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Mission Statement

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI) is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults, and out-of-school teens increase their literacy skills.


Resource & ReferralCenter : The center connects individuals interested in becoming volunteer tutors with literacy programs in their communities and provides training to tutors and staff in adult literacy programs.

Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy (VOCAL) : The VOCAL program has 30 AmeriCorps members working in adult volunteer literacy programs throughout the state. While providing teaching, tutoring, and administrative services, VOCAL members learn teamwork, responsibility, communication, and other essential skills. VOCAL members also participate in regular training sessions sponsored by LVI that enhance their ability to serve their students and prepare them for future careers focused in the field of adult literacy.

Jump Start: LVI began its work in correctional education by helping to develop volunteer programs in adult correctional centers. From these efforts sprung the Jump Start program , an intergenerational tutoring and mentoring effort that targets retirees, especially retired teachers, and AmeriCorps members to serve as volunteer tutors and mentors to incarcerated youth. The Jump Start program serves the eight Illinois Youth Centers, and more volunteers are needed.

Advocacy and Special Events: To raise public awareness about adult literacy and generate new resources for literacy programs, LVI participates in several coalitions, commissions, and advisory councils at the local, state, and national level. LVI also sponsors events throughout the year.

New Readers: As a learner-centered organization, LVI encourages students to be active participants in all phases of the learning process. To bring this about LVI provides consultation, training, and administrative support to the statewide organization, New Readers for New Life, a network of past and current students.


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