Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center is a community center located near Sunnyvale Apartments. Open to the community and with an emphasis on services for refugees and immigrants, Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center offers English language classes, afterschool programs, and outreach and walk-in services right where people live.
Why the Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center?
The Sunnyvale neighborhood is home to a large number of refugee, immigrant, and low-income households. In the area surrounding Sunnyvale, well over half of all children are receiving free or reduced lunch. The neighborhood is also located in a gap between the borders of four cities (South Salt Lake, Murray, Taylorsville, and Unincorporated Millcreek) in an unincorporated area of Salt Lake County—meaning it falls outside the service areas for funding from those cities. The Center was established in 2012 as a direct response to concerns from community members and service providers that neighborhood residents could not access the support and programming they needed. By situating the Center in the heart of the neighborhood, residents can find the help and community they need within steps of their own homes.
RIC-AAU provides English classes, afterschool programs, and provides walk-in and outreach services for the community at Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center. Through strong partnerships with other community organizations, we are also able to host citizenship classes, financial literacy workshops, mobile health clinics, nutrition education and more.
English as a Second Language Classes
ESL classes for English language learners at varying levels are held from 9:00AM-12:00PM, Mondays through Thursdays, at Sunnyvale. Classes are kept to 12 students for more individualized instruction, and taught by TESOL-certified instructors. To register, contact Gayane Manukyan, or 801-990-9475. To volunteer as a tutor, please contact our volunteer coordinator at .
Sunnyvale’s afterschool program provides homework help and tutoring, as well as social skills-building, academic and enrichment activities, and even field trips! Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who live in the neighborhood are welcome. To register for the afterschool program, call 801-590-9746. To volunteer with the afterschool program providing homework help, mentorship, and teacher support, please contact our volunteer coordinator at .
Early Literacy Program
After resettlement, many refugee children adapt very quickly to life in the United States. However, as cultural norms and practices in the U.S. so often differ greatly from their home countries, it is often difficult for refugee children to keep pace with other children their age, despite their best efforts. To help young refugee children prepare for entering school, RIC-AAU established the Early Literacy Program at Sunnyvale in partnership with the Salt Lake County Library System. To volunteer with the program, please contact Jude at .
Outreach and Walk-In Services
From Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM-3:00PM, Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center staff are available for walk-in services. These may include completing job applications, understanding mail, filling out benefits forms, helping with housing issues, and much more. No appointment is needed, but appointments can be made by calling 801-590-9746.
Thanks to strong partners with other wonderful community groups, we currently or will be offering the following programs at Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center:
- Soccer (Break-Thru Soccer)
- Citizenship Classes (IRC)
- Storytime for Families (Salt Lake County Libraries)
- Girl Scouts (Girl Scouts of Utah)
- Parenting Wisely and Dare to be You Parenting Groups
- Financial Literacy (CIT Bank and AAA Fair Credit Foundation)
- Nutrition Education (One Hour for Life)
Come see us! Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center is located at 585 W 3900 S #2, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84123.