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Lilly Program for Vocation and Ethical Leadership
Markim Hall 310
651-696-6738
651-696-6030 (fax)

Academic-Year Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12:00 noon

Below are sites that the Lives of Commitment students are volunteered with in the past.

Building Blocks Tutorial
Building Blocks is a tutoring program. Teachers from West Side schools recommend children who are academically at risk. Many of these students come from economically disadvantaged homes or homes where English is a second language. Building Blocks then works with the schools to monitor each child's learning needs and progress. LOC students will work one on one with the same student helping to reinforce their basic skills in reading, math and writing through games and activities.


English Learning Center
The English Learning Center for Immigrant and Refugee Families provides classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), math, and computer skills to immigrant and refugee families in the Phillips Neighborhood and Cedar-Riverside areas for South Minneapolis. Volunteer tutors will work with fellow teachers to develop curricula, and they will become familiar with refugee and immigrant communities and issues.


Project for Pride in Living
Project for Pride in Living develops and sustains affordable housing for low income families through education and support services. LOC students volunteer at an apartment complex that houses Somali residents where they do individualized tutoring with elementary and middle school aged kids.


Grace Trinity Tutoring Program
This after-school program draws mainly Spanish-speaking and bilingual youth from Jefferson Elementary School near the Uptown area of Minneapolis. LOC students will help students with reading, math, and homework, and will also help lead arts, crafts, and other fun projects. Tutors and students will eat dinner together afterwards.


Common Bond
Common Bond provides affordable housing and on-site services at Skyline Towers, a public housing apartment complex which is also affectionately called "the United Nations in the Sky."  At Skyline, LOC students teach English to Somali elders, act as "study buddies" to children, and build community with teenagers from this prominently African refugee community.


Jane Addams School for Democracy
This program facilitates intercultural “learning circles” in which English skills are improved while participants discuss their history and culture. Latino and East African immigrants will partner with LOC students to teach and learn about citizenship, education, and culture. There is also a children’s circle that engages youth in a variety of activities.


CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio)
CLUES provides language appropriate and culturally competent direct services to advance the well-being, health, and economic prosperity of Latino individuals and families. LOC students teach English in a classroom setting to native Spanish speakers.