English Learning Center

Program Mission Statement

We are a learning community of refugees, immigrants, and advocates. Our mission is building knowledge for better lives and livelihoods.

Who We Serve

Each year, we welcome over 400 adult English language learners who came to the United States as immigrants or refugees.

Our students reflect the incredible diversity of the Twin Cities community – representing more than 20 countries and speaking 14 languages.

Currently, about 50% of our students arrived in the United States as refugees, the majority from Somalia. More than half have had fewer than five years of formal education.

What We Provide

At the most basic: Education. Opportunity. Community.

We provide free, culturally sensitive English language education, as well as classes in math and citizenship preparation.

But what happens here is about more than just a classroom. It’s a community. We provide a space for every student to feel welcomed, safe, and encouraged. In this atmosphere, students thrive, and teachers learn as much (if not more) as they teach!

Who We Serve

Each year, we welcome 450 adult immigrants and refugees at our doors.

Our students reflect the incredible diversity of the Twin Cities community – representing more than 30 countries and speaking nearly 20 languages.

Currently, about 70% of our students arrived in the United States as refugees, the majority from Somalia. More than half have had fewer than five years of formal education.

What We Provide

At the most basic: Education. Opportunity. Community.

We provide free, culturally sensitive English language education, as well as classes in math, computers, reading, and citizenship preparation.

But what happens here is about more than just a classroom. It’s a community. We provide a space for every student to feel welcomed, safe, and encouraged.

In this atmosphere, students thrive. Often, they teach us just as much as we teach them. Please feel free to browse the stories below to learn more about the incredible determination and resilience of our students.

Why It Matters

Immigrants and refugees know that learning English is the key to unlocking opportunities for success in their new home. From healthcare to banking, transportation and shopping to employment, access to language impacts every aspect of our lives.

But learning another language, on top of adjusting to a completely new place and culture, is hard. Especially when you’re expected to do it on your own.

That’s why the English Learning Center exists. Because we believe that no one should have to navigate life in a new country alone, especially after years, often decades, of trauma and loss. We believe our immigrant and refugee neighbors are just that – neighbors. And we help our neighbors.

What to Do Next

Meet

Meet the students of the English Learning Center! Be inspired by their stories of hope and resilience.

Learn

Learn more about how to become a student and improve your English skills.

Volunteer

Become a volunteer teacher and share your students’ joy as they meet goals and pursue dreams.

Make a donation today to change lives

2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone | 612.871.5900
Fax | 612.871.0017

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English Learning Center

2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone | 612.874.9963
Fax | 612.871.0017