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Newport Mesa Proliteracy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: To develop the literacy skills of adults to empower them to achieve greater success in their lives - at home, at work and in the community

Target demographics: adult learners

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 adult learners

Geographic areas served: our community

Programs: one-on-one tutoring and small group classes in reading, writing, life skills, job skills and more.

Community Stories

135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enrolled for this program about two and a half years ago as a learner. At first, I felt lonely and separated from the community and people around me but step by step I found myself more involved, more active, and more confident. It happened with the help of selfless people who worked tirelessly, with dedication and obligation to prepare an encouraging ambiance for learners like me. They are wonderful volunteer tutors, instructors, and professional staff. My fantastic tutor helped me improve my English skills by studying weekly in one-on-one 3 hour classes. It wasn’t only my English that improved but also my social skills. I learned about the culture and the people around me. I learned about society and enjoyed the strong friendship I developed with her. I also learned a lot by attending other classes like News, life skills, Idioms, public conversation, and Film. The professional fabulous instructors worked hard to help us find our way in a new chapter of our life. There are plenty of resources for studying in the office and fantastic staff that are always ready for support and help. I love this program and the people who are involved in this wonderful unrivaled program. Thank you for all the splendid things you have done for me and other learners.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m writing to share a bit of my personal story and experience at the Literacy Program of the Newport Beach Central Library.

In 2017, I arrived to the US from Venezuela to reunite with my family. Even though I was 62 years old, this was a new beginning for me. My first limitation was that I spoke little English, so I enrolled in some of the Literacy Program classes: News You Can Use, Idioms, Grammar and others of the Newport Beach Central Library.

At the same time i was continuing my studies, so recently i receive my GED Certificate

Today, I would like to thank you to the staff that is helping me in my dream of been a good English speaker. Thank you all for helping me achieve this dream. The staff do a very good job and help me a lot.

Now I want to move on towards the next step in my life. I am enrolling myself in a Public Health Course and in the meantime, i am continuing to improve my English skills by using different resources on the internet.

Once again, thank you so much ! for helping me….. Pedro Linares

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a tutor for the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program. I have had the privilege of working with several learners over the last seven years. The students are hard-working, enthusiastic, and dedicated to advancing. Each week the time spent with the learner flies by. We have such a good time. Even doing the lesson by FaceTime has not lessened the joy it brings. The program is expertly run by Cherall Weiss. She is always ready and willing to help out with any need. I always gain so many wonderful ideas each time there is a Tutor Connect meeting. What joy this program brings to my life!

4 Yasemin Selek K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been studying in the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program dor the last 2 years. In this way, I improved my English a lot. My tutor Judy helped me as a volunteer to improve my English Skills. This program made me safer in this country where I just moved. It brought me into life.
I cannot thank enough those who prepared and managed this program.
I feel very lucky!
Best Regards,
Yasemin Karatas

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor in the Newport Mesa Proliteracy program for more than three years. The program is extremely well run; excellent resources and coaching are easy to access. The bonus is the relationship that built between myself and my learner; it is a joy to be a part of an eager student's learning! This is an excellent program!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a tutor this year and my experience has been very positive. The program is extremely well run, providing good training and on-going support. I had no prior experience as a literacy tutor, but the training and resources make me feel capable. My learner and I are a very good match. We meet weekly and are having a lot of fun while moving through our materials. I would highly recommend this program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Would like to give a big shout out for the language program by Newport Beach Public library. They offer a full spectrum of classes to help an individual to thrive not personally but also professionally.

The COVID-19 had made the classes virtual, which allowed me to be enrolled in two-class a week.

I really love Marcia D.'s Tue life skills class where not just vocabularies are very thoughtfully hand-picked by the Marcia but also in-class instruction and students' participation is very effective for learners to learn. We've had sessions for First Aid, Medical Related, Sports, Small talks, even workplace vocabularies. Which definitely helped me to feel more confident to speak with others.

I also want to give a big shoutout to Helene C.'s news class, where she picks very good articles from local newspapers for the class and we will read it thought comprehensively during the class, and questions are always welcomed, Helene will always give us a good answer. Homework is also a very effective learning process for us, as Helene always stressed participation is very important for this class.

