WE Learn is the educational arm of Urban Ministry.

The mission of WE Learn is to foster and cultivate changemakers from the West End community, to enable elementary aged children to reach their full academic potential, and to provide skills and training to young adults interested in elementary education. 

Our vision is to change the face of after school programs for urban and under-resourced communities in Birmingham by offering a structured, inclusive curriculum that meets the needs of diverse student populations, encourages community engagement, and builds trust and pride in the local community. 

What we offer:

  • After school academic enrichment
  • Tutoring and homework help
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) enrichment activities
  • Opportunities for problem based learning (PBL)
  • Daily snack
  • Transportation home after programming

At WE Learn, we value academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, community, respect, and inclusion. 

Our goals are to:

  1. Increase student academic achievement
  2. Mentor young adults from West End with an interest in early childhood education
  3. Provide a positive volunteer experience to the members of our community
  4. Provide academic enrichment and student success through utilizing Project Based Learning (PBL) and STEAM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
  5. Increase parental/guardian support and family involvement

Program Fees: $10/week with transportation, $5/week without transportation, or volunteer your time at least four (4) hours per month to Urban Ministry. If the fee is a hardship, please do not let it discourage you from enrolling in the program! Contact us and we can work with you. 

Want to help WE Learn? Volunteer! We are always looking for volunteers, age 19+, to help with our after-school enrichment Mondays through Thursday. You will have the opportunity to tutor students, help with homework, play games with children, provide supervision during academic instruction/activities, and serve as a role model for the future leaders of the West End community. 

Call or email Rev. Caitlin Harper for more information about volunteering! Reach out at [email protected] or 205-781-0517, ext. 1006. 

Does your child or someone you know attend Hemphill Elementary School in grades 3-5? If so, we’d love to have them in our after-school program! Enrollment is open!

"We Learn was my safe place, where I knew I wouldn’t be judged… I could just be myself."
Previous WE Learn Student