Through individualized instruction, Literacy for Life helps learners achieve their personal literacy-related goals in diverse areas such as employment, parenting, and citizenship. While working at Literacy for Life, learners:
- Registered to vote
- Voted in November election for the first time
- Wrote a resume
- Got a better job
- Started a pet sitting business
- Finished the entire Interactive English series (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
- Obtained U.S. citizenship
- Complimented on her improved English by her employer
- Obtained a library card
- Wrote a note to her child’s teacher
- Took her child to the library for the first time
- Took a job as a substitute teacher
- Passed the Virginia driver’s test (written and behind the wheel)
- Made a doctor’s appointment by phone for first time
- Learned how to use the # and * keys when listening to a pre-recorded phone prompt
- Told by her daughter’s teacher that her English has improved
- Surprised her tutor with her first email
- Learned to use an iPad
- Improved writing skills
- Greatly improved typing accuracy and speed
- Passed 3 levels of an EPA certification course for using pesticides at a resort
- Began a class at New Horizons
- Learned 6 new English words today and how to count to 10 and recognize numerals
- Learned how to spell and say her numbers, ordinals, months and days properly
- Started dividing polynomials
- Completed a research paper with citations
- Passed the Virginia Placement test
- Passed the Northstar Microsoft Excel digital literacy test
- Passed all four GED tests
- Passed the TEAS (admission test for RN program)
In September, 2018, Literacy for Life tutors reported:
DT demonstrated an eager to learn attitude today. She learns best though taking her own notes and repeating concepts back verbally/aloud. She verbally commented at the end of our session saying, “I had fun and I felt like was in school, thank you Ms. Mia.”
SA spent half the session on verbs and pronouns. She’s doing well with these.
ET and GT: These phenomenal women passed both the math and social studies sections of the GED last Thursday and Friday! The ladies are now studying for the VPT! THEY PASSED!!!!! College Bound!!!! Both young women now possess a GED!!
TA and TP advanced two levels on their CASAS tests!
HN passed her driver’s test on her own.
IH is a serious, enthusiastic learner. She learned how to write a letter to a teacher. She learned about the PTA.
BJ has scheduled ASVAB for later this month. This is our goal.
LGD finished another book today, The Railway Children.
JW has pretty much gotten fractions down, so we are moving on to Algebra.
FQ is doing very well with reading and vocabulary.
EmployEd with MEHT to begin searching for a job in Dental Assisting. We conducted a job search and found Dental Assisting jobs in Williamsburg that she would like to apply for.
EmployEd with DR was hired by Cracker Barrel as a cook. He had been out of work for the last 2 weeks since he quit working at a local pancake house after his employer yelled at him.
EmployEd with AD was hired by Publix as a Produce Manager. She has no prior experience working in a grocery store, but has considerable experience with technology and computer networks.
EmployEd with YM applied for a job with the Linguistic Group
EmployEd with OR created a resume. She has an interest in applying for Powerhome.com a solar panel company as an apprentice. We have scheduled to meet again to write a cover letter and apply for the job.
Next Door Neighbor magazine
- Empowering Parents Program, Next Door Neighbors magazine, September, 2018
- As different as we are, we all want the same thing, Next Door Neighbors magazine, March, 2018
- Learner Meiber Gonzalez with staff member and ESL Program Manager Jason Thornton, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Feb. 2018
- “We’re thankful for our volunteer tutors and they’re thankful too,” Next Door Neighbors magazine, Nov. 2017
- Reading Between the Wines: Board member, Terry Murphy and Learner Maria Iruka, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Oct. 2017
- “If you want to help children, invest in adult literacy,” Next Door Neighbors magazine, Aug. 2017
- Literacy for Life Launches New Work Skills Program, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Sept. 2017
- Dr. Richard Lodwick and tutor Pat Russo (HEAL program), Next Door Neighbors magazine, May 2017
- Learner Santina Achiro and Ellen Fithian, M.D., Ph.D. Next Door Neighbors magazine, April 2017
- Learners Rosana Furhmann and Fei Bao and with ESL instructor Sean Sukol, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Mar. 2017
- Learner Nelvia Higgins with tutor Martha Dean, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Jan. 2017
- Learner Edwin Rivera with tutor Betsy Turner, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Dec. 2016
- Outreach Coordinator Andrew Martin, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Oct. 2016
- Learner Alfonso Alves with tutor Steven Heaston, Next Door Neighbors magazine, Aug. 2016
- Learner Stephen Alute with tutor Michelle Hanley, Next Door Neighbors magazine, July 2016
- Learner Shamar with tutor Virnell Bruce, Next Door Neighbors magazine, June 2016
- Rocio Gordillo Bresnahan, “From Bogotá to the ‘Burg,” Next Door Neighbors magazine, May 2016
- ESL instructor, Mary O’Brien, and learner Mado Mameya Next Door Neighbors magazine, May 2016
- Learners Olibar Reynosa and Roger Flores with South of the Border owner, Raul Segovia Next Door Neighbors magazine, April 2016
- Learners Asmita & Jay Patel with tutors Judy Hilburger and Jim Sivells, Next Door Neighbors magazine, March 2016
- Learner Anh Tran with LFL board president, Nathan Mortier Next Door Neighbors magazine, Feb. 2016
- Learner Halyna Drutsul with Monty Hargrove Next Door Neighbors magazine, Jan. 2016