Educational Institutions

Volunteer English Program in Chester County

  • West Chester, PA
  • www.volunteerenglish.org

Mission Statement

The Volunteer English Program (VEP) enhances the economic and social quality of life for immigrant families, community members, consumers, employers and employees in Chester County by providing tutoring for adults to improve their English language skills, their American cultural understanding, and their participation in the communities we share.

Main Programs

  1. 1:1 English language tutoring & citizenship preparation to immigrant & refugee adults
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Highest concentration of active tutors and students are in the West Chester, Coatesville and Phoenixville areas, with a growing number of individuals working along the Route 202 corridor. The program seeks to be responsive to where students are living and working. As a small organization we have adapted well over the years to meet student demand and the changing landscape of the Chester County community.

ruling year

1986

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Mrs. Terri Potrako

Board President since 2012

Self-reported

Mrs. Shirley A Warren

Keywords

Self-reported

English, language, communication, American, culture, education, volunteer, free, learn, understand, job, family

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Also Known As

VEP

EIN

22-2685077

 Number

6534543820

Physical Address

790 E Market Street Suite 215

West Chester, PA 19382

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

1:1 English language tutoring & citizenship preparation to immigrant & refugee adults

VEP is in its 28th year of providing free English tutoring to thousands of immigrants and refugees who now call Chester County home. Individuals seeking improvement in their personal, professional and community situations have found VEP and invaluable resource for learning English as a new language or improving their current skills. Through time, dedication and generosity of 172 current active volunteer tutors, VEP serves over 200 adult learners weekly. VEP trains close to 100 new tutors annually. Learners represent 42 different countries, speaking 30 different native, non -English languages. Of the 44 countries, 11 are newly represented since 2010 demonstrating the demand for adapting services and student cultural integration. VEP's emphasis on personalized, goal-centered instruction tailored for the adult learner in flexible, non-classroom settings results in consistent achievement of personal goals. VEP tutors, through their own life experience and guidance from VEP staff, are able to offer a focused approach to Citizenship preparation and cultural immersion supporting the success of 6 to 10 new US citizens annually. The most significant success that VEP realizes is empowering men and women who through improved English language skills in turn impact the lives of their children, their spouses' personal independence to support the family, elder parents who are an essential family dynamic for many cultures, co-workers, and neighborhoods.

VEP provides free one to one English language tutoring and citizenship preparation to immigrant and refugee adult students/learners/ VEP is the only organization in Chester County whose sole mission is dedicated to such instructions. VEP helps students by guiding them through cultural integration in their American community, workplace literacy, G.E.D., TOFEL, and other standardized test preparation, Chester County residents and / or workers seeking to improve English language proficiency are interviewed and tested for current skill level by VEP program staff experts. Once assessed, learners are assisted in developing individualized learning plans; setting goals with realistic timelines for accomplishment (SMART). Students are paired with the most compatible tutor. Students are accepted on an ongoing basis, year round.

Ongoing throughout the year, VEP tutors are recruited from the community through print media, public postings, religious bulletins, corporate resources and word of moth referrals. Tutors represent a diverse age, socioeconomic, professional and educational demographic furthering the learners experience with American culture and adding a valuable base of tutor experts to the overall program. 87% of VEP tutors hold a 4-year degree, of which 38% also hold a Master's Degree. 67% of VEP tutors are new to the field of adult education, stressing the importance of the invaluable participation in an initial non-hour training workshop, orientation and mentoring conducted by qualified VEP staff.

Category

Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Population(s) Served

Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Highest concentration of active tutors and students are in the West Chester, Coatesville and Phoenixville areas, with a growing number of individuals working along the Route 202 corridor. The program seeks to be responsive to where students are living and working. As a small organization we have adapted well over the years to meet student demand and the changing landscape of the Chester County community.

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VOLUNTEER ENGLISH PROGRAM IN CHESTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Volunteer English Program in Chester County

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Terri Potrako

Board President

Mrs. Shirley A Warren

BIO

Terri holds a B.A.in Social Work and has 30 years of experience as a non-profit health care administrator. Terri’s expertise is in relationship building with key community constituents and stakeholders in order to develop support for services that impact the well-being of a diverse community. Her personal appreciation for the volunteer spirit led her to train as a VEP tutor in 2011 and further join the organization’s leadership team as VEP’s fourth executive director.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Shirley A Warren

Volunteer English Program

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The Board Development and Governance Committee is working on diversification of the board to better reflect community demographics (race, ethnicity, age) and include former students and/or immigrants and strengthen core skills in areas such as finance, fundraising and human resources. This work is ongoing and is a top priority for the Board in 2015.