One to One Learning
Language empowers, language unites
This seven-minute video, produced by John Borst of Grandview Productions, provides a brief history of the origin and evolution of One to One Learning over the past 25 years.
Founded in 1997 by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, One to One Learning is a ministry close to the hearts of the Sisters because it carries forth the ideals of our Sparkill foundress, Mother Catherine Antoninus Thorpe—to care for the needs of the immigrant population of our own day as she did in the 1870s in New York City. Mother Catherine Antoninus attended to the plight of immigrant women and children in NYC who were in need of food, shelter, and education.
One to One Learning continues in this tradition, furthering the mission of the Sparkill Dominicans to proclaim the reign of God through ministry for justice, especially to the vulnerable people among us.
A not-for profit, incorporated, outreach organization, One to One Learning provides English classes and other supportive services for immigrants to empower them to reach their full potential and to lead meaningful lives in the communities in which they live and work.
At day and evening designated sites, more than 60 volunteer teachers take a holistic approach in assisting students to achieve their individual objectives through small learning groups, ranging from beginner, intermediate, and advanced English, pre-GED (high school equivalency), citizenship, literacy, and pre-literacy. This format encourages interaction that leads to building bridges of understanding between persons of different cultures. In addition, computer classes are offered, taking students through basic computer, internet, word processing, Excel, and keyboarding skills.
The organization serves Latino, Haitian and other immigrants of Rockland County and its environs in many ways that improve the general welfare of individuals as well as the community.
For more information or to volunteer, go to: http://www.one2one-learning.org/