To increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors.
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches individuals basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through individual and small group instruction by trained tutors. Students, young and old, gain self-confidence and develop self-sufficiency to transform their lives as individuals, parents/children, workers/students, and citizens.
Success comes from the trusted bond that develops between our instructors and our students. The Literacy Council, a non-profit organization accredited by ProLiteracy America and serving the community since 1987, provides highly individualized tutoring to fit the needs of over 300 students in three programs - Adult Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and the Augustine Project.
Over the past decades I have participated in a number of volunteer organizations. The Literacy Council of Buncombe Co ranks at the top of my list. During the 9 years since retirement I have tutored both one-on-one and in small groups with the Council.
These have continued to be good experiences for me because 1.)the Council's staff is very highly qualified and each enjoys supporting their volunteer tutors (eg. solid training, advice on supplemental materials, helping with substitutes, or dealing with various human relationships), and because 2.)a volunteer tutor benefits greatly from an active teaching environment. It's always two-way learning, and maybe the teacher learns the most!
I have been a volunteer tutor with the Literacy Council for over 2 years in the ESL program. I love languages and have learned more about English by teaching it than I ever did in school. Being a tutor gives me the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone's life and at the same time is extremely rewarding for me. I get to use my creativity to come up with effective ways to explain things and I always have the support and materials available at the Literacy Council to come up with good lesson plans. The Literacy Council also provides the means to measure students' progress, as if it weren't obvious just from having conversations with them. I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering with the Literacy Council.
I have tutored six students, so far, and each experience has been rewarding, interesting, and most of all, fun.
It's exciting to help people from other parts of the world who are trying to improve their English and perhaps become citizens of the United States.
The Literacy Council provides a thorough orientation for tutors, and then, carefully matches them with students.
For each student, tutors receive a literacy assessment, background information, literacy goals, and the necessary resource materials and equipment to teach.
I highly recommend the Literacy Council of Buncombe County to anyone wishing a meaningful way to help others.
March 2011 marks the beginning of my 4th year volunteering in the adult basic ed. program at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. I began this adventure with some trepidation as I had no previous experience tutoring adults. (I had naively thought I might have to figure out how to do this by myself.) So I was very relieved to discover that the Council staff would train me and could provide needed materials. It would be hard to over-state how rewarding this experience has been for me (and hopefully for my student too). I really love seeing that light in a student's eyes which means "aha, I get it now."
I believe that literacy of all kinds -- reading, math and computer skills (and maybe other kinds) -- is just so critical in our world today.
I would recommend this volunteer activity without hesitation. I can't pay back those who taught me to read, but I can pay it forward.