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The Volunteer’s Perspective: What Helping Out Means to Them

 

The Literacy Connection in Elgin, Illinois, is dedicated to providing one-on-one tutoring to basic literacy learners and English language learners of all ages, nationalities, and economic and social backgrounds. Volunteer tutors at Literacy Connection help men and women who want to fit in in society, expand their communication skills, get jobs or enhance current work performance, and improve their lives and the lives of their families.


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The Volunteer’s Perspective: Helping Low Income Women Change Their Lives

 

In honor of national volunteer week, we have asked some literacy volunteers to share their perspectives with us. The individuals who volunteer their time to teach adults to read are helping to change the world one learner at a time, and they should be recognized for their dedication. Mercy Learning Center (MLC) in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is devoted to providing basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women in a compassionate and supportive environment. Volunteer tutors at MLC help women improve their English skills, learn to read and write, and prepare for the GED® exam.


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African Nonprofit Tackles Poverty with Adult Literacy

One of Engage Now Africa’s greatest emphases is on improving adult education by providing communities with literacy tools to help individuals and families improve their quality of life in the long-term. The organization provides education facilitators with the training, accommodations, and tools they need to enhance the learning experience of students. Engage Now Africa’s adult literacy model is supported and funded by communities and their leaders, tribal chiefs, local government ministries, the Peace Corps, and other non-governmental organizations across Africa. 


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5 Facts from This Year’s Statistical Member Report

Every year, we conduct a survey of our member organizations to get a picture of the state of adult literacy instruction, including forms and methods of instruction, funding sources, and types of students. 


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4 Reasons Poetry Is a Great Tool for Adult ELLs

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a celebration of poetry’s influence on literacy and the self-expression of adults and children nationwide. Poetry is used as an instructional tool for learners of all ages. One setting in particular where teaching poetry can be both advantageous and a unique learning experience is in an ELL classroom.


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