In September, DC Immersion’s Executive Director Vanessa Bertelli was awarded the 2018 Individual Advocacy Impact Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and achievement in promoting citywide progress on behalf of youth, young adults and students.

We are honored and proud of this award, and are grateful for the inspirational leadership, mentorship and partnership of DC Alliance for Youth Advocates (DCAYA).

“On behalf of DC Immersion I would like to thank the hundreds of families, educators and community members who share their hopes and dreams for our collective kids and their stories of opportunity through multilingualism. This award adds to our determination to engage even more of you, even better.” said Vanessa Bertelli “On behalf of my colleagues Linsey Silver and Jimell Sanders, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the 126 volunteers who have dedicated over 8000 hours to further DC Immersion’s mission. Here’s to greater opportunity and stronger community through languages for all of DC’s youth!”

Dear Families, educators, and partners,

In 2020 we announced that the DC Language Immersion Project would close its doors due to lack of resources. However, before completely dissolving the organization, we recently asked a group of local and national educators if they - individually or collectively - would be interested in continuing the work of advocating for multilingual education in the District of Columbia. We are pleased to announce that a few individuals responded yes and volunteered to forge a plan to continue this vital work.

So, we are not closing our doors but we are entering a six-to-twelve-month period of dormancy as we determine the best path forward for the DC Immersion Project.  Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for updates.

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