I am retired and a new tutor for five months with AACLC. I have to admit that I was kind of anxious about having the ability to tutor at first. However, as I was introduced to the initial literacy training program, I met people from all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, but one of the things that stood out was that all the people (trainers, support staff, training students) cared for people, They sincerely desired and wanted to make a difference in people lives through tutoring. That's when I realized I was in the right place to learn to tutor. They have excellent material that is very thorough and cutting edge for the student and tutor. Plus, they have a practical and professional way of evaluating and screening potential students and assign them accordingly. Their overall support system via the organization and /or website is excellent. I also admire the oversight of the director. She is very hands on which is different than many other organizations I have worked with.
Volunteering with AACLC has been very rewarding as I am able to observe the most positive effect they have on individuals who want to learn to read so they can reach life goals. This is so important as the more people are able to grow and learn, the better the whole world can become.
Amazing volunteer opportunity. Truly you are making a difference in someone's life. I tutor a senior citizen with a 2nd grade education. I'v never seen someone with more internal motivation to improve. It's humbling to be a part of it all. Extra bonus - as I tell stories to my family (I have school age kids) - it's been good for all of us to broaden our understanding of our "neighbors" and their challenges. Great organization!
I am in love with this organization and their selfless dedication to the community. They provide priceless support to those in the community who need it. They are fantastic!
Both its executive director, Lisa Vernon, and the entire staff of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC) do a splendid job of supporting the important work of the scores of volunteer tutors striving to improve the reading, writing, math and English skills of low-income and out-of-school youth in our Maryland county. I retired one year ago and I find that working with my student is highly, highly gratifying. People often say how wonderful it is that I am helping my student to improve her literacy. However, I believe this work is equally rewarding to me personally. The AACLC deserves all the credit. They do a marvelous job.
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council has a great program for someone looking to give back in their community and who enjoys working with someone to help achieve their goal. It’s personally satisfying and my student really appreciates this opportunity to get help. The council’s training program is easy and they offer unlimited support. They are a great team to work with.
The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is organized, well-run by competent, caring people. Helping people to read and write English helps citizens who "fell through the cracks" at school better themselves economically and thereby their families. This is an excellent non-profit organization with proven results.
Dedicated people who are passionate about helping their students achieve their dreams!
I have been a volunteer with the Literacy Council for about 6 mos, tutoring a woman from Eritrea who has lived in the US for 2 years. Unable to speak English, she was housebound and dependent on her daughter. She was lonely, and became depressed. This short time we have spent together has been amazing, touching, and so rewarding for me. We started out by learning the alphabet, greetings, numbers, colors, etc. She is now able to write her name, her address and her phone number, and she is learning to read. Every time we meet, she gets a bit further along. She has taught me about her country and her life. When we meet, she is all smiles, and I am smiling between a few tears of joy watching her make progress. The Literacy Council changes lives. I know it has changed mine for the better.
This organization has an extraordinarily talented leadership team and a highly effective program for training and empowering the volunteer tutors who work with adult residents of Anne Arundel County who lack basic reading and writing skills. Each year, the tutors are recognized at an appreciation dinner, and a highlight of that event is the outpouring of thanks which the tutors receive from the students whom they help. Talk about making a difference!
The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council provides FREE one-on-one tutoring to adult residents of the county who seek to improve their reading and writing skills. Now celebrating 36 years of service, AACLC has assisted more than 2,000 persons and has trained over 1,000 volunteer tutors and assessors. The demand for the services of AACLC is great and continues to increase. It is estimated that 70,000 adults in Anne Arundel County lack the basic skills needed to obtain a high school diploma or a GED. AACLC has tutors trained in both literacy and English as a Second Language. No other literacy program in Anne Arundel County provides this combination of features to facilitate accessible and individualized instruction to residents who are striving to develop the skills that are essential for success in our society.
To track the success of its program and to demonstrate accountability, AACLC has implemented its first-ever database containing information about tutors and students.
AACLC is an organization that trains volunteers to provide free one-on-one tutoring in literacy, math, and English to low-income adults and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County. Students pay nothing for the tutoring, books, or assessments they receive, and the tutoring is done at public locations and on days and times that fit the student's life.
Students receiving this tutoring have a wide variety of goals, including being able to get a job, get a driver's licence, read labels on groceries or instructions on medicines, advance to a higher-paying job, earn a high school diploma many years after dropping out of school, pass the GED exams, qualify for entrance to college or technical training programs, or simply reading bedtime stories to their children or grandchildren.
"Each one, teach one" - It works and it changes the lives of both students and tutors. Being a literacy tutor is the most meaningful thing I have done to help others in my own community. None of this would be possible without the dedication and efforts of AACLC and the support the organization receives from the community.
Working as a tutor with AACLC has been an extremely rewarding experience and one of the most worthwhile projects I have ever undertaken. Daily life is difficult in so many ways for adults with low literacy levels, and learning to read changes their lives. Things that someone who reads takes for granted are difficult if not impossible for an adult non-reader -- applying for a job or even qualifying for most jobs, getting a driver's license, finding items at a grocery store, reading the directions for your prescription medicines, paying bills, voting, reading notices children bring home from school, staying in touch with family and friends by texting or email or Facebook, etc.
