►Adult Basic Education (ABE)
SBLC offers individual instruction by compassionate tutors in basic education. This might include reading, writing, math skills, written driver’s license, or any life skill in which the learner has needs. We try to work with the learner’s schedule for tutoring times. No one needs to feel uncomfortable calling or coming in for services. We are very happy to help.
►General Educational Development (GED)
SBLC partners with the Faulkner State Community College GED program. Passing this test of four subtests including literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies is equivalent to a high school diploma. GED test takers must be 16 years old and have adequately prepared for the test. While FSCC offers GED classes throughout Baldwin County, SBLC gives more individual and intensive instruction that a learner might need to prepare for the test. SBLC does not administer the test. That has to be done through FSCC.
►English as a Second Language (ESL)
SBLC has a Mexican-born Spanish- and English-speaking ESL coordinator who teaches ESL classes twice a week for adults. These classes are held at the SBLC office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 to noon.
● Bible-based ESL class at Swift Church — Beginning on Feb. 17 from 8 to 10 a.m., South Baldwin Literacy Council will be offering a new Bible-based ESL class that will be held in the fellowship hall of Swift Presbyterian Church, in the Miflin community just east of Foley. This class will be held on Fridays at no cost and will be taught by our ESL coordinator, Esther Tillmon. This class is for mothers and their preschool children. A bilingual copy of the New Testament will be provided at no charge to participants. Mothers and their preschoolers will improve their English while learning the stories of Jesus. • Find the church on an interactive map.
►English as a Second Language for Other Languages TOEFL
SBLC also teaches individuals who speak languages other than Spanish. This is done one-on-one by experienced tutors.
►Learn To Earn
SBLC is developing a new program that targets employees who need to improve their workplace skills in order to be more successful and efficient. SBLC partners with Alabama Career Center System to allow adults to learn the skills and training necessary to be competent in the workforce.
SBLC partners with Baldwin County Board of Education to provide individual tutoring in elementary school in our service area. School principals, reading coaches and classroom teachers identify students who can benefit from this individual attention and instruction.
►Youth After-School and Summer Tutoring
SBLC offers after-school tutoring from 3:00 to 5:00 in one hour sessions Monday through Thursday. Summer tutoring is offered 8:00 to 4:00 Monday through Thursday in one-hour sessions. Tutoring is done in reading and math, informal assessments are written, and a plan is made for service. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
►A Book and a Bear
Baldwin EMC granted SBLC a grant to fund this program that focuses on pediatric patients at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. We provide the children in the hospital and emergency room with a small bear and a hardback book of their choice. SBLC partnered with Give-A-Book to get some outstanding books for the children to take home. Parents are also supplied with a folder of information to inform them of the importance of reading to their children and supply their children with reading material. Susan Perankovich, head of pediatrics, reports that these books and bears have put smiles on some young faces.