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Here is some learning that we’re really focused on right now.

Laquisha Jackson

How to start a small business in the food industry

After 19 years in the hospitality industry, I wanted to switch lanes and start my own venture in the food industry. Actually, I wound up starting two—one for-profit and one nonprofit. I hope these resources can help guide you in taking the first steps to start your own food-related enterprise.
Jennifer Pflugner

Discovering fun and worthwhile things to do with your family in South Bend

As both a teacher and I mom, I know there is a tendency for people to overlook many of the wonderful activities that are always taking place around South Bend. These resources will help you tap into a wealth of entertaining and enriching opportunities right here in the community.
Understanding the history of racism in South Bend
George Garner

Understanding the history of racism in South Bend

Having worked at the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IU South Bend for eight years, I’ve gathered these resources to provide a deeper understanding of the fight against racial injustice.
Working through stress with dance and movement
Elizabeth Leachman

Working through stress with dance and movement

I began to practice ballet over 15 years ago, sparking a lifelong passion for dance, fitness and teaching. Here are some great ways for you to get moving yourself.
Learning to have better conversations with the help of restorative justice
Derrick Perry

Learning to have better conversations with the help of restorative justice

You don’t have to be involved with the criminal justice system to gain important insights from a practice that replaces doling out punishment with repairing harm.
How to get your security deposit back from your landlord
James Brogdon

How to get your security deposit back from your landlord

As a longtime landlord here in South Bend, I can help you learn your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Discovering a love of Mexican cooking
Humberto Delgado

Discovering a love of Mexican cooking

Food is my passion, in no small part because it is a great way to connect with my own history. No matter where your family comes from, I bet you’ll enjoy making many of the same wonderful dishes that I do.
Where to find artistic inspiration
Alex Ann Allen

Where to find artistic inspiration

A year ago, I left my job installing windows to become a full-time artist in South Bend. Here are some resources I use to get my creative juices flowing.
How to market your small business
Ben Bulgrien

How to market your small business

As a customer experience specialist for J2 Marketing here in South Bend, I work with all sorts of smaller firms, helping them to build their brand and sharpen their value proposition. These learning resources are ones that I’ve come to lean on.

Live & Learn

Live & Learn

YPN South Bend provides professional networking opportunities for thousands of 21- to 39-year-olds. But now, instead of just getting connected to one another, they will have a chance to plug into something else: Bendable. The group will be using the lifelong learning system to take courses on diversity and inclusion, leadership and more. “We are able through Bendable to not just have the social networking opportunities but also the educational opportunities,” said Amanda Glassen, who oversees the YPN program for the South Bend Regional Chamber. “It’s exactly what we’ve been looking for.”

Learning for work

Here are some learning resources to help you grow your career. You’ll find more in the “Explore” tab.

Aprende algo nuevo

Te mostraremos algunas formas excelentes para aprender en español . Encontrarás más cursos en español en la sección “Explorar.”

Resilience in the face of crisis

Here are some learning resources to help you navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll find more in the “Explore” tab.

Spotlight on: Hobbies

Here are some great ways to learn about this featured topic.

Staff picks + More clicks

Here are some upcoming learning events and other resources from the St. Joseph County Public Library. You can see related courses by clicking at the bottom of each card or swiping right!

Most popular

Here are the most viewed learning resources in South Bend over the past couple of weeks.

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