Mission: Celebrating and Preserving the Heritage of India
in the Heart of America.
SILC strives to develop well-informed individuals in a non-religious setting. It plays a pivotal role in bridging the cultural gap and enhancing mutual understanding between cultures which are vital for strengthening ties between nations.
Results: 33+ years within the Twin Cities landscape, SILC is unique since it is run 100% by volunteers. Thousands of students have passed through its portals since inception. Our former students have gone through their paces to learn and understand/appreciate the diversity of Asian Indian culture.
Target demographics: Families with children of Asian Indian origin
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 600 to 750
Geographic areas served: Twin Cities, MN and its neighboring suburbs
Programs: Established programs ranging from pre-school to advanced languages, social studies and culture classes including electives for students of all ages.
The most basic and powerful foundation of the society is Education. And SILC is bringing the education to the fresh-mind, future citizens in a simple and straight forward way using the smartest people of the community.
We are adopting our daughter from India and came to SILC because we wanted to learn Hindi. What we found far exceeded our expectations. SILC is a vibrant and generous community where one can learn languages, how to cook or how to drum, and about the social and historical aspects of Indian life. There is a wide variety of courses offered for adults, as well as for children.
Cooking teachers go far beyond simply demonstrating a recipe. They share tips on everything from choosing and cleaning food, to storing spices, to how to modify seasoning to one's taste. They give students the confidence to go and try these things at home, and the knowledge of where and how to shop for items not found in many grocery stores.
One of the most valuable aspects of this school is that they don't just have set courses that you have to fit into. They go a step beyond to see who the students are, and then tailor the classes to their needs.
For those of us hoping to find and maintain a connection with the Indian community, SILC has been a magnificent gift.