For more information, please see the SEA Literacy Web site.

SEA Literacy

Address: 2819 W. Richardson Place (28th and State), located on the second floor of Neighborhood House.


By car: Head west on W Wisconsin Ave toward N 12th St. Turn right onto N 27 St. Turn left onto W Richardson Pl. Destination will be on left.

By bus: Take the #30, #30X, or Gold Line heading west from campus. Disembark on Wisconsin Ave & 27th Street. Walk heading west on W Wisconsin Ave toward N 27th St, then turn right onto N 27St. Turn left onto W Richardson Pl and the destination will be on the left.

Orientation: ​September 9th at 9am.

Days/Hours of Volunteering: Students can find out specific days and times for service learning during the Service Learning Sign-Up Night.

Description of Agency/Activities:​ The SEA Literacy Program works directly with refugees from Southeast Asia who immigrated and settled in Milwaukee.  The Project is committed to educational and social enhancement, and empowers refugees to navigate American life, access resources and become community leaders. SEA is an all volunteer, not-for-profit agency in its fifth year of operation.  Our primary service is homework/ESL tutoring.  SEA sees 50-70 school age refugees per session. Students are heavy users of the computer lab and DynEd (a computer based English language instructional program). The SEA Literacy Program values the benefit of making social and recreational activities available for the Burmese students and their families by taking them on field trips and hosting parties.  The students are treated to field trips to events such as sporting events, museums, the Domes, Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee County Zoo, 4th of July fireworks at Lake, and trick–or-treating in Shorewood. SEA does not have a religious affiliation and does not advocate for a particular ethnic group. Refugee issues are addressed as brought forward by our diverse population of refugees representing all faiths and ethnicities.

Student Role at Agency: Students will help grade school and high school refugee students complete homework assignments. What does that mean? At SEA that means understanding that these students have large gaps in their education and understanding of American culture. Learning is made more difficult by poor English language skills. Tutoring at SEA frequently means interpreting the meaning of the text and helping craft an answer to a homework sheet question. After their homework is done,  tutors will engage students in educational games such as math bingo,  flash card,  reading,  discussions,  or even games such as Jenga, chess, checkers,  Othello or puzzles. Games are used to promote English fluency and social skills acceptable in America.



Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
1102 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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