Things are Happening at the ESLC

There are some pretty amazing things happening at the ESLC. If you have ESL experience perhaps you can be part of this one amazing development. Check it out!


Education First: Film Screening & Discussion of Malala Yousafzai’s Efforts to Improve Education Equality – March 25

The English Skills Learning Center has partnered with the Salt Lake City Public Glendale Branch Library and the Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission to provide a film screening and discussion on Malala Yousafzai and her impact in the world and why her story matters in Utah in honor of International Women’s Day. We would like to invite you, your organization, staff and network to attend our event.

Please share our Facebook event here. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Glendale Library on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00pm.


Financial Education Grant

EXTRA! EXTRA! Salt Lake County Library Services and the English Skills Learning Center launch new financial education programs with grant.


Salt Lake County –Salt Lake County Library Services and the English Skills Learning Center are pleased to announce that access to better financial and investor information and educational programs are coming to Salt Lake County with the launch of Smart investing@your library®.


Salt Lake County Library Services was one of 14 public libraries nationwide chosen through a competitive process to win a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation as part of Smart investing@your library®. This prestigious grant will help to build the capacity of Salt Lake County Library Services, The English Skills Learning Center and other partners to provide effective, unbiased financial and investor education to the refugee and new immigrant community.


With the funding, Salt Lake County Library Services, the English Skills Learning Center, the Utah State University Salt Lake Extension Office, the Guadalupe School, the International Rescue Committee and the Asian Association of Utah--‐SLC will provide quality and culturally appropriate programming to build understanding and literacy surrounding financial concepts to Utah Residents with refugee and immigrant backgrounds. These partners have identified the need for new arrivals to understand basic banking, budgeting, future planning, credit products and the consequences of utilizing credit in Utah and the United States in order to integrate, succeed, and become self--‐sufficient. The financial literacy information, initially, will be provided through English classes offered by partners and will later be offered at more advanced levels as stand--‐alone classes open to the public.


“It’s an honor to be a recipient of this generous grant from the FINRA, Investor Education Foundation. This funding will help us provide free, unbiased financial information and programs essential to our community,” said Salt Lake County Library Director James D. Cooper. “Smart investing@your library® supports our desire to educate, inform and innovate new possibilities for some of our most vulnerable population. We’re excited to collaborate in new ways with trusted community partners and continue delivering information to help shape a brighter future for our citizens.”


“The libraries participating in this grant program make reliable financial information and education readily accessible in their communities,” said Gerri Walsh, President of the FINRA Foundation. “Libraries are paying close attention to their communities’ needs and aspirations, and can respond in creative, sustainable ways to help residents achieve financial goals for themselves and their families.”


Smart investing@your library® is a partnership between the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The program supports public libraries across the country in their efforts to meet financial education needs at the local level.


The Reference and User Services Association is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need.


Established in 1876, the American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. It strives to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. For more information, visit

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complementary compliance and technology--‐based services. FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business—from registering and educating all industry participants to examining securities firms, writing rules, enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws, informing and educating the investing public, providing trade reporting and other industry utilities, and administering the largest dispute resolution forum or investors and firms. For more information, visit


The FINRA Investor Education Foundation supports innovative research and educational projects that give underserved Americans the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. For details about our grant programs and other FINRA Foundation initiatives, visit


Love Utah Give Utah

With 307 nonprofits and schools already registered to participate in Love Utah Give Utah, the Community Foundation that is coordinating this campaign is thrilled for the annual event scheduled March 26th.

Love Utah Give Utah is a 24-hour online fundraising effort which offers hundreds of nonprofits the opportunity to raise millions of dollars, collectively.

The English Skills Learning Center raised $500 last year and we are shooting higher this year with hopes to collect $1,000. Donate here between now and March 26th to help us acheive our goal!


2014 Jean and Bruce Bingham Literacy Legacy Award

Since 2003, Eileen Meiners has been volunteering as an ESL teacher for low-income adult refugees and immigrants. The classes she teaches, which are free to the students, focus on survival skill English and empowering the students to engage in our community.

Over the years, Eileen’s guidance has helped numerous students achieve their goals; some have been able to get a job after being in her class, others have attained their U.S. citizenship, and many have developed the skills to become more involved in their children’s education via parent-teacher conferences and increased interaction with their children’s school.

From 2006-2011, Eileen taught classes every Tuesday and Thursday at Jackson Elementary School in addition to teaching three Somali women who live in the same apartment complex. In an average month, Eileen volunteered over 35 to 40 hours of service a week – she definitely went the extra mile!

In May of 2011, the ESLC named Eileen May 2011 Volunteer of the Month, an award that is given to a person who best reflects the teaching spirit by donating the most valuable of gifts — time and energy — in supporting the English Skills Learning Center. At this time Eileen moved to the other end of the valley and continued to volunteer with the ESLC by teaching at Copperview Recreation Center. In August 2011 she was back to her usual self and taught two classes instead of one.

In 2011 we also nominated Eileen for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. It wasn’t a surprise when Eileen was honored for her legacy of service.

In October 2012 Eileen took on a one-on-one class, in addition to the two small group classes she was already teaching. Today Eileen teaches one class at Copperview Recreation Center and subs for other volunteers while they are away on vacation or are sick.

In Eileen’s 12 years of service she has seen our little nonprofit grow significantly and she has always been a volunteer that staff members could count on, providing materials to the students, attending picnic and holiday events, and attending workshops. Throughout it all, Eileen has had the support and encouragement of her husband.

We are thrilled to honor Eileen, not only because she helps her students acquire greater proficiency in English through her teaching and encouragement; and not only because her students gain the self-confidence to utilize the valuable language skills they acquire in class, but because she is a community treasure and the ESLC has been incredibly fortunate to receive her gifts.


Day of Service

In preparation of Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service the English Skills Learning Center acceted help from Walmart employees to remove and donate all of our staff desks and other office furniture. Our moving truck was loaded up and Deseret Industries was happy to recieve our possessions. The Walmart volunteers were incredible! We truly started off MLK Jr's Day of Service with success!




The following day we had close to 20 University of Utah Bennion Center volunteers who assembled Ikea desks and individual filing cabinents from 9-12:00. What would we have done without their help?!

BC Volunteers












Most volunteers stayed over their commited volunteer time until all our desks and filing cabinents were put together. Our office has been transformed! It is amazing how much work can be done in such a short amount of time! Thank you University of Utah Bennion Center volunteers for helping us with our office! What a gift!

Finished Product












 We have 4 remaining individual filing cabinents to put together, but Granite Park Jr High Latinos in Action class has just agreed to assemble them for us!This will be their second ESLC service project!

Granite Park LIA 4












We are humbled by all the hard work and donations that have been contributed. Thank you for supporting the English Skills Learning Center!





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