We are committed to providing resources and education to empower our community to reach their fullest potential.

Neighborhood House is here to help empower our community through all life stages. Whether you want to complete your GED, become a better reader, or further your education in general, Neighborhood House’s Adult Education Program can help you achieve your goals.

At Neighborhood House, the Adult Education Program offers:

  • GED classes (language arts, math, social studies, and science)
  • Adult Basic Education classes and one-on-one tutoring
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) one-on-one tutoring and conversation partners
  • Citizenship classes
  • Flexible learning (individualized, online classes)
  • Classes in financial planning, cooking, and workplace skills
  • Northstar certification in Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Email, Windows OS, Mac OS X, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Social Media, Information Literacy
  • Employment counseling
  • Book clubs and writing groups
  • Gardening
  • Lunch and learn events
  • Civic engagement opportunities

Our classes are conveniently located at Neighborhood House, Monday through Friday. One-on-one tutoring is offered on-site, virtually, and at public libraries around Central Illinois. All education programs are offered free-of-charge.

New Tutor Trainings

We’re hosting new tutor trainings on:

  • Tuesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Neighborhood House
  • Thursday, July 30, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Neighborhood House

We’ll also be recording a digital training session that we will make available for interested parties.

The Adult Literacy Program at Neighborhood House will offer an adult literacy workshop for potential volunteers. This introductory workshop will include:

  • Overview of issues and best practices in adult basic/literacy education,
  • Practical tutoring strategies based on documented best practices, and
  • Teaching tips from experienced tutors and adult learners.

This session is part of a 16-hour training process to become a volunteer tutor for Neighborhood House. Following this session, you will have the opportunity to continue a hybrid training model with materials from the Secretary of State’s office, shadow current tutors, and be matched with your own class or an adult learner based on personality, skills, interests, and availability. Ongoing professional development is provided for all tutors.

For more information, to register for the event, or to arrange for ADA accommodations, contact:

Carey Applegate at or 309-674-1131 x239.

There is no fee for this training, and all support materials will be provided.

Your generous contributions make the difference. Every donation – no matter how big or small – helps fund the life-changing services and programs we offer to our community.