Other than the instructors, Cherall and Sarah have always been ready to help, you will always feel their friendliness and warmth.

My plan is to keep enrolling in these two class as I can see there are so much to learn from these amazing teachers and classmates as well.

- Shaun Y.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program has helped me in many ways with my English and to enhance my reading skills. I am very thankful for my tutor and I enjoy reading books on a day to day basis. Coming from a third world country and not knowing any English made it very hard, but I was able to teach myself and with this program they did not give up on me and saw the effort that was put in. This program not only helped me with my English but because of this program I was able to make a speech at a special event to share my story.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer Tutor with the Newport Mesa Proliteracy for five years. It has enhanced my life in ways I could not have imagined. I have worked with several learners, and two have become U.S. Citizens. The program is very well run and provides a lot of support for both tutors and learners. There is a constant exchange of ideas and tips amongst the tutors in our quarterly Tutor Connections, and Cherall Weiss, the Literacy Coordinator, always makes our get-togethers informative and fun. Even if you have not been trained as an educator/teacher, I would highly recommend this program. It will enrich your life. There is no greater service to your community than giving the gift of literacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For those of us who can read and write, we cannot imagine how isolating it is to perform the simplest of daily tasks without those skills. I have been a volunteer with the Newport/Mesa Proliteracy Program since October 2014. It has, by far, been the most fulfilling experience of my adult life. Watching the pride of a parent able, for the first time, to read a teacher’s note about their child, or seeing the satisfaction of an adult who has read their first book, or witnessing someone who has prepared diligently for the U.S. Citizenship test, and then have the honor of attending their U.S. Citizenship Oath ceremony are beautiful, worthwhile and gratifying moments. The gift of literacy is priceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve enjoyed being a tutor with the Newport Beach ProLiteracy program for four years. Cherall Weiss guides us with patience, creativity, and encouragement. She shares a plethora of support, ideas, and unlimited resources. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, the program offers supplemental specialty classes.

Although I was not trained as an Educator, through tutoring, I am teaching wonderful people to read, write, and converse in English. It is rewarding to watch my Learners’ metamorphosis of confidence and connection to the community. Both Tutors and Learners benefit: sharing our diversity of customs, traditions, and friendships.

My first Learner was a gentleman from Iran who has become a U.S. citizen and “graduated” from the ProLiteracy program. I currently have two female Learners, one from Japan and the other from Iran. I am so proud of all of them and admire their dedication to learning English.

Through my Learner’s struggles, they remind me of how difficult the English language is with its inconsistencies, idioms, cultural/media references, changes through generations, etcetera. I am constantly learning, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa ProLiteracy provided great training to get me started as a Tutor. I have a Mentor and the Program Director to ask questions and seek advice and discuss any concerns. The resources, both at the Library as well as provided sources, appear to be unlimited. There are social gatherings where we Tutors learn about new resources & programs, plus meet other tutors and share helpful techniques. I was asked to record one of my sessions to see how my Learner & I were doing; and given feedback on my strengths and weaknesses. Yes, I was nervous at first, but it was a good experience. Cherall (the Director) is always positive, encouraging, open to suggestions, and helpful in a wide variety of ways.

As a Tutor, I have found it an enriching and personally satisfying program. It is such a delight to see & hear the progress in my Learner; as well as to learn more about his culture. His gratitude--and that of his Uncle--makes me feel embarrassed; as I feel grateful for the experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy Volunteer
9/18/2020
1 Year

I began with Mesa this summer in their marvelous training program, meeting wonderful fellow tutors from California. I am from a different state in the US, and they welcomed me on board. The director gave us ample evidence-based ideas, direction, examples, and instruction in how to embark on our journey, and left the what to us. Her feedback was clear and simple and engaging. The assistant director gave us the necessary paperwork and also extremely positive feedback.

I have grown with them during my eight weeks of tutoring, approximately. They care immeasurably, and remind us of what is essential. The director shared some new ideas with me about 3-4 weeks ago over Zoom! I have put them into practice. They are fun and time-worthy. This is helping with regular teaching as well as my mojo/chi!

