Adult ESL     •     Children’s Enrichment     •     Teen Writing 

GERA began educational programs for refugee families in Fall 2017, and continues to successfully build language proficiency to meet social, academic, and vocational demands.

We invite philanthropic support from individuals and institutions to further develop and scale our educational programs over the next few years. We are also currently recruiting volunteers – please visit our Volunteer page to learn more about current opportunities.

Adult English as a Second Language (ESL)

Fluency in English is critical for adults to secure housing, find work, and build relationships with school personnel and community actors. NJ Rebuild’s ESL program delivers a stimulating, hands-on program to refugee families that builds language confidence and workplace readiness. The ESL program began in September 2017 with 18 students, and has scaled up in January 2018 to 50 students. Classes are three times a week (one weekday and both weekend days).

Enrichment Program

The Enrichment program for children of adult ESL learners runs at the same time in the same location, and offers tutoring, homework help, outdoor games, and arts and theater activities. We currently have 26 children enrolled in the program.

Teen Writing Program

The Teen Writing program began as a homework help and acculturation program in Fall 2017. It has evolved into a writing program that currently guides participants to read and write on a variety of topics, ultimately preparing teens to write confidently and fluently in English.