Check out ESLC Executive Director Chris Flippo and her Countdown for Literacy!
Get ESLC to $20,000 before the end of the year and our staff will do a happy dance!
Check out the holiday spirit on our staff as they "sing" the ESLC version of "Twelve Days of Christmas"!
East Side Learning Center (ESLC) has been “unlocking each child’s potential through the foundation of reading” since 2001. Over the past 19 years, ESLC has inspired hundreds of children to believe in their potential through individualized, one-on-one, relationship-based tutoring. By putting the relationship of the child and tutor at the center of our lessons, students start to build their confidence. Confident children are more willing, capable and eager to learn. ESLC has seen the proven results of our technique.
Despite tutoring being cut short last spring due to the pandemic, 88% of children who completed the program through January 2020 and were assessed twice by teachers increased their skills:
In our previous year, 70% of children who rated low on social emotional skills improved by the end of the year!
What is new at ESLC?
As the world has changed, ESLC has made huge changes this past year! After tutoring was cut short in spring 2020, ESLC leadership made a hard but necessary decision to move all tutoring for the foreseeable future to a virtual setting. This protects both our most vulnerable senior adults and the students they work with.
This is a monumental shift in how ESLC delivers its program. Staff, leadership and our board have been working non-stop to create a truly unique online program while still honoring the relationship between Literacy Mentor (tutors) and student.
With so many changes, we have had to make some big adjustments, all of which cost substantial amounts of money!
ESLC's year end goals!
In order to keep our programming free for all of our students and to expand our programming, we need you!
Now through the end of 2020, ESLC has been granted a unique matching grant from The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation.
Importance of NOW!
East Side Learning Center is at a unique moment, never before has our services ever been more needed, and never before has it cost so much to deliver. But we see this as a moment of true growth. Having completely developed our online programming, we can see the future! No longer will we be limited by physical location of the school or the communities that our children learn in. This online platform can be used to connect both Literacy Mentors and students who are home-bound, lack reliable transportation, or any number of other physical limitations they may have. We will be able to serve them. The limit to our reach is our budget! We need you now! To ensure that we can expand our program within and beyond the metro area!