Share |

AES World Languages and Cultures Institute Inc.

 90 Canal Street
 Boston, MA 02114
[P] (617) 2376487
[F] --
www.awlci.org
[email protected]
Mauricio Gavilanes
Facebook Twitter
INCORPORATED: 2011
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 27-3024471

LAST UPDATED: 09/07/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

--

Mission StatementMORE »

AES World Languages and Cultures Institute (AWLCI) is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening communities by bridging the gap between cultures and broadening our students' horizons. Our community programs empower individuals to overcome cultural and language barriers and promote understanding and tolerance within the Greater Boston community. Our organization offers effective immersion language classes in Spanish, Italian and Mandarin for both professionals and those who wish to learn a new language for leisure, in addition to offering free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Greater Boston Area.

Mission Statement

AES World Languages and Cultures Institute (AWLCI) is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening communities by bridging the gap between cultures and broadening our students' horizons. Our community programs empower individuals to overcome cultural and language barriers and promote understanding and tolerance within the Greater Boston community. Our organization offers effective immersion language classes in Spanish, Italian and Mandarin for both professionals and those who wish to learn a new language for leisure, in addition to offering free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Greater Boston Area.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $28,352.00
Projected Expense $22,012.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston Community ESOL Center
  • Medical Spanish Classes for Beginners

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

AES World Languages and Cultures Institute (AWLCI) is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening communities by bridging the gap between cultures and broadening our students' horizons. Our community programs empower individuals to overcome cultural and language barriers and promote understanding and tolerance within the Greater Boston community. Our organization offers effective immersion language classes in Spanish, Italian and Mandarin for both professionals and those who wish to learn a new language for leisure, in addition to offering free English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to low-income immigrants and refugees in the Greater Boston Area.


Background Statement

AES World Languages and Cultures Institute was established in 2010 in response to the lack of communication and of understanding between community members in the Greater Boston community. AWLCI believes that providing opportunities to share culture and language between Boston’s diverse communities leader to cooperation and unity. To this end, AWLCI ran its first Spanish and Italian boot camps class in 2011. Additionally, our Medical Spanish program was launched to provide healthcare professionals with the opportunity to better communicate with their patients. In 2012, Mandarin was added to our course offerings, and AWLCI celebrated its 300th student. In 2013, our free ESOL program began at the Old Colony Housing Development. Since the ESOL program’s inception, AWLCI has served served over 400 students and continues to build the language skills and the cultural competency of the Greater Boston community.  We have also graduated 42 students from our medical Spanish classes, which aim to increase the understanding between medical professionals and immigrant patients.  


Impact Statement

In the last year, AWLCI has worked diligently to serve the Greater Boston community. Our ESOL program is on track to empower 116 students with the necessary linguistic ability to gain employment, to continue their educations, and to communicate better with their children’s schools. Our Boston Medical Spanish Center has likewise experienced great success, including teaching 24 students from the Harvard Medical School of Dental Medicine. 

AWLCI strives to expand on these successes in the next year. Our ESOL program anticipates empowering 144 students with the linguistics skills and ability to gain employment, to continue or to further their education, or even just to communicate more effectively with their children’s schools. In order to track the success of our students, we are working to implement a system of surveys that will allow us to better quantify the progress they make by attending class.

AWLCI has also increased its capacity for one-one-one tutoring of student with special needs and speech disorders.  We have tutored students with aphasia, stutters, and traumatic brain injuries in a personalized setting, since often it is much harder for these students to learn in a large classroom.
 
Our goal for the coming year is to decrease and eliminate the costs of one-on-one tutoring for students with special needs.

Our BMSC hopes that in addition to a modest increase in budget, we will be able to decrease the cost per student. We hope that these efforts will allow us to as much as double the number of students served by the program.

 
 

Needs Statement

The first of AWLCI’s most pressing needs is growing and diversifying the number of volunteers partnering with our organization. AWLCI’s is committed to expanding our impact within the community, and to do so, we require the help of community volunteers to assist our staff members with programs and administratively. Our second most pressing need is to achieve long-term financial strength through a diversified income and donation stream. Our third need is to increase program effectiveness of ESL and Medical Spanish services. This need requires us to conduct comprehensive analyses on our target communities to ensure that we are providing them with the best workshops for expanding their communication skills. Our fourth most pressing need is to create and implement beginning and ending exam in each class to measure student’s language improvement over the length of the course. Our fifth most pressing need is to stay connected and up to date on the needs of the linguistically diverse communities that we strive to serve. 

