Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning’s mission is to empower people and organizations to succeed across languages and cultures. Spring Institute was founded in 1979 to provide intensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) training for international students. Over 36 years, Spring Institute has grown substantially and currently provides training and direct services to refugees, immigrants and low-income families, through adult education, intercultural training, professional interpretation in over 100 languages, and support for foreign-trained health professionals to become recertified and join the healthcare workforce in our region.
Ready Tots is an early childhood and parenting education program with a focus on refugees (all of whom arrived legally and have permanent residency status in the US). It is a component of Project SHINE, which has been providing literacy training, resource connections, and community engagement support to refugee families since 2010. Ready Tots is currently taught in the community room of Hidden Brook Apartments where many refugees reside in East Denver. It serves over 50 families annually September-June and a 6 week summer session serving 15-20 families with 100% of the participants living in the US for less than 5 years, and speaking a language other than English in the home. The Ready Tot program includes children from birth to four years of age, and a parent, grandparent, or daytime guardian. Each family sets goals linked to the academic success of the child and a parent or guardian goal that is linked to future self sufficiency. The curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, and academic development of a child, and parent education.
We are in need of 3-5 volunteers that can help us recruit families and work with parents and kids on various activities that help us meet our mission.
- Child Development
- Child Welfare
- Child Care
- Adult Education
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Youth Services
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- Tuesdays from 1-3 +Occasional volunteer training
- We may also add a Thursday class this year with a focus on infants