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New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

  • 1.  New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 16 days ago
    I am the executive director of a small non profit called Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked (yfou.org).

    I recently joined Tesol because as a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization we are looking to start a program which will provide English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes to the parents of elementary school age children in Olivehurst, CA.  Olivehurst is a small city in South Yuba County with a large Hispanic population and many people living below the poverty line.  We know these classes are a significant need the community has.

    As the executive director I have no experience yet in administering a program to offer these classes as a two year pilot project.  Once we have enough funding we plan on hiring one or two teachers to teach these classes and a part time program coordinator.

    The reason for this post is to see if anyone has any suggestions/ideas for good ways to raise money to fund the program and for me to prepare to administer it.


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    John Wilson
    Executive Director
    Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked
    United States
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  • 2.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 15 days ago

    Hi John,

    What about starting with grants. It is a path which opens doors to getting funds for your program.

    Best of Luck,

    Rachida






  • 3.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 14 days ago
    Thank you Rachida!  Yes I agree regarding pursuing grants.  I have already begun that process.  Please if you or anyone else knows of specific grants to apply for, please let me know.

    Thank you Susan!  I will pursue those suggestions.  I am particularly interested in contacting Neda at OTAN since our non profit is located in Yuba County.

    John

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    John Wilson
    Executive Director
    Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 12 days ago
    Thank you MerriLee.  I appreciate your suggestion and will consider it.  I did one to mention that with this particular project the focus is going to be on providing ESL and Citizenship classes for parents of elementary students.

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    John Wilson
    Executive Director
    Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked
    United States
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  • 5.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 11 days ago
    RE:  "this particular project the focus is going to be on providing ESL and Citizenship classes for parents of elementary students."

    I hope your ESL for Adult Program will find funding, but if it should not, you could recommend a gov't run education programs in their own county.  If your county district has a similar programs like ours for adult literacy, i.e., reading; writing; listening; speaking--this would be a great recourse for them.  Yes, they will need at least, at bare minimum, [2 yr] English Developmental Education for mastery--even longer for some.  My county offers literacy programs that are taught by volunteers and other education programs for low-income population with very minimal financial contribution to absolutely free--for children and adults.  California is one state with large Hispanics population and from the Middle East--I'm sure the local gov't have education programs funded and designed for them.
    As for "citizenship classes," I have heard that there are centers, i.e., embassies; after school country programs--that can help facilitate this process.  They will need to make the call themselves to find out where to go for centers location and how much fees are involved.  Well wishes.

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    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    Northern Virginia Community College
    U.S.A
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  • 6.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 10 days ago
    Thanks again MerriLee for your additional insight and contribution.

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    John Wilson
    Executive Director
    Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked
    United States
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  • 7.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 9 days ago

    John,

     

    As for the citizenship part of your question, if I am understanding it correctly, I believe that many progressive churches and refugee resettlement agencies offer clinics to help with the application process. You might try looking to those places.

     

    Dave Graber






  • 8.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 9 days ago
    Thanks Dave.  I appreciate your input as I had not thought about those organizations specifically in regard to the Citizenship process.

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    John Wilson
    Executive Director
    Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked
    United States
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  • 9.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hi John
    You should also become a member of CATESOL. Contact membership coordinator at Cateso@catesol.org
    COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education)
    Also contact OTAN for free training on technology. ppearson@otan.us
    Neda at otan has a lot of information on Yuba County. Contact her at nanasseri@otan.us

    Susan Gaer
    Susan Gaer Educational Consulting
    Professor Emeritus, Santa Ana College
    susangaer@gmail.com
    http://www.susanager.com
    Certified: Google Innovator, Thinklink Educator, Quizlet Ambassador, Remind Certified Educator








  • 10.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 13 days ago

    Hi John,

    What a big heart you have for these low-income students.  Have you searched for religious organizations?  Many of these organizations support education in third or developing countries all over the world from---charitable donors. I don't know if this idea would work but you may certainly give them a try---they might write you a onetime check donation and write-off.  Though, I do see your compassion spirit for these children, I'm sure you are also aware these students can be educated in Public School throughout the state of California---Tuition Free.  In fact, it's within the law to educate them---below poverty or not.  I'm sure your not-for-profit organization needs funding to educate these children---a similar situation we have today in public schools, nationwide---K-12.  Depending on how serious you are on this project, your organization may want to consider borrowing money from banks---at least to fund your program.  See suggestion.

    • Billy Graham Association (NC)
    • Compassion International (CO)
    • Cross International (FL)
    • World Vision International (CA)

    Well wishes,

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    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    Northern Virginia Community College
    U.S.A
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  • 11.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 11 days ago
    You can take a look at https://www.grants.gov to see if there are any grants there that fit what you are looking for.

    Excuse the brevity. Sent from my phone.
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  • 12.  RE: New Member Needs Assistance With Funding and Administering ESL and Citizenship Classes

    Posted 10 days ago
    Thank you Elizabeth for pointing me to grants.gov.  I have looked there before and will continue to do so from time to time.  When I found a possibility for a grant in the past the problem I had with it was that it required you to already have experience with running an existing program and what we are looking to do if at all possible is to start a new program in Olivehurst, Ca.

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    John Wilson
    Executive Director
    Youth and Family Opportunities Unlocked
    United States
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