Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Midland MI :: Yankton SD :: Indian River Co FL

Legacy Center honors tutors
Midland Daily News: 5.17.2015 by Bella Lindauer

Dedication. Time. Passion.

These three things are only a few of the attributes used to describe the 154 tutors that volunteer for the literacy and education programs with the Legacy Center for Community Success.

The Legacy Center is an organization that provides evidence-based learning and developmental strategies, while collaborating with other organizations in the area, to help individuals reach their full potential.
Its literacy program provides free and confidential tutoring in reading, spelling, math and English as a Second Language so that people of all ages can read their full potential.

The Adult Basic Education program helps individuals wanting to improve their reading, writing and math skills so they can meet the daily challenges of life and live life to the fullest.

In both programs, learners are matched with tutors who work with them one on one, at their own pace. All tutors volunteer their time with these programs for a minimum of two hours per week.

Last week at Trinity Lutheran Church, volunteers and staff gathered to share dinner, stories and words of appreciation.  READ MORE @

YALC Open House Set For Thursday

Yankton Area Literacy Council is holding an open house at the Yankton Community Library, 515 Walnut St, Yankton from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, to introduce Executive Director Rebecca Schoenfelder to donors, tutors, students and any other interested individuals within the tri-county area (Bon Homme, Clay and Yankton) served by the YALC.

Schoenfelder received her degree in Business Administration from USD in 2009 and her MBA from National American University in 2013. While she was getting her education, she was also working for Avera. She has filled a number of positions there and is currently Employee Support Specialist She works closely with HR at the hospital while she fills that role at the senior services campus. Due to her flexible hours and technology, Schoenfelder is doing amazing work during her first month at this part-time job.

The YALC has been without a coordinator since SouthEast Job Link closed in April 2016, but the board of directors has been very busy reorganizing the goals and implementing new programs to reach those goals. The “Math is Fun!” pilot program at Stewart School was started in the fall and will be offered at other schools. The new “Read to Me” program was started in February at the banquet on Tuesday evenings and it will soon be extended to other locations.

Plans are being made currently for other programs in literacy in conjunction with other groups.  READ MORE @

From Under Employed to Restaurant Manager
ProLiteracy Blog: 5.16.2017 by Ben Davis – Student Stories

"My daughter saw me reading, and she wanted to do the same thing."

Flor, who read at a second-grade level, was working in a low-wage job in a packing house and was unable to help her struggling daughter in school. After seeking out literacy help at Literary Services of Indian River County she was able to get a job as a restaurant manager and—most importantly—was able to help her daughter earn advanced placement in her middle school classes. Flor shares her story in her own words:

I am a 34-year-old married mother of a 12-year-old daughter and expecting my second daughter in 2 months.

I have lived in Fellsmere, Florida, all my life. I graduated high school, but my reading was about second grade.

The reason I went back to school is my daughter. One day, my daughter's teachers called me. She said that my daughter needed help with reading. I knew I couldn't read well, so I started to look for help. A friend told me about Literacy Services. Then I went to ask for help.

When I started with my tutor, I was working in a packing house, but I wanted out of there and to get a better job. Eight months later, I was able to get work in a pizza restaurant. I was a manager there running the store.

I have taken courses at the community college (to become a) child care aide. I have passed two of the seven tests needed for the certificate.  READ MORE @

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