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.”

SARAH BLONIAK, Christ Church of the Valley
After 30 minutes of computer lessons, we will take a short break and do a group learning activity. The group time is led by one of our staff and there is no preparation needed from your side. The lessons taught during this group time usually include a citizenship question and answer and sometime a game or competition. After 15 minutes or so, you will return to the computer to finish the planned lesson for another 30 minutes.
Each student is at a different level of learning. Some are true beginners and don’t know how to read or write in their own language and have spent their whole life in a refugee camp before coming to the United States. Others have a basic command of spoken English but cannot read or write. We will never ask you to explain what a noun or verb is. We wont ask you to teach the class. We will do whatever we can to help you connect relationally to your new friend. Don’t be surprised that after 3 or 4 times of volunteering if you get invited to their home for a child’s birthday party or similar celebration. After all, in the living room is where real friendships happen.

Class Schedules

Phoenix – Central

  • M/W – 10:30 am, 6:00 pm & 7:30 pm
  • T/T – 6:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Phoenix – North

  • M/W – 7:30 pm

Dallas – North

  • Wed – 5:00 pm
  • Sat – 9:30 am

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