AUGUSTINE LITERACY PROJECT OF THE UPSTATE INC

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy

Location

2435 E NORTH ST STE 1108 # 2662435 East North Street, Suite 1108-266GREENVILLE, SC 29615 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Because reading, writing, and spelling difficulties can result in poor school performance and low self-esteem, families who are financially able send their children with language-related learning differences to special schools or hire private tutors. The Augustine Literacy Project is committed to providing caring, professionally-trained tutors for those whose families cannot afford to pay. The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers early to at-risk students can mean the difference between productivity and a positive future or an increased risk of perpetuating the cycle of poverty. ALP sees this as a life-saving intervention; early reading proficiency is that important. Since 2006, ALP has trained over 165 tutors who have provided over 12,000 hours of specialized, individualized reading tutoring in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Description

Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate was started as a replication in 2006. Since then, ALP has trained over 165 tutors who have provided over 12,000 hours of specialized, individualized reading tutoring in the Upstate of South Carolina.

We provide at least 2 no-cost, 45-minute, one-on-one lessons weekly to qualifying students at their school or afterschool program. The lessons are individualized, structured, and multi-sensory. This instruction allows our students to process reading in a strategic way, through more than simply looking at words and pictures on a page. In every lesson the student learns to see, hear, touch, say, read, and write letters, words, and sentences.

Pre- and Post-Testing show that the ALP consistently produces positive results. On average, students improve across all measures, including phonological awareness, decoding, encoding, and comprehension.

Our students build reading, writing, and spelling competence, along with a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, by succeeding where they previously struggled. Also, ALP students benefit from a consistent role model with the twice-weekly, one-on-one attention and interaction with our supportive, caring Augustine tutors. In 2021-2022 more than 1,200 lessons were provided by 38 tutors working with 46 students, and 20 new tutors were trained in 2022.

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by Eric K. (May 9, 2023)
This is an excellent organization providing training and coordinating with schools and after-school organizations for volunteers to tutor students who are significantly behind in their reading skills. The training enables tutors to administer highly effective lesson plans to strengthen the literacy foundation that is essential for all readers in a structured and logically sequenced fashion. I continue to see steady progress with students I've had the opportunity to tutor. Teachers and parents have been very appreciative and impressed with the reading progress made by students in this program.

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