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Why “Learning Works”

In spring 2016, we embarked on an ambitious journey of self-reflection to better understand who we are, what we do and why we matter — to our learners and alumni, to our teachers and staff, to our donors and volunteers, and to the members of our community in South Baltimore and beyond. We sought to create and articulate a compelling story about our organization that would engage and resonate with all our stakeholders and, based on that story, would generate awareness, increase enrollment and support, and cause our organization to stand out from peer organizations in a positive way.

Through multiple discussions and conversations with a variety of constituents we were able to confirm that the core motivation behind SBLC is to support the desire in each person to learn and excel to the highest points of her or his abilities and potential. Through education, we can customize content to fit the personal, unique needs or professional aspirations of our learners.

In other words, we discovered that what we do best is simple: We make learning work.

So we chose to rename ourselves “SBLC: Learning Works” as a way to highlight our learners’ accomplishments and the motivation behind our newfound core message. We want to showcase and celebrate how SBLC functions not only to educate adult learners, but also to empower them to succeed: by securing better jobs, enhancing their life skills and personal lives, and contributing to their community.

We believe that learning works at SBLC to forge a pathway to success, and that success can take on many forms, in many ways, at any time. No matter the need, SBLC has something to offer. Wherever life for our learners may have started, and whatever its destination, we encourage you to support them and continue the journey with us.

Please click around on this website to tap into and reveal the knowledge, capabilities and skills that exist among our community of learners. Discover the many ways that learning works at SBLC. Most importantly, help us ensure that learning works to forge the career pathways of learners throughout Baltimore by becoming a volunteer or making a donation today.

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