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Project Adult Literacy AKA Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy

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Nonprofit Overview

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

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Parvin T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


More than 30 years I am going to the Newport Beach library for learning English. All staff of This library is so kind and treat me as a family member.
Their behavior with learner are with compassion and sincerity.
I like to say a special thanks to Sharol, literature department manager, for providing varied programs based on our learner's needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Mesa Literacy program has offered me the opportunity to use the skills that I developed over 35 years as a secondary language teacher.. When I retired 8 years ago from the classroom I was searching for a non- profit organization that would find my participation useful. It was a perfect fit for me. Being able to help people function better in society because of improved English language skills has been so rewarding for me as well as for my learner. Watching my learner's skills and confidence improve the last year and one-half has been exciting!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been learning English at Newport Beach library. Staffs and volunteers are so kind! I''m taking some classes and tutoring for English Lerner, these are very helpful! Thanks to them, I can enjoy learning English. I really appreciate them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so thankful that the Newport Literacy Programm exist. I enrolled for this programm one year ago. Shy, timid and without any self confidence I began my journey. I went to different, wonderful classes and took time with my excellent tutor to reach my goal. One year later I can say that I'm back in life again. I reached the goal i was setting for myself. I met new friends and I gained my self confidence back. This programm is so unique. and lives with the personality of each single volunteer. Everyone here works with passion, commitment and joy. I highly recommend this fantastic organisation.
Julis

Suneel J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This group is an early participant in the Career Online High School program, and should be congratulated on their effort to improve the lives of even more in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I look forward to working with the highly talented and devoted members of the Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy Board. I am honored that they have appointed me as their Vice President, and I look forward to assisting all the team in all their endeavors. Having spent 36 years in the book publishing industry its especially gratifying to be able to assist in helping people who have struggled to read and write.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a learner in this program. It is a terrific non profit program
. I came to US 6 years ago and was confronting language and cultural barriers when I joined it 3 years ago. I gained not only English proficiency but also self esteem in it. My tutor Dr.Steve is a pedestrician with wisdom and humor, he is also a writer. I improved a lot under his tutoring. The teacher Marcia Drew make me feel what is American's volunteer spirit and being inspirited. I love this program. Hopefully, it would attract the public's attention and grow better in future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa ProLiteracy is a champion in the community for a cause that bears importance that cannot be overstated. Adult literacy impacts our community, its livelihood overall, the well being of its citizens, and the success of the next generations as well. Newport Mesa ProLiteracy provides a lifeline of customized, personal tutoring to hundreds of adults in the community each year - leading to new jobs, driver's licenses, voters, and even books read to children. Many of the adults impacted by the program turn right around and become devotees themselves to community service - a testament to paying it forward. Newport Beach would not be the great community it is without this program!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa Proliteracy serves the community in multiple ways - training volunteer tutors to empower adult learners, who in turn become more productive members of society as a result. This organization was formed almost three decades ago; their passionate staff and devoted volunteers work together to remedy literacy challenges more members of our society face than most tend to realize. Their programs and services are vital to the livelihood of our community. Grateful for the impact they render and the noble example the organization provides!

Mykhail R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like NBPL, and my contacts very very help me in my life for dissolved my problems.
I sure it is really center of education activity and cultural life in Orange County - many different actions: special courses and language classes, excursions, common watching and next discussion of nice movie. reading and discussion with authors about book, medical lectures with newest information best specialists and many many other.
I am happy that I have possibility take a part in these deal!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program and was lucky to join it in June 2014.
I attended a variety of grate classes almost every day of the week and got a wonderful tutor.
In a very big shortcut - the Newport Beach Library is like a treasure island where each can find something for himself. The Literacy Program - shines on a top of it as a diamond!

I deeply appreciate all that I am receiving here.

