January 2023 Newsletter
Updates from Umoja ABQ!
Happy New Year from Umoja ABQ! We had an exciting start to the year with new programs and new classes. Umoja ABQ’s Educational Program began on January 7 with a Basic Literacy - ESL class attended by 20 students speaking 6 different languages. Students were assisted by small group teachers so everyone had a chance to speak, listen, read, and write! Ten students speaking four different languages began Drivers Manual class. These students are working toward passing the written test so they may obtain their learner’s permit. Interpreters and teachers answered interesting questions and introduced the expenses and responsibilities involved in owning a car and driving. Students in this group who are younger than 25 will also learn the None for the Road program and pass a test before obtaining their learners permit. All Drivers Manual students must find a friend who is a proficient driver and willing to help them learn to drive. When the students have obtained their learner’s permit AND found someone to help them practice, Umoja ABQ offers assistance to defray the cost of driving lessons. Volunteers from St Timothy Lutheran Church were on hand to provide name tags, take attendance, serve snacks at break time, and restore classrooms for the next group to meet. Funding for Umoja ABQ was provided through DEI United, a collaboration between United Way of Central New Mexico and Albuquerque Community Foundation, supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Enjoy photos from our December Open House and from our first day of classes in January!
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