The student I have been tutoring for the past six months is a 44-year old mother of six who dropped out of school when she was sixteen, with little reading skills in spite of all of those years in school. She sought out AACLC because her children were growing up and were not going to be around much longer to help her with things that required reading. She and I were both nervous when we met and unsure about what this experience was going to be like, but we quickly found a comfortable routine. We meet at the library twice a week for two-hour tutoring sessions. Her reading and writing skills improve with every session. Working at her own pace and with the undivided attention of a tutor are the reasons that she is learning how to read now, something she was never able to do when she was in school. In addition to seeing a rapid increase in her reading ability, I have seen her whole appearance, personality and demeanor change from quiet and reserved to outgoing, smiling, and confident. She now has a part-time job, her first job in many years, and she looks forward to having access to a wider range of job opportunities as her reading and writing skills continue to grow. This is a strong woman who has a lot to offer our community, and AACLC is the reason she will be able to do that.
Every tutor working through AACLC has a similar story. None of us could be effective tutors without the training, support, and educational materials provided by AACLC. Few adult non-readers would participate in literacy training without the warm, respectful, and supportive outreach that AACLC provides to them. Everyone in our community benefits when an adult non-reader learns to read. We are fortunate that AACLC is a well-run organization that is working to meet this need.
I am a tutor for the AACLC. I have experienced first hand the difference in individual lives when access to free tutoring and opportunities to learn to read and write are provided. One of my students, now 60, has returned to tutoring after having been aided by AACLC tutoring when he was in his 40s. Now, after raising his children and meeting his responsibilities, he is giving himself the gifts of reading to his grandchildren and writing personal notes to his infirm father.
My other student is a bright, hard working man whose dyslexia now interferes with his career. He has been promoted to a managerial position and knows that improving his writing and reading skills is essential to retaining his position and moving forward with promotions.
It is a privilege to work with these students and reminds me that literacy is a priceless gift, which we too often take for granted.
The Anne Arundel Literacy Council changes lives, for both the tutors and the students. Training for new tutors is extensive, engaging and energizing. Support for new tutors is everpresent in forms of books, Facebook groups and phone calls. When I faced some initial difficulties, I received support from five different staff members who emailed me and also called. Working with my student who is twenty-eight and learning to read and write is so fulfilling that she and I are surprised by how quickly the 90 minutes go by. Please support this nonprofit with funding and volunteering.
I've always wanted to spend part of my retirement helping others learn to read. I signed up for the Literacy Council's training, but was a bit apprehensive about whether or not it would be something I could learn to do. I've since met with my student and the training did a wonderful job of preparing me. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to support literacy.
As a new volunteer with the council, I am wowed by the dedication of all who volunteer their time and service to help others. This organization provides, at no charge to the student, books, tutoring, and assessments to assist them in their pursuit of their GED, better paying jobs, and an improved quality of life. Tutoring sessions in reading, writing, math, and English are held at the convenience of the student in public places such as libraries or coffee shops. All members of the council exhibit the enthusiasm required to make this a successful enterprise.
I’m a volunteer with this well-organized and effective literacy-, math-, and GED-tutoring nonprofit. All of the tutors and volunteers are generous with their time and driven by an incredible desire to help others. All of our work is local to Anne Arundel County—last year we collectively donated 13k hours to help adults improve their lives. This is a great organization to get involved with if you want to make a difference in your own community. Very rewarding and flexible experience.
The Literacy Council is such an amazing set of programs. I am a new math tutor and I love working with the staff as well as the students. I always feel well informed and like I have as many resources as I could possibly need since the staff goes out of their way to ensure we (the tutors) are well equipped for any student we may work with. I love working with the adult students and seeing the impact we make on a daily basis.
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with adults and teenagers (not in school) to improve their reading, math, or English skills. I joined AACLC in April 2016 as a volunteer reading tutor. I currently work with a single mother of two school-aged children who wants to improve her reading skills. One of her major goals is to enroll in Anne Arundel Community College. My student is hard-working and committed to achieving her goals. Since we began working together in June 2016, I have seen such an improvement in her reading and comprehension of many reading materials. She has more confidence in herself and is proud of the achievements she has made thus far. Not only has my student benefited from the program, but I get great pleasure in working with her and seeing the improvements. In helping her, I am "giving back," and that makes me feel good. The director, tutor and student coordinators, assessors, and all those involved with AACLC are there for the volunteers with materials, help, answers to questions, suggestions, and whatever the volunteers need to be successful. This organization is critical in helping those in the county who want to improve their reading skills, get their GED's, get better jobs, or enroll in college. I am so fortune to be a part of AACLC.
I have had the privilege to volunteer as my schedule permits for Anne Arundel Literacy Council. The commitment of the AALC staff and scores of volunteers, yes, all volunteers, in support of those on their journey of hope to a better life through literacy is awe inspiring. If you can read this, please join this amazing organization to support others who cannot. Literacy is power
Very visible and accessible in the community. Well organized and well run to truly benefit those who need these services so much.