Volunteer Development: Alief ISD Youth Programs
Alief ISD is popularly known as the ‘International District’ as it comprises the most diverse group of students with varying ethnicities. The only major concern for the students in this district was the lack of English speaking skills.This was observed by the Principal of Olle Middle School who expressed a keen interest in joining hands with Sewa Houston to provide an after school program to her students that would encourage learning English ( reading, writing and speaking skills) . This program is named ‘Olle Language Academy’
With 50 students registered in the first semester this program is off to a great start working with more than 40 students in each session. The Principal and the ESL teachers are on board with this fun learning process and work with volunteers of SEWA Houston to implement and execute the learning plan for the week.
Sewa International is a primarily volunteer-run organization, promoting service in the general community. As a part of the staff at the Houston chapter, Sewa International has 2 AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) working full-time to coordinate and develop the Refugee Empowerment Program.
The AmeriCorps VISTA program was founded in 1965 as a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is a program that aims to reduce and eliminate poverty in the United States.