I am retired and a new tutor for five months with AACLC. I have to admit that I was kind of anxious about having the ability to tutor at first. However, as I was introduced to the initial literacy training program, I met people from all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, but one of the things that stood out was that all the people (trainers, support staff, training students) cared for people, They sincerely desired and wanted to make a difference in people lives through tutoring. That's when I realized I was in the right place to learn to tutor. They have excellent material that is very thorough and cutting edge for the student and tutor. Plus, they have a practical and professional way of evaluating and screening potential students and assign them accordingly. Their overall support system via the organization and /or website is excellent. I also admire the oversight of the director. She is very hands on which is different than many other organizations I have worked with.
Kudos to Lisa Vernon and the AACLC, INC staff. What a great group of volunteers. I just received excellent training to be a reading tutor and cannot wait to give of my time and talent to the organization and to those who are less educated for whatever reason so that they can better navigate our daily living.
The AACLC is a truly committed volunteer organization with a focus on empowering adults and improving their lives through literacy training. I joined as a volunteer a few months back and have been extremely impressed by the very dedicated organizing team. Their warmth and compassion as well as attention to detail benefit the students and tutors making it a wonderful experience for both. I am truly lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with the AACLC and look forward to a long collaboration with them.
I worked with the AACLC to tutor an ELS student. Watching the commitment and the effect that the organization has, I was glad that I could be apart of it. I'm not sure who gets the most from the experience, the tutors are so dedicated, or the student who is also dedicated.
AACLC truly changes lives in deep, meaningful and lasting ways. Literacy skills are not just about learning to read, they are about learning to think, being able to articulate goals and persevere to achieve them. AACLC recognizes that "teaching people to fish" is a process that takes time and guidance. When the two come together - caring tutors with committed tutees - lives change in both measurable and immeasurable ways. AACLC is not just changing lives, AACLC is changing society one life at a time.
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was created by the federal government to address reading and math issues students in elementary and secondary schools have to ensure a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. "Children who learn to read well early in life are more likely to be engaged in school and experience academic success. A deficiency in reading skills impacts achievement in all other areas of education.”(U.S. DOE)
The NCLB addresses issues inside the school system, but what about students and adults of any age who may have left the school system without learning to read well? Those who might not have gotten the individualized attention that they needed to become life-long learners and readers can get that attention from tutors in the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC). The AACLC provides personalized assessments for participants, training for volunteer tutors, and resource materials for both within the program.
Perhaps the AACLC should be known as the No Adult Left Behind Agency of 2015!
I noticed that people who cannot read, write, or speak proper English feel ashamed of that. The Literacy Council gives them a chance to improve their quality of life and become an equal member of the society .
The literacy council provides a wonderful opportunity for us to share our love of reading and commitment to literacy with others who have a desire to improve their reading skills. It is a joy to see their excitement as reading becomes an important part of their lives. All of this is done at no cost to the participant. What a gift!
I have had the privilege of helping AACLC with their website for two or three years, and I continue to be amazed at how active, committed, and engaged its volunteers and supporters are.
Every month there are new "Success Stories" of lives changed, and often those lives are not just the students, but the tutors as well. I have an inside glimpse of how many hours of dedicated service are put into this organization, and it is staggering.
If you are a potential donor with a heart for changing lives, especially if you live in the Anne Arundel County area, there could be no better organization for you to consider supporting.
I have worked with the board and staff of AACLC to help them revitalize their website. Without exception, I found them to be dedicated, well-trained, knowledgeable, and passionate about their organization's mission. Anne Arundel County is fortunate to have such a vibrant group performing such a vital service.
I am currently working with a 20 year old young man who dropped out of high school after the tenth grade. I cannot praise too highly the quality & quantity of support I receive from those in charge of AACLC: E-mails with suggestions for different techniques and new resources, seminars on specific topics, continuing training opportunities, and responses to e-mail queries within minutes. AACLC even sponsored a dinner party with a motivational speaker for students and tutors earlier this month.
