September 28, 2011
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!
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