CEO Statement

--

Board Chair Statement

--

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

We serve people throughout Boston, but are located in Suffolk county and many of our clients are from this area.  

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Employment - Job Training
  3. Education - Educational Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Boston Community ESOL Center

The BCEC includes our beginner and intermediate ESOL classes, our English-to-Computers course, our TEFL Certification course, and our Talk-Time Sessions. Our ESOL classes offer intensive course for all levels of students to build conversational and literacy skills to improve language proficiency. Our computer course equips speakers of other languages with the English skills necessary to navigate basic technology in the modern workplace. The TEFL Certification course trains motivated individuals to teach English, facilitating cultural integration by reducing linguistic barriers. Students become knowledgeable in successful communication, developing lesson plans, classroom management skills, and making teaching materials. Lastly, our Talk-Time Sessions allow students to practice their English speaking and writing skills with instructors in a casual setting, building confidence for effective communication.  
Budget  $8,821.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Minorities Adults
Program Short-Term Success  With a projected budget of $12,410 for 2016, AWLCI will be able to teach 144 students at a cost of $86 per student. 
Program Long-Term Success  The 10% of Bostonians with limited English proficiency receive 25 to 40 cents less per dollar earned than their English proficient counterparts. ALWCI strive to bridge this gap by responding to Boston's growing need for ESOL classes by offering these programs at no cost to low-income members of our community. 
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored through both surveys sent to students after each class that ask about their satisfaction with the courses.  Program success is also measured through the progress our teachers see in our student's language abilities after the course.  Within the next few months, we will be utilizing BestPlus 2.0 software in order to measure student progress more quantitatively, as we just had a grant proposal accepted in order to begin that initiative.
Examples of Program Success  Between 2013 and 2014, our programs helped 113 students develop English skills to get jobs, continue their educations, and communicate more effectively with their children's schools. 

Medical Spanish Classes for Beginners

Part of the Boston Medical Spanish Center, the Medical Spanish Classes for Beginners classes are composed of small groups of students and employ a highly interactive approach, creating a comfortable environment to practice speaking Spanish in real-life, healthcare situations. We balance introduction, repetition and practice of new material in a natural way, making the language easy to learn. Classes cater to the challenging schedules of healthcare professionals.  
Budget  $11,924.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Foreign Language & Linguistics
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  In addition to the projected increase in the program's budget for 2016, the cost per student will be lowered from $264 to $186, allowing the organization to double our number of students and expanding the reach of our long-term impact. 
Program Long-Term Success  Every day, a healthcare provider encounters approximately 6 to 7 limited proficiency patients. As a result of our program, one healthcare provider has the potential to effectively treat 1,750 Spanish-speaking patients in the Boston Community each year.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  In the last year, the Boston Medical Spanish Center has taught 24 students at the Harvard Medical School of Dental Medicine. We are currently educating seven nurse-midwives in the American College of Nurse-Midwives. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mauricio Gavilanes
CEO Term Start June 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --

Collaborations

--

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

--

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 18
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 21
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 18
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

--

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Felicia Plunkett
Board Chair Company Affiliation Florida State University
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jillian Anderson Qiagen --
Mr. Mauricio Gavilanes AES World Languages and Cultures Institute --
Ms. Felicia Plunkett Florida State University --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

    --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

--

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $28,352.00
Projected Expense $22,012.00
Form 990s

2016 990-EZ

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Total Revenue $28,393 -- --
Total Expenses $23,712 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 -- --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $3,200 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $25,193 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Program Expense $4,012 -- --
Administration Expense $19,700 -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.20 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 17% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Total Assets $0 -- --
Current Assets $0 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $0 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 -- --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

--

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZ for 2016. This nonprofit previously filed 990-N or Postcards with the IRS and as such has no financial history to report for FY15 and FY14.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

--

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

--

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

--

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

--

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

--