Mission: The Literacy Center is dedicated to improving Basic Adult Literacy in our community.
Target demographics: Adults 18 + that read below an 8th grade level
Geographic areas served: Vanderburgh, Warrick and Posey Counties
Programs: Our program consists of private assessment, tutor-student pairing, computer based reading instruction in our Literacy Lab, and one-to-one instruction at various locations throughout the community. Students joining the program are first assessed to determine their reading level and specific learning needs. Following the initial assessment, students are given 12 hours of computer-based instruction, and are then paired with a trained volunteer tutor who works with them individually. Reading instruction is custom designed to fit the learner's needs, whether it be phonemic awareness, comprehension, word recognition, or spelling. Learning materials, which are provided by our agency free of charge, serve as our primary educational resource, but supplemental materials such as newspapers, books, magazines, manuals, and other items are incorporated in the learning process.
The purpose of our program is to help adults, age 18 or older, improve their basic reading skills with the hope of improving both their personal and professional lives.
We understand that limited literacy skills prevent these adults from reaching their full social and economic potential, and we seek to educate these individuals with the belief that as their literacy levels increase, their dependence on government and social assistance will decrease.
The Literacy Center is a wonderful resource for helping adults learn to read. While I'm a board member, I am also a tutor. I work with a 63 year-old man who is learning to read. He struggles, but continues to make progress.
As someone who has loved reading since I was about 4 years old, I find it difficult to imagine all of the problems one would face without this skill. The instructions on an aspirin bottle, an insurance form, or any type of directions would be incomprehensible. It's really an honor to be able to help people learn this skill and The Literacy Center makes this possible at no cost to the student.
The Literacy Center in Evansville, Indiana is an organization that has enthusiastic and dedicated staff members who work towards the goal of providing reading skills to adults who lack proficiency in reading. More important than quality of their teaching skills, however, is the care and sensitivity that these volunteers who offer their time to clients express - to enable these men and women to feel that they have worth, that their reading deficits are not permanent, and that they can overcome these obstacles.