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The mission of Literacy Green Bay is to help adults and families acquire the reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills they need to be fully-functioning community members.
We accomplish this through the efforts of volunteers, students, and staff, as well as appropriate resources, facilities and funding. We promote awareness of literacy in the community, and collaborate with other agencies and literacy providers to facilitate the effective delivery of services.
Our vision is to build a community literate in the English language.
Literacy Green Bay was founded in 1981 in response to a need for tutors to work with newly arrived Southeast Asian refugees. The all-volunteer program was later expanded to include undereducated English speaking adults. Literacy Green Bay has over 235 tutors working with students annually in its one-on-one tutoring program. 90% percent of the students are learning English as a Second Language. Of this population, 75% are Hispanic, 15% are Southeast Asian (primarily Hmong) and 10% are other nationalities. The remaining 10% of our adult learners speak English, but have poor basic reading and/or math skills. Most are reading at a second or third grade reading level when they first come for an evaluation. Some are high school graduates, and many have learning disabilities. Most come for help because they want to get a better job/promotion, read to their children, or help their children with their homework. Literacy Green Bay also offers low-level ELL classes , onsite and offsite. Sutdents who complete three levels of instruction are matched with a tutor. The organization also conducts citizenship classes, coordinates an Even Start Family Literacy program in collaboration with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Howe Neighborhood Resource Center, teaches English and Spanish in the workplace through its Workforce Development program, and trains high school and college students to tutor elementary school students in reading and math through the Child Tutoring program. Volunteers contribute over 20,000 hours of service to Literacy Green Bay activities each year. Income is derived from fundraising activities, individual and corporate donations, gifts, government and non-government grants, and the Brown County United Way. Students are the major beneficiaries of all money raised to support our literacy organization. Most paid and volunteer staff time is spent working directly with tutors and students while engaged in the following activities: tutor training, student evaluation, tutor/student matching, tutor support services, outcome measurements, instructional activities, student support services, childcare for students during instruction, and tutor/student recognition. Literacy Green Bay served over 900 adult learners in 2007.