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.
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.
A few days ago I had the privilege of having dinner with a outstanding group to people who had brought themselves out of the darkness into literacy. I am an assessor with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I meet with the students as they enter the program to assess what is their level of literacy and where the tutor should begin their learning. As an assessor you usually have no further contact with the individuals but always wonder about their progress. Each year the council has a dinner for the students and for some this is like a graduation ceremony. This is where I get to learn of their progress.
During dinner students are encouraged to tell their journey. This year a gentleman told his story of hiding his inability to read kept him from accepting promotions at work. He was a valued employee where he worked but each time he was offered a promotion he would leave the job and move to another entry level job. He learned of the Literacy Council's program and began his incredible journey to literacy. After completing a few years with his tutor he is nearing completion of his Associates Degree at Anne Arundel Community College. This is only one of the many success stories.
To have a program like this available, with no fees to the students, and a group of dedicated volunteers is benefit for the entire Anne Arundel County Community.
I went to their Appreciation Dinner for the first time and was able to "feel" the good work that they do in teaching underprivileged young and older adults to learn to read and write and the great gratitude that these adults have for the volunteers and the wonderful opportunity to experience the world of knowledge and capability that these volunteer tutors has opened to these adults left behind by our government and our school systems. Despite the "no child left behind" motto, these adults, who were "passed" through each school grade despite not being to read or write at all or only barely, have indeed been left behind as a result of a "feel good" society.
Such important work in our community, the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is supported largely by volunteers who are dedicated, professional, highly skilled and motivated, and by individuals and their families living in our community who might benefit from improving their basic literacy and/or math skills. Some volunteers provide excellent training for other volunteers...and everyone tries to make a difference for someone who never learned to adequately read...or for someone who never learned to read English, or someone who needs help with math skills. Tutoring is a wonderful experience for both the student and tutor--passing forward good works. In addition to providing training, materials and technical support, the Literacy Council also provides tips and insights to be more effective. Volunteering as a tutor in Anne Arundel County is incredibly fulfilling and while I know it is a great experience for me, I hope I am also helping make a difference in a person's life and in our community. I appreciate the wonderful opportunities provided by the Literacy Council, and the great volunteers and families they connect.
I joined the AACLC a few months ago and trained as a tutor. I have been blessed with a wonderful, dedicated and motivated student who wants to learn to read and get a job and her driver's license. I chose to do this because I, too, almost slipped through the school system struggling to read. I was lucky enough to have a caring teacher who saw my potential and set me up with a tutor. AACLC is an organization that is full of dedicated and caring people who want to help those in our county better themselves. I am doing my best to spread the word about this amazing organization that is changing lives one book at a time.
The Literacy Council adds MAJOR VALUE to the lives of adults everyday by training and assigning volunteer tutors to help them with reading, writing, mathematics and life.
I have been tutoring the same woman for 2 years. She loves to learn and has enhanced her English and writing skills. She is a much more confident person. Her life has changed. She is much more engaged at work and in everyday life skills which helps her daughter too.
I have heard stories at the AACLC from students that have moved me to want to continue. The students are thankful to everyone there for helping them to move forward. I am amazed how the students lives have developed. This is a great organization!
When I began tutoring I had a man who was reading on about a 2nd grade level. His grandchild had brought a book to him and said"Read this to me ,Popop" and he was ashamed and told her to go ask her grandmother. He was so aware of his limits and embarassed in front of his whole family.That was the incident that caused him to ask his wife to contact the Literacy Council.
I met with him for 5 hours a week at the library and he quickly began to know how to comprehend,not just call words.
At the end of about 8 months he decided, with my encouragement, to go to the Community College and see if he was able to enroll there. They tested him and he is on his way.He will go to school there full time in the fall.
He is so proud of himself and so am I . The Literacy Council has many volunteers and is efficiently run. Please continue to grant funds to them. You remember that saying " It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark". Well, that is what I think Robert is doing-lighting the candle for his family and many others he encounters.(He read that book to his granddaughter at Easter)
After I retired I tried several local nonprofits as potential places to volunteer, but I wasn't really excited until I started volunteer tutoring with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I have been deeply impressed by the commitment of the volunteers, and the quality of leadership. I now tutor two students, one in reading and writing, and one in math. Both are delightful and have become friends. This is a truly outstanding organization that provides life-changing experiences for both volunteers and clients.
My tutor played a huge role in helping me pass the ged and helped me to be able to score in the top 10% of the country. I am very thankful for the help I got from the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.