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The Multicultural Institute

Who We Are

MI's programs include the promotion of economic and educational opportunities for immigrant adults (especially day laborers) and other low-income adults, after-school tutoring and mentoring programs for underserved youth, and leadership courses and workshops. The Institute works to strengthen families, engage communities linked by geography, demographics, language and/or faith, and build bridges between these communities and broader society.

  • Life Skills/Day Laborer Program: Aiding economically disadvantaged low-income adults, especially working immigrant adults--in acquiring educational, vocational and social skills that support economic self-sufficiency while providing health, legal, and emergency resources as needed. MI's street-based outreach efforts take place daily at the MI Berkeley, North Fair Oaks, and Richmond sites. Below are some of main services/programs offered under this program:
-Job Placement Assistance/Wage Claim Assistance                                                                                                
-Health and Immigration Referrals and Services                                                                                                  
-GED Spanish Preparation Program                                                                                                                    
-Business Entrepreneurship Courses                                                                                                             
-Computer Skills Development Courses                                                                                                            
-Transitional Housing for Day Laborers                                                                                             
  • Mentoring for Academic Success (MAS) Program: Offering a continuum of academic support for students from third through ninth grade, the goal is to reduce racial inequality in education, leading to readiness for college success. Assisting students in becoming competitively eligible for post-secondary education through tutoring and enrichment activities. This program currently operates at the Berkeley and Richmond sites. The summer component of this program is the annual summer Youth Writing Festival (YWF) to facilitate writing skills in an inspiring setting. This is a month-long summer program, that inspires young people to enjoy applying writing to settings beyond school.

What We Do

The Multicultural Institute (MI) was founded in 1991 and incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization in December of 1995. Our core constituencies are immigrant families and other youth and adults lacking access to critical services in the communities where we work. Our programs are currently focused on historically disadvantaged groups in neighborhoods in Alameda, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Counties. From its inception, under the leadership of Fr. Rigoberto Caloca-Rivas, the Institute has nurtured partnerships with diverse civic, business, and community leaders. These partnerships have been instrumental to several successful projects and community leadership endeavors. Our work is carried out by a core group of full-time staff, a number of part-time staff, and many enthusiastic volunteers. The Institute has an elected Board of Directors with representation from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 

We are a stepping stone that helps society transition immigrants from poverty and isolation to prosperity and participation.

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