Educational Institutions

VOLUNTEER ENGLISH PROGRAM IN CHESTER COUNTY

  • West Chester, PA
  • www.volunteerenglish.org

Mission Statement

Volunteer English Program connects community-wide volunteers with adult English Language Learners to provide one-to-one tutoring and cultural enrichment that empowers immigrants to be successful within our communities.

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/or working.

ruling year

1986

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Mrs. Terri Potrako

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

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

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

VEP, today, is the only organization in the region that is exclusively dedicated to providing free tutoring, free books and support to non-native English speaking adults on a one-to-one basis. The unique and flexible VEP one-to-one instructional model reflects the literature on effective adult learning techniques. Students’ personal learning goals drive the curricula. Typical student goals include learning necessary communication skills to gain employment, learning English to better support their children’s education, and improving everyday essential communications with neighbors, healthcare providers, and co-workers. Further, the instructional model is “student centered” in regard to the time and location of tutoring sessions which are tailored to accommodate the schedules and geographical locations of students. Unlike other volunteer literacy programs, VEP students and tutors sign a commitment to meet three hours a week for a minimum of one year, which helps to ensure the integrity of the program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

363,000

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/or working.

Funding Needs

Operational Capacity to Support: Student Intake & Wait List Management: There is continual demand for the one-to-one learning model, especially for adults who are balancing families and employment (often more than one job). Students are accepted by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Each student is appraised, tested, and interviewed before an introduction to a tutor is conducted. Recruit, Train & Retain Tutors: VEP's tutor training has been developed over many years by professional educators and incorporates evidence-based adult learning methods that are successful for students and appeal to the multiple generations of tutors. Tutors complete a nine-hour training session, which is offered over three days, three hours per day, prior to being paired with a student. To fulfill the demand for qualified tutors, the number of training sessions was increased last year from three to seven, offered at different times (daytime and evening) to accommodate a variety of schedules, and offering training at sites that are increasingly accessible to tutors' workplaces and homes. Information Technology to Support: Real time tracking of tutor and student instructional hours, progress and functional gains. VEP staff rely on the ongoing reports provided by tutors to determine student engagement in the program, ongoing learning gains, and to anticipate resource needs. Through a newly developed tutor portal application, information exchange will become more efficient. Books and Resources to Support: All levels of English language and literacy proficiency. Every student and tutor receives companion workbooks at the start of their instruction. Tutors continue to receive additional books on a lending basis, while students must purchase additional books as they advance. Close to 100 or more pairs are matched every year, with active students and tutors requesting books and on-line resources to complement their current instructional activity.

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

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Operations

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VOLUNTEER ENGLISH PROGRAM IN CHESTER COUNTY

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. Terri Potrako

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

Ms. Valerie A Rozek

Volunteer English Program

Term: Jan 2017 - Dec 2019

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
Yes
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)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
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.