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Fostering Immigrant Integration

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Become an AmeriCorps Volunteer!

Share your knowledge and experience with your community! Belong to your community! Project SHINE is a national service organization at Temple University Intergenerational Center. AmeriCorps members at SHINE promote a healthy community and strengthen social connections by tutoring English, health literacy, healthy workshops and recreational activities. AmeriCorps members serve 9-10 hours per week and attend monthly trainings. Members receive a $1,500 stipend and an $1,132 educational award. If you're 55 or older you have the choice of giving the education award to your child, grandchild, etc. Bilingual, bi cultural, retired individuals and those with health and/or ESL experience or working towards a career in health and/or ESL are in high demand. Questions and application requests may be sent to The AmeriCorps position with SHINE is from September 2010 to May 2012, serving 9-10 hours a week.

Workforce Development

With support from the PA Department of Education, SHINE is collaborating with Temple University's Center for Social Policy and Community Development and the Institute for Schools in Society on a new workforce development initiative.

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Health Literacy Program

With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service and The MetLife Foundation, Project SHINE has launched an AmeriCorps Health Literacy program that engages volunteers of all ages and cultures in activities designed to enhance the health of older immigrants and refugees.

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Civic Engagement

Project SHINE operates a Civic Engagement initiative in partnership with immigrant-serving organizations to develop and expand opportunities for older immigrants (50+) to connect and contribute to their communities.

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