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.
I came across this organization when I was looking for a meaningful way to help people less fortunate. With a solid background in teaching, this looked like the perfect solution to my search. I have never felt more rewarded for my endeavors. I am a tutor, an assessor, and on the Board of Directors as a Tutor Representative. Seeing the sparkle in students' eyes when they realize they are accomplishing their dream is so exciting. Our teaching materials and support system are excellent. I am thoroughly committed to this organization!
Anne Arundel County Literacy Council provides an invaluable resource throughout Anne Arundel County. It is staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who are deeply committed to literacy for all.
I have been teaching English as a Second Language to people from Vietnam for about 7 years now. This is the most rewarding work I have ever done. My students are incredibly motivated and hard-working....and they succeed! A former student, one of the brightest young women I've ever met, learned enough English to get into Community College. She graduated with flying colors and is now at University of Maryland (while working full-time, bringing over her parents and 3 siblings, and somehow finding time to meet a lovely young man and become engaged!) We just trained 40 new tutors. The need is huge! Our volunteer support staff is amazing, but I fear for them and for all of us if they exhaust themselves. Support would be welcome!
Talk about an organization that does what it says it's going to do, eliminates bureaucratic aggravation, and enables people-to-people connections that change lives--and you're talking about the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC). Like an empathetic matchmaker, the all-volunteer AACLC pairs people who love reading with adults who have been frustrated in their efforts to learn how to read. After meeting several times a week over the course of one or many years, true progress is made and friendships forged. The time I spend with the young man I'm tutoring simply flies and I know that both of us deeply value this experience.
I have been volunteering for almost 20 years. In the last few years I have been looking to do something on a more personal level. I heard about AACLC but hadn't made it to one of their training classes until Fall of 2011. The training course was very interesting and not long after completing the training, I received several dossiers for people who needed tutoring. Once case in particular captured me, a man who wanted to improve his reading skills so he could read to his daughter. Unfortunately, there are more students that tutors, so he waited for quite some time before I got his case. So long in fact that his daughter was now a teenage and not really interested in "dad" time. But my student still wanted to work on his skills. So, for the last year, we have meet almost weekly to work on improving his reading, comprehension and writing. He has made wonderful progress. So much progress that his supervisor noticed his increased efforts at reading work manuals and complimented him on his efforts! My student was extremely proud of himself! And he continues to meet regularly with me to continue his journey into the great world of words!
AACLC is serving an important and unmet need in our county. Adults that fail to score high enough on the CASAS test to enter the GED prep or External Diploma programs are referred to the AACLC. Without this organization, there is no where else to turn.
Reading is an essential part of success in our society. To be able to share this skill with others less fortunate is a privilege. The AACLC shows tutors how to do this using an accepted and proven method. The instructors are all tutors themselves, many with years of experience in tutoring, all with years of successful life experience.
I recently completed the adult reading tutor training at The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council based in Annapolis, Maryland and I am looking forward to being assigned a student. I am impressed by the group's professionalism, their skills in teaching adults how to teach other adults to read as well as the materials and support that is provided to all volunteer tutors. The AACLC is an extremely important resource for adults trying to improve their reading skills that will ultimately make them more productive members of the community.
I chose to volunteer with the Anne Arundel Literacy Council because I saw the need for the service. I volunteered as a tutor in a County Detention Center and saw inmates whose reading level had often stagnated at the 3rd or 4th grade level. Adults who cannot read on a functional level tend to remain hidden in society and they rarely reach their full potential.
I have been a tutor with the Literacy Council for 2 very rewarding years. My student is a woman from Columbia who is literate in Spanish but wants to learn to read in English and become a citizen. She works hard to learn the vocabulary I teach her each week. She tells me of her success being able to communicate with co-workers. She has learned to use a bilingual dictionary so she can find the meaning of new words on her own. Both she and I are proud of her progress. The Literacy Council does a wonderful service by finding people who want to learn to read and matching them with volunteer tutors, giving the tutors the training and support they need to fulfill their teaching mission.
I recently began volunteering as a tutor for the AACLC, Inc. The training was very good and the materials are excellent. I am actively tutoring on a 2hour a week basis and i find the experience uplifting and enourmously satisfying. I'd really like to see the Council grow. Randy Brown
I recently became a volunteer tutor for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. Their training is superb and comprehensive. They conscientiously match students with tutors in temperament, schedule, and location for optimum results. The lovely woman I work with is eager and full of valuable life experiences. We both look forward to our very productive and mutually satisfying sessions. It is indeed a labor of love to facilitate another's mastery of such a fundamental skill. I feel quite fortunate to be associated with such a fine organization.
I just became a tutor and my adult learner is very eager and asks for homework! As a teacher this is anatural and very rewarding way to give back.
I have donated over 40 hours per week to the Literacy Council for the past year because what our program offers to our community is real and life-changing, and because I know we are making a positive difference in our community. As Director, I see the success stories every day, and have the privilege of working alongside over 140 talented, dedicated tutors, staff and board members. Our free, individualized literacy tutoring for adults and out-of-school youth helps individuals achieve their personal goals, such as pursuing a GED, getting a better job, obtaining a drivers license, reading and filling out job applications, etc. Achieving their goals not only empowers the student, but also improves the lives of their family and our community as well. This has been an extremely rewarding experience!
I am a volunteer with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I am a tutor, and have also supported both training and assessment efforts. I was drawn to this organization for several reasons, foremost among those being the emphasis on reading and literacy and service to a population who often have no where else to turn for this free-to-them service. I am very pleased with the caliber of the volunteer organization. People are committed, work hard, and stay focused on the needs of our students. There is a focus on continuous improvement, and the leadership is selfless and striving to improve the tutoring service as well as the development of the tutors' abilities to meet the needs of students.
I am a new literacy tutor and am very happy with the excellent training we received from the Literacy Council and have been pleased with the efficiency and organizational skills of this group. I am very pleased to be included among the trained tutors. This is a critical organization for the people in our community.
I am a volunteer board member. The work of the literacy Council is urgently needed in our county as well as other counties in our State. It helps to improve the lives of the students and their families. It improves their self esteem, helps them to get better jobs and is a pathway to higher earnings and a better standard of living. It is a winning situation for all. The highest of praise goes to the individuals who tutor the people who are in need of reading skills for they are truly angels to the students and their community.
I'm a volunteer tutor with the Anne Arundel Literacy Council. I have worked with the same student for two years. The director and other professionals in this non-profit organization are efficient, helpful and encouraging to those of us who work directly with adult non-readers. My student was relieved to find a place where he could work with a knowledgeable, caring tutor in private; that he did not have to be embarrassed within a group setting; and that there was no testing -- just his own initiative to learn. His outlook on his place in the world has changed. He has proudly measured his own achievement.