IME BECAS Allows Students of Mexican Origins to Flourish

 
The Spanish GED class studies four times a week to earn their High School diploma in Spanish.

The Spanish GED class studies four times a week to earn their High School diploma in Spanish.

 

Each year the Mexican Consulate of Dallas distributes grants to organizations specializing in services to the Mexican community here in North Texas. The program, titled IME BECAS, provides key funding to our adult literacy programs, in particular our Spanish Adult Basic Education program (ABE), Spanish GED programs, and English Fluency classes. 

Many Mexican immigrants arrive in the United States without a high school education. This, coupled with low fluency in English and lack of understanding of the culture, make finding gainful employment difficult for many. The Mexican consulate's Plaza Comunitaria program, adopted by Aberg Center for Literacy in the Fall of 2015, allows students without a primary school or secondary school education to earn that in their native language. The Spanish GED program, long a staple at Aberg Center, remains a crucial option for students seeking a high school diploma but lacking the fluency or confidence to take the test in English.

The Spanish ABE program also helps students who want to learn English but have a low literacy level in their native language. A student who is illiterate in Spanish is unlikely to have the base skills necessary to successfully learn English and generally struggle to improve. In these cases, students are encouraged to enter the Spanish ABE program prior to entrance into English Fluency classes. Once a student has adequately raised their literacy level in their own language they are able to enroll in English classes with the confidence and basic skills necessary to succeed. 

Together, these programs, supported by IME BECAS, provide a vital piece of the literacy puzzle that English programs fail to adequately address. 

8th Annual Legacy of Literacy Breakfast

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Belo Mansion was abuzz last Thursday morning as Aberg Center took center stage for its 8th annual Legacy of Literacy breakfast.  This breakfast celebrates the hard work and determination of the many individuals that contribute their time and money to the continued growth and success of Aberg Center.  This year is especially significant as we celebrate our 15th year of service in the DFW area.

Anna de Haro, Public Affairs Director at iHeartMedia, graciously hosted the breakfast and Victoria Neave, attorney and Texas State Representative, was the keynoter speaker.  Todd Williams, a longtime public education advocate in the Dallas area, received the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award and we also recognized past board presidents Charles Aberg, Becky Clontz, Janet Schoenecker, Holly Greef, and Mary Carter for their years of service and leadership to Aberg Center.

Our student speakers were uniquely effective as they spoke about the direct impact the programs at Aberg Center have had on their lives.  Curtis Major spoke about his struggles to finish his education after many setbacks and how he is now closer than ever to becoming a high school graduate.  Student speaker, Marta Velazquez, expressed her gratitude to Aberg Center for helping in her pursuit to one day become a school teacher and for allowing her to play a more active role in the education of her children.

Celebrations of dedicated service and stories of resilience and determination made for an interesting start to the day.  Aberg Center also started a matching funds challenge following the breakfast to help us continue our mission of building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities.  We want to thank our co-chairs, sponsors, donors, host committee, board members, staff and volunteers for making the 2017 Legacy of Literacy breakfast a smashing success!

About Matching Funds Challenge: 

The Aberg Center has a generous commitment of $12,000 in matching funds, and you can help turn it into $24,000. For every donation up to $12,000 that the Aberg Center receives by Friday, November 3rd, gifts will be matched dollar for dollar!  Click the button below to support adult and family literacy programs that build richer lives, stronger families, and better communities.

 

 

 

Ribbon cutting ceremony for newly renovated Casa Linda Center with TREC Dallas Young Guns Project.

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Aberg Center's Casa Linda location has another reason to be proud this fall.  Thanks to a collaboration with Casa Linda Church and the TREC Dallas Young Guns Foundation Project, the learning facility has gone through a complete transformation. 

The building now features a newly renovated computer lab and updated classrooms.  The TREC Dallas team also helped construct furniture, donate books and raise additional funds for the Center.  They also brought on several of their partners to help with the upgrades.  EHPConsulting, Precision Flooring & Demo, Carrco, Drywall Interiors, PDL Floors, Kellen Flooring, Gentzler, Gordan Highlander, and Armstrong all played major roles in bringing this project to completion.

"We have a really good group of people around us and when we told them what we were doing, they were excited to come on board and help." says, Kim, TREC Dallas Project Manager.

You can already see a difference when you enter the building.  The space is up to date and more conducive to learning and providing quality programs and services.  The revitalized learning center is a very encouraging sign for a growing organization.

About TREC Dallas Young Guns Foundation Project

Our high-touch, project-based approach is led by TREC members who identify, review and select the Community Projects we pursue each year. The selected organizations receive funding along with the pro bono professional services of our members.  We work to strengthen the community through good works in four key areas: education, housing, job creation and the environment.

Since its inception in 1994, The Real Estate Council Foundation has contributed nearly $10 million in grant funds to more than 100 nonprofit community organizations supported by professional services valued at more than $750,000 annually.

For more information visit: http://recouncil.com/foundation/

 

 

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives $10,000 Grant from the Orix Foundation

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On October 17, 2017, Aberg Center for Literacy was awarded the Orix Foundation Grant. This grant goes towards expanding family literacy programs and early childhood program staff.

Aberg Center for Literacy has made many strides this past year to expand its programs at the Casa Linda location in order to greatly increase the number of families served. However, further expansion is necessary to meet the growing needs of Dallas families.  The Orix Foundation grant will help get us that much closer to our goal of building richer lives, stronger families and better communities.

About the Orix Foundation

The Orix Foundation is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives.  The Orix Foundation wants children and families to succeed - in school, in the workforce, in life.

The company’s former CEO started a committee to investigate how the company could best contribute to charitable causes, and the ORIX Foundation was born in 2009. This is an employee-driven venture philanthropy that is focused on the communities where ORIX employees live and do business. The city of Dallas and the Dallas metropolitan area are at the heart of this grantmaking.

Through its charitable giving program, ORIX has awarded over $8.2 million to charities, specifically ones that promote the health, welfare, and education of children, families, military personnel and veterans. In a recent year it gave out at least $2.1 million in 18 grants to nonprofits. This is a good foundation to get in touch with for basic services like food, shelter and medical attention. It’s also a big supporter of local education. Grantmaking has been on the rise in recent years.

.For more information visit:  http://orixfoundation.org/

(Source: www.orixfoundation.org)

Thank you for Shopping Sabah to Support Aberg Center

 
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A sincere thank you to everybody who attended the Spring Fling on Sunday, April 23rd or who supported Aberg Center this past week by slipping on a new pair of sabahs.

All last week partial proceeds from the sale of any pair of sabahs went to support ABERG CENTER for LITERACY's SPEAK|WRITE|CONNECT approach to literacy. Without the support of generous people like you Aberg Center would not be able to offer high quality tuition-free programming 200+ adults and children this year.

A special thank you to Sabah House for hosting this stylish week of fundraising benefiting Aberg Center. 

 

Liberty Burger to Benefit Aberg Center for Literacy with February's Give Back Burger.

Once again, Liberty Burger has generously offered to donate partial proceeds to Aberg Center for Literacy as part of their "Give Back Burger" program. 

Buy the "Give Back Burger" at Liberty Burger during the month of February and $1 of each burger purchased will go to support Aberg Center for Literacy tuition-free programs. 

The first Give Back Burger is the Tia-Wanna Burger:

 
 

If you are looking for a tasty way to support a great local business and give back to your community at the same time, order the Tia-Wanna Burger this February at four Liberty Burger Locations (Lakewood, Forest Lane, Keller Springs, Richardson)

 

Making a difference has never tasted so good!