Partner Agreement Application
Thank you for your interest in We Speak NYC (WSNYC), a program of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). We look forward to partnering with you to empower immigrant New Yorkers. WSNYC is the City’s English language learning program that provides civic focused multimedia resources that focus on empowering adult immigrants through learning and practicing everyday English. Our resources include a17-episode Emmy-Award winning educational TV series that informs learners about important New York City resources. The episodes address issues that most concern immigrants such as health care, healthy lifestyle, education, immigration legal help, elder care, early childhood education, and managing finances. We also provide printed materials used in our conversation classes. Each episode is accompanied by a 36-page workbook with vocabulary and writing exercises. Additionally, we have a website that includes interactive activities to help learners practice at home and teacher resources for educators.
Please visit our website and learn more about WSNYC and MOIA before signing up below
We Speak NYC classes run through three cycles:
Cycle I: Summer Session
- Classes start late June/early July and run through August
Cycle II: Fall Session
- Classes start late September/early October and run through December
Cycle III: Spring Session
- Classes start late February/early March and run through May
If you are planning to partner with MOIA, you will agree to:
Recruit at least 20 intermediate English level adult learners
Keep track of attendance and provide a roster of registered learners/students who will be taking the class 2 weeks prior to the start date
Keep account of weekly attendance by recording the amount of new learners present and the total amount of learners who attended the class.
Email these numbers to the Admin Coordinator.
If we do not have a roster prior to the 2 weeks before the class starts, and find that there is a lack of participants who attend, we reserve the right to cancel the class.
You must send the Admin Coordinator a roster of 20 students in order to sign up 2 weeks prior to the class.
If you are unable to send a roster within this time frame, we will not be able to send workbook/study guide materials to your site, and you will be responsible for picking them up from our office.
Keep a regular schedule to host the conversation group each week
Classes are 2 hours/week for 10 weeks.
The time and day of the class is up to your discretion.
However, we encourage you to keep in mind the schedules of the constituents in your neighborhood/that you aim to attract.
Since volunteer facilitator placements are largely due to the day and times of classes, we recommend scheduling classes at times that could be more convenient for learners and volunteers alike;
in the evenings or on weekends
. If your organization is not able to host a class at either of those times, we will do our best to meet your needs.
In the case that we cannot find a volunteer for your site, please let us know if there is any staff on board who we could train to lead the conversation classes.
Provide a class calendar with dates in which class will/will not be held
Inform WSNYC team at least three days before if the class needs to be canceled and notify volunteer facilitator placed at site.
Provide an appropriate classroom space where the learners can focus on the lesson
We speak NYC will not be able to provide classroom logistics; this is expected from the host site.
Classroom spaces MUST have:
Enough room to host the 20 learners
A SMART/white/chalkboard or chart paper and markers for the facilitator to write new vocabulary and/or notes for the students
Internet streaming and a viewing screen for videos
A backup plan for tech/space issues AND an on-site contact person
Each site should have an assigned Site Coordinator who will liaise with WSNYC and the volunteer facilitator placed at the site
Note any language requirements on your application
(if a majority of your learners speak one language) so we can work our best to find a volunteer facilitator who can communicate in that language
If we are not able to find a volunteer with language needs indicated, your organization should be ready to have a staff member or interpreter on site to assist.
Administer a Pre and Post survey
to learners and complete a partner site survey to help the We Speak NYC program evaluate performance and community needs
Continue recruitment efforts
MOIA will agree to provide:
Trained facilitators. If you have staff or community members who would like to facilitate a class, we will train them (preferred).
Free classroom teaching materials and WSNYC DVDs.
Study guides for participants so that they can study at home.
Certificates for those participants who successfully complete the group, attending at least 4-6 classes.
To sign up as a partner, please fill out the following application. If you plan to host more than one group, please fill out one form for each group you plan to host.
