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Newport Mesa Proliteracy

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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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7clifford

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

I have been volunteering as a tutor to an adult learner for the past six months. It is a truly rewarding experience. To spend time with someone who is so motivated to learn and who works so diligently to excel is what this program is all about. You will get so much more out of this program than you give.

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

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 love being a part of the Newport/Mesa Proliteracy organization. I have volunteered with this group for a year. Administrators, volunteers and learners are a joy to be around. Everyone is dedicated and committed to provide the gift of literacy, something we all too frequently take for granted. There is no greater joy than watching someone engage with their community once they have the confidence to communicate with those around them. This is a truly wonderful organization and I recommend it to everyone every chance I get!

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!

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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

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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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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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.