“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Education is at the core of our services. We help students improve their English, literacy, and other skills on their pathways to schooling, employment, and citizenship. We create safe and welcoming spaces that honor students’ cultures and build a vibrant community.

NicerFL is a welcoming and supportive educational center for new immigrants who are looking to adjust and be successful in a new social, educational and work environment in Pinellas and Manatee counties, Florida! 

NicerFL students are youth and adult newcomer immigrants who live in Pinellas and Manatee counties. We provide personalized educational services to empower them to reach their personal and professional goals!

Individualized Approach. The diversity of our learners guides our individualized approach to teaching and program design. Our volunteer tutors and mentors receive training and support in using differentiated instructional methods and English Learner teaching strategies tailored to the individual needs of each new immigrant student. 

Our Mission    

NICERFL is committed to empowering newly arrived youth and adult immigrants, one at a time, to be self-sufficient and successfully integrate in the economic, cultural and social fabric of SW Florida!

NicerFL is the only organization in Manatee and Pinellas counties that provides free one-to-one educational services and mentoring to newcomer students and their families. For many adults who want to learn English and struggle to learn in large, classroom-based settings, we are their only option. Our guiding belief is that Education Open Doors!

NicerFL volunteer tutors, mentors, youth community leaders/peer tutors, community navigators and staff work hard to make sure that every new neighbor is welcomed and connected to the larger Florida community where they live.  We also help newcomers transition to a new life in Florida by providing them with learning resources and opportunities through 3 main programs: 

Education, Family Engagement, and Community Building Programs and Services 

Our Story

      • NicerFL was started by a group of immigrant educators and professionals who went through many challenges in adjusting to a new life in the United States. We were successful in finding our personal and professional fulfillment through Education. We wanted to give back through Education! 
      • We taught ESOL classes in public schools and colleges! We taught a wide diversity of immigrant kids and adults: green card holders, international students, refugees, asylees, undocumented adult immigrants and unaccompanied minors. We listened to their stories, and we felt their struggles! We wanted to help as many as we could! 
      • So we decided to start NicerFL – an organization that empowers our newcomer immigrants through Education as the focus of our activities. But, what is Education without the Family and the Community! NicerFL is dedicated to empowering the whole immigrant family through education and helping them integrate but also become leaders and enrich the culture of Florida communities!