Educational Institutions

Vickery Meadow Learning Center dba VMLC

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.vmlc.org

Mission Statement

VMLC is dedicated to improving English literacy levels among non-English speaking adults and their young children by providing programs in communication and life skills. We do so in the belief that the ability to understand, read, write and speak English contributes to independence, productivity and the overall well-being of adult learners, their families and the greater community.

Main Programs

  1. Early Childhood Education Program
  2. Family English Literacy Program
  3. Workforce English Literacy Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

VMLC was established in 1997 with the initial mission of providing English literacy classes for non-English speaking adults in Vickery Meadow. VMLC has steadily expanded its services to additional neighborhoods, adding a West Dallas campus in 2009. In January 2015, VMLC added a new site in East Dallas when English Language Ministries (ELM), a nonprofit organization that has provided literacy services for 20 years in East Dallas, merged into VMLC. In the 2015-16 school year, VMLC will serve 1,250 adults and 330 young children in three low-income Dallas neighborhoods – Vickery Meadow, West Dallas and East Dallas.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Sarah Papert

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, early childhood education, refugees, immigrants, esl, family literacy

Notes from the Nonprofit

VMLC could not exist without the support of more than 275 dedicated volunteers who teach all of VMLC’s adult classes and assist in the Early Childhood Education Program. Additional volunteers help with VMLC events, and work on projects to improve VMLC’s educational sites.
In the adult program, volunteers work in teams of two, teaching a 2 hour class, one day per week for a 12-week semester. Most volunteers teach both semesters, and many have taught for multiple years. All volunteers attend an initial orientation to learn the basic structure and expectations of the program. Training and support is provided by VMLC staff to volunteers (new & returning) throughout the year.
Last year, volunteers contributed 12,949 hours of teaching, representing over $300,000 of in-kind professional services. It is through this use of dedicated volunteer teachers that VMLC is able to serve 1,000 adult students and 250 children each year. This extensive use of volunteer teachers benefits our students in a variety of ways. Students are exposed to different teaching styles, thereby increasing their opportunity to learn the complexities of the English language. Both volunteer teachers and their students enjoy the relationship that develops as students grow in self-confidence and their English skills improve.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Register now

Also Known As

VMLC

EIN

75-2708992

 Number

3755697367

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Early Childhood Education Program

The program is provided at no cost for the 4 month to 5 year old children of the adult learners enrolled in the Family English Literacy Program. The curriculum is designed to meet the unique educational needs of non-English speaking children. VMLC provides the only learning opportunity most of these children will have prior to entering elementary school. The teaching staff is bi-lingual, and many are current or former students of VMLC. All teachers are trained by the Children’s Program Director. Additional enrichment components for children and parents, such as Fun Fridays and Curtains up on Literacy, expose students to new experiences and learning activities that can be recreated and expanded at home.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$277,619.00

Program 2

Family English Literacy Program

The program is offered Monday through Thursday from 9:00-11:00am and 12:30-2:30pm. Stay at home moms and those who work evenings primarily attend these classes. Classes include four ESL levels with classroom and computer instruction. The Early Childhood Education Program is offered concurrently. While the adults are learning English in order to have a better life in this country, the children are preparing for elementary school and their education beyond.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$205,616.00

Program 3

Workforce English Literacy Program

The program is offered Monday/Wednesday evenings and Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:45pm. Students who work during the day primarily attend these classes. Classes include four ESL levels and Pre-GED, with classroom and computer instruction. This program does not offer a children’s component.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$174,237.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    GOAL: Helping immigrants and refugees gain the English literacy and life skills they need to improve their lives
    In Dallas County, 21% of adults cannot read and write in English at a basic level. Individuals who lack basic literacy skills are more likely to experience crime, unemployment and poverty. Yet, when adults learn how to read and write they have the power to transform their lives.
    • Illiteracy is an underlying cause of poverty. The Vickery Meadow, West Dallas and East Dallas neighborhoods each have a high concentration of residents who are low-income immigrants and refugees with little or no English skills. In the neighborhoods served by VMLC, approximately one-third of the population live below the poverty line (Vickery Meadow: 33.1%; West Dallas: 33.2%; and East Dallas: 31.4%) and a language other than English is spoken at home in approximately 50% of the homes (Vickery Meadow: 47.8%, West Dallas: 60.8%, and East Dallas: 45.8%)
    • VMLC’s English literacy programs address the critical need for English literacy classes among non-English speaking immigrants and refugees so they can accomplish their goals and ultimately lift themselves and their families out of poverty. VMLC strives to eliminate the obstacles that prevent adults from attending English classes by providing all services at no cost, offering a free Early Childhood Education Program at the same time as the Family English Literacy Program (daytime classes), offering multiple levels of classes to better match each student’s English skills, and by locating our education sites in the neighborhoods in which our students live.

