Good Counsel Learning Center provides one-on-one tutoring in reading, language arts, math, and civics/citizenship. This includes clarity in speaking and writing, improved vocabulary, greater comprehension, basic math skills, and preparation for the naturalization test. In addition to children and youth, many adult English Language Learners are tutored at the Learning Center.
Give the Gift of Literacy
Supporting the Good Counsel Learning Center has long term eﬀects on individuals as well as our communities as we teach and encourage our students in their academic pursuits. We are a non‐proﬁt that helps people, no matter what age or background, with math, English, and citizenship classes. Our ﬁrst priority is to enroll disadvantaged children who lack technology to join our online classes so they can catch up to pre-pandemic expectations.
Many of our students are immigrants and refugees who become our community partners as we learn about each other and foster a more diverse cultural experience. As we help them learn our language and acquire skills, they become our economic partners as customers, retailers, and contributors to our community's workforce.
Lindsay Solheid, Marquette University
Towards the end of first grade I started going to the Learning Center for extra help with my studies. While there, Sister Lucille observed something amiss with how I was processing the written word, and suggested I be tested for a potential reading/visual impairment. It was discovered from this test that both of my eyes were not reading in tandem, rather they were processing the written word in two different ways. Through Sister Lucille we discovered MN Vision Therapy. After retraining my eyes through therapy and continuing with the Learning Center, I was able to get back on track and caught up with my grade level. Because of the incredible caring and teaching of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Learning Center, I would not be where I am today, a freshman at Marquette University!
Darlette Hoppe, Mother of Three
We have utilized the Learning Center at Good Counsel for many years and we could not be more pleased. The inidividualized teaching is provided in a creative way that reinforces and then builds on each child's needs. Participation in this program has increased our children's confidence and academic performance in school. We love the Learning Center and all the kindness that we have received there.
Friends of Good Counsel Learning Center share their stories!
I attended the Center when I was 26 as a non-reader in the 70s. It was a life changing experience for my family and me. I could read menus, go shopping, and read to my boys.
My son made wonderful strides in reading and math and it helped build his self-confidence. I recommend the Center to any parent whose children need help. (Attended in primary and intermediate grades.)
The Refugee Outreach Program, an extension of Good Counsel Learning Center, was initiated in 2012 by Sister Elise Silvestri. Volunteer tutors provide in-home English language and practical living skills to refugee women unable to attend classes due to lack of transportation or care of family members. Most of the language learners being served by the Refugee Outreach Program are Ethiopian, Somali, and South Sudanese.
In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Refugee Outreach Program was suspended and — like all of our services — replaced with virtual instruction. As we look towards the future and consider the many modes of tutoring available, we will determine whether or not a separate program for in-home learners is necessary.
There is always a need for volunteers, especially as tutors with previous teaching experience are becoming more scarce. Fortunately, college students from Minnesota State University - Mankato, Bethany Lutheran, and South Central College have begun to show interest in volunteering with the program.
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...to provide refugee women with the English language skills needed to participate fully in their family life and in the social, economic and civic life of the Mankato community.
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