Volunteer Stories: A Most Rewarding Experience
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 15, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories

As a single mother from Somalia with two children, Teamir Melaku needed help developing her English language skills. Additionally, she had a goal to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). To do so, she needed to pass the CNA test, which she had already attempted two times.

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Women in Literacy: The Pioneers
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 08, 2018 in categoryStories from the Field

ProLiteracy invites you to join us in celebrating International Women’s Day by celebrating women in literacy such as Ruth Colvin, Barbara Bush, and Dolly Parton.

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Stories from the Volunteers: Motivated to Make a Change
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 07, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories

Win is a one-on-one volunteer tutor at Read Muskegon in Muskegon Heights, MI. Volunteers like Win really get to know the learners and are witnesses as the learning and transitions unfold. Here is a Q&A with this inspiring adult literacy volunteer.

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Measuring Trends in Adult Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 01, 2018 in categoryAdvocacycategoryMember Tips

Each year, we conduct a survey of ProLiteracy’s 1,000 member organizations in all 50 states to measure local programmatic activities. With an emphasis on tracking multi-year trends in the field, we ask about services provided, student and instructor demographics, instructional methods, and funding sources.

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A Library and Its Community Make a Collective Impact

Today, numerous organizations are familiar with the concept of Collective Impact, a framework to tackle deep-rooted and complex social issues. When organizations partner with other organizations across a community, it has proven to have a more profound and longer-lasting impact on the community. ProLiteracy member, Azusa City Library, has shined in this aspect.  

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