cooking class.  Another day, the kids learned how to salsa.  Overall, the camp emphasized the importance of cultural activities.
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Last spring, The Welcome Project's Lindsay Miles set out to find funding for a new addition to the ESOL curriculum. The idea was to promote leadership skills alongside learning English.  It would give our students a new edge and hopefully a new confidence to participate in their community.  Thanks to Lindsay's hard work, First Literacy funded the curriculum and is already being woven into ESOL classes today.
  • Apr 15, 2015
    The Welcome Project is thrilled to recognize Franklin Dalembert with the Intercultural City Award at the 2015 YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration. In 1991 there was one Haitian program in the city: Haiti Vision, a SCAT television show for which Franklin Dalembert served as a producer. Under his remarkable leadership, that show would eventually grow into the Haitian Coalition of Somerville, which incorporated as a non-profit in 1998 and remains a cornerstone of Somerville cultural organizations 17 years later.