There is nothing like the dedication shown by the tutors and staff of the South Bay Literacy Council. Over 350 volunteers, over 300 students, and the tutors are all volunteers and the students are adult learners who are taught, for free, in many sites in l6 cities of So.Bay LA . The ESL population of immigrants is greater in Calif. than in any other state, so there are always more who need this help. And for the most part, we are the only place where non-reading English speakers, usually dropouts from school, can come to learn to read in what amounts to individual--and finally successful--tutoring programs. I have been involved since 1988 and am totally dedicated to the organization. They operate on a relatively miniscule budget of about $40,000 spent mostly on rented classrooms, computer teaching programs, and other basic necessities that keep them in the forefront of the field. They're amazing! I can't tell you how many students have told me, "Learning to read changed my life!
The South Bay Literacy Council teaches English to adults. The Council has three programs: Literacy for English Speakers, English as a Second Language, and Computer Aided Literacy. All services are free and the Council has no paid staff.
I have been a member of the Council for over 10 years. I have served in a variety of positions. The most satisfying moments are when a student has an "aha" moment, and the black marks on the paper or screen become words and sentences with meaning.