I look forward to more work together in tandem with Newport/MESA, helping the world in modest ways.

Thank you all!
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm thrilled to be a volunteer in the Literacy Program. Experiencing isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic is a salutary reminder of how our learners feel when unable to communicate easily in English. It's so rewarding to see a learner grow in confidence and language ability as we guide them in their sessions. In fact, I think literacy teaching is a two way street with both learner and tutor benefitting in equal measure. The program is incredibly well run by our program director, Cherall Weiss, a consummate professional who brings so much good experience to this program . I have benefitted so much from her advice and from the assistance of the literacy staff at NBPL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a literacy tutor I've seen what confidence refining one's English skills has on my learner's life. As a member of the community I've had the opportunity to recommend that a Turkish mom should consider the free literacy classes available to her at the Newport Beach public library. Presently this mother is struggling with understanding requirements at her son's elementary school and having to speak to the school nurse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Decades ago, I left graduate school convinced that I could not teach. Newport-Mesa Proliteracy showed me that I could still make a difference. I could use my teaching skills to help people become literate, and change their lives in the process. The program matched me with a very hard case indeed: a man in his sixties who had been illiterate all his life. We started with the alphabet. I have had amazing support from Cherall Weiss, the program coordinator, who has helped me find working strategies to help this man. She has my back, whatever the situation. Unless disaster strikes, I plan to work with NMPL for the rest of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program provides highly valuable tutoring for adults in the NB area. As a tutor, I have seen numerous adults make huge steps in life through the improvement of their English skills. The coordinators of the program are extremely organized and provide tremendous support to those who want to improve English. Such a value!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Now finishing my third year of tutoring with this exceptional organization, I am working with my second adult learner. It is wonderfully challenging to work with different learners from diverse backgrounds to find just the right plan to help them meet their goals. The weekly time commitment is manageable and the results are very rewarding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience to participate in the ProLiteracy Program at the library! It has been so rewarding to help an adult learner improve their English skills and see the world open up for them. As a tutor you get so much more than you give!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a tutor in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program is a wonderful way to help adults learn to read, write and speak English. It feels amazing helping these adults become confident to go out in the community and enjoy life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for many years with the Newport Mesa Proliteracy program and hearing the Learners tell me what a terrific opportunity it is to improve their reading, writing and speaking English with well trained tutors thanks to Cherall Weiss.

The program offers one on one tutoring, classes and lots of books to improve English skills once you have completed the orientation and taken an assessment to find your learning level. Word of mouth is a great referral.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization that helps improve the literacy of both English as a second learner and native speakers. The goal is to help people function better in their community. Both the people who work for Newport Proliteracy and the fellow volunteers that I've met are dedicated and warm people. I can see the improvement in my student week after week. It is an amazing opportunity as an volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'm new to the program as an instructor. We are challenged to Covid but the Newport Pro Literacy staff has done a fine job of training online and assisting with any questions I've had. I have an excellent learner and we are making progress. I expect that both of us will have an excellent experience as we work in concert with the Newport Pro Literacy group.
I encourage others to volunteer for the program.
Sincerely,
Wayne

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recommend this program for who wants to study English for better life in US with Friendly and nice people. This is not only English thing.They encouraged me a lot and I can make a goal. How do I know I am getting better? I am writing this review.I couldn’t imagine like this “performance “(to me) before.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Mesa ProLiteracy has been an amazing experience. As a volunteer, I am faced with ongoing challenges on how to prioritize and teach effectively. It has been very fulfilling seeing my learner advance and reach the milestones she had set for herself. Without the dedication, support and resources at this organization, these individuals would have no hope of reaching their potential. This program truly bridges the gap to make productive people who can positively benefit our communities. It also is a platform for creating healthy interaction among people who would otherwise not likely meet. The program fosters a sense of empathy and care which is the building block of a healthy environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer at the NP Beach literacy program for more than a year. It’s been a truly rewarding experience for both my learner and I. Even though we come from very different backgrounds and our communication is limited, we have developed an endearing relationship of trust and appreciation. Having been exposed to the program, I’ve gained a deeper insight into the difficulties a learner faces. To realize that I’m helping navigate and guide my learner through the unfamiliar world and help ease her life, is a fulfilling experience.
The program provides great training, support and guidance to it’s volunteers with clear goals set for success of every learner enrolled in the program. There are clear objectives for achieving certain milestones in the year’s course with much freedom given to volunteers to create lesson plans and provide appropriate material for their respective learner. Thanks for supporting this non profit program and providing the means to create a marked difference in people’s lives.
Susan

