Breaking Barriers

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Breaking Barriers

The Breaking Barriers Project is a comprehensive, participant centered program that generates community involvement among often-marginalized immigrants by bridging community economic development and individual empowerment and growth. The project's primary area of focus right now is on Latina women and their families in Waltham, Massachusetts. The program emphasizes social and work skills development, basic literacy and ongoing English language development, job training seminars, exploration of promising job leads, computer skills, small business opportunities, access to community services, and networking opportunities.

Innovative Features

  • Participant-centered program design that includes leadership training and empowerment
  • Proactive job creation and placement
  • Use of technology in innovative ways that stimulates research and learning
  • Creative designs for community development
  • Peer support network nourished by mentors and tutors from the community
  • Partnerships and coordination with community, education and service organizations
  • Promotes community participation and social justice.

Community Partners

American Red Cross
Bentley College
Brandeis University
Charles River Museum
Public Internet Center
Christ Church Parish
Committee of Battered Women
Fitch School
Girls Scout Patriot Trail
Marist Missionary Sisters
Parent-Child Program
Partnership for Children and Families
Partnership for Youth and Families
Sandra's Lodge
City of Waltham
Waltham Alliance to Create Housing
Waltham High School
Waltham Inter-Agency Council
Waltham Public Library
Waltham YMCA
Wayside Family and Children
Waltham Boys and Girls Club


"Breaking Barriers at Bentley"
Daily News Tribune- January 26, 2001

"Preparing newcomers for jobs through active volunteerism"
The Boston Foundation Annual Report- 2000

"Sky's the Limit for Graduates"
Daily News Tribune- August 29, 2000

"Community-Based Education for Latina Women"
Mosaic: An EDC Report Series- Spring 1999


Gabriela Canepa- Director
Phone: 617.618.2618
Fax: 617.332.4318