Literacy Volunteers of
           Atlanta



        Without reading, where would you be?



404-377-READ (7323)          ...
OUR MISSION
 Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta’s (LVA) mission is to
  increase adult and family literacy primarily through
v...
Literacy Volunteers of America
              National History
• Founded in 1962 in Syracuse, NY by Ruth Colvin

• 1971, LV...
Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA)
•   Founded in 1986, LVA was run by volunteers out of free office space
•   In 1988, ...
National Literacy Statistics
• 93 million Americans are at or below a basic literacy
  level. (National Coalition of Liter...
Metro-Atlanta Literacy Statistics
• 800,000 metro-Atlantans read at Level 1, the lowest
  of five levels. (National Adult ...
Student-Centered Programs
– Adults (18yrs +) who read below the 5th grade level (Basic Literacy) or
  who have limited to ...
The LVA Difference – Working One-on-One

•   Students work toward their personal literacy goals

•   The materials used in...
LVA’s Strategy
• Train volunteers to
  become
  tutors, teachers, and
  classroom assistants
• Match tutors with
  student...
The Programs LVA Offers
•   Provides student-focused one-on-one tutoring and small group classes to over
    1000 learners...
Volunteers and Students at work
Volunteer Opportunities

– Basic Literacy and ESOL tutoring

– Teach/assist with a small group class (ESOL and Basic Liter...
The Volunteer Experience
• Expect to work hard                  This is one of the most
   – Tutor training               ...
LVA Locations
• Basic Literacy                 • ESOL
   – MUST Ministries (Cobb)         – Decatur Library
   – Salvation...
The Students
Each one is an individual, all 1000
   – Teaching adults can be a challenge
   – Students sometimes expect to...
Student/Tutor Matching

•Based on Volunteer Application
   •Availability/Time Commitment
   •Preferences
   •Program of Ch...
EVENTS
Edible Book Festival




LVA’s Edible Book entry 
Annual Meeting




    “Nanny” Birk                               Young Ju Ahn
Basic Literacy Student                    E...
LVA Donor Event


                                      Aaron Hampton (LVA Staff
                                      Mem...
LVA Staff
Victoria Kingsland                   Erika Allen
Executive Director                   Student Services Coordinat...
Community Partnerships

               A&D Linens, Inc.
Briarwood Parks and Recreation – Chamblee
                City of ...
Do you have more questions?