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i've attended some of the public programs featuring the group's learners and was impressed and touched by their commitment and accomplishment. The tutors and their learners seem to bond in pursuit of the literacy that opens up a world of possibilities. Well organized, creative, and big-hearted, this group deserves the financial support to continue doing their important work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was technically a "Tutor" of a fantastic "Learner" during 2018-2019 for NEWPORT/MESA PROLITERACY. But it was NEWPORT/MESA PROLITERACY ("NMPL") that was-in actuality-my "Tutor". NMPL taught me how to teach. Taught me how to communicate. Provided me with amazing ideas/tips. Gave me instructive/constructive feedback on how to do it better. In the end, the Learner (i) landed a new job as an electrical engineer, (ii) obtained Green Cards for himself and his family, (iii) took roadtrips to Arizona and Wisconsin with his family, (iv) passed his California driver's license exam, (v) participated in Writer-to-Writer competition, (vi) shopped with me in Newport Beach (he expertly transacted the purchases), and (vii) we read the Bible and several books. Without NMPL's guidance, the Learner and I would have been challenged for the entire year. YEH NMPL!! You guys rock!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is inspiring to observe a person become more confident and successful by improving his or her literacy skills. This opens many doors that were previously closed -- applying for a better job, reading to one's children, communicating with teachers, and many others. This is the role that Newport Mesa Proliteracy plays in our community. Volunteers work with learners one-on-one, helping each at his or her own pace improve literacy skills and become more successful members of our community. As a volunteer tutor, I am proud to play a small part in this work and recommend it strongly to others: both those who can benefit as learners and those who seek a meaningful experience as a tutor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m originally from Korea and had been tutored by a volunteer at the Newport Mesa Proliteracy program. I was a full-time mom and I couldn’t speak English very well. I felt like a little hamster running on the same wheel everyday. I wanted to learn English. Improving my literacy in English has resulted in a lot of new friends and has been greatly helpful to me in obtaining my nursing license. The skills I gained from this program were a significant part of why I was also able to volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. I really appreciate the Newport Mesa Proliteracy program and I still enjoy attending this program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful and helpful program that I have ever taken.
The staff and volunteers are devoted and always willing to help language learners.
They've showed me how I can be a part of community in many different ways such as tutoring sessions, various classes, and introducing outside activities.
I would have been a frog in the well if there had not been this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want call them PFO
Professional, friendly and organized
They help me learn English
with their organized programs
I really appreciate them

Board Member

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa Proliteracy has a great program with amazing volunteers. Its mission is to empower adults through literacy and strengthen local communities. The decades-old program has utilized one-on-one tutoring, small group classes and workshops to help adult learners in the Newport/Costa Mesa area. The program has a long history of making profound impacts in people who would have otherwise struggled to develop adequate speaking, reading and writing skills.

Bitler1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization conducts tutoring at no cost to Adult Learners. We provide the service by volunteers who meet weekly with adults that want to learn to read, write and speak in English. They want to become productive citizens of their communities. Many want to be able to work with their children on homework. Some need the skills to find work, get a driver's license, possible US citizens and most importantly to become an active and giving part of their communities. It is truly an amazing job this nonprofit provides to learners in Orange County, CA.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thank you Newport/Mesa Proliteracy for doing this amazing job. I am honored to be a part of the literacy program for last five years and serving on the board! I am truly amazed by our volunteers hard work, their dedication, their time and commitment for our program!
Thank you all who are making difference in the community!

