NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
Creating opportunity for a brighter future…
Making Connections Partnership has been working to transform the lives of families for well over ten years. Working to reach every child, improve people’s lives and provide the opportunity for self sustainability.
Through various collaborations, Making Connections has impacted thousands of individuals through job training, early learning opportunities, English language classes, financial education and skill building courses.
Two classes that have been life changing for many and are in high demand are the Resident Leadership Certificate Program and the English as a Second Language (ESL) class.
Maria Luna, area resident and single mother of four special needs children, shared that because of the leadership course “I have better access to more resources, make better decisions using good judgment and have the ability to help improve the lives of my family members and neighbors.”
Maria Luna is currently taking a sociology and psychology class at San Antonio College and is working towards her associates degree.
The Leadership course and ESL class are providing the tools to become positive leaders in the community.
“I first learned of the ESL class when I received a flyer at my son’s elementary school. Before this I had never been to the Neighborhood Place. There are so many resources and opportunities,” said ESL participant, Blanca Rodarte.
“I am learning quickly and with free child care being offered for my two year old child, I have been able to focus on studying.”
The experience for both Making Connections and residents such as Maria and Blanca has been very positive.
The Resident Leadership class recently graduated its eighth cohort while ESL is finalizing its fall class and preparing for the spring.
Making Connections invites all its partners to participate in spreading the word of these great and life changing opportunities.
Classes are scheduled to begin this spring in February of 2013. For more information, eligibility and registration please contact, Resident Engagement Coordinator, Marisol Rodriguez at (210) 431-7528.
The Diarist Project is a new approach being used by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to learn from its work to strengthen families and transform struggling neighborhoods.