Katie134

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the NBPL Adult Literacy Program. Their tutor training is thorough and efficient, and I learned what I need to know to help adult learners most effectively. The program takes care to match learners and tutors in such a way that the relationship benefits both. I am impressed by the program's comprehensive strategy; they offer book clubs and writing classes to their learners. To see an organization fulfill such a need with such care enlivens my faith in humanity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student of Newport Mesa Proliteracy and love the program. For me this program is like a window of opportunities. I feel myself confident to read, write, and communicate with others in English. I feel very fortunate to be in this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no greater satisfaction than seeing a non-reader, who needs reading and writing skills to improve his or her life, improve those skills on a daily basis through dedication and hard work. I've experienced the joy of seeing this happen first hand as a tutor in the Newport Mesa Proliteracy program. I don't know of any organization that does a better job of providing adults with the opportunity to move ahead and I am very proud to have been a part of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a learner at Newport Literacy program. For me, the best way has been attending classes such as movie talk, book club, pronunciation class, and cooking class.
I am not only listening, speaking English but also have a chance to discover American culture. This program provides a practical environment for learners like me. Thanks!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been with the program for almost two years. My experience has been wonderful with the staff and the tutors. I believe my writing, reading and communication skills have improved a lot. Now I feel more confident talking in front of several people because my pronunciation has improved too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in the program as a learner more than one year. I really appreciate their efforts. This program has been so useful and helpful in my progress.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for about five years. My learners have ranged from people who need to improve their English to help their children with school work and learn to live in a new country to learners that were practicing Doctors in their countries who need better Enlish to become licensed here. It is the various need the program serves that make it outstanding for tutors and learners alike. This is a unique program in many ways.
Arthur Friedman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been in this program as a learner for few months and this program really helps me a lot. All the staffs are really nice and tutors are so dedicated. I appreciate their efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the program for more than two years. I really appreciate the time and effort that my tutor and other instructors put into helping me improve my English. I also appreciate the program providing us books, newspapers and other study materials. I feel that this is a very good program that can help a lot of people who want to learn English. I hope this program can be continued and expanded.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor at the literacy program for 4-5 years and it has been a most rewarding program for the learners and tutors a like. I have experienced different cultures and the enthusiasm of the learners is contagious. Some have become citizens of the US as a result of the program, and many learners have become more proficient in communication with their children's teachers and doctors. Others have been able to improve at their employment. Valuable and individual growth is amazing,Hy Algazi. Ph.D.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a learner at Newport Mesa Proliteracy. The program is really well done. You can choose from a lot of different workshops (cooking, pronunciation, grammar, writing, art craft, movie.....) and have a tutor for private lessons. All the teacher volunteers are very nice. Learning English can be easy and fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have participated in the literacy program of Newport Beach library as an English learner for 1.5 years. The program is great and very supportive to strengthen my weak English. Now I have high confidence to speak with my customers and other people everywhere.
i really appreciate Newport/Mesa Proliteracy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer in this program for three years and am very impressed by other volunteers, the support of the director, and the general enthusiasm among students and tutors.
I researched programs when I became interested in volunteering and this one caught my fancy because of the quality of the training and the communication skills of the director. I am very happy with my choice and my students have been happy with their progress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor and assessor for this program for three years. I am so impressed by the dedication from the staff, learners and tutors. I am so proud to be part of a city that provides such an incredible program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Newport ProLiteracy, which offers tutoring and classes for English learners, for 4 years. The volunteers I have met are kind, lively people who want to help learners improve their skills in English. The learners come from all over the world and are dedicated to becoming active participants in their community while developing better communication skills. I am grateful to have learned much about cultures of the world from the individuals I have taught. The director and staff of the ProLiteracy group are engaged in doing what is best for the program and the people it affects. This is a great nonprofit group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for almost 2 years and I have helped 2 young ladies from other countries with their ambitions to improve their English skills. They are hard workers and very appreciative of all we do for them. It's been a very rewarding experience and I am proud of our city to provide such an excellent program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a well run, results-oriented program. It offers a valuable service in helping learners develop a skill that is as basic as it is essential.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Newport Mesa Pro Literacy Program for two years as a tutor with two learners as well as chairing and participating in their annual fund-raising luncheon.
I have had the privilege of working with the most dedicated people ever - both those couple on the payroll (underpaid) and the many tutors, teachers and learners we are constantly in touch with. This Organization has changed the lives of many hundreds of people who could not get jobs, could not become citizens, could not help their children learn and could not communicate with others. They have given a life to those who thought they "couldn't"!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Newport Mesa Proliteracy at the Newport Beach Library for a couple of years now. It is a fantastic program. All involved love what they do and it shows.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For five years, I have been a tutor in this outstanding program. After a 36-year career in advertising, and totally taking literacy for granted, I discovered in my retirement the profound impact this program has on lives. For the learners, who are so incredibly motivated and so appreciative to learn and assimilate into our culture and society, many with the goal to give back....to the tutors who are so humbled seeing the results of our efforts. Parents participate more in their kids' schools, get better jobs, take higher ed classes, get drivers licenses and some even reach the level of professionalism they left behind in their native countries. Amazingly, each of my learners have told me "volunteerism" isn't something they ever experienced before and believe it is a wonderful American anomaly. In addition, the one-on-one tutoring is the merely the tip of the iceberg re: all the classes and on-going activities the program offers. I am proud to be a very small part of this wonderful and vital anomaly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor in the Literacy Program for about 8 years. I have had students from China, Japan, Iran and Syria.They were all highly committed to improve their English skills. The program gives the opportunity for one to one learning with a native speaker. Most adult learners flourish in that enviornment. The Literacy Staff is always there for any necessary backup. The experience for me has been very rewarding. As one famous teacher said,"By our students, we are frequently taught."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had three different female learners over the course of the past six years. It has been such a pleasure to work with these eager women as they strive to be able to better Understand and further their skills in reading English.
They are so grateful for the time that each of the tutors spends with them and it's a wonderful, wonderful one on one program. I have been really enriched by taking the time out to work with these people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have have been a tutor twice for one year each and I think the program is excellent. I have had lots of help from the office and the materials available are very complete and useful. My learners have both thrived under the program. One has been able to hold a steady job based on her improved English skills, both reading and writing. The other returned to Japan with a much better grasp of English and has enrolled her children in an English language program there.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a learner at the New port Beach Library litericy program.
Thia program is amazing for me.
I got a lot help from here and everybody are very kind.
I really like to participate in this program .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program for literacy is so positive. Filled with excellent training for the tutors and tremendous resources for learning. I have been so impressed with the dedication and effort put into helping the learners. As s tutor it feels so rewarding to see these motivated learners become more proficient with their reading.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I am taking the tutor class and other programs at Newport Mesa Proliteracy .
All of them are helpful and useful. I have improved my English skills and learned
the American culture there. They contribute great benefit for newcomers and learners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer tutor at the Newport Beach library literacy program.. I was in their training class, which was excellent, and am enjoying working with my student, an educated woman from Korea who wants to learn better English so she can teach kindergarten here in California, as she did in Korea.
Each student is evaluated so she or he can receive the most appropriate tutoring. The literacy coordinator is there to answer questions and give advice and her office has many good books arranged by topic and reading level which tutors can use. There is also information there on various courses for literacy students. She monitors tutors' abilities by having us record one or more sessions and then giving feedback.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The program is amazing.
All the teachers volunteers are so nice and kind.
You can choose from to many different programs and really learn English!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a learner at Newport Mesa ProLiteracy, their programs are amazing in a very friendly and fun environment. Many newcomers get profits from their programs. This is a great opportunity for me to engage and practice my English .
E.E

