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Thomas Dunn Learning Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Food, Home Economics, Youth Development Programs

Mission: We enrich lives through engaging learning experiences. Our partnerships promote individual growth and enhance the community's quality of life.

Target demographics: Enrichment and education of 13-year-old youth through the elderly

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 8,000 individuals and partnered with many other non-profit organizations

Geographic areas served: St. Louis, Missouri

Programs: 1. HiSET (GED) classes, tutoring, personal and work-force skills development 2. Teen Summer camps, after school library and computer lab, teen "drop-in center", and a Youth Council 3. Health, nutrition, cooking classes, book clubs, open art lab, art and music classes, and receptions 4. Community building meetings, workshops, and events around specific issues and ideas

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Darren W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach at Thomas Dunn as a volunteer for the HiSet preparation program (High School Equivalency). I am very excited to be a part of this program and the Thomas Dunn family. Our HiSet program serves adult students, many of whom are coming back to school after an absence of years or even decades. Because a regular classroom environment didn't work for these students the first time, we have a very different approach. Every student is on a unique and different path with an individual, interactive learning process that is tailored to their needs academically and emotionally. We work with whatever their schedule is, since most of these students have families and jobs and have very busy lives. This is the most neglected, under-served population in education, and I'm proud that we make it our primary mission.

The Thomas Dunn Learning Center also has programs that enrich the lives of our South St. Louis community from young children with summer camps, teenagers with "The Place" and the South Side Leadership Council, to adults with a wide variety of needs and interests. Programs for adults range from critical life skills to arts and theater, and finally to bringing people together to build better neighborhoods where the rich diversity of our communities is celebrated and respected.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks for all of your hard work serving the St. Louis community!

Cynthia C.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thomas Dunn is a great community resource holding numerous programs to engage and enrich the community. One program is my youth program and they have been great partnering in reaching youth in the direct and surrounding community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a must-visit nonprofit. Every member is exceptional in their care and services for the community. The greatest thing I have noticed volunteering at Thomas Dunn Learning Center is the Hi-SET program. I have spoken to numerous students and they all say how they greatly appreciate the "open door policy" of the program and direct face to face instruction with the professor. If this organization was only recognized on a greater scale, its abilities would be able to be exponentially accelerated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TDLC has many amazing opportunities for continuing education and community building! This organization helps Dutchtown and its neighbors grow together and has something for everyone!

Sara H. L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center as a tutor in their HiSET program, helping adult students prepare to take the exams for their high school equivalency diploma. I love the individual, one-on-one approach, and the emphasis on an emotionally safe space where students and tutors show mutual respect.

There are other valuable programs here. Youth can gather here for help in developing community leadership skills. We have a resident artist. Outside groups are invited to use our space for continuing education classes. Altogether, it’s a friendly place where a lot of learning takes place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thomas Dunn Learning Center welcomes learning in all styles and honors people for who they are, encouraging them to be true to themselves. It is a place that is inspiring and offers opportunities for youth and adults to reach their fullest potential. This organization is an amazing asset to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization! I have only had great opportunities working with Thomas Dunn Learning Center! I appreciate their commitment to helping the community become life long learners. They have so many great programs/classes/seminars, which allows for anyone, regardless of where they are at in life, to engage in quality programming where they can learn a ton.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Underutilized awesome community center. Art lab, computer lab, events, community meetings, youth groups, art shows, pop up vending, hi set help, a library, right next door to marquette park / pool. Safe place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TDLC is always full of delightful surprises for our community! Their gorgeous facility is home to GED classes, art workshops, a lending library, a demo kitchen, community meeting center, gallery space, and so much more. Gravois Park, Dutchtown, and the entire metro area is a richer, more interesting place for the great programming at Thomas Dunn Learning Center! Thanks for all you do, TDLC staff and volunteers.

Jodie F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The art workshop is amazing and Sonia is a fantastic teacher. She brings so much creativity and healing to the class. She's a prime example of how art changes lives.