Learning to Read Families Together

Learning to Read Families Together

Our program focuses on providing support to the Karen refugee community in Syracuse, New York by providing English as a New Language (ENL) support. Most importantly, our program is designed to build the child and parent bond by encouraging them to learn at home, as well as in the classroom. Parents and their children learn English at the same time with a coordinated curriculum. Thanks to Literacy Champions grant from the Onondaga Literacy Coalition! This program is supported by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Books Initiative.



“Step out of your world and step into another’s. Together we can make a difference”

– Rev. Gail Riina, Ed. D


When: Wednesday and/or Friday @  9:00AM to 1:00PM

Academic credit is available

Where: The Refugee Resource Center First English Lutheran Church, located at 501 James St. Syracuse, New York

Transportation will be provided



How You Can Help:

  • Assisting with adult ENL
  • Preschool ENL/ Early childhood education
  • Help us to improve curriculum
  • IT/ computer lab
  • Infant care
  • Library organization


We are looking for people who are motivated for our mission! Thanks to The Onondaga Literacy Coalition, MetroNet Inc., First English Lutheran Church, and the Office of Engagement at Hendricks Chapel. This program is sponsored by the Lutheran Campus Ministry/STEP Center.


For further information, contact us at griina@syr.edu!