WLOS’s interview with Julie Taylor, the Youth Literacy Program Director

interview with Julie TaylorOn Tuesday, July 19, the City of Asheville’s Housing and Community Development Committee reviewed and made its final recommendations for which organizations should receive funding from the city’s Strategic Partnership Pilot Program to help close the opportunity gapThe Evaluation Committee then sent a list of their top 8 recommended recipients to the Housing and Community Development Committee for review, and Literacy Together is one of them. Here you can read the article and watch the interviewThank you!
 

The Youth Literacy Program improves the academic achievement of children 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 these Youth Literacy success stories!

This video portrays two of our Youth Literacy students and their tutor. Enjoy it!

 

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Our Igniting Superhero Readers Summer Camp is going strong!

Igniting Superhero Readers Summer CampThe Youth Literacy Program just wrapped-up week five of summer camp! Igniting Superhero Readers Summer Camp is an eight-week program working with fifty-two elementary-age students in the Youth Transformed for Life and the Christine W. Avery Learning Center summer camps. Twenty-six young adult interns received training in phonics-based instruction to work with the students daily to build literacy skills and a love for reading! 
 
Igniting Superhero Readers Summer Camp
The interns also benefit from professional learning opportunities. Joseph Jamison from United Way, Lauren De Haan from the UNC Asheville Career Center, and David Dowd from Bank of Americahave provided workshops for the interns to build their professional knowledge, skills, and experience.
 
 

An abundance of research supports the implementation of community-based summer bridge programs to decrease reading loss, especially for youth from low-resource households. A study published in Reading & Writing Quarterly (2018 34:3, 263-280) demonstrates that a well-designed, community-based summer program can improve literacy skill outcomes for elementary-aged students. 

 Igniting Superhero Readers Summer Camp intentionally emphasized recruiting youth of color for paid internships to serve as tutors. Recent research documents that students of color taught by those who share their identities and cultural backgrounds benefit academically and emotionally (source: Teach for America, June 2019). 

 
In last summer’s program, the bond between the interns and campers was almost instantaneous, and the results were encouraging. The campers received pre-and post-tests conducted by Title I Reading Specialists from Asheville City Schools, using the same tools used during the school year. Of the campers who completed both the pre-and post-tests, 41 out of 44 (93%) improved their test scores in at least one literacy area.
 
Igniting Superhero Readers Summer Camp

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The Youth Literacy 2022 summer camp training started on Monday, June 13th!

Youth Literacy 2022 summer campThe Youth Literacy 2022 summer camp training started on Monday, June 13th. We are training 26 student interns, including two returning from last year! Their ages range from 15 to 20. The interns are attending a week of training from June 13-17, and then they will work with the campers three times a week from June 21st to August 11th. Each intern will work with 1-2 campers in one-on-one sessions for about an hour. Welcome!

The Youth Literacy program provides tutors to students in grades K-5 during the academic year as well as through a summer camp reading initiative. Literacy Together has established a formal partnership with two after-school programs – Youth Transformed for Life (YTL) and Christine W. Avery Learning Center (CWA)

Youth Literacy Program Director Julie Taylor and Program Assistant Tiffany Grimme have recruited 26 summer interns. We anticipate serving 75-100 children this year.
 
An abundance of research supports the implementation of community-based summer bridge programs to decrease reading loss, especially for youth from low-resource households. A study published in Reading & Writing Quarterly (2018 34:3, 263-280) demonstrates that a well-designed, community-based summer program can improve literacy skill outcomes for elementary-aged students. 

The Literacy Together summer camp intentionally emphasized recruiting youth of color for paid internships to serve as tutors. Recent research documents that students of color taught by those who share their identities and cultural backgrounds benefit academically and emotionally (source: Teach for America, June 2019). 
 
In last summer’s program, the bond between the interns and campers was almost instantaneous, and the results were encouraging. The campers received pre-and post-tests conducted by Title I Reading Specialists from Asheville City Schools, using the same tools used during the school year. Of the campers who completed both the pre-and post-tests, 41 out of 44 (93%) improved their test scores in at least one literacy area.
The Youth Literacy 2022 summer camp training started on Monday, June 13th!
The summer camp experience is beneficial to the interns/tutors as well. They learn a new skill, gain the experience of a summer job, have an opportunity to “give back” to the community, and receive letters of recommendation. Once a week, they attend professional development sessions on interview skills, financial literacy, and how to describe the intern experience in college essays and resumes. 

Watch our new video that features students and their tutor in the Youth Literacy program.
 

 

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3-year $265,000 grant award from Dogwood Health Trust

3-year $265,000 grant award from Dogwood Health Trust

Literacy Together is thrilled to announce a 3-year $265,000 grant award from Dogwood Health Trust to expand our Youth Literacy program.

The Youth Literacy program provides tutors to students in grades K-5 during the academic year as well as through a summer camp reading initiative. Literacy Together has established a formal partnership with two after-school programs – Youth Transformed for Life (YTL) and Christine W. Avery Learning Center (CWA)

Youth Literacy Program Director Julie Taylor and Program Assistant Tiffany Grimme have recruited 26 summer interns. We anticipate serving 75-100 children this year.

3-year $265,000 grant award from Dogwood Health Trust

An abundance of research supports the implementation of community-based summer bridge programs to decrease reading loss, especially for youth from low-resource households. A study published in Reading & Writing Quarterly (2018 34:3, 263-280) demonstrates that a well-designed, community-based summer program can improve literacy skill outcomes for elementary-aged students. 

The Literacy Together summer camp intentionally emphasized recruiting youth of color for paid internships to serve as tutors. Recent research documents that students of color taught by those who share their identities and cultural backgrounds benefit academically and emotionally (source: Teach for America, June 2019). 

 
In last summer’s program, the bond between the interns and campers was almost instantaneous, and the results were encouraging. The campers received pre-and post-tests conducted by Title I Reading Specialists from Asheville City Schools, using the same tools used during the school year. Of the campers who completed both the pre-and post-tests, 41 out of 44 (93%) improved their test scores in at least one literacy area.
 
The summer camp experience is beneficial to the interns/tutors as well. They learn a new skill, gain the experience of a summer job, have an opportunity to “give back” to the community, and receive letters of recommendation. Once a week, they attend professional development sessions on interview skills, financial literacy, and how to describe the intern experience in college essays and resumes. 

Watch our new video that features students and their tutors in the Youth Literacy program.
The Youth Literacy Program needs more volunteer tutors! The next Youth Literacy Program training course will begin in August. Sign up here if you want to attend. Or send an email to Laura at laura@lit-together.org. Thanks!
 
 
 
 
 

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Exciting Youth Literacy Program news!

Youth Literacy

 

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!).

Sign up online to volunteer with us!

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!

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