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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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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Career Driven Auto Shop Owner Fulfills Life with Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on February 21, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories

No matter how old a person is, learning to read and write is possible, and it can change a life. Norman Brown, a native of Bakersfield, CA, one of America’s least literate cities, was 47 when he learned to read.

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A Volunteer’s Perspective: Taking Teaching Off The Bucket List
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on February 06, 2018 in categoryStudent Stories

Each month, we will share the stories of inspirational and hard-working adult literacy volunteers. The individuals who volunteer their time to teach adults to read are helping to change the world one learner at a time.

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A New Mom with New Literacy Aspirations
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on December 08, 2017 in categoryStudent Stories

At 17, Amber dropped out of high school frustrated by a curriculum she struggled to understand. Mild learning disabilities left her unable to fully grasp the material, and although she tried to ask for help, Amber’s teachers didn’t have the time or the resources to help her succeed. Over the next few years, she wandered into adulthood with no real goals or sense of purpose.

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