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Literacy Partners, Inc.
November 7, 2012

I wrote a review back in September 2010 after volunteering with Literacy Partners for 2 years. I am still there over 2 years later. My class size has increased from 6-8 students to around 14. There are not enough volunteers to teach all the students. Imagine, finally plucking up the courage to sign up only to be told you have to wait a few months before they can slot you into a class. My students are great. They get tested every semester and, even though I hate to lose them, if they do well they will get promoted up to the next level. I teach the middle level of math to these adult students. About 5th grade level. The students come from such different backgrounds. Some are really good at math but were never taught anything - they can pick things up really quickly. Others have come up from the lower level classes and only know what we teach them. Others dropped out of school many years ago and can't remember any of it. Whatever their level or their reason for attending the classes, they all try really hard and do the best they possibly can to improve their lives. I salute them all.

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Literacy Partners, Inc.
September 15, 2010

I joined Literacy Partners, Inc. over 2 years ago. It was time for me to volunteer. I always wanted to teach people to read. I signed up for training and ended up joining a Math group. Literacy Partners, Inc. is such a wonderful organization because it provides Reading, Writing and Math studies for adults from all levels, all for free. The lowest level of students cannot read or write, cannot add or subtract. They missed out on everything for one reason or another. But once they take the first step and come to the classes some of them are able to learn. They can progress so well in this nurturing environment. The success stories are heart-breaking. I teach a group of between 6-8 students each week. They are in the middle level of basic math. They have progressed through the classes or have entered with some level of math skills, and the permanent staff spend endless hours listening and testing them to know which is the best class to slot them in to. For the time I have been there several of my students have gone up to the next level. They are mostly seeking their GEDs so that they can advance in their jobs. There are annual events honoring the students and volunteers. And this summer, they held training classes for the volunteers to keep us engaged and to help us progress in our teaching skills. As much time and effort as the preparation takes out of me each week, I get all the pay back I need when the anxious and confused looks on the student's faces turn to understanding and enthusiasm to learn more.

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

the realm of a volunteer.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope for them to expand to offer more services and more classes to more people in extra locations. The worst thing is to know that there are people out there who's lives can be changed if we could only get to them.

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

helping students to progress

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

dedicated and kind

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

teach everyone in New York to read and write !!!

Ways to make it better...

we could spend more one-on-one time with the students by having more volunteers

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

funding, as well as getting enough volunteers and staff out to other locations

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

just changing the life of one person is better than none at all

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I teach Math to adult students at Literacy Partners, Inc.