We connect communities
Mother to Mother came about from the desire to create a community engagement and education program tailored specifically to the needs and resources of the local communities of Park Slope, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
After spending several months researching and attending different English Language programs across Brooklyn and Manhattan, we noticed a consistent gap across ESL programs: the lack of classes available to mothers with young children.
Mothers are at the heart of families.
Mothers are at the heart of families. Immigrant mothers are a critical population to reach in order for their families to integrate and thrive within a community. As mothers, we need to be able to communicate with schools, apply for the best education for our children, and complete day-to-day activities that consistently require knowing English. Not only for our children, but for ourselves.
We aim to provide English language classes for mothers when their children are young and at home, giving space to learn the language; providing tools to understand the municipal and state education, healthcare, social, and public benefits systems; and to have the skills to apply for work, eventually, when their children begin school.
Women in Mother to Mother are also able to meet other mothers, women, and community members outside of their home, helping them connect to the neighborhoods and communities in which they live.
WHO WE ARE
Britni Blackketter | Founder & Executive Director
Britni has a passion for education in all forms and has spent the last 10 years working in the charity sector. She has helped set up and run community based programs focusing on educating women and families within Brooklyn, NY and abroad. She is a qualified ESL instructor with a CELTA certification from Teaching House, NY and is currently working on her graduate degree at Hunter College in Early Childhood Education. She currently works alongside her team at Mother to Mother in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, focusing on on development.
Britni started Mother to Mother as a way to connect mothers from different cultures to each other. At the heart of this lies a passion to see women from all backgrounds empowered to meet their personal, professional, or educational goals and given a chance to make and build friendships across cultures.
Alongside education, Britni loves spending time with her husband and two children. She looks for any chance to travel and loves her local community of friends.
Sarah Wang | Education Programs Director
Sarah is a teacher and advocate for adult education. She has taught in and coordinated a number of ESOL and vocational education programs for adult students, including International Rescue Committee (New York, NY), Trinity Grace Church (Brooklyn, NY), the International Culinary Center (New York, NY), and Hope Fellowship Church (Cambridge, MA). Her passion for working with immigrant populations was inspired by the refugees she worked with in Oakland, California after graduating from university. At Mother to Mother, she considers her students her peers and loves hearing what they have to say, and her goals in teaching center around just that: encouraging and equipping her students to share their culture and their ideas!
Sarah holds a TESLA (Teaching ESOL to Adults) certification from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City and a Masters in Education in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Outside of the classroom, Sarah spends most of her time with her husband and her son, mostly looking at cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, wheels, cranks, levers, and anything else that he can move, turn, pull, open, or unlock.