The greatest tool that is proven to alleviate poverty is education. We offer a variety of free classes to help our neighbors develop practical skills for living.
Our goal is to equip people with the skills needed
to provide a healthy and safe home environment,
and the skills required to get and and keep a job.
Partnerships with local government, businesses,
and colleges make these classes possible.
Classes meet at LSI, located on the lower level
of the Plaza, next to Food for Thought. See
below for starting dates and times.
>Basic Computer Class - began
>Sewing Class - began January 15
"Education and quality of life are directly related. Lacking a good education means lacking, among other things, access to the very doorway that leads to a wholesome lifestyle." -John Perkins
Home Essentials is a series of eight classes that focus on the importance of home care, laundry procedures, cooking techniques, first aid in the home, handling money, and the world of work. Guest speakers are featured along with hands-on training. Childcare and transportation are available.
This is a foundational course in a series of basic skills classes. Register for the next Home Essentials class -
>NEW CLASSES BEGAN MONDAY JANUARY 6
We gratefully acknowledge funding for this
course is made possible by the City of Lynchburg.
Getting Ahead is an eight week class that meets twice weekly. Participants learn how to manage their resources, become financially stable, and break away from a pattern of poverty. All of the course materials and meals, as well as onsite childcare, are provided throughout the class timeline.
Funded by and presented in partnership with the City of Lynchburg.
Go Beyond Education Program
The Go Beyond Education Program is comprised of six available courses: Computer Skills, Interviewing Skills, Personal Finance, Time Management, English/Critical Thinking, and Basic Math Skills. Learning comes from provided materials and the discussions that happen in the group. Students will become the problem solver in their own life.
>Basic Math Skills began
Funded by and presented
in partnership with
First National Bank
Family Nutrition Program
The goal of the Family Nutrition Program is to help individuals discover how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health. The four weekly sessions cover basic nutrition, physical activity, and thrifty food shopping.
>The current series of classes began January 8 at the Life Skills Institute