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Navegadores Escolares is a community program started in 2021 to support the growing number of multilingual learners in Montclair Public Schools.

In just one year, this program has expanded to support over 60 families and 105 Montclair Public School students – and it continues to grow quickly!  Until now, non-English-speaking parents and students have been navigating our schools and community on their own. In systems that operate almost exclusively in English, non-English-speaking families in Montclair face many barriers to meaningfully engaging and supporting their children. Students face barriers to accessing the education and fundamental resources to which they are entitled.

While the district is intent on addressing the needs of our rapidly growing population of multilingual learners, institutional change takes time, and our children need support now.

MFEE also runs after school programs for Montclair's multilingual students. Through Entrenadores Escolares (for middle and high schoolers) and Oruguitas (for K-5th graders) students get much-needed social connections, academic support, and educational enrichment. 

 

Opportunities to volunteer

Become a Navegador/a!(“Navigator”). MFEE recruits and trains Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking community members to support familias. Navegadores can be matched with an individual familia to provide one-on-one holistic support - with everything from helping parents navigate the online portal, to attending meetings with teachers and counselors, to connecting parents to health, housing and food resources. Navegadores who aren’t matched with a familia participate in other ways - building bridges with other community programs, sharing expertise in their fields, and participating in community-building gatherings and workshops to nurture self-advocacy among las familias. 

Please complete this short interest form to learn more about becoming a Navegador/a: https://bit.ly/Navegadores_apply

Become a tutor. Through Entrenadores Escolares (for middle and high schoolers) and Oruguitas (for K-5th graders) students get much-needed social connections, academic support, and educational enrichment. The after school programs couldn’t operate without our adult and teen volunteers who help students with homework, test prep, and core skill development in English and math. The students' needs are dynamic and change over time - tutors do not need to have specific academic aptitudes. What is most important is patience and an encouraging approach to supporting the students! 

Please complete this short interest form to learn more about becoming a tutor: https://bit.ly/MFEEtutors

Become a volunteer driver.  Our students can’t get to and from the after school program without the help of volunteer drivers.  There are many options for days and times - you provide the car and friendly face, and MFEE takes care of the rest!

Please complete this short interest form to learn more about becoming a volunteer driver: https://bit.ly/Navegadores_apply

 

 

Have you already read the FAQ and want to let us know you're interested in being a Navegador?  Please complete this short interest form: https://bit.ly/Navegadores_apply

If you are interested in being paired with a Navegador for support - for yourself or on behalf of someone else - please contact Anyily Agudelo  anyily@mfee.org

Si está interesado en ser emparejado con un Navegador para recibir apoyo, para usted o en nombre de otra persona, comuníquese con Anyily Agudelo at anyily@mfee.org