The Aquinas Literacy Center exists to offer individualized tutoring in the English language to area residents at no cost to the students. The Center accepts every race, color or creed. We strive to provide an environment conducive to learning, and one which reverences and respects each individual person. Closely allied with this intent is the fostering of independent learning, personal growth and responsibility. Our service is based on the expertise and experience of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and their continuing commitment to education.
Here at Aquinas Literacy Center we strive to help change lives word by word in an effort to help our students share their story and engage more fully in the world around them. We offer a variety of programming to help students in their learning. The Literacy Center is a place that offers hospitality, opportunity for education and learning, and a community of learners and supporters. We invite you to join us as a volunteer! In particular, Aquinas Literacy Center is seeking volunteers who can commit 90 minutes per week as an ESL tutor. Tutor training is provided, and knowledge of a second language is not necessary.
I have been volunteering here as an ESL tutor for almost two years. The support is very good and the eople are pleasant. I really feel that I am helping my student to know more English to navigate meetings with doctors, her children,s teachers and the rest of English-speaking Chicago. In fact, I have just volunteered to take on a second student!
I started volunteering at Aquinas Lit 3 years ago as a Pastoral Ministry Student for a year. I fell in love with the place. The staff is supportive and friendly and I enjoy being around them. I enjoy working one on one with my student and feel like I make a difference. I think helping a person learn English so they can maneuver in my culture is a work of Justice. We don't make them give up their language, we teach them a second one to help them have a voice in this country. I also like that it's in my neighborhood.