Phone: 404-377-READ (7323)
Email: vkingsland@lvama.org
  Website: www.lvama.org
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  1. 1. Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta Without reading, where would you be? 404-377-READ (7323) http://www.lvama.org
  2. 2. OUR MISSION Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta’s (LVA) mission is to increase adult and family literacy primarily through volunteer tutoring. Our vision is to enhance the lives of individuals in their roles as family members, workers, and citizens through the power of literacy.
  3. 3. Literacy Volunteers of America National History • Founded in 1962 in Syracuse, NY by Ruth Colvin • 1971, LVA received a three-year grant from the US Office of Education • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) was developed in 1974 • October 2002, merged with Laubach Literacy International to form ProLiteracy Worldwide
  4. 4. Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA) • Founded in 1986, LVA was run by volunteers out of free office space • In 1988, LVA was awarded a grant to hire staff and start a library for the students and tutors • ESOL was added in 1991 and the Family Literacy program was added in the 1990s • LVA was granted accreditation in November of 2000 by ProLiteracy Worldwide • In 2002, LVA moved to a new office and also opened a 10 person computer lab • LVA merged with Project Read, Inc in 2003 • LVA has met strict guidelines in order to receive official accreditation from ProLiteracy Worldwide
  5. 5. National Literacy Statistics • 93 million Americans are at or below a basic literacy level. (National Coalition of Literacy) • 67% of Americans who struggle with literacy are native English speakers, and 50% are high school graduates. (National Institute for Literacy) • 5 million adults holding jobs are considered low- literate. (Nation’s Business) • 75% of unemployed adults have reading and writing difficulties. (National Institute for Literacy) • 90 million Americans have inadequate health literacy skills. (National Adult Literacy Survey) • A child with at least one low-literate parent is twice as likely to be low-literate. (Laubach Literacy Statistics)
  6. 6. Metro-Atlanta Literacy Statistics • 800,000 metro-Atlantans read at Level 1, the lowest of five levels. (National Adult Literacy Survey) • Low literacy costs metro-Atlanta $2.6 billion each year. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) • 225,000 low-literate employees in metro-Atlanta cost their employers $840 million annually in remedial training, safety lapses, lost time, poor performance, and job turnover. • Low-literate workers in metro-Atlanta incur medical expenses at up to 4 times the rate of literate workers. (Public Broadcasting Atlanta)
  7. 7. Student-Centered Programs – Adults (18yrs +) who read below the 5th grade level (Basic Literacy) or who have limited to no English proficiency (ESOL) in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties – Families through our Family Literacy Program which encompasses Family Mentoring, Early Childhood Education, Basic Literacy and ESOL Programs – Employees at various worksites throughout Metro-Atlanta with Workplace Literacy skills– a combination of ESOL, financial and health literacy – Currently, we have over 1000 students being served – No charge to students for any LVA programs
  8. 8. The LVA Difference – Working One-on-One • Students work toward their personal literacy goals • The materials used in tutoring are ProLiteracy-approved and focus on students’ self-determined goals • Work to increase student confidence and self-esteem • Provide referrals to other programs and services • Access to small group classes, computer lab with literacy software, lending library with books and other materials • Our services are free of charge to all students
  9. 9. LVA’s Strategy • Train volunteers to become tutors, teachers, and classroom assistants • Match tutors with students • Place volunteer instructors in on-site and off-site classrooms • Provide support services and resources
  10. 10. The Programs LVA Offers • Provides student-focused one-on-one tutoring and small group classes to over 1000 learners per year in 4 Metro Atlanta counties • Basic Literacy provides one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction for adults reading below the fifth-grade level • ESOL provides one-on-one and small group tutoring to adults with limited to no English language proficiency • Workplace Literacy helps employers to train employees and also helps with employee recruitment and retention, improving communication with employers, and increasing productivity on the job with Basic Literacy and ESOL • Family Literacy combines the components of Early Childhood Education, Adult Education, and Parent Support to ensure that the next generation has the tools to succeed. Our curriculum is student-centered, and based on each student’s individual needs and goals. • Small Group Classes in basic math, spelling, and introductory computer skills are available for students to support their learning process and their personal goals.
  11. 11. Volunteers and Students at work
  12. 12. Volunteer Opportunities – Basic Literacy and ESOL tutoring – Teach/assist with a small group class (ESOL and Basic Literacy) – Work with children and/or parents through the Family Literacy program – Teach/assist with a Workplace Literacy class – Assist with fundraising events – Office support – Schedule an LVA presentation for your social or civic group
  13. 13. The Volunteer Experience • Expect to work hard This is one of the most – Tutor training rewarding experiences you – Minimum 1 year can have as a volunteer! commitment for at least 2 hours each week – Relationship building – Additional time investment – Seeing your student succeed • Travel – Improving literacy in Atlanta • Lesson planning • Student assessments • Results take time! It takes 100 hours on average to see a student advance to the next grade level.
  14. 14. LVA Locations • Basic Literacy • ESOL – MUST Ministries (Cobb) – Decatur Library – Salvation Army – Brookhaven Library – Lanier Tech – Clarkston Library • Family Literacy – Doraville Library – Decatur Housing Authority – Dunwoody Library – DeKalb County Parks and – Tucker Library Recreation • Main Office (Decatur, GA) – Briarwood Recreation Center • Workplace Literacy – A & D Linens – Georgia State – Georgia Tech
  15. 15. The Students Each one is an individual, all 1000 – Teaching adults can be a challenge – Students sometimes expect to see results quickly – Some students have special needs – Start with realistic, achievable goals – Personal motivations – Barriers to literacy – All programs are student-centered
  16. 16. Student/Tutor Matching •Based on Volunteer Application •Availability/Time Commitment •Preferences •Program of Choice •Based on Student Intake/Assessment •Student Schedule/Location •Transportation •Needs and Goals **Think about your expectations and what your personal boundaries are**
  17. 17. EVENTS
  18. 18. Edible Book Festival LVA’s Edible Book entry 
  19. 19. Annual Meeting “Nanny” Birk Young Ju Ahn Basic Literacy Student ESOL Student of the Year
  20. 20. LVA Donor Event Aaron Hampton (LVA Staff Member), Karen Woods (Basic Literacy Student of the Year and Poet), and her tutor, Anita Brownlee ESOL Student, Shimul Islam (pictured with his wife) and his tutor, Steve Reidy
  21. 21. LVA Staff Victoria Kingsland Erika Allen Executive Director Student Services Coordinator vkingsland@lvama.org studentservices@lvama.org Julie Bookman Aimee Castenell Development Director Communications Coordinator jbookman@lvama.org communications@lvama.org Aaron Hampton Haley Russell Operations Manager Agnes Scott Intern operationslva@lvama.org intern@lvama.org Michelle Holmes Michael Wall Student Support Coordinator Lead Teacher for Basic Literacy assessment@lvama.org lead.basic@gmail.com Mary Elizabeth Glass Angela Green Family Literacy Coordinator Lead Teacher for Basic Literacy volunteerslva@lvama.org lead.basic@gmail.com Morgan Koukopoulos Dana DeLassus Workplace Literacy Coordinator Lead Teacher for ESOL workplace@lvama.org ddelasuss@hotmail.com Kimberly Fairman Lead Teacher for ESOL kimberlyfairman@gmail.com
  22. 22. Community Partnerships A&D Linens, Inc. Briarwood Parks and Recreation – Chamblee City of Decatur City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Culture Connect Decatur Housing Authority DeKalb County Public Library System Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University Lanier Technical College Literacy Action MUST Ministries Raksha, Inc. SafeHouse Outreach, Inc. Salvation Army Technical College System Volunteer! Decatur
  23. 23. Do you have more questions? Phone: 404-377-READ (7323) Email: vkingsland@lvama.org Website: www.lvama.org

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