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.Lois Crawley
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.
It has been a pleasure to work with my student, Eric. While he is somewhat handicapped, he is working in the Challenger books and is making good progress through it. I know he is happy to have the chance to read with a tutor each time I come. He expresses his appreciation at every session.
I'm thankful to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in so many lives, bringing the joy of accomplishment to many who would not otherwise experience it.
Teaching someone to read has been something I have wanted to do for many, many years. Each time I inquired through other organizations in the past the classes were either non existant or too far away from my residence or held in the evening and I was working at the time. The Literacy Council was just what I had hoped for. The classes were held in a church, on weekends and the church is close to where I live.
The training was held on two consecutive Saturdays with a follow-up half day class held about a month after the initial training. I found the instruction to be very well thought out and presented clearly and effectively, especially when you consider the broad spectrum of clients that are served. During the follow-up session we each shared our experiences to date. It was both interesting and helpful to hear first hand from other volunteers the pluses and minuses of their sessions. And we were provided the opportunity for additional coaching. I find the group to be very committed, energetic and eager to help move us along in our progress with our clients.
I have a wonderful client. He is motivated, and enthusiastic, there is no question in my mind that he wants to learn to read. His enthusiasm is what keeps me motivated. I feel that the teaching resources provided to us by the Literacy Council plus the help we know is just a phone call away provide the tools needed to keep his classes interesting.
I am very pleased with the program. It is much more than I expected. I admire the staff and the dedicated volunteers who have worked together, literally for years, to make this program what it is today. I would be happy to tell anyone interested in volunteering to come and see for yourself if this would be a good fit for you. I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful organization.
The AACLC is focused on the long-term success of students, not simply on the best short-term learning tactics. The tutors that I have met are incredibly dedicated to this cause, and I am proud to be among them.
The Literacy Council has been changing lives through literacy for adult and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County for the past 38 years. Last year 216 tutor/student matches were supported through the dedication of 233 volunteers. The Literacy Council is a much-needed community resource in our community.
I have worked with this great nonprofit for several years.
The work they do is invaluable to the community. I am proud
to be a part of AACLC.
I was referred to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council a little more than 1-year ago. I have found them to be attentive and consistent in their follow-through. We were quite fortunate to have them available to assist our need.
The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council does a great job teaching people to read, including ESL students and people whose native language is English. There is no charge to the students. Everyone involved with the program shows lots of heart and dedication, which results in great progress by the students.