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September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

I have always been a voracious reader, and I couldn't imagine going through life without that ability. I tried several ways to volunteer to help assist in some form of literacy improvement. Every program I looked into made it so difficult to work with, until I found Literacy Partners, Inc. Literacy Partners goes the extra mile for tutors and students. The training I received was exceptional, and weekly I am able to tutor different size groups of adults. Literacy Partners watches over all levels of students, helping them, being concerned about them, working tirelessly with them and most importantly, never giving up on them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing students at the lowest starting level in adult basic education advance to levels that afforded them the skills to obtain their GED. I've seen students that were unable to rea actually attain the ability to write and read their compostions aloud.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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As a new retiree from journalism, I was looking for some way to apply my word skills to volunteer work. Literacy Partners seemed the perfect opportunity, and in the eight months I've been working as a volunteer I've found it extremely challenging and rewarding. Helping adults who have made the commitment learn to read and write makes me feel I am making some small contribution to society; these are people who are desperately seeking a second chance at an education and their spirit and persistence is inspiring.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing some of my students progress to the next highest level.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do very little at this point because I think its goals are clear and it meets them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

contact with the students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very serious and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy better books, xerox machines, etc.

Ways to make it better...

i had perhaps gotten more training in the specific type of lessons i am using now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the difficulties adults have in sticking with their commitment to the program because of families, work, etc.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the paid staff teacher at my center, Jaime Colon, is terrific and a pleasure to work for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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I have always wanted to teach literacy to adults becuase of my own love of reading and worlds of information and the pleasure it has given me all of my life. I started to volunteer as a tutor when I was able to devote the time in a regular schedule. Tutoring adults has changed my life and I know it has changed the lives of many of the students I have taught. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I have helped someone not only get closer to their academic goals, but to learn skills that help them in their personal life and their ability to contribute to their community. I would never have met this group of people or realized how significantly Literacy Partners changes their lives if I had not become a volunteer with htis specific organization. My biggest thrill is when one of my students moves on from my Basic Adult Education class to a Pre GED class because of the dedication they have had to improve their lives. It's necessary to understand that these students have made a profound decision to add class time and homework hours to their already busy adult lives. The students who manage to do the work and attend class on a regular basis are the ones who succeed. I'm very proud to be a volunteer for Literacy Partners because I think it is a well structured and administered program

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with students who were too shy to participate in class in the beginning or who could only speak in a whisper become active members of a community of students who worked together to help each other improve their skills.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Teaching this class is the most rewarding part of my week. The students are adults working towards their GED or just towards math literacy. Some are in the class to help their kids in school. The students love the class, and I love teaching it. For me personally, it's rewarding in many ways. It's clear I'm making a difference, not only in the material I teach but in the experience I give the students in the class - I strive to keep the class energetic, lively, and engaging. From the students' feedback (and attendance), I'd say I succeed. My students shake my hand and often tell me "good class teach, thanks".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my job and the technical writing I do. The class has trained me well in keeping a bead on what is clear and what is not on a moment to moment basis - in a word, listening. It's also trained me in creating visual explanations for abstract concepts.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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