Sunday, January 10, 2016

Literacy – Spanning the US: Helena MT :: Leon Co FL :: Bloomington IN :: Wilmington NC :: Williamsburg VA

VITAL provides literacy tutoring
Indiana Daily Student: 12.09.2015 by Cora Henry

A man in Bloomington wanted to sing in a gospel choir, but there was one 
problem: he couldn’t read.

He learned through Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners, a Monroe County Public Library program that provides one-on-one and small group tutoring to language learners in the community.

The man became comfortable enough with reading to join the gospel choir.

There he learned how to work a soundboard. His skills eventually led him to a job with a local radio station.

Other adult students may come to VITAL for help with working toward obtaining American citizenship, drivers licenses, high school equivalency diplomas or better jobs.

“We have at least one pair here who have stayed together for 12 years,” VITAL coordinator Bethany Terry said. “The tutor doesn’t drive anymore, so the learner picks her up.”

Terry led an orientation for new tutors in VITAL’s suite of rooms on the second floor of the library Tuesday night.

Volunteers must commit to two hours a week: a one-and-a-half hour session with their student and a thirty-minute lesson planning 

Many IU students become volunteers, but Terry said there is a good mix of students, retired teachers and community members.

“Frequently I hear from folks, ‘Oh, I’ve wanted to do VITAL for years, and I’ve just never had a chance,” Terry said, and some of the participants training echoed that thought.  READ MORE @

The Cape Fear Literacy Council’s popular 12 Tastes of Christmas returns
Encore: 12.09.2015

Low literacy among adults in New Hanover County has been combated by the Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) since its inception in 1984. The modest yet recognizable royal blue building on 17th Street serves hundreds each year.
U.S. Department of Education research shows low literacy is an underlying issue related to underemployment, poor health status and limited civic engagement. These and other social ills come at significant costs to individuals and society as a whole.

“The effects of low literacy cost the United States more than $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment,” says Erin Payne, director of fund development at CFLC.

To tackle low literacy requires volunteers and funding, which ultimately requires fundraising events. One of CFLC’s newest annual efforts, 12 Tastes of Christmas, quickly has become a favorite around the holidays. ILM foodies can flock to the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) for the third annual event on Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The theme this year is “Ice Haus.” Think of it as a blue winter wonderland of sorts, says co-organizer of 12 Tastes, Nina Bays-Cournoyer.

encore talked to both Payne and Bays-Cournoyer about the new and returning vendors, what’s being plated up this year, and how the event helps combat low literacy in the Wilmington area.  READ MORE @

Literacy for life
Lake Placid News: 12.10.2015 by Frank Shatz

There is program that, if adopted, in cooperation with North Country Community College and the Adirondack Medical Center could be beneficial for the whole area.

"Literacy for Life," the adult learning center at the College of William & Mary, originally called Adult Skills Program, was founded 40 years ago. It has become a "force for good" in the community.

Faculty members at William & Mary as well as concerned local citizens in 1975 recognized an urgent need for an adult literacy program to develop reading and writing skills for college employees, and later to adult learners in the greater Williamsburg area.

The Center for many years was housed in the basement of one of the dormitories. When the new, modern School of Education was built, Literacy for Life found home there, in a wing of the school that provides spacious, airy classrooms, equipped with the latest electronic teaching tools.

What makes "Literacy for Life" so effective and valuable, said Joan Peterson, in an interview with the Lake Placid News and the Virginia Gazette, are not just the technical tools. It is primarily the one-on-one tutoring provided by more than 300 volunteers, serving more than 700 adult learners annually.  READ MORE @

No comments: