TEACH works toward systemic change
in society by empowering English language
learners to make their voices heard through
a unique integration of practical one-on-one
English literacy education, and individualized
cultural mentoring and coaching, as well
as citizenship test preparation.
The literacy goal of TEACH is to increase
English proficiency, but the ultimate
objective is to teach students the practical
English skills needed to become self-reliant,
active members of their community.
To make the lasting impact the mission
envisions, TEACH’s approach goes beyond
traditional curriculum-based ESL programs:
Philosophy of cultural mentoring
as English literacy tutoring:
TEACH's unique integration of practical
one-on-one English literacy education,
individualized cultural mentoring,
and coaching guides students through
the challenges while overcoming
real-life situations for which limited
English proficiency is an almost
This approach bridges cultures and
supports the learner’s transition into
the larger community.
Building long-term relationships and
Distinct from other tutoring organizations
that have time limits and are focused
primarily on academic progress, TEACH
encourages tutors and students to
build long-term relationships,
recognizing that strong bonds are crucial
for nurturing integration into a culture
Responsive to the challenges of
immigrants living in the suburbs:
In the suburbs, immigrants may be
isolated due to the lack of tight-knit
communities close by.
Without English, they cannot
communicate with neighbors, teachers,
doctors, or civil servants.
Community-based sites facilitate
engagement of isolated immigrants, and
the emphasis on long-term relationship
building creates support networks.
Tutoring is held in friendly
environments such as libraries, churches
and recreation centers.
Coordinated tutoring model:
To provide on-site support and resources
to tutors and students, volunteer
coordinators are on-site for the
Program staff rotates between sites
throughout the year.