YWCA Princeton’s Arts-Infused English as a Second Language Receives Grant from Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

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PRINCETON, New Jersey, December 16, 2019— YWCA Princeton’s English as a Second Language program will offer an arts-infused course for a second year. The course, beginning in 2020, will simultaneously advance students’ English language skills along with painting. This program is made possible, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

“Incorporating art in an English as a second language fosters a unique learning environment, and out students respond to it very well” said Heledona Katro, Director of YWCA Princeton’s English as a Second Language Program. “The course showcases art and cultural heritage through watercolor, and our students paint beautiful tributes to their home countries, while advancing their fluency in English.”

YWCA Princeton CEO Judy Hutton also stated, “Our English as a Second Language Program furthers our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women by equipping students with the skills and confidence to communicate with others in the community, and advance their career opportunities. The grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commissions will support this  important learning experience for our students.”

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About YWCA Princeton

YWCA Princeton is #OnAMission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Programs at YWCA Princeton are mission-based, in that they are designed to empower and inspire women and their families through offering affordable childcare, English as a second language, an all-girls robotics team, breast cancer resource center, and much more. For details about programs and advocacy, visit www.ywcaprinceton.org