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Mission Statement

Our mission is to reduce the number of adults who can not read well enough to possess basic literacy skills in Monongalia and Preston Counties. Literacy Volunteers' volunteer tutors assist these adult learners to help them improve their reading and writing skills at no charge (FREE) to the adult learner. Literacy Volunteers strictly upholds the confidentiality of all adult learners in the program. The organization also seeks to raise public awareness of the problems associated with adult illiteracy


BOARD MEMBERS Board members meet quarterly at 7pm at the Sabraton School adult education classroom (room 10) in Monongalia County. The Preston County Board meets at the Kingwood Public Library The meetings usually last about 2 hours. The Board plans events and directs the part time director. Board members provide structure to the organization. Board members are encouraged to donate financially to Literacy Volunteers and United Way. Board members are asked to serve actively on various committees. TESTERS Testers complete a 3-hour training in either BR (basic Reading) or ESL (English as a Second Language). Once trained testers are put on a rotation list and are called upon every nth time to test a new student. Every MAY all students are re-evaluated, hence post testing. The BR assessment includes the READ, a registration form and a one-page summary of the session. Assessment results are written on the registration form. The ESL assessment includes the ESLOA, a registration form and a one-page summary of the session. Assessment results are written on the registration form. Student Tester teams should always meet in a Public place. If other arrangements need to be made contact the LVA Office at 296-3400. TUTORS To volunteer as a Basic Reading Tutor or English as a Second Language Tutor, you must first complete an 18-hour certified tutor training. These are usually offered in the Spring and Fall. You work at least once a week for at least an hour with your student, working to meet the student's goals. Student's goals vary. Some want a GED or CDL while others want to learn to sign their name or read the Bible. Some need to read notes from teachers or to read books to their children. ESL students generally can read and write well; however, they need help with conversational English, shopping and directions. Student Tutor teams should always meet in a Public place. If other arrangements need to be made contact the LVA Office at 296-3400. Accountable to: YOUR STUDENT, the Director and the Board of Directors Areas of Responsibility:  Satisfactorily completing the LV tutor training workshop ( BR or ESL)  Preparing lessons tailored to individual students needs and interests  Interpreting the READ or ESLOA assessments when assigned a student, periodically required for evaluation  Completing and sending in quarterly progress reports volunteer hours and any other reports needed  Attending at least 2 in-services per year.  Notifying the director if problems arise and or tutoring sessions terminate  Encouraging the student to attend ABE classes when and if the student is able to cope with a classroom situation.  Refer student to need serves in the community  Complete re-certification every 3 years  Make sure tutoring is fun for you and your student! Length of Commitment: Minimum of 50 volunteer hours per year for 2 years. Time required:  18 hour tutor training workshop, *2 of either evening in-service trainings or networking dinners annually,  50 hours of tutoring, *encouraged to attend State Conference  encouraged to attend National Conference *attend June Annual Board meeting to vote on officers and picnic together. Training Provided:  18 hour tutor training workshop, *quarterly in-service training sessions dealing with techniques and resources  quarterly networking dinners. Qualifications: Willingness to make a lasting commitment to the above listed responsibilities. COMMENTS: A tutor adviser (the TUTOR TRAINER) is assigned to each tutor and is available for guidance when ever problems arise either in the Tutor-Student relationship or in the needs of materials techniques or resources. HELPERS Helpers have not been trained to be a tutor. They help with Poetry Readings, National LVA month (February), the Book sale in August, the Santa fund raising letter, office jobs, newsletters etc... Helpers are kept on the mailing list for one year until they complete tutor training and after one year of inactivity, they are then deleted. Current Helper Needs: scrapbook, WEB page, Newsletter, Santa letter, filing and spreadsheet data entry



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