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Summer Programs
(July 5-August 15)

All programs are free and last for 6 weeks of summer session unless otherwise noted. Classes fill up so register early for a spot!  Some classes will have waiting lists.

Programs open to adults, all genders unless otherwise noted. Schedule includes both in person and online offerings. Most classes have a registration link, but you are also welcome to contact us for help with registration.  Please call Maeve Keating at 802-846-7063 or reach out to Raquel Aronhime.

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Personal Growth, Wellbeing & Community Building

Kindling Connections

SCHEDULE:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 10am-12pm
LOCATION:  In person at Mercy Connections
INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Gilbert

Kindling Connections is part of our series of personal growth and development classes.  This class will help you move forward in your journey to make positive changes in your life, with a focus on community-building, reflection and reframing of experiences, and practical exercises to identify or reconnect with your own strengths and core values.  You will work towards renewed energy and focus on your own life goals and success. REGISTER

Mercy On The Move

SCHEDULE: Thursdays 9-10am
LOCATION:  In person, Outside
INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Gilbert

Mercy On The Move is an informal and relaxed group taking slow, mindful walks to the Burlington Waterfront.  Focus is on building community and supporting others.  Participants will meet and end at Mercy Connections. REGISTER

Wellbeing & Self Care: Tools and Practices

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 11am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
INSTRUCTOR: Naomi Mitsuda

Learn alternative self-care healing tools and practices you can practice on yourself at home. These tools and practices will teach you ways to:  Release stress and tension from your body and mind; recharge yourself; gain clarity; see things from new perspectives; and, allow you to respond to challenges in supportive, life-affirming ways. REGISTER

Personal Growth/Self-Development Workshops

WORKSHOP: Opening to Your Life
SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 2-5pm on July 13 & July 20
LOCATION: In person at Mercy Connections
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Gilbert

This six-hour workshop over 2 days focuses on helping you discover your strengths, open up to joy and move towards balance in your life.  Through activities and reflections, you will focus on your authentic self as well as learn and practice core life skills that promote connection to others and personal growth. REGISTER

WORKSHOP: Setting a Direction
SCHEDULE:
Mondays 2-5pm on August 8 & August 15
LOCATION:  In person at Mercy Connections
INSTRUCTOR: Heather Gilbert

In this six-hour workshop over 2 days, you will explore how reflecting upon your experiences, challenges and opportunities can help move you in a direction of new possibilities.   Creative activities will help you find and claim your courage as you chart your life journey and practice skills that support life change. REGISTER

Sober Reflections: Women’s Recovery Group

SCHEDULE: Wednesday evenings 5:30-6:30pm
LOCATION: In person at Mercy Connections

All women+ are invited to this open, supportive recovery group, based in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (but appropriate for all addictive behaviors, i.e. alcohol, drugs, relationships, etc.) The format of the meetings will include readings, meditation, journaling, and sharing.  No registration/Drop-In

 

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

 

Mercy Marketplace: Summer Edition

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 7/5-8/2, 1-3pm & Wednesday 8/3, 1-3pm
LOCATION: In person at Mercy Connections
INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Gilbert and Claire Wheeler

Are you an artist or crafter who has dreamed of selling your work? In this 6-week vendor training course, you will apply project management skills to explore how to sell your products to the public. You will learn how to assess the market for your products and what makes your work unique, how to create a budget and price products, and how to work with customers and handle money. Students have the option to participate in a summer market in Burlington. This course is great preparation for the full Mercy Marketplace program offered in the fall, but is not required for participation in the fall course. REGISTER

Small Business Workshop: Idea to Action

SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 5-7pm  on July 20, July 27, August 3
LOCATION: Online
INSTRUCTOR:  Claire Wheeler

Idea to Action is a six-hour workshop over three days for adult learners. This short course is designed to introduce aspiring entrepreneurs to self-employment and to assist you with creating a vision and a plan for a path forward that includes business ownership. REGISTER

Small Business:  Intro to Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

SCHEDULE: Fridays, 12-1pm
LOCATION:  Online
INSTRUCTOR: Claire Wheeler

In this introductory series, participants can drop in to one or all virtual lunchtime sessions to learn about the basics of business ownership. The format will include a short presentation, worktime to complete a relevant activity, and time for connection and Q&A.  Register to drop in for just one session or more/all. REGISTER

Tentative Outline of Session Topics:

  1. Developing a Business Concept
  2. Business Branding and Naming
  3. Registering Your Business
  4. Financing Your Business
  5. Understanding and Managing Finances
  6. Paying Yourself & Hiring Others

 

English Language Learning (ELL), U.S. Citizenship, Academic Tutoring and Pens & Pages

 

English Language Learning (ELL) & Academic Tutoring

SCHEDULE: Varies; Please see description below
LOCATION:  Both in person and online available
INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lang & Tutors

Adult learners are matched with skilled tutors, one-on- one, to improve academic skills or English Language Learning (ELL) skills.  Each student is provided an individualized education support plan. Students meet in our center, and the program is staffed and facilitated by a Program Coordinator.

Please note that this is not a drop-in center. Each student is paired their own tutor and commits to meeting weekly at the same time and on the same day. Scheduled sessions will be at one of these times, upon agreement with staff, tutor and student:

Monday 12:00 – 1:30 Online
Monday 3:30 – 4:45 In person
Tuesday 9:00-11:00 In person
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. In person
Thursday 10:00 – 11:30 Online
Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 In person

Register by contacting Melissa Lang mlang@mercyconnections.org 802- 846-7084 or Raquel Aronhime raronhime@mercyconnections.org 802-846-7162

U.S. Citizenship Test Preparation

SCHEDULE: Varies; Please see description below
LOCATION:  Both in person and online available
INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lang & Tutors

Adult learners are matched with skilled tutors, one-on-one, to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test and Interview.  Students will study United States history, government, and geography.  Each class includes practice questions and answers from the U.S. Citizenship Test and time to practice English Language Learning skills.  Students learn about the N-400 application process and receive support understanding the language of the application.

Please note that this is not a drop-in center. Each student is paired their own tutor and commits to meeting weekly at the same time and on the same day. Scheduled sessions will be at one of these times, upon agreement with staff, tutor and student:

Monday 12:00 – 1:30 Online
Monday 3:30 – 4:45 In person
Tuesday 9:00-11:00 In person
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. In person
Thursday 10:00 – 11:30 Online
Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 In person

Register by contacting Melissa Lang mlang@mercyconnections.org 802- 846-7084 or Raquel Aronhime raronhime@mercyconnections.org 802-846-7162

Pens & Pages

SCHEDULE: Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm
LOCATION:  In person
INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Lang & Peter Burns

in this class will read, write about, and explore Black and African American experiences in the U.S. through poetry.  Writing exercises will encourage creativity and reflection. Students will support each other through intentional listening and focused feedback. The book for this summer class will be Amanda Gorman’s 2021 book of poetry, Call Us What We Carry. Books are provided free of charge, and class offered in collaboration with, Vermont Humanities Council. REGISTER

Read With Me

SCHEDULE: Tuesdays 3:30-4:45
LOCATION: In person
INSTRUCTOR:  Peter Burns

Learn how to make joyful connections with your young children by exploring beautiful children’s books! This class helps parents develop their own skills and confidence in practicing reading to their children, while supporting their children in learning words and language.  Parents will take home a total of 12 of award-winning children’s books over the course of the 6-week class. Books donated by and class offered in collaboration with VT Humanities Council. REGISTER

Note: Parents should have a basic level of English for this class, but it is appropriate for English Language Learners as well as native speakers of English.  Parents do not bring their children to class with them.