Literacy Advance of Houston

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Education, Economic Development

Location: 2424 Wilcrest Drive Ste. 120 Houston TX 77042 USA

Mission: Transforming lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.
Results: Adult students who have completed Literacy Advance classes have gone on to further study, better jobs, US citizenship, and more!
Programs: ABE (Adult Basic Education) - one-on-one help for adults who speak English, but need help with their basic reading and writing literacy. ESL (English as a Second Language) - small-group, skills-based help to communicate better in English.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first volunteered here as a way to give back. Even though the clients and staff abundantly praise and thank me, turns out, I have gained so much more than I feel I contribute. I walk away from every interaction feeling energized, hopeful, and connected. Literacy Advance has enriched my life beyond measure.

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For anyone searching for a way to make a positive contribution to the lives of Houstonians, Literacy Advance of Houston is a wonderful place to explore. If you prefer to tutor one on one, you can chose to help a native English speaker improve his or her reading skills. If you like small groups, you can tutor 4 to 8 students from all over the world and help them learn English and make sense of our community. Either way, you will be rewarded with interesting activities, new friends, and fascinating new information about language and the world. The value of your contribution of time and effort will expand with each student life you touch.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Literacy Advance of Houston for 12 years. It gets better every year! With enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers, hundreds of people are learning to speak, read and write in English - both native speakers and people from about 80 other countries! I encourage anyone with an interest in helping newcomers to the Houston community improve their abilities to become involved.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Literacy Advance of Houston is staffed by a knowledgeable and dedicated group of employees and volunteers. The classroom facilities are outstanding and there is a well-stocked resource room with teaching materials. Learners are universally pleased with their experiences at Literacy Advance.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

All efforts, eyes and hearts are focused on the learners and that makes tutoring at Literacy Advance such a rewarding experience. It's like being on an awesome team of winners who love helping! The staff is top-notch, enthusiastic and so supportive. I've been a tutor since '05 and although much has changed, the most important things haven't: the programs are relevant to the learners and the classroom experience is exciting. I love tutoring at Literacy Advance and I'm so grateful for all the volunteers, the staff and those who so generously give their resources to the learners.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Literacy Advance of Houston is a great place to volunteer. They are highly organized and appreciative. It really feels good to be part of this organization - working (and having fun) with the staff, students and other volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been volunteering for almost 4 years. I have enjoyed every minute of it. From the thorough orientation I attended, I knew that I would be prepared to help a fellow Houstonian learn to read and write. Seeing the light go "on" is an amazing moment - when the student gets a certain concept, learns a new word, writes his first paragraph, spells every word correctly, speaks in front of a crowd - I get goosebumps thinking about the many things that these students learn - and we take for granted. I have seen first-hand the transformation that happens when a student learns to read. Everyone who comes here is motivated and happy. This is the happiest place to be!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working as a a volunteer at Literacy Advance has truly been a rewarding and productive experience. The wonderfully supportive staff make the environment pleasant and enjoyable. The staff also make both tutors and students feel welcome and appreciated. This is a remarkable place.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Fanny CarreƱo Alonso. I am from Venezuela.
I am grateful with Literary Advance, the place where I have been studying English since I was in the 3rd level.
It has excellent teachers and all the people who works there are volunteers. We can study there with no cost, and the most important thing with a lot of love.
Everybody there take care of us, they know all the students, and they treat us with special care.
The teachers are excellent, very kind and patient .They know our necessities and treat us with love and consideration.
I learned there to read, to write, to speak. I already finished all the levels, but we need to continue improving our learning.
Now I belong to the Alumni group where we improve our English conversation, pronunciation, and understanding with our excellent teachers Kristina & Anna. We share with our teachers and with our classmates too, our experiences, and we go out some times to practice our English with other people or to learn other activities having fun.
This school is amazing! I tell to everybody the great experience that I have had in my life, studying English there.
Now I can read, speak, and write in English. I can help my grandchildren in their home works, read books, help people, watch movies, etc.
Thank you so much to all people who works in Literary Advance! Their Job is incredible and it is priceless!
God Bless all of you,
Fanny

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Literacy Advance is a unique and critical volunteer opportunity. Literacy Advance trains volunteers to transfer knowledge they already have by tutoring individuals in the basics of reading and writing English. These basic life skills assist adults in bettering their lives, and the lives of their families. While volunteering, one is rewarded with friends and a multi-cultural experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Literacy Advance is a great organization for someone interested in volunteering through tutoring / or for getting free ESL, ABE and other "literacy" classes. The organization is very well run, and it has great teaching resources to make tutoring interesting and truly beneficial for both volunteers and students. As an ESL tutor I enjoy having access to many teaching books, instructions, CDs, manipulatives, DVDs, etc! So far, the students I have met at Literacy Advance are motivated and serious about learning and assimilating in the U.S., so I feel like my volunteering really makes a difference. The classes take place in a nice, clean environment; the central office is fantastic, it looks professional. Tutoring is well structured; there is a strict attendance policy for students, clear schedules and simple reports policy which helps the tutor to keep continuance of educational process. So far I am very happy to volunteer for Literacy Advance!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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