    GOAL: Helping Children Escape the Cycle of Poverty
    VMLC’s Early Childhood Education Program serves some of the most vulnerable children in Dallas. Because they are children of low-income, non-English speaking immigrant and refugee families, they are at risk for lower academic achievement, reading and math delays, and school dropout. VMLC’s free Early Childhood Education Program helps these at-risk children gain the skills, tools and support they need to succeed in school and ultimately become contributing members of the greater community. The Program is offered to young children whose parents are concurrently enrolled in VMLC’s Adult English Literacy Program. VMLC is the only program in the immediate neighborhoods we serve offering daily and simultaneous instruction for young children and their parents. We are providing families who live below the poverty line and lack English proficiency with the language and learning skills they need to help their children be “ready” when they enter school.

    Research has shown that children who are “ready” when they enter school are more likely to attain a higher level of education. Because education is one of the most significant determining factors in economic status, VMLC is providing these at risk children with the foundation they need to open the door to a better future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    STRATEGY: English Instruction for Adults
    VMLC offers up to eight levels of English classes from basic to advanced reading and writing, with both classroom and computer instruction. Classes are co-taught by teams of trained volunteer instructors. The average class size is 15 to 20 students. VMLC utilizes the “Side by Side” series as our core curriculum, which is also used by Dallas County Community Colleges. Students attend two-hour classes, either in the morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday for 8 hours of classroom instruction per week or 200 hours of classroom instruction per school year. Classes are offered on a semester basis for a total of 25 weeks from September through April. Additional morning classes are offered during June.

    STRATEGY: Early Childhood Education to prepare children for success in elementary school

    VMLC provides a free Early Childhood Education Program for the young children (4 months to 5 years) of students attending the Family English Literacy Program. Parents and their young children attend classes at the same time.

    VMLC’s Early Childhood Education Program offers a free, quality preschool program designed to meet the unique needs of our students:
    • Child-Centered, Literacy-Rich Environment – Children are divided into 3 different classes by age (Infant, Toddler and Preschool). Classrooms are arranged and class time is scheduled to maximize the learning capabilities of the different age groups through a balance between routine and exploration.
    • Emergent Curriculum - The Program uses an Emergent Curriculum which is especially beneficial for English language learners because it builds on prior knowledge and interest of the child.
    • Inter-generational Approach – VMLC takes an inter-generational approach to improving the lives of its children by supporting each child’s parent through VMLC’s Adult English Literacy Program. While their young children are preparing for success in school, parents are improving their English literacy and life-skills necessary to support themselves and their families.

    STRATEGY: Empowerment students to improve their confidence and cultural knowledge
    Empowerment Programs designed to enhance student life skills, job skills, and cultural understanding are offered between morning and afternoon classes and on Fridays. These programs include computer labs, family mentoring programs, nutrition courses, financial courses, legal fairs, field trips and parent workshops.
    Students who are parents may attend VMLC’s parent support program: “Bringing Families Together” - a parent support group that uses Parents Anonymous curriculum. They may also participate in the many Parent /Child Activities held every other week, including “Fun Fridays” (literature based activities such as story time and crafts); “No Boundaries” (field trips and programs to expose families to new learning experiences); and “Curtains Up on Literacy” (a collaboration with Dallas Children’s Theater.)
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Organizational Strengths and Uniqueness

    Removing Barriers to Learning - VMLC understands the difficulty many non-native English speakers have in finding the time, transportation, childcare or money they need in order to attend English language classes. VMLC programs are effective because we remove these barriers.

    o Convenient Scheduling and Locations - By providing morning, afternoon and evening classes, VMLC students can enroll in the program that best suits their work and family needs. Our sites are located in the neighborhoods where our students live, eliminating transportation difficulties and allowing VMLC to foster a strong sense of community in the neighborhoods we serve.
    o Meeting the Needs of Parents with Young Children - VMLC’s daytime classes provide concurrent programming for adults and children creating a valuable synergy which enhances learning for the entire family and lets parents model the importance of learning to their young children.
    o Programs are Free of Charge, yet Accountability Driven - Instruction is provided at no charge; however, students are encouraged to make a contribution to cover the cost of their books. Regular, on-time attendance is required in order to stay in the program.

