The April 2018 Ministry Stories feature Learning In Style School and demonstrate its holistic approach to education and community.

Life Skills Readiness


Learning In Style Students attended Life Skill Programs hosted by many outstanding organizations in the fall of 2017. 

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Life Skills Readiness Learning In Style Students attended Life Skill Programs hosted by many outstanding organizations in the fall of 2017. [showhide type="20" more_text="Read More..." less_text="Read Less..."] Thanks to all of these groups for teaching LIS students this past year. LIS School looks forward to partnering with you again in 2018! Sign up for the LIS Blog. [/showhide]

Respect! I Can Stick Up for Myself


I was very unhappy and depressed before I came to LIS.  I came from Mexico with my baby girl.  When I came to this country, there was a job waiting for me in Oklahoma.  I was a housekeeper/nanny for a family who lived on a farm.  No one spoke Spanish.  Everything was new and strange.  I was used to a Catholic home environment where our church was our life.  We lived on a farm out in the country and there was no way for me to get into town.  During the 1 ½ years I lived there, I never left the house or the property, and I was unable to have Hispanic friends or to speak Spanish.  I was very lonely.

2017-08-05T16:05:05+00:00
Respect! I Can Stick Up for Myself I was very unhappy and depressed before I came to LIS.  I came from Mexico with my baby girl.  When I came to this country, there was a job waiting for me in Oklahoma.  I was a housekeeper/nanny for a family who lived on a farm.  No one spoke Spanish.  Everything was new and strange.  I was used to a Catholic home environment where our church was our life.  We lived on a farm out in the country and there was no way for me to get into town.  During the 1 ½ years I lived there, I never left the house or the property, and I was unable to have Hispanic friends or to speak Spanish.  I was very lonely. [showhide type="20" more_text="Read More..." less_text="Read Less..."] I eventually told my boss that I didn’t need help and would find a job and make my own way.  For the next 18 years, I moved to various states and in between I went to Mexico for short visits.  Most of the time I was able to find work, but sometimes my daughter and I lived in shelters. I continued to live with white families as a housekeeper/nanny and didn’t need or get a chance to learn English.  I was always unhappy because I felt isolated from everyone. During this time I got married and had two boys.  I still felt alone and depressed.  I couldn’t speak the language and couldn’t go out into the community.  I stayed at home afraid to leave my house. In 2008, I came to Minneapolis with my husband and three children.  I started LIS in 2010, and began to speak, read and write English.  This is when my life changed completely.  For the first time in my life I...

An American Dream Come True


I’m from China. My family moved to New York when I was 19. We lived in Chinatown. Everyone spoke Chinese where I worked at the store, where I bought groceries, and everywhere else I would go. I even got a driver’s license in Chinese!

There wasn’t a need for English in New York, but without English I felt trapped in Chinatown. I wanted more. I always felt like I was standing on the outside watching people do things that I could not. When I had the opportunity to come to Minnesota I seized it because I knew I would be able to go to school. It was my turn.

2016-03-01T17:00:36+00:00
An American Dream Come True I’m from China. My family moved to New York when I was 19. We lived in Chinatown. Everyone spoke Chinese where I worked at the store, where I bought groceries, and everywhere else I would go. I even got a driver’s license in Chinese! There wasn’t a need for English in New York, but without English I felt trapped in Chinatown. I wanted more. I always felt like I was standing on the outside watching people do things that I could not. When I had the opportunity to come to Minnesota I seized it because I knew I would be able to go to school. It was my turn. [showhide type="10" more_text="Read More..." less_text="Read Less..."] My first day in Minnesota I opened the Yellow Pages and looked for a school. I found Learning In Style and felt the name was special, but I tried another school first because it was closer to where I was staying. The classes were so big that the teacher couldn’t pay any attention to me. I couldn’t learn anything. Learning In Style was different. Everyone was so friendly and nice when I arrived. I felt welcomed into a family. This school made me so excited every day. The Sisters and other teachers make it special; they always made sure I understood what they were teaching.  Then the next day they would make sure I remembered it. When I first started attending Learning In Style, I didn’t have the skills or confidence to speak English and barely opened my mouth. I didn’t know how to use a computer or type. My goal was to be able to open my mouth and to understand others, that is all. I was so hungry and interested to learn, and this school made it possible...