Mission: To empower vietnamese-american's social adjustment, family stability, and self-sufficiency while nurturing community service and youth leader.
Programs: The esl program matches native english speakers with students, placing an emphasis on conversational practice, and social interaction. Volunteer tutors serve as facilitators to help each student reach their particular goals. The topics covered are emergency situations, family & home life, body & health, job interview & application, and schedule & daily life.
the computer programs are meant to teach the unemployed and the employed computer skills necessary to find and maintain a job. Participants will learn all the basic information needed about computer technology so that they can communicate, regulate, and present information. Our goal is to empower the immigrant community through providing access to the latest computer technology. Fundamental computer skills are taught with bilingual instructions. The topics covered are typing skills, resume formatting, search engines, emails, software, and social media.
youth link includes two parts: the after school program and the summer youth program. The after school program provides efficient tutoring services to students of all ages to the community that we support. Our goal is to enhance academic achievement through the completion of a student's school work, the furthering of knowledge through learning activities/worksheets, and the development of confidence, responsibility, and enjoyment towards learning within an education-focused environment. Volunteer tutors are asked to help students complete all or a majority of their daily homework as well as any incomplete homework. After homework is completed, extra study time can be used to do worksheets, activities, or reading to help strengthen a student's skills in whatever subjects. Volunteer tutors encourage all students' independency, confidence, enjoyment, and responsibilities towards their academics. All tutors are dedicated to building relationships with the students and helping them succeed. This program runs during fall, winter, and spring quarters. In the summer, the summer youth program provides students with the opportunity to maintain a high level of educational engagement throughout the summer. Curriculum for the summer focuses on reading, writing, and math, with work geared towards the students' appropriate levels. Students are additionally involved in projects that parallel their studies. Educational lessons are integrated with field trips to various seattle attractions in order to engage students outside of the classroom.
While visiting the plaza behind Viet-wah Supermarket, I had an opportunity to sit in on one of the ESL sessions provided by nonprofit, HelpingLink. One of their primary goals is to educate and enrich the Vietnamese community through providing programs that helps to make one independent. Though they have multiple tutors, the teacher of the evening was known as Barrett. The session started with a review of last week’s materials followed by a conversational dialogue and a focus on basic grammatical structure. Materials, including the script is, provided by the center. While conversing, proper pronunciation and enunciation were the core focus. It was engaging to have the students practice the script and substitute different subjects into the same structure.
Throughout the session, I thought about how unfortunate it was that not many persons know of the wonderful services this center provided as well had taken advantage of these services, all of which are provided with zero-costs to the students.