    Structured Program Approach – VMLC has a unique program design with a formal enrollment process, daily classes and multiple class levels.

    o Formal Enrollment Process – Students enroll at VMLC during specific enrollment periods during the school year. Students are tested and placed into the appropriate level at the beginning of each term, with the opportunity to advance to the next level upon successful completion of each class.
    o Daily Classes – More intense frequency of instruction gives students the opportunity to progress quickly and not fall drastically behind if they are absent on occasion. Many community-based ESL programs only meet once a week making it difficult to keep up when a student misses a class. In addition to daily classes, ongoing Empowerment Programs give students the opportunity to practice their new language skills in meaningful ways while developing cultural knowledge and confidence to communicate.
    o Multiple Class Levels – Many students attend VMLC for three years or more, which is necessary to truly learn a new language. Students may repeat a level before advancing to the next, giving them the opportunity to fully master each level.

    Effective Use of More Than 275 Weekly Volunteer Teachers - Compassionate and committed volunteer teachers give students much needed support and encouragement. Throughout the semester, volunteers and students develop mutual respect and understanding for one another though a structured curriculum which can be tailored to meet the specific needs of students. Students are also exposed to a variety of teaching styles through their volunteer teachers, thereby increasing their opportunity to learn the complexities of the English language.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    VMLC uses a variety of assessments to measure the program outcomes. Attendance records, test data and student surveys provide valuable feedback on the quality of the programs, as well as the progress of the individual students:

    • Daily Attendance for all programs for both students and volunteers is recorded throughout the year. Consistent attendance is imperative to make long-term English literacy and life-skill gains.

    • Each student is given a formal ESL Proficiency Test at the beginning and end of each semester to determine class placement and how much progress the student has made in his or her English literacy skills during the semester. This test is aligned with the VMLC core curriculum, which uses the “Side by Side” series. “Side by Side” meets all the Adult Education Outcome Measures required by the National Reporting System, which is the accountability system for federally funded adult education programs.

    • Student Surveys are used during the school year to determine to what extent the classes have impacted their lives. Outcomes include employment; involvement in children's educational activities; participation in the community; enrollment in GED or other educational training programs; computer skills; and self-confidence.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Measurable Results for 2014-2015 (does not include ELM-East Dallas)

    • Student Attendance: 87% (822) of 944 enrolled adult students received at least 12+ hours of instruction.

    • ESL Proficiency Test: 54% of those tested demonstrated readiness to advance to the next class level (616 [75%] of the 822 students with 12+ hours completed a pre-and post- test).

    • Student Surveys Results:

    Number of workforce students surveyed 386
    • Gained (51), Retained (156) or Improved (97) Employment 304 (79%
    • Applied for a job 82 (21%)

    Number of students surveyed with children under 18 322
    • Involved in children’s education activities 274 (85%)

    Number of students surveyed Fall and Spring 614
    • Increased their self-confidence 592 (96%)
    • Learned more about computers 541 (88%)

    Number of Students Surveyed Spring only 461
    • Involved in community activities 344 (75%)
    • Expressed interest in becoming a citizen 50 (11%)
    • Applied for or became a U.S. citizen 33 (7%)
    • Took additional classes or training including GED outside of VMLC 46 (10%)
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

VMLC was established in 1997 with the initial mission of providing English literacy classes for non-English speaking adults in Vickery Meadow. VMLC has steadily expanded its services to additional neighborhoods, adding a West Dallas campus in 2009. In January 2015, VMLC added a new site in East Dallas when English Language Ministries (ELM), a nonprofit organization that has provided literacy services for 20 years in East Dallas, merged into VMLC. In the 2015-16 school year, VMLC will serve 1,250 adults and 330 young children in three low-income Dallas neighborhoods – Vickery Meadow, West Dallas and East Dallas.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Contributions;Grants

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

Vickery Meadow Learning Center
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

Sign in or create an account to view this information

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Vickery Meadow Learning Center dba VMLC

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Ms. Sarah Papert

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Camille Owens

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

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?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

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


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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