Serving The Learning Center, our North Lawndale Kinship Partner
By: Marybeth Coleman
I have to admit there are many Wednesday mornings when I’d rather stay in bed. The reality of getting up at 6am and fighting the morning traffic to arrive at The Learning Center (TLC) before the students is sometimes unappealing, however I’m always glad I did it in the end. Tutoring there has been one of the most rewarding things I have done since I’ve retired. I am energized by adults who balance work, families and school. I am inspired by students who want to learn to read so they can help their children with homework. I have been encouraged by young adult students who returned to school to set an example for younger siblings regarding the importance of education. I have found joy in a well written paragraph and improved reading scores.
I first learned about The Learning Center from Vince Guider, Director of the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative. The Learning Center, located in the North Lawndale neighborhood, is one of our Kinship Initiative partner organizations. This small not-for-profit offers free adult basic education, GED prep, ESL, and computer classes with assistance from Malcolm X College instructors. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays are devoted to Reading, Writing and Social Studies, while the focus on Tuesdays and Thursdays is on Math, Science and Workplace Skills. The center equips adults with skills to live effective personal lives, gain sustainable employment and make positive contributions to their families and community.
Do you want to be energized, inspired, encouraged and find joy serving others? Come join with The Learning Center’s students, staff and volunteers and experience the difference we can make in one another’s lives. Volunteer opportunities include:
Tutors for basic Reading, Writing and Math – 9:00am – Noon one day a week
Basic literacy skills (Mon. & Wed.) or basic Math (Tues. & Thurs), 9am – Noon
Would you also consider being a board member? Currently, TLC’s board of directors is searching for membership candidates. The board meets quarterly on Saturday mornings at The Learning Center. The members serve on one or more committees which meet separately to assist with marketing and fundraising efforts that are guided by a strategic plan which is updated annually. A packet of information for prospective members is available.
If you are attracted by TLC’s mission, believe that you have time and leadership abilities and are willing to serve, please contact Gay McDonald, executive committee member of TLC’s board at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708 341-9571. You may also contact Marybeth Coleman, the Old St. Pat’s Liaison for the Kinship Initiative at, email@example.com
Marybeth Coleman is a longtime, active member of Old St. Pat’s Church and the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative.