Prestige Learning Institute exists to foster community development and open doors of opportunity for adult immigrants and refugees. We provide culturally appropriate and affordable education initiatives, including English as a Second Language classes and career development services, that empower students to advance personally, academically and economically. PLI is a volunteer-led movement that seeks to fulfill Jesus’ greatest commandment to love God and love others.

“The success of PLI over the last five years would not have been possible without Bayou City. You helped us obtain space for our programs and special events. You have sent volunteers who now hold key leadership positions. Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness Bayou City Fellowship.”
- Michael Obringer,
Executive Director, PLI


PLI began in the fall of 2012 with one men's class and one women's class in a donated space at Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center- Gulfton. During our first year we had 25 registered students and 27 volunteers. In the fall of 2013 we added a second location at Boca Springs Apartments. During our second year we had 76 registered students and 30 volunteers. In the fall of 2014 we opened a store-front location in Gulfton area of Southwest Houston which increased our visibility and impact in the community. In the spring of 2015, we consolidated all of our classes into this larger, store-front location. For women, we currently offer 7 levels of ESL with babysitting services during class times. For men, we offer a mentoring program to assist immigrants and refugees with their personal, academic and professional goals. We offer academic and conversational tutoring for both men and women and have regularly scheduled community events.



Buy Books & Build a relational Bridge

Bayou City has the privilege of hosting a Family Literacy Book Fair for the international community that we have adopted, through PLI, of refugees and immigrants on Saturday, March 3rd. Our church family will not only be hosting the event but we will also be providing all of the books for the men, women, and children.

How to participate

When you’re at Bayou City:

Every Sunday in December, we will be hosting a Book Fair in our courtyard for your kids and family to purchase a book.  Come with cash or a card and we can process you payment.

When you’re online:

Go to the Amazon gift registry and purchase a book! The book will automatically be shipped to us.


When you’re on the go:

Purchase any book and bring it back any Sunday before December 24th or we will have a donations collection in the lobby at our Brittmoore Campus.




Financial Support

100% of every gift received goes towards providing the best experience for our students. Any donations are welcomed and appreciated. Donations are tax deducible.


Serve with PLI

You can help by volunteering to teach a class, assist a teacher, tutor a student, help with childcare, perform admin tasks, or plan events. Volunteer opportunities can be found using the drop down section below. If you wish to volunteer, please use the button below to contact PLI directly.


Volunteer Opportunities

Men’s Program

Mentor - Work one on one with a man, helping him meet his individual goals in language acquisition, higher education, or job related needs.

Women’s Program

Class Facilitator - Lead a class of 10-15 adult immigrants and refugees; prepare lesson plans and activities for 2-hour class sessions; work with PLI staff to ensure student learning progresses towards course goals; minimum 16-week semester-long commitment, 2-hours per week

In-Class Helper - Assist the class facilitator and help guide adult refugees through English language classroom activities for two hours, once a week for 16 weeks.

Substitute Class Facilitator - Fill in for one of our many class facilitators one or two times a month when they are unable to make the class.

Tutor/Conversation Partner - Meet with a student at PLI, in their home or at a coffee shop to practice English literacy and/or conversation. Discuss faith, family, daily life, politics, and more.

Children’s Program

Childcare Mentor - Work alongside an immigrant childcare employee to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for children ages 0-5 to play and learn while their parents attend English classes. Guide the employee in biblical principles of caring for young children.

Activities Leader (at Special Events) - Lead a group of kids in a craft, game or story.

Special Events

Special Events Preparation - Help plan, coordinate and prepare materials for one-time special events such as block parties, class dinners, holiday celebrations or graduation ceremonies.

Special Events Volunteer - Welcome and serve immigrants and refugees at one-time special events to foster a sense of community, build relationships and bridge faith conversations.

Prayer Team

Prayer Partner - Pray regularly for students, volunteers, and staff.

On-Site Prayer Partner - Prayer-walk the community surrounding the school, and/or pray for our students and volunteers by name at PLI during class times, afternoons or on Saturdays.

Prayer Teams - Regularly pray for the needs of our students, volunteers, and staff.

Administration & Communication

Admin Volunteer - Assist with data entry and clerical work; complete small but vital projects under the leadership of PLI’s executive assistant.

Graphic Design & Publications - Design and help publish newsletters, flyers and other collateral.

Future Opportunities

After-school Tutor - Work with school aged children or adolescents to help them complete homework. Foster relationships and provide guidance as a role model for immigrant and refugee youth.

Other Volunteer - We are a growing organization and need volunteers with a variety of skill sets and gifts, such as administration, fundraising, legal help, training, advertising, art, music, community outreach, etc.



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