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Literacy Network Trains Record Number of New Tutors
Total number is most of any local literacy provider in Wisconsin.
Growing up, Anthony struggled and fell behind in school because his family moved frequently. He's grown now has a family of his own. Since 2003, he has been doing something for himself and his family: improving his reading skills with his volunteer tutor Kerry. During their first year together, Anthony learned to read a book that he could read to his six-year old daughter. Anthony feels more productive and proficient at work; because of his improved reading skills, he's been able to enter data into a computer. "I've done a lot of things I never had before," he says of working with Kerry. This gives Anthony a lot of confidence in his personal, family, and work life. "[Kerry] has given me this opportunityﾅhe could have been at home with his wife watching TV for the past six years; but he was here."
Between September 8 and December 1, 2009, Literacy Network recruited and trained a record 160 new tutors during Wisconsin Literacy's statewide 1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks campaign. These new volunteer tutors will help more adult learners, such as Anthony, improve their literacy skills. "We're extremely happy that so many people in our community recognized the need for trained literacy tutors. This will make a huge difference in the lives of our learners," said Executive Director Jeff Burkhart.
According to a recently completed survey by Wisconsin Literacy member agencies, volunteer tutors provided 203,586 hours of service to 13,290 adult learners at community-based literacy agencies in Wisconsin last year.
There are currently 637 learners on waiting lists for services from Wisconsin Literacy member agencies. Wisconsin Literacy has held an annual statewide tutor training campaign in the fall for the last several years in order to try to meet the rising demand for services among adult literacy programs in Wisconsin. This year's campaign was sponsored by Verizon and the Alliant Energy Foundation.
Help is still needed. The statewide coalition encourages the public to consider the gift of literacy for the more than 1.5 million Wisconsin residents in need of literacy services. Most tutors volunteer one-to-three hours a week, often providing life changing results for adult learners. Literacy Network (www.litnetwork.org) is a non-profit organization that provides free instruction for adults in Dane County who wish to improve their reading, writing or speaking skills in English. For information about our next tutor training opportunity, call 608-244-3911.
Wisconsin Literacy is a statewide coalition of adult, family and workplace literacy providers. To find a program near you or to learn about literacy facts in our state, visit www.wisconsinliteracy.org.