Project SHINE

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Information for Prospective Student Participants

Students participate in Project SHINE through a course or as volunteers.  They spend 10-20 hours a semester 'coaching' in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or citizenship class designed for adult immigrant and refugees.  As a participant, you'll provide a valuable service to the Utica community, but will find that you'll learn as much as you teach.

Why do we need SHINE?
  • A large portion of Utica's immigrant community lack the English language skills they need to seek meaningful employment.
  • Members of the immigrant community often have limited opportunities to improve their English skills outside of the classroom.
  • State budget cuts have reduced the amount of public resources available for English language programs.
  • One-on-one tutoring is a proven method of helping non-native speakers develop their language skills.


As a student participant, you'll benefit by...
  • gaining real life experience that relates to academic courses and makes lectures, readings, and discussions in class more  relevant, and more personal by integrating practice with theory
  • developing an intergenerational relationship
  • learning about a different culture and sharing your own
  • getting off the hill and into neighboring Utica, which has a storied history and a diverse population.