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Like many people who marry in their teens and start having children, Janie’s career and educational aspirations took a backseat to the needs of her growing family. Although Janie lacked a high school diploma, her friend referred her for a job as a data entry operator with the Chicago Board of Trade. With Janie’s strong work ethic, she built a 26-year career there before retiring in 2006.
With more time on her hands, Janie started to think about improving her literacy skills. “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement,” Janie said. “I knew I wanted to do constructive things with my time.”
The Downers Grove Township referred Janie to DuPage Literacy. About two years ago, she was paired with Laurie, who had taught special education in suburban Chicago before turning her focus to her own children. “I still really had a passion for teaching and I missed it,” Laurie explained. “I thought to myself: How can I teach without being involved in the politics of a school district? When I saw a notice online for Literacy DuPage, I realized that this would be something I could be interested in.”
In the two years Janie and Laurie have been working together, Janie has progressed to the point where she’s reading "To Kill a Mockingbird". She also enjoys reading the Bible. Her improved literacy skills are also helpful in other aspects of her life. “I also feel more confident communicating as a mother and grandmother. I feel better about myself overall and better about sharing the wisdom I have about life.”
Help Change Someone’s Future
Become a Literacy DuPage Volunteer Tutor!
We are currently recruiting tutors to help more than 200 learners improve their foundational English skills to get jobs, support their families and thrive in their communities.
What makes a great tutor?
Passion for helping and teaching and seeing their learner grow.
Patience to help learners where they’re at and slowly improve over time.
Empathy to understand the learner may be balancing work, family and other responsibilities, all in a community where they may not speak with language.
Resourcefulness to connect learners with the information and tools they need to thrive.
If this sounds like you, we would love to meet you! Go to our website, www.literacydupage.org, call us at (630) 416-6699 to attend the orientation at the Downers Grove Public Library on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM.
Help us continue our important work of empowering adults, families and communities through literacy.