Client Served

Rating: 5

Education is the fundamental method for social improvement, and this literacy program looks to be successful to help its clients to do better in their lives. I was fortunate to find this program, the program management and coordinators are nice and professional ,My teacher is smart and patient , I felt improvement in my english skiIls and my self esteem even after a short time of using this program.I can not say enough good things about this program. I wish some day I could serve my community like the way those people do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with is this program for several years as a tutor. The enthusiasm of the administrators, tutors and learners is contagious. Newport Mesa Proliteracy program offers both tutors and learners substantial and excellent resources and personal assistance to help ensure success. I worked with a learner for several years, and our shared commitment to make her learning experience successful made a deep impression on both of us. The overall spirit community, of helping, and of enthusiasm by all involved, makes this a program of which I'm proud to be a part.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a first time volunteer with the Newport Beach Library literacy program. I am thrilled to be a part of it. I can't wait to use my special education teaching skills to help others in our community learn to read better and to become more active parent volunteers or improve their job skills or do whatever it is that they envision for themselves! Thank you, Newport Beach Library for providing volunteers with the very fulfilling activity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor since March 2013. My pupil has blossomed over this short time into a much more confident, learned, assertive woman. She now has a greater respect for who she is and what she can accomplish. She and I both agree that the strides she has made are a direct result of being involved in the Proliteracy Program.
In just 1 1/2 years, she can read and write with much more comprehension. Together we have established a warm, positive, mutually-beneficial relationship (it makes me feel so good to travel this path with her) and I look forward to meeting her every week. Tutoring is now a highlight of my life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a first-time Volunteer Tutor with Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy and am so glad I'm a part of this incredible organization. I was assigned a 40-year old male Learner from Europe. He has 3 Master Degrees and a PhD and I'm assisting him with his English - speaking, reading and writing. I am so proud of his improvement and can see his growing comfort with the English language. Even though he's motivated to learn, I can see that it takes a complete Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy program to allow this growth through the books he listens to, the classes he attends, and this Volunteer Tutor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm new to the area, and new to this program, but it's already proven to be a great way to get involved with my new community - as well as learn a lot!

