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OSWEGO, NY – A survey by the National Assessment on Adult Literacy indicated that 19% of New Yorkers read below the basic level.  What’s this mean for us?  One in five Oswego County adults (over 17,000) struggle with everyday reading and writing.

You can help eliminate this problem.

Shown at the LVOC Spring Tutor class graduation held recently are, seated from left, Mike Birdsall, LVOC lead tutor trainer and Roberta Rice. Standing are Mandy Williams, Sarah Navarro, Bonnie Prime, and Ginny Ahart.You could volunteer to be a Literacy Volunteers tutor for two hours a week in your own community.  All you need to do is participate in a Tutor Training workshop in order to help us meet the needs of these individuals.

”Becoming a Literacy Volunteer tutor is about making a difference in someone’s life” said Jane Murphy, executive director. “It’s opening a door for them to brighter possibilities for work, family, and personal growth.”

This training covers a variety of topics to help tutors work effectively with their adult learners.  A support network of experienced tutor mentors, computer lab instruction and LVOC staff are available to both learners and tutors.

The next 18-hour workshop is scheduled to begin in Oswego.

If there are enough interested volunteers, a workshop can also be scheduled in other areas of the county.

Workshops are scheduled for June 23, 25, 30, July 2, and 7 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Meetings will be held in the LVOC office at Pathfinder Bank, 34 E. Bridge St., Suite 301.

There will be an online orientation to be completed before the first class.

The sessions will train participants in several techniques of tutoring adults in basic literacy.

This includes sections on teaching adult learners, strategies for teaching reading and writing and an overview of the study materials available for tutoring.

Tutoring is done on a one-on-one basis.  No previous experience is necessary.

There is a $25 fee to cover tutor training materials that the tutor keeps for reference.

Limited scholarships are available.

For more information about the training or to inquire about Literacy Volunteers programs, please call 342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. is a member agency of United Way of Greater Oswego County.