The starting place for new friendships.
The Life Skills Center is where you will meet your new friend. All of our centers are located in refugee neighborhoods and sometimes in an apartment complex that is home to dozens of nationalities. We currently have centers in Dallas, TX and Phoenix, AZ. We encourage you to pick a center that is closest to you.
What Can I Expect?
When you arrive for the first time, we will let you observe other Encouragers as they partner with an adult student during an English lesson taught by the computer. After a few minutes, we will introduce you to a student. We will help facilitate a simple greeting and friendly connection and then you begin the English lesson by following the prompts on the computer screen. In just a few minutes, you will go from being unfamiliar with each other to a team working on a project together. Shoulder to shoulder you work through the lesson celebrating progress and assisting in moving the computer program forward. Although we call you an Encourager, you will be the one encouraged as you experience the tenacity of our students as they learn. They are not learning English as a hobby, but because their lives and the family’s lives depend on it. It truly is inspiring.
“English class is a place where everyone is motivated to learn something new because their livelihood depends on it. Both the teacher and student learn from each other and the end product is a unique bond.”