Decide. Learn. Grow. That is about the best description of life we can provide. And, of course, Vita is the Latin word for life. As the only organization of its kind in Bucks County, Vita provides quality educational programs that help individuals gain skills that enhance their ability to deal with real-life situations, meet personal goals and become more self determining and self-sufficient. Vita serves diverse populations, with cultural sensitivity, encouraging personal growth and life long learning. In effect, Vita helps others experience life to its fullest.
Organizations and businesses typically help support Vita’s mission through a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities. Organizations of all sizes can support the Vita mission either on their own or in partnership with others. Below are a few options to consider. There’s bound to be one that’s right for you.
Various organizations sponsor programs by providing direct funding and services, and volunteer assistance. Program sponsors include large and small corporations, organizations, membership associations, foundations, churches and faith-based communities. In some cases, several sponsors combine resources to fund one project or program.
- Decision for Teens Sponsors (Helping People to Decide)
Vita’s Decisions for Teens program is a unique copyrighted curriculum that helps teens make sound decisions using a logical five-step process. It’s designed to help adolescents become more aware of their “internal” thinking and feeling processes and to use this awareness in decision making and problem solving. Through the process, teens learn that they do have control over their situations and can assume responsibility for their actions.
- Literacy Learning Sponsors (Helping People to Learn)
More than 60,000 adults in our community are functionally illiterate. Between 8,000 and 10,000 adults have difficulty communicating in English. Illiteracy takes a toll on individuals locally and across the nation, straining both human and financial resources, and impacting children’s success in school, employment opportunities and economic self-sufficiency. Vita combats these problems through English as a Second Language Classes, GED Preparation Classes, Family Literacy and Computer Assisted Learning programs. Trained volunteers provide small group and one-on-one instruction using innovative techniques.
- English as a Second Language Program Sponsors
English as a Second Language Classes emphasize Communicative English to help non English speaking adults improve language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Vita works with people from 60 different countries helping them to better integrate into their own communities. English proficiency, especially among immigrants, is linked to higher earnings, tax contributions and greater educational and economic advancement. Given global economic competition and the stagnant growth of the native born labor force, English instruction is really an investment in the infrastructure of the country.
- GED Preparation Program Sponsors
GED classes help students become familiar with the content and requirements of the GED test and provide an opportunity to practice the test. Pre-GED small groups help students to improve their skills in reading, writing and math, as well as prepare them to transition to the GED classes.
- Family Literacy Sponsors
As many as 84 percent of unemployed fathers and 82 percent of all mothers lack a high school diploma. Since a parent’s level of education is the best indicator of a child’s success in school, Family Literacy programs meet the educational needs of parents, mostly single mothers, and children by helping parents to understand that they are the primary teacher of their children and engaging both adults and children in activities that foster learning, communication and achievement at home, school and in the community-at-large.
- Literacy Tutoring Sponsors
Volunteers are trained to tutor basic literacy and English as a Second Language both one-on-one and in small group settings. According to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, programs of this kind are needed so that adults, especially immigrants, can “fully participate in the country’s civic life.”
- Computer Assisted Learning Sponsors
In connection with our classroom and tutoring efforts, Computer Assisted Learning helps adult students gain computer proficiency and learn skills needed in both the home and workplace, thereby empowering them and helping to reduce the digital divide.
- English as a Second Language Program Sponsors
- Social and Emotional Growth Sponsors (Helping People to Grow)
Vita has a forty year history of working in the criminal justice system to improve the lives of incarcerated adults through our educational program called DEcisions for Living (DFL).
Vita teaches its unique DFL program to inmates at the Bucks County Correctional Facility. DFL helps individuals make sound decisions using a logical 5-step process. In addition to identifying the external facts of a situation, inmates learn to identify other variables that influence decision making: feelings, thoughts, attitudes, self-images, habits, values, and past experiences. Social and Emotional Growth Sponsors provide funding which allows Vita volunteers to help transform those with issues related to impulsivity, low-self image, and poor decision making abilities into self-determining, controlled, socially and emotionally responsible men and women.
- Decisions for Living Tutoring Sponsors
Vita provides extensive training and support to instructors who teach the DFL course one-on-one to inmates and who also help provide personal application and instruction.
Recognition opportunities for each sponsorship level are individually developed in partnership with the sponsor, and dependent on their needs and interests, as well the resources Vita has available to implement such recognition. However, common to most are the public opportunities available through our website and in our newsletter. A tailor made recognition package will be developed after the sponsorship level is determined.
Do you have a different idea about what would work for your organization? We would be happy to create a unique sponsorship just for you. Please contact Linda Wolfson (215-345-8322); for more information about any sponsorship opportunity.