VIDA

Like earlier generations, Latino immigrants settle in our community in search of new lives and new opportunities. In partnership with Topeka’s Latino communities, VIDA responds to their needs in ways that strengthen community, facilitate integration, and create lasting relationships. Since 2006, they have taught over 900 students in their ESL classes, and provided for over 400 children in their homework center and nursery. There is currently NO COST to students for classes!

To keep VIDA running, they rely on the help of volunteers and partnership with Presbyterian churches like ours. If you would like to help, contact consti@vidaministry.org for more information.

Programming includes: 

-Three 1.5 hour English as a Second Language classes per week (beginners and intermediate), including conversational classes with English speaking volunteers
-Basic introduction to computers for adults, including learning about Internet searches and email
-Homework Center for elementary & middle school age children while their parents learn English
-Nutrition classes & community garden
-Art classes for children 
-Interpreting and translation
-Job search, referral, and advocacy
-Citizenship classes