August 2015 Newsletter

Celebrating friendships and bridging cultures through language
Message from our Executive Director
"Strategic planning is a management tool, period. As with any management tool, it is used for one purpose only: to help an organization do a better job - to focus its energy, to ensure that members of the organization are working toward the same goals, to assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. In short, strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future." (Adapted from John M. Bryson,  
Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations.)
One of the most exciting activities that a non-profit organization can undertake is the process of strategic planning. It allows the board, the staff, and the stakeholders to come together and really dream.  "If we could be the very best ESLC in the world, what would that look like?" Fortunately we have an amazing team of individuals who have taken several months to pursue every facet of this question with talent, tenacity, and a passion that is humbling. 
Our overall goal in this process is to look at every way we can improve our "outcomes," which translate into higher achievement and better integration for our students. We are close to finishing this planning process, which focuses on facilitating community engagement through language learning and empowerment. I look forward to sharing our plans for the next 3-5 years with you soon. 
Cathy Barnhart
ESLC Executive Director
ESLC Annual Summer Picnic
This year was the ESLC's 7th Annual Picnic held at Fitt's Park in South Salt Lake. Students, volunteers, community partners and staff as well as family and friends were invited to an evening filled with food and games to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and the dedication of our volunteers. Around 200 people attended making it a great time for volunteers and students to take a break and interact outside of the classroom. To see more pictures from this event, check out our Facebook page
 The ESLC is excited to announce the piloting of our new ESL Family Literacy program at Day-Riverside Library in Rose Park this summer. This new program, which is being developed and implemented by an Americorp VISTA, focuses on the importance of parents reading with their children, techniques for child engagement while reading, and increased reading fluency and English vocabulary for parents. This is an eight-week course and in the future we hope to expand to more locations and elementary schools.
 To find out more about the Americorp Vista programclick here.
We would like to welcome Kimberly Marshall as our new Administrative Assistant here at the ESLC! Kim has an Associate's Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University. Her passion is her two children with whom she spends all her spare time with. She enjoys meeting people from all over the world and listening to them speak their native language. One of her goals is to learn how to say "I love you" in all languages possible. She has run five half-marathons, and finds peace while running. She also enjoys cooking new recipes, listening to music, and reading books. If you are interested in learning more about our staff
for more information. 
KUED aired a documentary this June featuring the journeys' of various refugees in the Salt Lake Valley which highlighted the grit and persistence of the students we serve. One of our very own citizenship students played a large role in the film, which followed his tough road to gaining U.S. citizenship. The English Skills Learning Center was delighted to be part of this film and we were included alongside many organizations right here in our community helping refugees and immigrants to succeed in the United States. To view a short clip of the documentary, please click here.  
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World Refugee Day 2015

On Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. join hundreds of people at Liberty Park, located at 700 East 900 South Salt Lake City, to celebrate a world of people! Bring your friends and family to enjoy a fun and educational community event!
Admission is FREE.

This year’s World Refugee Day festival includes:
- US citizen oath ceremony
- Cultural entertainment from around the world
- Global market of great items from local vendors
- Spice Kitchen will be selling their delicious food with unique flavors
- Refugee youth soccer tournament
- Kids’ activities and with a possible 4 or more bounce houses
- 5K "Run for Refugees" fun run/walk at 9 a.m. where you can register online at

For more info go to:



KUED Film Premiere Screening & ESLC

The Salt Lake City valley is an incredible place to live in; you know that, right? You may also know that many individuals and families have transplatted themselves to this area for many reasons. Amongst those resettling to the Greater Salt Lake area are an approximate 60,000 refugees coming from many countries from all over the globe. Fortunatly the English Skills Learning Center staff and volunteers get to meet many of these people every week and therefore understand the cultural richness and nauances that is growing in every corner of our valley. But for those individuals that don't have the opportunity to meet the most beautiful and resilent individuals coming to this area, KUED has been able to capture stories of these individuals in a KUED film.

It was a great honor to be approached by KUED to participate in a their film, Finding Home Utah's Refugee Story, last year. Time has past and it is with excitement that we invite you to join KUED for a cultural celebration and premiere screening of this documentary taking place on Thursday, May 28th at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 20 South West Temple. The screening will start at 7:30pm. Please considering joining and celebrating with the ESLC, but know that seating is limited and one must RSVP.


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


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