I have been a volunteer for The Literacy Alliance since 2012 and it has been an extremely enriching experience! This organization shares the love of reading, learning and science enthusiastically with such a diverse range of children from the youngest school ages to adolescence. The Literacy Alliance president Diane Keyes is a real driving force and overall amazing woman who has the experience and know-how to make the organization work cohesively with very little overhead. She leads by example with her exemplary service to our community and her commitment to fun and enriching programs. Diane is so dynamic and coaxes good performances and service out of our volunteers--even the shy ones! She and everyone in the organization teaches that everyone can do SOMETHING to help out in their community whether it's reading to a little one, designing props and costumes or being a ride for volunteers who need to reach their destination. The Literacy Alliance does programs every week all year long and offers so many opportunities to help out while providing a valuable experience to everyone who volunteers for them in a way that ignores the boundaries of age or ability.
One thing that I've always loved about "Lit Alliance" programs is that they all offer a balance between education and entertainment in a way that draws the audiences in and makes them receptive to the less exciting stuff. Even teens who seem put off by the idea of a puppet show or a science demonstration will get involved and show enthusiasm by the end of the performance. I really can't talk highly enough of the programs or the volunteers who make it all happen. It's been a joy to see The Literacy Alliance grow and to reach more and more audiences every year. I'm proud of the difference they are able to make in Seminole County, Orange County and Central Florida as a whole.
The Literacy Alliance is all heart with community programs and fantastical and captivating storytelling. Consisting of dedicated volunteers of all ages, The Literacy Alliance touches children's and families' lives at the homeless shelters, hospitals, alternative urban schools, and organizations and daycares across Central Florida. Over the past few years, I have watched The LitAll grow and thrive. They are out in the community more and more, such as attending family outreach events at the convention center. They have been adding programs to an already packed schedule, touching additional lives with advanced puppetry and good books. They even have a local author amongst them.
Without education and critical thinking a society becomes stagnant. That's why I believe with all my heart on the principals and work of the Literacy Alliance. This is an organization that understands that developing a love for and engaging children, teens and adults in reading is critical for a better community and stronger individuals. It's a pleasure to be a part of this great organization.
It's been very rewarding to have been a part of the Literacy Alliance since it was created a few years ago to fill a void in the services available to residents - specifically the children - of Seminole County. Watching the teens and children share the joys of reading, story participation, music and songs is a great way to spend an afternoon, or even many afternoons.
I love being apart of The Literacy Alliance! It is my joy to be with children, teens, other great volunteers and books! Being able to bring a positive literacy experience to children and teens in distressful situations is very rewarding. Each time I see the teens and children become engaged and interested in the learning experience, I am grateful. It touches my heart to see them smile because of their success at that moment. I love that we go were there is a need for a love of books! To each program we bring encouragement, humor, acceptance and most of all books. We love sharing literature and wherever we go, that love is easily seen and best of all – it is catching.
I am proud to part of The literacy Alliance, a non profit organization based in Central Florida. It offers many different programs for kids in the Central Florida region; book talks, puppet shows, puppet movies, magic tricks, science experiments, reading exercises and poetry activities. Most of these programs are catered towards at-risk kids at the Seminole Regional Juvenile Detention Centre, the Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy, Boys Town of Central Florida, Midway Safe Harbor institute and homeless shelters. In addition, The Lit Alliance conducts programs at the local elementary and middle schools, local county library and at the local book stores.
These programs not only benefit the kids, but also the numerous volunteers that participate to make these programs successful. They regularly perform in front of audiences as actors and speakers, and they help develop props and other required materials for the shows. Overall, it is a great experience for the volunteers.
Diane Keyes, the president of the Literacy Alliance is someone who continuously attempts to promote reading and education for at-risk kids. She has dedicated her entire life to the community around her. She is a librarian by profession, but an altruist by nature. She needs all the support she can get to make her mission successful. Help us continue this effort by volunteering for this organization and/or by making a donation.