Help English-learning moms improve their writing - be a PEN PAL!

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Mon Sep 26, 2016 - Wed May 31, 2017


980 N. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena, CA 91103

We support at-risk, low-income mothers and their young children gain critical literacy skills to break the cycle of poverty.


How would your life be different if you couldn’t write a note to your child’s teacher or communicate with her doctor? For many of our client mothers, writing in English is a challenging task.

By volunteering to be a Pen Pal with one of our client moms, you will provide the encouragement and inspiration she needs to become a competent writer. You will also help her build the confidence she needs to interact with people from different backgrounds and education levels.

You will exchange 7 letters during the 2016-2017 Pen Pal Program, which runs September to May. Your Pen Pal will write the first letter and you will have about a week to respond. Your letters will be at least one-page (8.5 x 11) in length.

The program culminates with an in-person meeting between you and your Pen Pal at our center in mid-May, 2016. This is a required, on-site meeting in Pasadena, CA!


  • Adult Education
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 25
  • Adult women only; we give priority to women who are mothers themselves
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