Provide educational opportunities to individuals of all ages, concerning life skills that will assist in making well-informed choices towards a successful life.
The ETLC’s Adult Basic Literacy/ESL program assists clients ages 16 and above ranging in different skill levels and needs. ESL clients receive instruction to improve communication, reading, and writing skills in English. Other clients seek help preparing to take the exam to earn their High School Equivalency or GED. All clients are assessed, and individualized learning plans are developed. Instruction is given by trained volunteer tutors, staff, and through ETLC’s computer learning centers.
Aspire Mentoring Program seeks to address teen pregnancy, teen substance abuse, school failure, and disengagement from school through positive adult relationships, inspiring hope, and encouragement. Caring adult mentors are screened, trained, and matched with young people facing life challenges and in need of extra adult support. Mentees are referred to the program by school counselors, parents/caregivers, or by their friends. Mentors and mentees typically meet once each week at the school campuses during the lunch period and outside of school hours for a minimum of 4 hours per month.
LCDC provides quality childcare for low-income families and their children. This program aims to provide educational opportunities that will prepare children to successfully enter the public school system at all stages of development through well-trained caregivers, agency referrals, and collaborations. Parents must be working, in school, or attending a job training program to be eligible for services.
Through a partnership with Longview ISD, GSNETX provides educational sessions during the school day and Saturday experiences such as workshops, field trips, and college visits. The Saturday sessions allow girls the chance to participate in traditional troop activities among their peers which include girls from other Longview ISD Middle schools. These free programs include topics such as healthy living, life skills, college preparation, and financial literacy. Girls also are provided opportunities to participate in community service projects. Girls get the opportunity to participate in girl-led, cooperative, and hands-on processes that create high-quality experiences conducive to learning.
Job Ready is a structured educational program teaching young people with either no work history or poor work history how to present themselves to the workforce, how to identify a career path utilizing assessment software and how to gain and maintain employment. Job Ready supports and guides them in their job search, and interviewing, advocates on their behalf with employers, delivers job coaching, helps provide both interview and work-related uniform requirements, and emphasizes work ethic.
Learning for Life is a character education program designed to support schools and community-based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of our contemporary society. The curriculum prepares students to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. The program uses age-appropriate, grade-specific lesson plans to give youth skills and information that will help them make positive decisions for themselves, their families, and their futures.
LCM’s Learning Lab provides classes to interested individuals free of charge. All classes are designed to fight poverty, obtain or maintain gainful employment, help better manage resources, and create a more stable home environment. Instruction is provided by volunteer teachers in LCM’s classroom or an interview office.
Longview Bridges Out of Poverty, like the national model of Bridges Out of Poverty, addresses poverty at the individual, community, and structural/policy levels. The 4 components of LBOP are: (1) Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin' by World sessions – Curriculum offered to individuals living in poverty including childcare and a meal for participants for 22 weeks. (2) Monthly meetings for Getting Ahead graduates, known as Staying Ahead Meetings. (3) LBOP Steering Committee – A network of community members created to alleviate and eliminate poverty in Longview (4) Training – Poverty Simulations as well as training for schools, businesses, healthcare professionals, justice system personnel, and social service organizations in understanding adults and children from poverty and the Bridges Out of Poverty model.
Parenting Resource Center is a primary prevention program designed to provide parenting classes, work with families, and advocate for children. Their purpose is to provide parents with the necessary tools and skills to develop strong, healthy families.
Developed specifically to enhance members’ learning success, Project Learn offers a variety of approaches to reinforce the skills and knowledge youth learn at school. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring, and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
Boys and girls in grades K-5 can join the Cub Scout program where, with their families, they learn the basics of outdoor skills, character education, and their roles in the community. In Scouts BSA, these same boys and girls become young men and women through peer leadership, cooperative learning, expanded outdoor adventure, and adult mentorship. In their high school years, Scouts may choose to participate in Exploring (workforce development), Venturing (advanced high adventure), or Sea Scouts (nautical adventure/Coast Guard auxiliary).
SeeSaw Children's Place is a licensed childcare/after-school program offering scholarships to qualifying parents, grandparents/guardians to assist them in affording a safe, fun place for their children while they are working. SeeSaw is open from 6:45 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. for 18 months to 12 years of age.
ETLC’s Young Adult Dropout Literacy program assists young adults (age 16-25) who need the skills to obtain a High School Equivalency (formerly GED) certification or post-secondary certificate for employment with wages that allow self-sufficiency. The program provides a staff instructor/mentor, job skill counseling to address available certifications, high-interest instructional materials, pre-GED instruction, and other basic literacy instruction as needed. Complete funding for the Official Practice GED test and partial funding for the GED test may also be obtained, as funds allow.