The Youth Literacy Program recently added fourteen trained volunteers to its amazing team! During the last week of February, these tutors completed the fifteen-hour training course and are now equipped to provide 1:1 tutoring support in reading, writing, and spelling to elementary-aged students. They will begin working with students in March and continue until the end of the school year in June. In addition, this training marked the beginning of a new partnership with the Foster Grandparent Program, which provides a beautiful multigenerational component to our program!
Planning is underway for the 2nd Annual Summer Camp Reading Initiative, an 8-week summer literacy program offered in collaboration with Youth Transformed for Life and the Christine W. Avery Learning Center summer camps. Our goal is to double the number of students participating from 40 to 80 campers and double the number of paid internships from 14 to 30. The interns, primarily young adults of color, will be trained as tutors to work with the campers to combat summer slide by strengthening literacy skills and developing a love for reading!
The Youth Literacy Program improves the academic achievement of children and teens from low-income families who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains tutors who provide free, one-on-one instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. This program serves approximately 50 students per year (Read Izzy’s success story!).
Youth Literacy tutors work with children from low-income families who read, write, and/or spell below grade level. Tutors in this program complete an initial orientation and a 16-20 hours training, which includes some pre-course work and/or homework (short articles to read, short videos to watch). They then receive follow-up support and the option to attend in-service training throughout their tutoring commitment.
Tutors in this program work with their students twice per week for 50 minutes each session. Youth Literacy tutors commit to working with their students for at least one school year. Literacy Together has identified two afterschool programs to work with their students: YTL (Youth Transformed for Life) in the North Asheville area (on Merrimon Avenue), and Christine W. Avery students in the Montford area.
Learn more about the Summer Reading Initiative summer reading camp 2021!