Literacy Program to host training – is looking for tutors

Have you been thinking about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor? Do you have a few hours a week to help someone learn to read better or learn English as a Second Language? If so, the Bradford – Wyoming County Literacy Program needs you as a volunteer literacy tutor.

The Bradford – Wyoming County Literacy Program will hold its next tutor training workshop on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Patterson Building on the Guthrie Healthcare Sayre campus. No previous teaching experience is necessary, and persons must attend all four sessions in order to be certified. There is a $5 registration fee which helps with workshop expenses.

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey of 2003, 93 million adults do not have the literacy skills to participate fully in society. Of those, 30 million have below basic literacy skills which means they have no more than the most simple and concrete literacy skills, such as signing a form or adding up a bank deposit slip.

The Bradford – Wyoming County Literacy Program, headquartered at the Bradford County Library, provides free and confidential “one to one” tutoring for adults and teenagers in basic reading and writing and English as a Second Language (ESL). Established in 1980 as a special project of the Friends of the Bradford County Library, the Bradford-Wyoming Co. Literacy Program serves both Bradford and Wyoming Counties. Currently, there are adults who are waiting for tutors in Sayre and Athens.

Volunteer tutors usually meet once or twice a week for approximately two hours at a church, school, or library in their community. In 2009, the Literacy Program’s volunteer tutors donated approximately 4,500 volunteer hours to help approximately 140 adults and teenagers improve their basic skills or learn English as a Second Language. In addition, the Literacy Program provided on-site workplace ESL instruction at Cargill in Wyalusing, as well as sponsoring Community ESL Small Group instruction.

Partial funding for the Bradford – Wyoming County Literacy Program, an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, is provided by state funds administered by the PA Dept. of Education through the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE). The Bradford-Wyoming County Literacy Program is also a member agency of the Bradford County United Way. To register for the tutor training workshop or for further information about the Bradford – Wyoming County Literacy Program, contact Sherry Spencer, program director, at 297-3375, or visit www.BWCLiteracyProgram.org.

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