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Nonprofit Overview

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learnt about SILC while volunteering with India Association of Minnesota. As a parent I recognized that SILC is a great place for my kids to learn the Indian Languages and culture. I started formally associating with SILC by enrolling my elder kid. After initial week saw an opportunity for a volunteer social studies teacher position at SILC. I signed-up for the same. My family enjoys all activities at SILC we have seen progress with our kids learning about the language, history, heritage and culture about India. As a teacher at SILC I have seen great progress and involvement of the kids during the yearly Social Studies day. They come-up with awesome presentations and enthusiasm about their topic and the background research they have done about it. I will highly recommend people to consider SILC for learning, volunteering and bonding about the Indian languages and culture.

Suzanne S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

We were warmly welcomed at SILC when we brought our newly adopted 12 year old daughter there five years ago, and we’ve hardly missed a week since. Our daughter has been able to speak and study her native language while I have enjoyed Indian cooking and Hindi classes and my husband has learned yoga. The whole school is run by volunteers which lends to a vibrant energy and friendly atmosphere. We have all volunteered ourselves in small ways. And, it has been a joy to see our daughter gain enough confidence to volunteer to teach art.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our family has been part of the SILC family as students, volunteers and board member for the last 4 years. We love the classes, the camaraderie, and the closeness that we share with so many of the other families there. My daughter is now a volunteer teacher at SILC, and my son is not far behind!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

School of India For Languages and Culture (SILC) provides an excellent opportunity to twin cities (minneapolis / st.paul) community interested in learning about Indian languages (hindi, telugu, kannada, malayalam, nepali, tamil, gujarati), culture (festivals, dances, food, arts, tabala, yoga, cricket, cooking). At a personal level, it helped me and my kids to stay connected with our roots; and at the same time, gave me an opportunity to share and to teach Telugu language.