Educational Institutions

Project Light of Manatee, Inc.

  • Bradenton, FL
  • www.projectlightofmanatee.org

Mission Statement

Project Light is a volunteer nonprofit dedicated to empowering adult English Language Learners to participate more actively in our community through English language proficiency.

Main Programs

  1. Daily Morning Classes
  2. Computer lab classes

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Service Areas

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Florida

Manatee and Sarasota Counties

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2014

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Rosemary Wiley

Keywords

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ESOL, English, Literacy, reading, writing

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Also Known As

Project Light Literacy Center of Manatee, Project Light

EIN

65-0490652

 Number

3591381187

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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During 2014, Project Light provided English language instruction to close to 300 students through the efforts of 40 volunteer instructors. Project Light celebrated 20 years of service in the community with an Anniversary Luncheon. The school is proud to continue developing a computer lab, thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Manatee Community Foundation, which will enhance language learning and provide essential computer skills for students especially applying for jobs online. In the next year we hope to offer more classes in the evening, and develop an afternoon program of ESOL instruction.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Daily Morning Classes

Project Light offers daily morning English language and literacy classes to adult English Language Learners (ELL), as well as evening classes twice a week, using a proven curriculum that empowers students to build upon their skills, as they progress through the various levels of course offerings. The $40,000 budget for this program also includes all overheads associated with other Project Light programs.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 2

Computer lab classes

Project Light offers students access to a new computer lab twice a week, including web-based and software-based language education, basic computer skills development, and job and education focused internet use instruction.

Category

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Funding Needs

The major needs of Project Light are listed as follows: 1. Project Light would like to expand the scope of work for our part time, contracted Program Coordinator to make this a permanent, full time position. We also need a part time administrator to oversee the school's daily functions. Additional funding is necessary to support both positions. 2. There is a consistent need for volunteer instructors. Project Light is always working to attract and retain quality instructors as student demand often exceeds the supply of teachers. 3. We would like to expand our computer lab and associated classes (which have been implemented as a pilot), to take this program to scale, providing students with additional opportunities to gain computer literacy, as well as improve language capacity. 4. Project Light is always in need of text and work books for students and instructional books/materials for teachers; estimated costs per semester are $3,000.

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Project Light of Manatee, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rosemary Wiley

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STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Project Light is a unique, highly accessible language and literacy center offering a two-pronged approach to instruction. Our on-site morning and evening classes are open enrollment and "drop in" so that students who have one or more jobs, family obligations, and/or limited transportation can attend classes based on their needs and schedule, from day-to-day, week-to-week or month-to-month. this flexibility and fluidity works well for students. as well as volunteers who enjoy spontaneity in their classes. Project Light's programs are important community assets, providing easily accessible instruction at conveniently located sites, including at the center, which is on a major bus line, and local libraries, bringing services right into students' own neighborhoods. Through Project Light's efforts to facilitate students' improved English and literacy skills, we aim to equip them with the tools to provide support and stable environment for their families; expand their contact with society through informed engagement; and positively impact and contribute to the overall community. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rosie Wiley

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

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