Describe what your organization does, especially the main issue or problems it addresses:
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches individuals basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through individual and small group instruction by trained volunteers. Students gain self-confidence and develop self-sufficiency to transform their lives as individuals, parents/children, students, and citizens.
Success comes from the trusted bond that develops between our instructors and our students. The Literacy Council, a non-profit organization accredited by ProLiteracy America and serving the community since 1987, provides highly individualized tutoring to fit the needs of over three hundred students in three core programs – Adult Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and the Augustine Project.
To increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors.
What types of service-learning opportunities do you have for students:
Literacy tutoring is an incredibly rewarding volunteer experience. When you help someone learn to read or to speak English, you enable that individual to take advantage of a new world of opportunities – at home, at work, or school, and in the community. ESOL and Adult Education tutors receive fifteen hours of training, and Augustine Project tutors receive seventy hours of training. All volunteer tutors are required to make a commitment to work with a student for a minimum of two hours per week, over a period of nine months.
How do you envision students learning and growing from their involvement? Can you envision any ties to their academic work :
Volunteering with the Literacy Council would be a great learning opportunity for students of many different majors. English, Spanish, Russian, and Education majors have the most obvious connections. But tutoring also ties in with Writing, Social Work, Psychology, and even Math.
Will you train students? Supervise them? If so, please explain how:
All volunteer tutors are required to participate in fifteen hours of initial training and receive ongoing support from the program directors throughout their tutoring experience.
Scheduling could be an important issue. Please note the available times students could work with your organization:
Once training is completed, tutoring sessions are scheduled at a time and location that is convenient for both the tutor and the student.
Is there a minimum number of hours you require of students in a semester? Do you require or ask students to stay longer than a 15-week semester?
Tutors must commit to two hrs per week tutoring time (plus lesson planning time) for a period of nine months.
For more information contact:
Mary Elizabeth Borkowski
Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator, Member of the North Carolina LiteracyCorps/AmeriCorps
828.254.3442 Ext. 204
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
31 College Place Suite B221