Adult literacy is an invisible issue

Unless you know the signs to look for, it’s impossible to know who has low literacy skills. Take a walk in the shoes of three adult learners with low literacy skills and understand what it’s like to face one challenge after another.

Take the Journey. Go to: https://www.proliteracy.org/empowerment. Three interactive learners’ journey experiences will illustrate how difficult day-to-day tasks can be for adults with low literacy skills.

Adults across the country need help to gain basic literacy, math, or computer skills that will enable them to succeed as workers, parents, and community citizens. When adults reach their educational goals, their families and communities grow stronger.

Volunteers are vital to the success of students and literacy programs. They bring optimism and enthusiasm, create positive energy, and share diverse perspectives that lead to enhanced learning outcomes for students. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact it can have on a community. Volunteering allows you to connect with your community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people in need.

Tutors should be passionate about sharing their skills and knowledge with adults who want to improve their reading, writing, and technology skills. Anyone with reasonable levels of reading and math can get involved. Consistency is important to learners, so a commitment to a regular volunteering time is necessary. Classes often takes place in evenings, meaning full-time workers are often able to volunteer.

Who are adult learners? Adult students who attend classes are over the age of 16, represent all races and genders, and come from all economic and social backgrounds. They may have completed high school or left before graduation, but did not acquire the literacy and comprehension skills they need to be successful. Areas of instruction include:

Basic Reading and Writing Skills

High School Equivalency (HSE): Preparation for HSE exams

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Students learn to speak, read, and write in basic English..

Math Skills

College and Career Readiness

Citizenship: Preparation for taking the U.S. naturalization test.

Digital Literacy: Basic Computer Skills

Once tutor training is completed, volunteers will be matched with an adult learner who matches their preferences and availability. Most tutors are able to get started within a few weeks of completing their training. Tutoring is conducted in libraries or in other locations convenient to both the learner and the tutor.

Want to be an adult literacy volunteer? Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County will sponsor a two session Tutor Training on Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Wood Technology Center at 10 11th Street in Elkins. The training is free and all materials are provided. No prior experience is necessary. Attendance at both sessions is required. There will be snacks on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday. Register online at http://bit.lv/4tutoring, call (681)298-4407 or send an email to rcliteracyvolunteers@Elkinsymca.com.


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