Beginning in March, students will receive "interactive homework" via cell phone, which will ask them to send a text response to a question or leave a voicemail responding to a pre-programmed robocall. The Welcome Project will compare learning gains from this group with other students not enrolled in the pilot program. The Welcome Project will report its results to the First Literacy Innovation Lab next fall, along with recommendations of how interactive homework could be applied in other classrooms at The Welcome Project and elsewhere with the goal of increasing student learning. Beginning in March, students will receive "interactive homework" via cell phone, which will ask them to send a text response to a question or leave a voicemail responding to a pre-programmed robocall.
As part of LIPS – the Liaison Interpreters Program of Somerville, there are 16 bilingual high school students learning two different kinds of interpretation, simultaneous interpretation and consecutive interpretation. Currently the students are improving their skills with simultaneous interpreting, and will be interpreting at more community events, such as the YUM event. In addition, they will also be part of a college access program.
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.