The Learning Center
The purpose of the Learning Center is to create a safe place for intercultural learning and is a place for 1) newcomers to the U.S. to learn life skills and concepts crucial to their adjustment, 2) American-born community members to learn cultural competency as a skill, and 3) volunteers to learn how to teach life skills and cultural competency in culturally relevant ways to both immigrant and American-born individuals. At the Learning Center, learning is mutual as people from all walks of life seek to learn more about themselves and others while respecting and affirming the beautiful cultural differences that reflect a creative and loving God.
Culturally and linguistically relevant life skills/adjustment classes and experiences for community members with immigrant-life experience
Culturally appropriate trainings on intercultural competency, responsible charity, and helping without hurting for American-born community members
Volunteer development through train-the-trainer opportunities and intercultural development through IDI coaching
Opportunities for volunteers or church groups to lead culturally relevant life skills/adjustment classes and experiences for immigrants in the community
Opportunities for community members with immigrant-life experience to share, celebrate, and teach others about their experiences
Opportunities to bridge relationships between those with immigrant-life experience and American-born community members
Please meet Olive, who attended our first program offering, a digital literacy class, at the Learning Center:
"My name is Olive Musango, and I am from the Democratic Republic Congo. I have lived in the US since September 2018. I was very excited when I heard that WR would be hosting a computer class and providing laptops to participants. I have wanted to learn more about how to use computers for some time as technology is a bigger part of American life than where I lived back home. Not knowing how to use the Internet can be a big challenge. Through WR's computer class, the most important thing I learned was how to use email and compose new emails. Also, I learned a lot about digital security and how to protect my identity online. I'm also very grateful to be able to keep the computer given to me. I will use it to practice typing and to improve my English by accessing resources online. I look forward to more classes offered by WR to keep learning more about how to use my new computer."