The Learning Source

Mission Statement
The Learning Source believes education is essential to people's freedom, their confidence, and their ability to perform in the family, community and workplace. We provide opportunities for motivated adult learners and families to attain educational goals for themselves and their children through:
Adult and family literacy, GED and English instruction provided by trained volunteer tutors, led by a dedicated staff, and;
Accessible centers located within the community.

Organizational Overview

Name
The Learning Source
Phone
303-922-4683
Address
455 S. Pierce St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
EIN
84-0585638
Website
www.thelearningsource.org
Email
info@thelearningsource.org
Mission
Statement
Mission Statement
The Learning Source believes education is essential to people's freedom, their confidence, and their ability to perform in the family, community and workplace. We provide opportunities for motivated adult learners and families to attain educational goals for themselves and their children through:
Adult and family literacy, GED and English instruction provided by trained volunteer tutors, led by a dedicated staff, and;
Accessible centers located within the community.

Background Statement

BACKGROUND
Founded in 1964, The Learning Source's mission reflects our work with the undereducated: "We provide opportunities for motivated adult learners and families to attain their educational goals through adult and family literacy, GED preparation, and English language instruction." The Learning Source operates 22 programs throughout metropolitan Denver. During the 2011-12 school-year we worked with over 2000 adults and families During the program year, more than 145 volunteers donated over 8500 hours to help our students meet their educational goals.

Impact Statement

Families are the foundation for stemming the flow of academic failure, crime and violence in our youth of tomorrow. That is why The Learning Source Family Literacy Program recognizes the parent as a child's first teacher, and builds on a family's cultural roots, traditions and skills to help them grow into their child's most important teacher. These family learning programs bring together parents and their children in an environment which provides adult basic education, children's education, parenting skills training, and shared parent-child learning time, in an attempt to break the continuing cycle of illiteracy. In addition, through a partnership of private and public agencies, transition services to employment and higher educational opportunities are provided to the parents. Due to the incredible success of the original Family Literacy Project at Jamaica Elementary School, we are currently partnering with the Aurora Public Schools in the implementation of eight programs in five Aurora Elementary Schools and four Cherry Creek elementary schools. Each of these schools has a significant limited English-speaking student population. The Belmar Family Literacy Program targets non-native English-speaking parents in western Denver and Jefferson County who have infants, toddlers or pre-schoolers. Partnerships are in place with local elementary schools for parents of elementary-aged children to participate. 50% of our students have combined household incomes less than $13,000/year. Another 17% have combined household incomes between $13,000 and $21,000/year. We work with approximately 350 families per year at these sites and we consistently have a retention rate in excess of 95% with this program.
Beginning, intermediate and advanced English language instruction is provided at all family literacy centers. Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Program Standards are met or exceeded in all components at these sites. The CASAS AssessmentTest is given at intake to every adult student to determine appropriate placement. Each student is given a needs assessment appropriate to his/her level of instruction. The beginning score and needs assessment determine the Student Educational Plan which is individualized for each student. Attention is given to individual learner needs and respect for diversity of all students is a priority. A professional educator is on staff at each of these sites and volunteer tutors assist with small group instruction.. All volunteers undergo extensive training prior to placement at the sites. Adult basic education (ABE) and GED preparation are being integrated into the instructional program at some family literacy centers in response to an increased demand by our students to transition into a GED program.

Board Chair/President Statement

PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT

The Learning Source is metro Denver's non-profit literacy training leader with 25 community-based, school-based and contract programs across the metro area. The Learning Source has provided life-improving literacy instruction to nearly 100,000 adults and families since it was founded in 1964.

We offer the followng full range of life-improving progrms:
General Educational Development (GED);
Adult Basic Education (ABE);
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); and
Family Literacy

The Learning Source understands, after nearly 50 years of providing literacy services to the community, that the benefits associated with investing in family literacy programs are by far the greatest. Consider the cost of illiteracy:
$60 billion in lost US productivity per year
44% of those with low literacy skills live below the poverty level
7 out of 10 prisoners have the lowest literacy levels

Consider the outcomes achieved by children who are involved in family literacy programs. When implemented well, family literacy programs are effective over both the short-term and long-term development of children. The National Center for Family Literacy, (NCFL) has evaluated all aspects of family literacy programs by working with local program staff. Those evaluations include standardized and teacher-made tests, case studies, anecdotal records, staff observations and parent surveys and interviews. They find that, by the end of a program year, more than 90% of formerly at-risk children are judged by their teachers as ready for entry into kindergarten with no expected academic or social difficulties. Children participating in family literacy programs demonstrate greater gains than children in child-focused programs. Those attending family literacy programs also demonstrate greater skills growth in behaior, use of language, and development of academic skills.

Learn more about The Learning Source at ColoradoLiteracy.org and, please, support our programs by giving. Thank you.

Jim Spoja, President
Board of Directors


Needs Statement

NEEDS LIST

Provide books for one aspiring adult learner...$50
Provide books for one children's classroom...$100
Provide GED classes for one aspiring adult learner...$250
Provide life-improving literacy training including English reading and writing and math skills development...$500
Provide literacy instruction for a low-income family $1000

Executive Director Statement