WISH LIST: $100: scholarship for 1 student for 1 English course; $500: books for 20 students; $1000: 3 volunteer teacher training workshops
It's double trouble: English classes cost money that many immigrant laborers can't afford, and they also require time that many just don't have. Luckily, Language ETC is there to help foreign-born adults -- that's one in six DC residents -- learn to speak English and navigate their world. With over 200 volunteers per trimester, LETC provides affordable, high-quality programs to over 1,600 students annually: English as a Second Language, Spanish literacy, and computer instruction. It educates more immigrants annually than any other non-governmental organization in the area -- and no willing student is turned away. Other services free for students include a Multimedia Language Lab, conversation classes, book clubs, and individual job counseling (free childcare is provided). Operating on a shoestring, LETC shows that it is possible to accomplish a lot with a little: last year, 70% of class-finishers advanced to the next literacy level, compared to a national average of 40%. Learning a language can be the first step toward achieving the American dream. You can help make this dream a reality.
2200 California Street NW
Washington, DC 20008