Bboonnee

Board Member

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa Proliteracy does amazing hands-on work, directly changing the lives of both learners and tutors. This organization supports the adult reading-challenged community in a supportive, patient and dignified environment, enabling learners to profoundly change the quality of their lives. The organization has a lean operating budget and relies heavily on volunteer support, so its funds go directly to enriching the lives of its learners. Imagine knowing you were part of an organization that helped a parent learn to read stories to their children, enabled a person to confidently apply for a better job, or prepared an individual to interact with neighbors and co-workers in English to develop new connections with their community. Newport Mesa Proliteracy engages in high quality, high touch work to improve people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa Proliteracy touches people's lives in the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa communities every day, offering adult literacy services and on-line GED tutoring. In the 15 years I have been involved as a volunteer with the program, I have seen our learners proud smiles as they reach personal milestones -- GED or higher degrees, new jobs, drivers' licenses, or earning US citizenship. My personal skills and appreciation of the diversity of our community have also grown with my involvement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa Proliteracy provides an invaluable community service, a service that has grown in size and impact since I first joined the program as a volunteer 15 years ago. We provide free literacy training to members of the community by assigning each adult learner a trained tutor to help that learner achieve his or her goals in reading, writing, and speaking English. At any one time, we have over 100 active tutor/learner pairs meeting weekly. Each year, learners go on to earn their GEDs, obtain drivers' licenses, get better jobs, and/or achieve US citizenship. The personal attention our training provides not only helps our learners achieve their goal;, it also helps increase their self-esteem, which in turn helps them to become better members of our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm the learner who started her way from the mediocre skills and a bunch of problems with self-identification to the better, smarter life. The classes provided by the literacy program make me doubt my skills and overcome my doubt by constant learning and interacting with the native speakers - our tutors - and the learners who are aware of their share of the big secret of life, culture, understanding, and peace. Being a part of this program brings me to the other, better world where we mend our sometimes challenging to accept differences with the gaining of wisdom and mutual support. I love to develop people around me, I appreciate the chance to do it much more than the possibilities to shop on Amazon, to buy a new car or whatever is thought the best traits of the U.S. Wherever I'll be in the future I will apply the role model I learned here, in the Newport Beach Public Library: learn and teach, be a conscious human.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi
My name is Belle and I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful program. I love working with my learner and learn something new each time. We are very much alike, which I have to hand it to Cherall Weiss to know so much about how to place the tutor volunteer with the learner. And all the help I can get. So many helpful people as close as a phone call.
Thank you
I am grateful to be able to be a part to such a worthy community enrichment program. Which I love every minute of it.
Thanks again
Belle Borsi

