The most effective tool proven to alleviate poverty is education. We offer a variety of free classes, described below, to help people develop practical skills for living, like how to get and keep a job, use a computer, eat smarter, and keep a healthy home environment.
Partnerships with city, businesses, and colleges make these classes possible.
All classes meet at LSI, located on the lower level of the Plaza, next to Food for Thought, unless otherwise noted. Certain information may be subject to change. Everyone is welcome!
To learn more about any class, send an email to:
or call 434-845-8468,
ext. 800. To complete an interest form, please click below.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALL CLASSES AT LSI HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.
NEWS ABOUT WHEN CLASSES CAN RESUME WILL BE POSTED HERE.
"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. Registration is now open.
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 on Monday and Wednesday. Participants learn how to manage their resources, become financially stable, and break away from a pattern of poverty. All of the course materials, as well as onsite childcare, are provided. Meets at Park View main building, Room 203. MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION.
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, Reading/Critical Thinking Skills, 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.
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.
Presented in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension
This course teaches those "soft" skills everyone needs to become employable and to excel in, no matter what the job... qualities like having a good work ethic, integrity, professional behavior, and being a team player. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:30am-1:30pm for six weeks and may be applied toward CVCC credit. Transportation and child care are available.
Presented in partnership with Virginia Career Works
Basic Sewing & Open Sewing Lab
Basic Sewing - Learn the basics of machine sewing and hand sewing. Maximum six participants in this class.
Open Sewing Lab - Every Thursday from 9am - 12 noon. Come use Park View sewing machines and practice sewing skills with a skilled seamstress present. Open to everyone. Bring your own machine if you have one!