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Dear Friends & Partners:

For more than a week, we have witnessed a powerful outcry against injustice and systemic racism. Restore Education stands in solidarity with those facing the issue head on in the United States and around the world, because Black Lives Matter.  

With the deepest sincerity, we acknowledge the shared pain, anguish, anger, and grief, and extend our unwavering support. We grieve the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, the many others who came before them, and the unnamed victims of racial injustice. In this moment, we aim to lift up the voices of the Black communityWe see your exhaustion, and we wholeheartedly take on the fight for change with you. 

At Restore Education we believe education has the power to transform lives. In recent months, we have examined our recruitment practices to intentionally increase Black representation among our staff, volunteers, and board members. We practice culturally responsive curriculum and teaching methods, and are currently engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion training for all staff.  And we are committed to increasing access to our programs in the local Black community. We fully accept that advocacy is a learning process. 

We pledge to use our privileged positionality and resources to create lasting change. We are committed to holding ourselves accountable to better serve our students and our community. We will continue to strive for equitable education and economic opportunity for all. 

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” We recognize that justice goes beyond ending violence. We understand that educational, economic, and racial equity is the only pathway toward healing. We are committed to doing this work for our students, for our staff, and for our community. 

Kelli Rhodes, Executive Director

Remote Learning Details

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and students, Restore Education’s learning center is closed to students until further notice. However, we are offering a variety of remote learning opportunities for current and new students.

If you are a current student, and you need to contact your teachers, please email us at info@restoreeducation.org and we will connect you. We can provide you with homework packets, textbooks, and other emergency needs until our offices reopen. We will work with you to make sure that your studies are not impacted, and that your study hours will be counted.

New applicants: Our online application for the 2019-2020 school year will be CLOSED starting Saturday, June 6. But, we will begin accepting applications for the new 2020-2021 school year on July 1.

PLEASE NOTE: If you completed an application in the 2019-2020 school year and are interested in continuing in the new 2020-2021 school year, you MUST compete a NEW program application form EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

If you are interested in enrolling in our programs, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the program application HERE (link will be removed June 6 & then updated on July 1).
  2. Upload your required documents to our secure form. This link will be emailed to you upon completion of your application.
  3. Once your documents have been received, our staff will email you a link to join our online orientation and materials.
  4. Complete the online orientation module.
  5. Once your orientation is complete, our staff will reach out to you to set up an individual testing appointment (safety protocols will be followed, and masks are required to enter our facility).
  6. When your test is complete, you will be placed into a class and given information on how to participate in your weekly lessons.

New students, if you have any questions through this process, please call (210) 432-6123 or email us at info@restoreeducation.org.

Stay tuned to the following channels for updates regarding our reopening:

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Detalles de Aprendizaje a Distancia

En un esfuerzo para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de todo nuestro personal y estudiantes, las oficinas de Restore Education estarán cerradas para los estudiantes hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, estamos ofreciendo oportunidades de aprendizaje desde casa para estudiantes actuales y estudiantes nuevos.

Si es un estudiante actual, y necesita contactar a su instructor, envíe un correo electrónico a info@restoreeducation.org y conectaremos con ellos. Le podemos proveer material de estudio, libros de texto, y otros recursos de emergencia hasta que podamos reabrir nuestras oficinas. Trabajaremos con usted para garantizar que sus estudios no se vean afectados, y sus horas dedicadas a estudiar sean contadas.

 

Nuevos aplicantes: Nuestra inscripción en línea para el año escolar 2019-2020 se CERRARA comenzando el día Sabado 6 de Junio. Pero estaremos aceptando nuevas inscripciones para el nuevo año escolar 2020-2021 comenzando el día Miercoles 1 de Julio.

ATENCION: Si usted completo una aplicación en el año escolar 2019-2020 y está interesado en continuar en el nuevo año escolar 2020-2021, DEBE completar una nueva inscripción, este proceso se repite CADA CICLO ESCOLAR.

Si está interesado en inscribirse en nuestros programas, porfavor complete los siguientes pasos:

  1. Complete la aplicación AQUI (este vinculo sera removido el dia 6 de Junio y se actualizara nuevamente el dia 1 de Julio).
  2. Envie sus documentos requeridos por medio del enlace(este metodo es seguro para su proteccion). Este enlace se le enviará por correo electrónico al finalizar su inscripción.
  3. Una vez recibidos sus documentos, nuestro personal le enviará un correo electrónico confirmado que los pasos anteriores han sido completados satisfactoriamente. Tambien se le enviara un enlace para inscribirse para la orientacion de estudiante y los materiales necesario para completarla.
  4. Complete el módulo de orientación en línea.
  5. Una vez completada su orientación, nuestro personal se pondrá en contacto con usted para establecer una cita para su examen inicial (se seguirán los protocolos de seguridad y se requerirán cubrebocas para ingresar a nuestras instalaciones).
  6. Cuando su examen esté completo, se le colocará en una clase y se le dará información sobre cómo participar en sus lecciones semanales.
Estudiantes nuevos, si surge alguna(s) pregunta(s) en cuanto al proceso de registro, por favor llame al (210) 432-6123 o envíenos un correo electrónico a info@restoreeducation.org.

Para actualizaciones sobre el cierre ó reapertura, estén atentos a través de los siguientes canales:

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“Together we can face any challenges as deep as the
ocean and as high as the sky.”
~Sonia Gandhi

Student at Desk
Tables with Training Equipment

Our San Pedro Learning Center might be quiet… but we are not!

Dear Friends & Partners:

While our offices have been closed, we have been reaching out to over 900 students. Many of them are struggling with basic needs such as food, shelter, and lost job opportunities. We have also seen an increased interest in our services. A GED and job training will be critical in the coming months as these individuals prepare to reenter the job market.

For our students who are able to continue learning, we have virtual teams, made up of staff and volunteer tutors, that deliver daily lessons and instruction. Our college and career advisors lead daily workshops centered around resume prep and job applications, unemployment filing assistance, college success, and more! Thankfully, all our staff are able to work from home and support students during this time. However, we know that many of our students don’t have the resources they need to continue their studies at home, specifically computers or internet access.

Recently, we distributed 60 refurbished laptops to students, in addition to textbooks, homework packets, calculators, and gift cards for emergency needs. We have also created a COVID-19 response fund to support students with emergency financial assistance for childcare and other bills. We have had over 200 applicants complete our online application and have transitioned to offering online career trainings this month!

If you are able at this time to help, any support towards purchasing additional laptops, textbooks, or the online services required to support our students would be greatly appreciated.

Please know that we are thinking of each of you. Working together, we can make a significant contribution to sustain our students, our fellow community members, through this crisis and ultimately come out stronger.

Kelli Rhodes, Executive Director

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Jean Pierre era un acróbata de circo, y a pesar de las desventuras que ahí vivió, decidió recuperar su vida y terminar sus estudios.

Jean Pierre was an acrobat at the circus, and despite the misadventures he went through there, he decided to reclaim his life and finish his studies.

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Generous volunteers and donors are at the heart of all we do. Your gift of time, financial support, or both, puts at-risk students on a pathway to a life-sustaining career. Please consider partnering with us to ensure that at-risk students who turn to Restore Education will have access to the education they need to reach their full potential. Together, we can create brighter futures for our students, their families, and our community.