In order to help adults who need to raise their literacy skill levels, Project Read must have qualified tutors. Furthermore, because we are a small non-profit agency with a limited budget, we must rely on volunteers from the community to help us. Our volunteers have to attend a 12 hour training session that certifies them to work Adult Basic literacy students or English-Second-Language learners. The two training sessions are separate and volunteers may seek certification in only one area or they may seek certification in both. The certification allows them to work with adults at ProLiteracy affiliates across the Unites States. All of our tutors must have a high school diploma, though we give preference to those who have completed a four year degree or higher.
Project Read has consistently trained and certified volunteer tutors since its inception in 1985. The training is conducted by the part-time Executive Director who also enrolls and tests students and then matches them with a trained tutor. In order to train volunteer tutors, the Executive Director must achieve trainer certification through the national ProLiteracy office. The Director also writes grant proposals, speaks to community groups, works with a Governing Board to plan and administer programs to students.
Project Read's capacity to accomplish its goals are also tied to its current and future partnerships with the Bluegrass Career Development Center, the Berea College HOP and CELTS programs, the Welcome Women Program, and the Madison County Public Library. These partnerships provide us with both students and tutors, meeting the needs of both Adult Basic Literacy clients as well as English-Second-Language learners.
Project Read has helped hundreds of adults over the years, both ABL and GED, as well as ESL students. We continually provide our learners with excellent tutors and we have pushed our range of services to include learners from the outlying areas of surrounding counties. We know that Madison County has a transient population of both basic literacy and ESL learners who are not currently being served. We can help these adults by providing classes at Salvation Army, the Public Library, in community rooms of public housing, and locations near food banks and the Health Department. To meet the needs of large numbers of students in the same class--which is the most efficient way to teach literacy and English-usage skills--we would need to pay a half-time instructor. We have not heretofore been able to afford such an expense. We will continue to establish partnerships with social welfare agencies in order to reach more adults. Our current partnerships are a good measure of the progress we have made in the community.
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