About three years ago I signed up for a tutor training session at Literacy Green Bay Inc. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had a vague feeling of wanting to "give back", "to be of service", and "to make a difference". I stepped forward, unsure of what this would look like or if I would even be able to do it. The training I received was thorough and is ongoing. The staff and other volunteers from Literacy were (and are) really terrific. They have given me so many tools and resources to help me in my tutor work and are always ready with an answer for any of my questions.
More than that, they are supportive in less tangible ways, giving me the confidence to move forward into new areas of learning. I will never forget a particular time when I ran into one of my tutor trainers in a city park. At the time, I was having some doubts about whether or not I was on the right path with my learner. She listened to my story, gave me advice and offered her encouragement. What a great conversation! And what a testament to the level of commitment and passion on the part of the staff and volunteers of this organization!
Of course, the real payoff with Literacy Green Bay comes from the relationships forged between matched tutor and learner. I am continually inspired by the efforts of my learner to better himself in order to make a better life for his family. He works difficult hours at his job and in his studies, and yet maintains such a great attitude of optimism and hope. When I witness his efforts, it makes me want to "double-down" on my commitment to this organization and especially to his learning.
My time at Literacy Green Bay Inc has been more rewarding than I could ever have imagined when I began almost three years ago. I plan to continue volunteering with this organization for a long time and strongly encourage others to consider doing the same.
I have been a board member of Literacy Green Bay for more than two years , and prior to that was a tutor for several years. Literacy Green Bay provides a valuable service in the greater Green Bay community, providing English language instruction to learners of many national backgrounds, and basic reading and writing skills to American-born adults who lack those skills. All the learners are seeking a better life for themselves and their families, and realize that a knowledge of English is essential. Literacy Green Bay provides classes and individual one-on-one tutoring...and both the tutors and learners are dedicated and passionate. The organization is extremely well-run on a minimal budget, due to the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Lise G
I began as a board member/volunteer with Literacy GB not knowing the true impact that is provided. After talking with staff, current and past students, i have been enlightened to the difference the services make on the individuals and the community. Knowing I can be part of such a wonderful organization brings pride and joy.
I have ben being tutered at Literacy Green Bay for six years. When I first started coming I could not read spell or write vary well.
We have ben reading story books, writing book reports, and using flash cards. We practes word lists . We use books like Specific Skill Series and we have started doing crosswerd puzzels since it seems to help whith my spelling although my teacher says I use "inventive" spelling.
Now I am able to pick up a newspaper to read and I can shop in stores without help reading the labels.
I have holped Literacy Green Bay by talking to new tuters about how evirything started whith me here.
Lyle, Green Bay, WI
I started with Literacy Green Bay in 2013 in the group class. After about six months I was paired with a tutor. In the time I have been with Literacy I have spent many hours with my tutor. My English has improved and I have become a citizen of the USA. Literacy Green Bay has had the resources to help me progress including a place to meet, materials to use, and help with my educational needs. My experience has been great.
I have been involved with Liteacy Green Bay for approximately 8 years since retiring . I have worked as a tutor and also do initial evaluations on students new to the agency and periodic revaluations to check on progress. I have worked with "helping agencies" all of my adult life and can proudly say that the efforts at Literacy Green Bay are truly transformative for our clients. It is so refreshing to be working with individuals that are motivated to the "nth" degree to improve their lives and the lives of their families. It is amazing to see individuals tackle and master the near impossible - learning the English language! It is also refreshing working with colleagues who are so selfless in their efforts in working with their students. The efforts of the volunteers and extraordinary professional staff leads to an exhilarating level of positive energy that is so refreshing in this day and age.
Learning English at Literacy Green Bay has helped me on many things. I'm now able to read the newspaper, I can make doctors appointments over the telephone and I'm also able to help my children with their homework. My reading, writing and speaking have improved a lot since I started studying at Literacy. I'm now able to fill out job applications and write a resume. I basically feel confident and independent because of the skills I learned at Literacy Green Bay.
Among the best nonprofit service organizations in our community is Literacy Green Bay. Although it is run by a small staff, the results they achieve are big acccomplishments. I have been affiliated with Literacy Green Bay for many years as a tutor and community business partner. Over that period, I have observed a high degree of dedication from the director and other managers; excellent communication between the staff and volunteer tutors; and exceptional educational support for tutors and learners. Through the efforts of Literacy Green Bay, learners achieve their goals and become better citizens of our community.
Literacy Council and my English tutor are being helping me and my family a lot. We have doctor's appointments so often, because of my daughter's health condition. Now I don't need to ask anymore for an interpreter and wait longer on those appointments because we are waiting for them to came and help me with the translation. I can do it by myself!!! It was the same situation on my daughter's school. Also I could finish a program at NWTC all on English with goods grades. something I didn't imagine I could do some day, Thank you!!!!