Summer 2023 Letter from the Executive Director


Dear Friends of the English Empowerment Center,

       I hope this letter finds you well and I am excited to share with you the many incredible developments happening at the English Empowerment Center! As we enjoy the warmth of the summer season, here are some of our recent achievements.

       First, I want to express my gratitude to our 500+ volunteers who provided over 25,000 hours of service, helping us serve over 1,900 learners this past program year! Second, I extend my thanks to everyone who made our Annual Recognition Ceremony a resounding success. It was a truly inspiring event, where we celebrated the hard work and dedication of our students, volunteers, and community partners for this past program year. Witnessing the progress and growth of our learners is a testament to the power of education and the unwavering support of the English Empowerment Center community.

       As our summer classes are soon ending, it is a great time to highlight some of the pathways we encourage for our learners after they graduate from English Empowerment Center classes. Our programs focus on building the foundation of English literacy, and many students pursue further education after finishing our programs to continue to build their language skills, confidence, and career qualifications. We understand that there are many barriers that US immigrants face which is why we strive to make the continuation of education a smooth transition and provide trusted resources. Read the article to learn more about pathways for students who have graduated from EEC programs.

       Additionally, we are delighted to announce a wonderful collaboration with Social4Good, a local nonprofit dedicated to making a positive impact in the community. Volunteers from Social4Good stepped forward to assist EEC by delivering textbooks to our students in our virtual classes. This partnership not only breaks down the barrier of access to transportation for students but also saves valuable resources, as we no longer have to rely on costly mailing services. Additionally, this personal interaction between virtual students and the EEC community allows for genuine connections, creating a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.

       As we strive to enhance our English language teaching methods, we recognize the need to embrace and adapt to emerging technologies. In this pursuit, we are actively exploring the integration of tools like generative AI, leveraging its potential to create more dynamic and engaging educational experiences. In our article, AI for Adult Education: Tool to Save Lesson Planning Time and Engage Adult Learners, we will explore the transformative impact of AI in adult education. Discover how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the learning experience by personalizing content and providing real-time feedback. Join us as we explore the best ways to incorporate generative AI as a tool in adult education and share some helpful tips.

       Once again, I extend my gratitude to the English Empowerment Center community for their continuous dedication to our cause. Your support is instrumental in enabling us to provide quality education and life-changing opportunities to our learners. Together, we can continue to make a positive impact and witness individuals empower themselves through English language education.

Roopal Mehta Saran,
Executive Director