What we do


High  school placement
A first and critical step to success for English Language Learners (Ells) students.Flanbwayan help families navigate the public school system. Throughout the enrollment process, flanbwayan plays a strong advocacy role in school placement.  We want to ensure that our newcomer youth have access to equal opportunities.

Immigrant Education Advocacy

English Language Learners (ELLs) at the High School level face challenges that are beyond English speaking students. They must become English proficient in a limited time, and pass regents exams in order to graduate. Therefore, ELLs need additional help both in school and in the community. High School enrollment centers often place students in inappropriate schools that lack ELL programs or supportive services.  Students who arrive mid-year experience serious delays in enrollment because schools lack vacancies.  Our advocacy goal is to eliminate barriers to academic success and advocate for the educational rights of immigrant students. 

Leadership Activities

Haitian cultural dance- helps youth to be connected to their Haitian history and culture.
Literacy Circle-Youth  read, discuss and analyze themes, share their opinions about texts in both English and Haitian Creole.
Popular Theater- Students come  together to develop a play that demonstrates their struggles.  Everyone is part of the process of writing, editing, directing, and acting.
Monthly forums- students are presented with topics relevant to their lives.  Forums allow the youth to have a voice.
Radio-A unique opportunity for Haitian youth to have their voices heard.

School Partnerships

Clara Barton High school
Walt Whitman Middle School


Coalition of Culturally and Linguistically-specific Organizations in Support of Education (CCLOSE)
“Closing the Gap in Education”
CCLOSE is a coalition of culturally and linguistically specific immigrant organizations in New York City who seek to strengthen the relationships between immigrant communities and schools as well as advocate for enhanced services that ensure that ELLs have the resources needed to perform academically and thrive socially.  CCLOSE is a collaboration between the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project.

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