Leonel Zuarez, Participant in Learning to Succeed (LETOS) Universidad Popular has helped me a lot. I came to help myself do better at work and to help my kids with their homework. I have two children, one is 12-years-old and the other is 8-years-old. Before the class I really didn't know any English. Now I'm starting to write a bit more and to understand more. I am a machine operator and learning English has definitely helped me at work. Now I can read the documents that they give me, which are in English. Before, I always had to ask my supervisor. Now I understand them. So this has helped me a lot. I was also coming to the computer classes, which teach you not to be afraid of computers. People think computers will bite – if I move the mouse in the wrong way, something will happen! But the class taught us how to use different programs, how to create your own account. At some point I'll probably have to use a computer at work.
Jesus, Participant in UPrising Youth Program My name is Jesus and I love coming to Universidad Popular. Tutors help you with your homework from 3:30 to 4:30, in writing, typing, and every subject of school. In the summer we go to the school park to play sports and here at Universidad Popular we have pool table to play pool and we have a big hall upstairs to do other activities. In the summer we go to the lake when the weather is hot. And we go on field trips in the summer and in cold weather. If UPrising wasn't here we would not have this help for many youth and they are going to have better grades and a better career. This is why I am proud to be one of the UPrising participants.
Angel Lira, Volunteer in Learning to Succeed (LETOS) Hello, my name is Angel Lira. I am currently a volunteer of the LETOS Program at Universidad Popular. A little about myself; I am Latino and culture-oriented. I am also a junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Business Management. I plan to open my own business in the future, preferably a restaurant. Community service and giving back to the community has always been an important factor in my life.
My experience volunteering as a tutor with UP has been great. I can say that by far it has been one of the best volunteer experiences in my life. I enjoy working with the participants, and seeing their progress every week is very admirable. The perseverance in each individual increases my passion for helping them achieve their goals. It influences me to continue helping them with my best effort and brag about how awesome it is volunteering at UP. But best of all, is observing their smiles each week, feeling that they have advanced to the next stepping stone towards their goal of learning English.
Manuel Peña, Participant in Learning to Succeed (LETOS) I started last year in January. I needed to write and speak more English in order to create a better life for my family. To find better jobs. And to help my community. It has helped me a lot to learn English. I help my kid more with the homework. It helps with job interviews, I can speak more English, explain more in English…Some schools speak more Spanish than English. Not the case here. I'm happy with my class. Next term I want to start the computer program.