Changing demographic, economic, social and political factors make it imperative to integrate limited English-speaking immigrants into our communities. Opportunities to learn English and contribute to society are key strategies for fostering integration. Through Project SHINE, our work focuses on helping immigrant elders prepare for citizenship, work, acquire health literacy skills, and engage in meaningful civic roles.
While certain academic subjects seem more closely aligned to SHINE, such as TESOL, Nursing, Urban Studies, etc., the benefits of SHINE as a service learning model goes beyond academic content. SHINE students gain a wider perspective of their world and a deeper understanding of themselves.
At the heart and soul of SHINE, is the belief that communities of all ages and cultures where all members engage in meaningful roles that contribute to the growth, knowledge and wisdom of each member are strong, healthy and sustainable communities.