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 today.

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Latest Updates

  • Nov 12, 2015
    “I can’t really identify why I’m obsessed with [interpreting].  But I think everybody’s got their thing, their mission, or their purpose.”  Danyal Najmi is an interpreter who speaks four languages beyond English and is currently working on his fifth, Mandarin.  He loves interpretation and is moving on to become a full-time freelance interpreter.  He’s leaving his position as the LIPS (Liasion Interpreter Program of Somerville) program coordinator here at the Welcome Project this week.  Danyal is quick to point out that he loved his time here and will not be a stranger.
  • Nov 12, 2015
    “I absolutely hate when I don’t understand things, so helping others understand is amazing, that’s what I love doing.” That’s Estefany Ramos, a senior at Medford High School.  It’s been her dream to interpret for people ever since she was a little girl.  She would even practice in her head at church, just to improve.  Through the LIPS program, she gets to interpret at community events all over Somerville “and now I’m living the dream.”
  • 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.