Terms of Participation

1. Who Are We?

Better Life Houston is a Life Helps learning program sponsored by local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas. Through volunteers, we offer a range of courses to help you learn essential life skills (such as emotional resilience, English language proficiency, basic financial literacy, study skills, or job seeking skills) through in-person lessons, online or audio modules, and other practice activities. Although lessons are intended to very practical, they also contain religious content. We do not carry any type of accreditation or confer any type of degree or credit by any educational or training program.

2. Standards for Participation

Everyone is welcome to participate in our courses, as long as they abide by these Terms of Participation. We do not screen participants in any way before they can participate. We expect you to treat other participants with dignity and respect. Do not ask for money, discriminate, or harass anyone. Use good judgment in what you share about yourself with others. Any behavior or language that is deemed inappropriate or that creates an unsafe environment for others is unacceptable. Group facilitators can remove anyone from the group for any reason at their discretion.

3. Data Privacy

When you sign up for a course and provide us with your personal information, you are choosing to participate in our community. We may contact you to notify you of additional ways that you can participate with us. We respect your privacy and will only use your personal information in accordance with local law and the Global Privacy Notice of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Church”). In accordance with the Notice, our instructors and volunteers, as well as local members, leaders, or employees of the Church, may access and process the personal information you provide us, on a need-to-know basis, to assist and support your participation in the courses you select or in other Church programs. They do so in order to respond to your requests, provide information and services, pursue legitimate interests, and meet legal obligations.

4. Fees

Our courses are free. There is no fee for participation in most courses, although you may be charged a minimal fee for copies of printed materials. You will be informed if there is any charge associated with the courses you select. You may need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and audio recording to effectively participate in online courses.

5. Parental Consent

If you are a minor in the state or country where you live, you must provide a signed parental/guardian consent form before participating in our courses. Forms are available from your instructors.

6. Enrollment and Attendance

A minimum number of applicants is required to start courses in your area. If the minimum is not achieved, you may not be able to participate at this time. Once a course begins and you enroll, your attendance at weekly gatherings is expected, makes up a significant part of your overall progress, and is required to receive a certificate of completion (if offered).

7. Disability Accommodations

The Church cares about the success of all participants in its programs. Although it is not legally required to provide accommodations or assistance to participants with disabilities, the Church endeavors to provide reasonable assistance to those who need it, voluntarily and in its sole discretion. Participants with disabilities may request assistance from instructors and missionaries. Such assistance may differ from accommodations provided by other institutions.