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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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

I have been involved with Newport Mesa ProLiteracy for three years as a tutor. It is an incredible program. The energy, diligence and determination of the students is so inspiring. The one-on-one nature of the experience allows us tutors to help learners achieve their goals at the pace that is right for them and in the style personalized to their needs. The learners can supplement this instruction with the program's fabulous class offerings - from book clubs to discussion groups. I'm so proud to be able to play a small part in such a wonderful program.

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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.

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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.