When I started with this student, six months ago, he really couldn't read at all! Meeting twice a week and using the Laubach method prescribed by AACLC, he has completed Book 1 and is truly able to read fluently the materials provided with confidence. That AACLC provides all materials to students and tutors at no charge is amazing. The gift of the tools needed to learn to read truly enhances their value. My student and I are proud of his progress and look forward to broadening and refining his skills.
I am a volunteer literacy tutor and I fnd the AACLC to be very effective in recruiting adults who need assistance with increasing their speed and ability to read. I have had 3 tutoring students - they have all been able to meet their objectives in terms of increasing their ability to read.
The most motivated of my students have been those who want to read as well as their children do - to be able to assist their children with their homework, answer their questions about reading assignments, etc. All of my students have been able to achieve that objective and more.
Very good organization, that allows one on one tutoring for those who are not able to work in a class environment.
This organization does so much to attend to the literacy needs of so many. I have never worked with such dedicated volunteers and seen the lives of their clients impacted so profoundly. Helping people to read or read better has a domino effect on the community. By helping one person, you positively affect everyone around them nurturing independence, productivity and a better quality of life.
The Ann Arundel County Literacy Council activities have a profound influence on the clients who want to read and write. Opportunities open to those who become literate. All this is done with a corps of volunteers.
Recipients of this service are so grateful and say it can be life changing. I know that the volunteers and staff go well beyond to help the students achieve their goal. It's just as rewarding to the volunteers as the student when they reach their goal.
I have now been involved as a tutor with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council for several months as a volunteer. As a tutor, I work with two adults, teaching them how to read and write. It is most rewarding to see my students progress in their studies and become more educated and confident about their new found skills. One student's goal is to become a nurse, while the other wishes to get a better job to support his family and eventually attend college.
I think the AACLC is a most worthy non profit organization and offers essential services and educational opportunities to Anne Arundel County residents. Currently, there are 70,000 people in my county who do not have the reading and writing skills to obtain a GED. The more support AACLC gets from the county and state, financially and otherwise, the more AACLC will be able to help our citizens reach their educational goals and become independent.
I am very thankful for this opportunity to be involved in such a worthy organization.
Sarah M. Fredericks
I have been a part of this organization only since last November. In that short time, I have found that many of the people are very dedicated and help make it a successful organization. I am very proud to be a part of such a well run council.
AACLC offers excellent instruction to prepare tutors. It pairs up tutors to students geographically to optimize convenience for both parties. This also improves the chances that tutors and students will be able to meet regularly. The AACLC office provides training materials and frequently suggests helpful websites. Even the periodic emails with lesson ideas and inspiring stories keeps the focus on the training and success for students. I am very pleased with the support I receive as a volunteer.
The Anne Arund Literacy Counci is a very important volunteer group that is sincerely dedicated to helping adults of all ages to improve their reading. The "students" and their volunteer tutors develop a
personal relationship as they work together in the reading process. I love working with my student at the public library and seeing him progress; and, the Literacy Council provides all the training and all the materials that we need. Tell your friends and family what a great organization it is, helping so many of our county residents to become better readers!
Second year AACLC tutor
You can't imagine how much AACLC is accomplishing! Both tutors and clients are being sought out by whatever means all of us can think of. We have an active board, a volunteer structure that includes folks in charge of tutor training, tutor oversight, methods for matching tutors and clients, an incredible monthly newsletter, community links with all appropriate agencies, and connections with politicians and local media.
Volunteers are given intensive training and offered regular workshops to increase their capabilities.
AACLC also recognizes its volunteers both formally and informally.
All of these things are accomplished by a group of dedicated volunteers who not only donate their time and talents, but funding as well.
If you can imagine not being able to read yet through the efforts of volunteers providing one-on-one tutoring, you not only learn to read but your life takes on a new dimension. That is what AACLC is all about. As a tutor I can speak from experience that this organization provides invaluable service to individuals and in turn to the community.