However, the biggest reason why I love this organization is because it's providing a service that is ESSENTIAL; helping adults to develop high literacy skills in a way that is comfortable and accessible. I think this is such an important part of maintaining a fair and democratic society, and Newport Mesa Proliteracy does a great job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a tutor for only one year now but I can already see the huge impact that this program makes. At any point in time one can see tutors working with learners in the library's study rooms, cubicles, and even at the cafe. We call our charges learners, not students, because they are actually learning how to become better parents, employees, and community members by not only improving their literacy skills, but also by learning about their community and their new adopted country/culture. The new tutor orientation is fun and thorough and in addition to doing a great job of matching tutors with learners, the Literacy office provides a full calendar of additional workshops for it's learners with pronunciation workshops, grammar/vocabulary, and book club being among the offerings. Newport Mesa Proliteracy is a great program and I'm proud to be involved with it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a small part of the Newport/Mesa Literacy Program and see all that it offers for those wanting to learn English and for those wanting to assimilate into our society. The dedication of staff and volunteers is inspiring. For the learners, they have the opportunity to be assigned their own personal tutor; there is a book club, writing class, conversation class, discussion group, movie talk and more. Both tutors and learners gain much.

1 FrancineJ

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this program since 2010 and not a day goes by when I hear both learners and tutors talk about how Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy has impacted their lives. Every nook and cranny of the Newport Beach Public Library is filled with tutor/learner pairs working hard each day. I am proud to be associated with such a warm, giving and life-changing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The tutors in this program are in a way goodwill ambassadors to the various countries from which the learners come. The learners are becoming more participatory in their communities and gaining a lot of self confidence through their increased skills in English.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Newport Mesa Proliteracy program is having a great impact on the community. Each time in the office I experience groups of people learning to have meaning conversations and striving to understand english. I believe this program is bringing some extra happiness to the community and the participants of the program. It is also clear that the Newport Mesa Proliteracy program is thinking outside the box and finding new ways to teach literacy to students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amazing enthusiasm shown by Learners in this program is truly inspiring. Adults from all walks of life (I have had a Persian engineer and an Israeli building contractor) are eager to gain reading and writing skills and improve verbal communication. Being a Tutor is a chance to contribute an invaluable service to the community. Bill K.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer tutor in the Newport Beach Literacy program for more than 5 years. The contributions this group makes to each person's life is amazing. I have seen so many lives enhanced and become more fulfilling. Learners have succeeded in going to college; getting US citizenship; finding a job and getting promoted at a job. As a volunteer I too have learned so many things about others culture, language and traditions.

1 Shari E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa ProLiteracy is such a positive experience on all fronts. Both learners and tutors alike gain benefits that are immeasurable. Just to name a few of our programs - the one-on-one tutoring; literacy classes several days and nights a week to assist students; literacy conferences and workshops for learners and tutors; International Literacy Day recognitions and awards to our learners. The NMPL organization serves the community in order to empower individuals to take control of their lives by becoming proficient in English. There is still a wide population to serve; we reach out to all those who are in need.

1 Katie108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Newport Mesa ProLiteracy is a program designed to help people who are challenged in English become stronger members of our community. It allows the tutor volunteer plan a program for the learner that is designed to help the learner meet specific goals. Each plan is different, based on what the learner wants to accomplish: read with their children, help out in a classroom, pass the GED, obtain a driver's license, understand the process of voting, etc.

Prospective learners take an orientation class and tutors attend a general training. In this way the learner knows what is expected of them and what they might get, and the tutor is given tools for planning the lessons. It's a wonderful combination.

It is very rewarding on so many levels to be a tutor in the program. It is particularly exciting to celebrate with the learner when they reach their goals.