Esperanza ESOL Family Literacy AmeriCorps VISTA

Catholic Charities Maryland

About the organization

Our Educational Services program is part of Esperanza Center (formerly known as the Hispanic Apostolate). Esperanza’s mission statement is “To welcome immigrants by offering hope, compassionate services, and the power to improve their lives.” Esperanza is a "one-stop-shop" for immigrants through five service programs: Education, Health, Family Reunification, Immigration Legal, and Client Services (referrals, trouble-shooting). We serve an increasing number of immigrants, mostly from Central and South America, many who are newcomers to Baltimore City. Esperanza Center has served the immigrant population for over 50 years. Holding ESOL classes was the reason Catholic Charities began the Hispanic Apostolate, and our Educational Services program continues to be the heart of Esperanza Center. Our adult ESOL program serves about 500 students per year, our youth program, nearly 200 middle-to-high school youth. The majority of our students have been in the U.S. less than 5 years.


The AmeriCorps VISTA member will observe current programming, then provide feedback and make recommendations on potential changes to the existing model to move it closer toward our goal. The VISTA will create a plan and timeline for future implementation. The VISTA will help establish baseline and foundational guidelines, help create policies and procedures, recruit and train volunteers to support the project, help make and improve any necessary community contacts, and work on creation of marketing and outreach materials. Additionally, the VISTA will be familiar with our current curriculum and explore ways we might modify it to support the new programming model. The VISTA will research business resources, previously untapped, specifically with the new model in mind. Lastly, the VISTA's whole project will be prefaced with the understanding that by making internal and external changes, the program will continue sustainably.


College graduate.

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