Welcome Neighbors! Lead an ESL Information Session!

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Neighbors come to BakerRipley to learn skills so they can continue their education and get better jobs. Some students in Adult Education need help to improve their English and basic computer skills for jobs and education. The ESL Information Session Volunteer is a vital role that helps our adult neighbors learn about BakerRipley programs and classes, and ensures our community members are confident in their decision to register for classes and ready to succeed!

What will this achieve?
ESL Information Session Volunteers give neighbors the opportunity to move forward in their academic and career goals.

What will I do in this role?
The ESL Information Session Volunteer:

  1. Creates a welcoming and informative introduction to BakerRipley and the Adult Education program.
  2. Uses a presentation and script to explain introductory information about English as a Second Language classes, either via Zoom or in person.
  3. Provides feedback to the volunteer supervisor

What do I need to be successful in this volunteer role?
You can succeed in this role and have a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the adults you assist without any formal public speaking experience. We will train and support you! To enjoy your volunteer experience and to be successful, you need to:

  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, foster mutual respect, and interact professionally and warmly with neighbors who come from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show patience with students who have low literacy and computer skills.
  • Use active listening skills and Plain Language.
  • Become comfortable using Zoom or other online meeting software.
  • Be Bilingual English/Spanish.

The Information Session Volunteer must complete these online trainings:

  • Principles of Adult Learning (3 hours)
  • Plain Language (1 hour)
  • Basic Computer and Zoom (10 - 30 minutes, as needed)
  • Observe at least one Information Session (1 hour)
  • Practice the script and confidently complete at least one practice session (1 hour)

What’s the time commitment?
We hold two ESL Information Sessions a month and they generally run about 90 minutes each. We ask that you come at least 15 minutes before each session. Once you complete training, you may sign up for individual Information Sessions.

Where and when will I volunteer?
This role can be fully remote or in person at one of our campuses. ESL Information Sessions are on alternating Tuesdays and Fridays, at either 9AM or 6PM.

What support will I receive?
The BakerRipley Volunteer Supervisor will support you.

What will I gain?
This opportunity offers:

  • A valuable learning experience and networking opportunity.
  • Satisfaction knowing you directly helped a neighbor improve their literacy and promoted BakerRipley’s mission to bring resources, education, and connection to them.
  • A chance to collaborate with a passionate team of educators who will support you during your volunteer service

Please consider volunteering today!

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About BakerRipley


4450 HARRISBURG BLVD, Suite 200, HOUSTON, TX 77011, US

Mission Statement

BakerRipley, formerly known as Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education and connection to more than half a million people throughout Texas each year. For more than a century, we have offered innovative solutions to help low-income families in emerging neighborhoods get a foothold in the region’s economy. We work with residents in more than 70 service locations to help them discover the strengths and skills necessary to become productive, prosperous and self-sufficient. BakerRipley is a United Way agency.


BakerRipley has a rich history in building communities that work since its early days when it was part of the Settlement House movement in the early 1900′s. When Alice Graham Baker founded the agency in 1907, the main intention behind it all was to help every resident of Houston have an opportunity for an education, for health, for work, and to become an informed participant in democracy.

100 years later, the purpose of BakerRipley hasn’t changed one bit.

What makes Houston so great are our vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods - the true engines of any metro. We believe that neighborhoods are the bridges between individuals and the regional economy. When we strengthen underserved neighborhoods, we can see how the quality of life is raised for everyone not just in that community, but the entire region.

We exist to keep our region a place of opportunity for everyone who is working for a better life.

BakerRipley is the largest charitable organization in Texas and hosts a network of over 70 services sites that helps more than half a million people each year. We fulfill our mission to bring resources, education, and connection by working with our neighbors side by side.

When we strengthen underserved neighborhoods, we can see how the quality of life is raised for everyone not just in that community, but the entire region.

BakerRipley is leading the way for building healthy neighborhoods across the country.


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Adult Education
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • English
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours up to two times a month. You can sign up for individual sessions. This can be virtual or in person at one of our campuses.

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