The Somali Bantu Association of America and Learning Upgrade invite the media to hear compelling accounts of immigrants’ successes
(SAN DIEGO, CA) January 27, 2016 — Somali Bantu Association of America (SBAOA) and Learning Upgrade would like to invite you to hear the very personal stories of Somali refugees and their successes in learning the English language, using computers, and finding jobs.
SBAOA is opening its doors to journalists and media outlets to shine a positive light on the culture and highlight individual stories of immigrant successes. This is a rare chance to hear directly from Somali immigrants living in the United States about their struggles, challenges, and successes.
Recently, the Somali community has been portrayed negatively in media coverage. SBAOA is opening its doors to journalists and media outlets to speak 1-on-1 with Somali immigrants to highlight the remarkable transition they are making to life in San Diego.
The open house will take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the Somali Bantu Association of America in San Diego.
Computer labs at SBAOA are constantly filled with immigrants working on the interactive computer program Learning Upgrade. The program uses songs, engaging videos, and differentiated lessons to accelerate English language learning. Learning Upgrade is a team of San Diego creative professionals founded by local resident Vinod Lobo. The Learning Upgrade program, used in many San Diego schools, is geared to helping learners, young and old, learn English at their own pace. Many adult immigrants have never seen or used a computer, so the user-friendly tool gets them familiar with how to use technology.
“Learning to understand, read, and write English is a key step to success for newcomers to our community,” said Lobo, “and we are pleased that Learning Upgrade can help the association meet its mission to help its members succeed.”
At the open house, journalists will have the opportunity to interview Said Osman A. Abiyow, the president and CEO of the SBAOA; Lobo, the founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade; and members of the SBAOA.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Somali Bantu Association of America in San Diego
4979 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
About Learning Upgrade
Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists, and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade designs innovative, engaging lessons to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of songs, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped more than 1 million students make learning breakthroughs.
About the Somali Bantu Association of America
Founded in 2009 as a resource for refugee families seeking to adjust to their new lives in the United States, the Somali Bantu Association of America (SBAOA) educates, serves, and organizes cultural and life-skill training programs in an effort to promote self-sufficiency among the individuals and families comprising not only the Somali Bantu community, but all East African refugees in and around City Heights, including Somalis, Congolese, Burundian, Ugandan, Sudanese and other immigrants. Our clients include men and women, children and seniors, and our services are offered free of charge. Last year, we served more than 3,000 refugees in our community.
Somali Bantu Association of America Press Contact:
Learning Upgrade Press Contact:
Jacob Hanson, PR with Panache!