Below are sites that the Lives of Commitment students are volunteering with or have so in the past.
English Learning Center
The English Learning Center provides classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), math, and computer skills to immigrant and refugee families in the Phillips and Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods in South Minneapolis. LOC participants teach the math and English needed to support this learning.
Rondo Library is located in a historically African American neighborhood that was disrupted by the construction of Highway 94. The strong community ties held by residents of Rondo keep the area vibrant; it is now home to many new immigrants and their businesses. The library is a key meeting place for community members. LOC students work either with a regular group of adults and teens providing homework help or practice reading with the same young child throughout the school year.
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 participants teach English to Somali elders, act as “study buddies” to children, and build community with teenagers from this prominently African refugee community. Read this article in CommonBond Communities’ newsletter about Hayley’s experience.
Open Door Learning Center
Open Door Learning Center is run by the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC). The MLC works to share the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy by teaching literacy. LOC students work with adult learners in the classroom, on individual learning plans, and in a citizenship and parenting class.
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 participants teach English in a classroom setting to native Spanish speakers.