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Project Read, the San Mateo Public Library's Literacy Program, provides free, confidential, and goal-directed basic literacy tutoring in small groups or one-on-one to adults over 16 who wish to improve their literacy skills so they can meet their goals and be effective as family members, as workers and as community members.
Project Read San Mateo serves central San Mateo county. Students live in the following communities: San Mateo, Foster City, Millbrae, San Carlos, Belmont, Burlingame, and Hillsborough. Adults come to Project Read to improve their skills so they can be effective in their roles as workers, part/family members, and as citizen/community members. Our students are native speakers who have not acquired the reading, writing and communication skills they need for their own purposes, non-native speakers of English who did not have any or much education in their first countries and so are learning both English and literacy at the same time and, non-native speakers of English who have substantial education but for whom the adult school and community college are not a fit. Our tutors are volunteers who complete an 18 hour training program. Our volunteer tutors provide individual and small group instruction in response to students' goals. Often their specialized background directly address students' needs. Project Read assesses students, matches them with either an individual tutor or in a small group, and monitors student progress. Project Read provides a Familes for Literacy Program offering programs including story reading, free books, craft activity and instruction in using the computer with the whole family. In 16 years, Project Read-San Mateo has helped 2633 clients, trained 1322 tutors and matched 1706 learners with tutors.
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