Free ESL Classes for San Diego County, CA
About the Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County
We are an all-volunteer educational and charitable non-profit organization serving San Diego County, California. Our mission is to actively promote literacy and English as a Second Language in San Diego County by:
■ recruiting students
training volunteer tutors and trainers
■ networking with other literacy providers.
A Brief Overview
Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County celebrated its 55th year of service in 2016 as a 100% volunteer organization. We tutor at over 30 locations throughout San Diego County, and currently have around 200 tutors and around 800 students.
The demographics of each tutoring center vary with the population of the surrounding community – we have learners originally from Asia, Africa, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Tutoring takes place in library study rooms throughout the County as well as in various community centers and church facilities.
The Council also provides tutor training with professional trainers through collaboration with the San Diego County Library. Training to tutors is offered free of charge four to five times per year.
Contact the Laubach Literacy Council by e-mail to Lana Smith (President) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are extremely important for subsidizing purchases of English language workbooks, ESL newspapers, and other reading materials for those of our over 800 students who can’t afford them. Although we have no paid staff and all our tutors are volunteers, we do have some administrative costs such as insurance and professional tutor training. Students pay no registration or tuition fees.
We're a non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Tax I.D. number is 95-3678691, and all contributions are 100% tax-deductible.
The majority of our support comes from individual donors. Your contribution of $15 or more per year will help cover our costs.
At this time any donation you make will be matched by a contribution from the Will Reid Foundation. Then your contribution will go twice as far in providing books and supplies to our hard-working student population! If you would like your donation to go to a specific Laubach Center, please specify which Center. That Center will receive your donation along with the matching funds.
If you are reading this, please help! $15 will be a great benefit. A little more is even better!
To mail donations, please make checks payable to "Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County, Inc." or "LLCSDC, Inc." Send your check to:
Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County, Inc.
P.O. Box 502733
San Diego, CA 92150-2733
Board meetings are held four times per year, along with an Annual Board meeting that includes a luncheon. The meetings are held on Saturdays at varying sites in January, April, May, July, and October. Contact President Lana Smith (above) for information regarding times and locations.
Board of Director Members
The name “Laubach” comes from the originator of the Laubach Way, a method of teaching English by tutors who do not speak the learners’ first language. Dr. Frank Laubach was a missionary who served in the Philippines in the early 20th century. He began working with an indigenous tribe that had no written language. He sorted out the 16 sounds of their language and assigned one letter of the Roman alphabet to each sound, and then created a pictorial alphabet. For example, the “s” sound was pictured as a snake.
He eventually worked with native speaking teams in over 100 countries that included more than 300 languages and dialects. Word of his success spread, and he was eventually called “Mr. Literacy” by TIME Magazine. Lowell Thomas called him the “greatest teacher of our time”, and on his 100th birthday in 1984 he was honored by the U.S. Post Office by placing his picture on a postage stamp in the Great American Series.
Our group’s first organizational meetings, which included Dr. Frank Laubach, began in Vista in 1957. The Council was founded in 1961 by friends of Dr. Laubach as “North San Diego Literacy Council,” with early tutoring centers in Vista, Escondido, Fallbrook, and Oceanside. From 1968 to 1974 centers in Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Rancho Santa Fe composed the “San Dieguito Literacy Council.” In 1971 additional centers were established in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, and Ramona.
In 1976 the name was changed to “San Diego Literacy Council,” and a final name change in 1984 to “Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County, Inc.” was necessary because of a name conflict with another county organization.
■ Around 2006 we began a partnership with the San Diego County Library L.E.A.R.N. ESL program in which they provide study spaces for our tutors and learners in many of the county libraries, and we arrange for professional training for their ESL tutors. They also assist us with the cost of training tutors and the cost of books. Because of this invaluable collaboration, we are able to provide professionally trained tutors, materials, and spaces where learners can study with their tutors in classes or on a one-on-one basis. Our collaboration was selected by the National Association of Counties as a winner of their 2008 Acts of Caring Awards, which recognizes the top county volunteer programs in the U.S.
■ We are a member of ProLiteracy, a nonprofit international literacy organization based in Syracuse, NY.
■ VolunteerMatch is a national organization that helps us recruit volunteers to teach English. Their popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred Internet recruiting tool for more than 75,000 nonprofit organizations.