ESL CLASSES Part of the reason some women and their children are struggling financially and/or academically is a lack of English skills. Many of the women we are fortunate to serve have limited funds, resources, and English skills, and are not able to advocate for themselves or their children.
We offer ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes to improve the ability to speak, listen, read, and write in English. Students are evaluated and placed into one of three different levels based on their abilities. Classes are taught by nurturing volunteers using the Ventures curriculum and are offered Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 to 11 am.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY Dallas County Community College District helps deliver High School Equivalency (HSE) programming in-house at PLH and provides full-ride scholarships for post-secondary education. This program, formerly known as GED preparation, provides individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the HSE test in the areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Classes are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 am.
BRIGHT FUTURES© PROGRAM The Bright Futures Personal Empowerment training course is a 12-week, semester-long program designed to empower women to live up to their fullest potential by teaching them how to “vision big,” set personal goals, and overcome obstacles. Elements of the curriculum include: visioning/goal setting, time management, mindset assessment, communication/ collaboration, financial education, and job/college readiness. Utilizing a coaching philosophy, Bright Futures and its themes are incorporated into all PLH programming. Bright Futures classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.
We utilize the Love and Logic Parenting program to help mothers learn new, effective skills. Strategies include:
- Setting kids up for success by allowing them to make small mistakes when the price tag is small
- Ending arguing and manipulation
- Avoiding power struggles
- Guiding kids to own and solve their problems
Parenting classes are offered on Thursdays from 9-11 am.
Bible study takes place on Thursdays from 9 – 11 am and gives participants another opportunity to practice their English while growing spiritually.
Participants choose between a study in English/Spanish or one in English/Burmese.
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
The Children’s Learning Center provides preschool education by trained teachers to children ages 0-5 while their mothers attend PLH programming. The structured curriculum from local school districts helps prepare children for success in kindergarten. PLH follows Texas Childcare standards, but with lower child-per-teacher ratios.
COUNSELING AND FAMILY ADVOCACY Each woman meets individually with a staff member to develop an intentional plan, including setting family goals and analyzing needs. A licensed counselor is on-site for both group and individual counseling.
Women are also connected with resources that help them manage stress and overcome the obstacles that are preventing them from achieving their goals.