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I moved in Irvine I searched for a quiet and nearby library,I was going to Martin Luther king library in San Jose, after a lot of research I found public new port beach library,it is wonderful place. In library I saw an advertise study plan, a volunteer teacher help to student to learn English and find their goal plan, it was awesome and very helpful for me. I can practice English and work to get my plan now , this is very good and useful plan for me. I’m very grateful to Mrs Cherall let me register in this plan and my volunteer teacher Mr Johan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that changes the lives of the people it reaches. As a tutor in the program, I have the opportunity and honor to work with learners who set and reach goals that will make profound differences in their and their families' lives. I have seen firsthand the confidence and happiness that comes when these incredible students are able to reach these goals. This program gives them the tools to achieve their dreams.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor with this organization for a few years now, and have gotten to see firsthand the amazing service they provide. I have worked with three students in the program and have been so humbled by their hard work, drive and determination to achieve their goals in a new country. This program helps them to do so by providing one-on-one tutoring as well as a number of classes in a group setting where they can practice their English skills. Seeing the students benefit from the program by achieving their goals has been such a joy for me and this wonderful program truly changes lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Beach Literacy Program provides untold benefits to learners and tutors alike. The resources available at the Newport Beach Public Library to both groups is invaluable. Both the director and her assistant are incredibly helpful. The director brings her wide-ranging experience to the program, providing insights into our tutor - learner relationships as well as instantly being able to provide the right resource for any teaching challenges I face .
Over the years I have found that the value of the literacy program is very far-reaching. In our introduction to literacy we learned that incarcerated individuals have a high rate of illiteracy. I was gratified to learn recently that one of my former learners wants to help those incarcerated folk when she retires by virtue of the fact that she herself benefited so greatly from the literacy program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The driving force at the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Program is our director, Cherall Weiss. I am a tutor, and teaching my learner is such an honor and pleasure. I am grateful to be included in this fabulous program. We have mentors to start our journey with our tutors. The speakers and programs which we attend called Tutor Connection are our lifeline. The rich library of books and teaching aids are invaluable. The learners have an incredible number of other weekly classes to explore, and gain more experience with English. Cherall’s absolute most distinguished talent is matching the learners to the tutors. Our program is fluid, dynamic, challenging and extremely rewarding to me, and I am sure to all the learners and tutors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a English learner. I've been taking the programs for many years. There are many wonderful variety programs for learner. The volunteer teachers of the programs and the tutors of one on one class have high teaching skills and really responsibility and dedicate to their work. The coordinators in the library office are very good supporters for us and encourage to achieve our goals. My English is improving from the programs and I am also learning the cultures. I highly recommend the programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Participating in the Newport Mesa Proliteracy Program is a two-way street. For the learner the street leads to opportunities for achieving goals in personal, family and community living. The program is organized to help set goals and to encourage the learner to meet them. These goals, both large and small, are met by gaining improved skills in reading, writing and understanding. As the goals are met and new goals set, the learner feels a sense of pride and is inspired to keep going.
For the tutor participating in the program (the street) leads to feelings of satisfaction in seeing the learner progress and in doing something that helps others. The resources of the program to assist the tutor and learner are abundant and can be targeted to the needs of the individual.
We are indeed fortunate to have Newport Mesa Proliteracy in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So proud of the impact this organization has on its pupils! The classes, tutoring, and online GED program truly improve lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering in the NewportMesa Literacy Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had. It opened my eyes to the great need to provide literacy to the many adults who have fallen through the cracks. One does not think of our community of having this need. I was amazed to learn that there are many adults struggling with literacy problems.
I have met many wonderful individuals and am proud to call them friends.
RRF

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program provides valuable service to people who are working hard to improve their English skills -- for education and employment opportunities, to help their children or just to manage life in a new country better. The staff are very welcoming to new learners and volunteers and offer a good range of services to help learners improve.

Dian M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Beach Library ProLiteracy program provides a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to give the gift of reading and writing to adults. The staff is most helpful and the resources are great. I would highly recommend the program to non-native speakers and volunteers of all ages.

Joni N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a marvelous opportunity for learner and tutor alike! Cheryl Weiss oversees a program whose impact reaches FAR beyond its small office within the Newport Beach Library. Each week hundreds of us work with our students in 2 hour increments to achieve the goals that our adult learners have identified as their priorities. This is individualized learner at its finest! Each dyad is an unique as the members working together. If a tutor is at a loss for ideas or resources, a call or email to the office will resolve the problem. The quarterly "tutor connection" is another way that the tutors can connect with other tutors, be inspired by their successes, and learn about additional techniques to make their sessions more effective. The yearly International Literacy luncheon, also held at the library, is a joy. I left last year's gathering buoyed by the energy, commitment and dedication of about one hundred tutors and learners representing at least a dozen different nations. As I chatted with learners I discovered that there were as many differences in personal goals as there were learners! What was so exciting was hearing how many of those were being achieved. Amazing what a volunteer program can accomplish when leadership and guidance are ongoing and one feels part of a community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Newport Beach library! Great place and great people! I am currently a student in a Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program at NBPL. As a new immigrant I thank all the staff and volunteers for giving me a great opportunity to learn English. They offer all kinds of different classes and books in this program, such as reading, conversation vocabulary and writing classes etc. They also assign an individual tutor for each student. Also everything is free. I deeply appreciate their effort and time devoted.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Every life has a period of time that has a great impact on it in a distinguishable way. Literacy Program changed my life as an immigrant and gave me a brighter resolution of life. Being with people who help others selflessly is a life changer opportunity for me. All they want is to help others to achieve their personal goals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful and honored to be a volunteer tutor and writing facilitator for the Newport / Mesa ProLiteracy Program of The Newport Beach Library. The invaluable experience I have gained seeing our Learners go from beginners to advanced stages in English Language Development is gratifying and beyond words. I give much of the credit to our Director, Cherall Weiss and staff for developing a program designed to encourage and provide each Learner with the necessary tools to achieve their goals. Volunteer Staff Developments are frequently scheduled and are attended by many of us. We share and get helpful information on ways to improve our teaching techniques. Happy, dedicated and committed, this is what I see on the faces of our Learners, staff and fellow volunteers. I hope to be a part of this inspiring program for many years to come.
Sincerely,
Maria Sylvia D. Chronister, MA Ed TESOL