Partner registration deadline: Summer Cycle I deadline: Appil 30
Fall Cycle II deadline: July 31
Spring Cycle III deadline: December 31
Name of your Organization:
Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS)
APNA Brooklyn Community Center (ABCC)
Arab American Association of NY (AAANY)
Association to Benefit Children (ABC)
Beacon Center for Arts & Leadership (BCAL)
Bronx Lighthouse Charter School
Brooklyn Islamic Center (BIC)
Centro Cristiano Fuente de Vida (CCFV)
Chinese - American Planning Council Inc. (CPC)
Chinese-American Sunshine House (CASH)
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) - Brooklyn
Council of the Peoples Organization (COPO)
East Harlem Bilingual Head Start (EHBHS)
Family Head Start (FHS)
Fresh Youth Initiatives (FYI)
HeartShare First Step Early Childhood Center
Immigrant Social Services, Inc (ISS)
International High School Union Square
Jackson Developmental Center (JDC)
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement (JRNS)
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI)
La Jornada (LJ)
Literacy Partners (LP) - Bronx
Literacy Partners (LP) - Brooklyn
Literacy Partners (LP) - Manhattan
Literacy Partners (LP) - Queens
Make the Road New York (MRNY) - Brooklyn
Make the Road New York (MRNY) - Queens
Mercy Center (MC)
Montefiore Family Health Center (MFHC)
Northeastern Conference Adventist Community Services (NECACS)
Office to Combat Domestic Violence Brooklyn Family Justice Center (OCDV)
PS 169 Sunset Park School
PS 244 The Active Learning Elementary School
PS 70 The Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino School
Queen of Angels Church ESL Program (QOAC)
Queens Public Library (QPL)
Ralph R. McKee High School
Rosalyn Yalow Charter School
Rose Hill Pre K Center
Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (SHISC)
Sisa Pakari Cultural & Labor Center (SPCLC)
SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center
The Child Center of NY
Together One New York (TONY)
United Methodist Church of Jackson Heights (UMCJH)
Woodside on the Move (WOTM) - Queens
Woodside Senior Center (WSC)
Name of Conversation Group Site (if different):
Street Address of Site:
First Name of WSNYC Coordinator (the main contact person at the site): Please note this person must be on site, or designate someone to be on site, for all WSNYC classes.
Last Name of WSNYC Coordinator:
Email Address of Contact Person:
Telephone Number of Contact Person:
Telephone Number of Site (if different):
For Which Cycle are you signing up:
• Cycle I - Summer Session
• Cycle II - Fall Session
• Cycle III - Spring Session
WSNYC Class Exact Start Date (date should be consistent with the cycles):
Day of your conversation group: Please note weekend classes are more likely to have volunteer facilitators from WSNYC placed.
Time of your conversation group: Please note evening classes are more likely to have volunteer facilitators from WSNYC placed.
Full Name of Person Filling out this Form:
Can this class accept drop-in students?
Can we list your organization’s address on our web site?
Does your organization have internet capabilities? (Preferred)
By signing this form, you are agreeing to become a We Speak NYC site partner and to provide:
an appropriate meeting room for the conversation group, reserved for the same day and time each of 7-10 weeks;
Internet streaming or a DVD player and viewing screen suitable for up to 20 people to see the video and read the subtitles; and
20 intermediate English adults to participate in the conversation group
We will provide:
1. Please choose one
We Speak NYC will provide training on how to conduct the We Speak NYC conversation class to staff from your organization, or...
We Speak NYC will provide a team of trained volunteer-facilitators from the WSNYC Program
Recruit 20 intermediate English learners; internet streaming/DVD player and viewing screen; site coordinator on site at all times; 2 hour class once a week for 7-10 weeks
Internet streaming capabilities; staff or volunteers from your organization to lead the class; classes during evening and/or weekends
A class will not be confirmed until this application has been reviewed, a site contract has been signed, and site requirements have been verified over the phone and/or in person. Sites with preferred capabilities will be given preference in approving classes and placing volunteer facilitators.
I have read and understood the above requirements and preferences