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa Pro-Literacy Program is one of the best English Language Learner's program in Southern California. , I can say that this program ranks above many in providing literacy to all adult English Language Learners. Learners are exposed to grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary and cultural experiences. I am a volunteer tutor/instructor in this program with 25 years experience as an educator in the field of TESOL.
Maria Sylvia Duarte Chronister

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! I signed up for volunteer work here and was impressed with the professional yet friendly approach.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome program, dedicated and wonderful people. Thank you so much for your every efforts and love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I STARTED BLIND, KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE PROGRAM EXCEPT IT SEEMED TO PROMISE MORE FLEXIBILITY THAN OTHERS I RESEARCHED. A GOOD ORIENTATION PROGRAM REINFORCED THIS, AND THE EASE OF CONNECTING WITH THE DIRECTOR MADE A GOOD FIT. I HAD THE GREAT GOOD FORTUNE IN TWO WONDERFUL STUDENTS, ONE AN ITALIAN ARCHITECT, WHO BY VIRTUE OF HIS PRACTICE BEING IN THE PROVINCES, NEVER HAD TO SPEAK ENGLISH,AND SECOND, A KOREAN MOM WITH AMBITION TO WRITE CRITICISM OF FILM IN ENGLISH. I SCULPTED A PROGRAM FOR EACH BASED ON THEIR INTERESTS, INTERESTS I FORTUNATELY SHARED. THE DIRECTOR APPROVED MY APPROACH AND PROGRESS WAS AND IS BEING MADE. THE DIRECTOR AND HER ASSISTANT HAVE BEEN ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE AND READY TO HELP. IT HAS BECOME A REGULAR PART OF MY LIFE AND I CAN NOT IMAGINE NOT DOING IT.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing program that changes people's lives, and makes an enormous socio-economic impact in the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They tacking very personal care to each client . Always satisfied . I am tacking tutor classes weekly there and use library books and CD all the time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Beach Library Literacy Program is a wonderful resource for improving reading, writing and speaking English. I have been a tutor for many years and seen a lot of adults learn so much and improve their quality of life. I love being a part of this terrific program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa ProLiteracy is a terrific program. I am so happy to be part of this excellent program especially seeing the progress from the learners.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This firm helped me to get a grip in the US. All the tutors giving their best to improve their learners life in the USA. An unique curriculum for each learner! - that's the speciality of all the tutors. The literacy coordinator Cherall doing a great job and she's the backbone of this organization. They are serving learners from more than 10 countries, and thus each learner is improving intercultural skills too. All the management team, Cherall, Victoria, tutors, volunteers, and learners make this firm a perfect place for each newcomer to the USA.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best ESL program ever!! This program has transformed the lives of many learners. My sincere thanks to all tutors for your labor of love!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is an extraordinary organization that transforms, empowers, and enlightens the lives of so many members of our community. I am honored to be a part of an organization that teaches adults how to read and write, enabling them to be capable members of our society.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best program and it touched me so much. I am a new Immigrant for China. It was so amazed by those Tutors, workers, volunteers, they are making a huge difference in our life! They want each one to grow and make us better person and this society better. I love them and I love this country. I will be like them to help other people and make difference!

Annie.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been a volunteer tutor in the Newport Mesa Literacy program for 18 months. Due to the insightful and willing help from the Literacy Program staff I've been able to help my learner in her quest to improve her written, spoken and comprehension skills. The help from Literacy staff has been extraordinary in view of the fact that my learner has little access to any internet technology. Nevertheless, the learner has made progress and is always reminding me how grateful she is for all the learning avenues that she has discovered.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been in the program for half a year and I've made big progress on my English! My tutor John has been always patient, encouraging, kind and informative. He explained the origins of lots of slangs that help me remember tremendously, and he explained the nuances of some synonyms so I won't get myself into trouble in my daily work.

I'd recommend this program for all levels non-native speakers. My sincere thanks for all the volunteers for making the miracle happen!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Friends, I would like to say very big Thank you to all command of Newport Mesa ProLiteracy English classes. Thank you for your great helpful and chance to study English by your high quality programm. For 1,6 years i began to read books, listen radio, understand a lot of American idioms. But the best and very important to me is, that I began to communicate with people.. I have a lot of new friends .I have a good job. My respect to Cherall Weiss.She is very professional manager and psychologist.Actually,she was the person, who helped me to loose my shy to talk .Thank you to my best tutor Elaine Satine for her patience and exastingness. I love our conversation , book reading, idioms ,movie talk classes. My gratitude to our Teachers-volunteers for great job, what they do We are appreciate all of them. With best wishes , Zhanna .

Lynn114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Mesa Proliteracy program is a joy for both tutors and learners. The support staff is outstanding and does an amazing job to find perfect matches that are enjoyable and enriching for both sides. I know from the learners whom I have worked with that the full range of programs at the library--book clubs and specialized classes--greatly enrich the one on one tutoring project. This program is a gift to the community and to all involved.

LaurieX

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began tutoring at Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy about seven years ago after retirement. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience leading to lasting friendships, cultural exchanges, and some great fun. The program itself is very well-organized with all the training, resources and support any tutor could want. The Literacy Library has books, programs, teaching materials, and learning tools/games for any level of tutor or learner. As a volunteer with NO teaching background, I am comfortable asking the friendly and experienced literacy staff to assist with ideas, suggestions or materials to help my learners reach their goals. Lastly, the program promotes a wonderful level of openness and trust between learner and tutor. In the course of tutoring my learners, I learn much about their lives, culture, language, foods, customs, struggles, dreams and goals. They readily share their own histories and I am always impressed by their strength and courage. This ProLiteracy program is “win-win” for all who choose to become involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring with Newport Mesa ProLiteracy for about 5 years and it has been an enriching and satisfying experience. I have learned much from my learners about their countries, cultures, customs and backgrounds. I have made valuable friendships as a result of the special bond that can form between tutor and learner. The staff at NMPL is extremely knowledgeable and available anytime for questions or advice about the tutoring process. There are resources of every kind in the literacy office (books, CDs, learning aids, visual aids, and computer programs, etc.) and the staff happily provides suggestions or guidance whenever I reach a stumbling block. I feel very well supported in this regard, and that helps me and my learner as we continue to move forward. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, this is the place! Attend orientation/training and you will be on your way to a very enjoyable adventure.

Parvin T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


More than 30 years I am going to the Newport Beach library for learning English. All staff of This library is so kind and treat me as a family member.
Their behavior with learner are with compassion and sincerity.
I like to say a special thanks to Sharol, literature department manager, for providing varied programs based on our learner's needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Mesa Literacy program has offered me the opportunity to use the skills that I developed over 35 years as a secondary language teacher.. When I retired 8 years ago from the classroom I was searching for a non- profit organization that would find my participation useful. It was a perfect fit for me. Being able to help people function better in society because of improved English language skills has been so rewarding for me as well as for my learner. Watching my learner's skills and confidence improve the last year and one-half has been exciting!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been learning English at Newport Beach library. Staffs and volunteers are so kind! I''m taking some classes and tutoring for English Lerner, these are very helpful! Thanks to them, I can enjoy learning English. I really appreciate them!