LITERACY VOLUNTEERS AT FAMILY CENTERS

Description:

Literacy Volunteers at Family Centers is a community-based program that utilizes the services of trained volunteers to provide free, high quality education to American and foreign born adults, young adults and families for the purpose of enabling them to acquire the skills necessary to achieve personal and occupational goals. Literacy Volunteers believes that access to education remains essential to furthering community-wide aspirations of strengthening families, encouraging civic engagement, enabling parents to participate in the education of their children and increasing access to opportunities for economic and social advancement.  In July, 2013 Literacy Volunteers merged with FAMILY CENTERS.

Acronym:
LVFC
Phone:
(203) 324-3167
Website:
http://www.familycenters.org/Literacy-Volunteers
Updated:
July 10, 2018
Physical Address:
60 Palmers Hill Road
Stamford, CT 06902 Google Map
Open Hours:
MON - THU, 9 - 9 FRI, 9 - 5:30 16 locations in Greenwich & Stamford
Contacts
Name:
LIsa Sandstrom
Phone:
(203) 324-3167
Notes:

OTHER FAMILY CENTER PROGRAMS – Click on the links below

Programs:

  • ESOL & ESL – English for Speakers of Other Languages – Provides English language instruction to non-native speakers of English with a focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing and basic work readiness skills.
  • ABE – Adult Basic Education – Reading and writing for native and non-native speakers of English. Provides opportunities for adults to acquire basic education and literacy skills necessary to meet their responsibilities to family, employers and community, to benefit from post-secondary and job training programs, to enter high school equivalency programs and to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • CAREER PLANNING – TRANSITIONS – (Awareness and Work Readiness Initiative-Career Planning for the 21st Century) – Provides High Intermediate ESOL adult students knowledge of career pathways. Focuses on career counseling, basic computer application, work readiness skills, and volunteer internships. Emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers.
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE CIVICS – Contextualizes English language instruction within the study of United States history and government, community resources, work and naturalization procedures.
  • FINANCIAL LITERACY – Provides students with the knowledge necessary for making informed financial decisions and achieve economic independence.
  • WRITING WORKSHOP – Provides writing instruction for students who are seeking to improve their writing for educational advancement or employment. Students learn to communicate effectively and are instructed in practical writing formats such as note taking, messages, letters, personal narrative and expository prose.
  • COMPUTER LAB – Provides students opportunity to work independently in the computer lab with the help from volunteer facilitators. Educational software and web links to supplement classroom instruction and reinforce language learning. Students may use the lab for assignments, internet research, business software applications, setting up an email address, conducting on-line job searches, creating resume, word processing, and Techimedia (computer skills course).
  • REACH OUT AND READ –  Promotes early literacy in collaboration with the ROR national program. Health care providers discuss with parents the importance of reading to their children. Lower-income children, ages 6 months to 5 years, receive new developmentally appropriate books at their well-child visits each year at 5 area health clinics. Gently used books are distributed to clinics for children to take home free of charge and volunteers read to children in clinic waiting rooms.
  • SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION –  Classes are small, typically 6-10 students placed according to their reading and/or language skill level as determined by assessment. All classes follow standard, nationally recognized curriculum, which incorporates English literacy along with life and work skills.
  • TUTOR /STUDENT RESOURCE LIBRARY & COMPUTER LAB – Chester Addison Community Center, 245 Selleck St., Stamford
  • DONATIONS – Call to inquire about current needs
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Tutors go through a pre-service training prior to being placed with students

Annual Events:

  • STUDENT AND TUTOR RECOGNITION CEREMONY – JUN
  • SCRABBLE CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER – NOV
  • WRITERS’ CAFE – DEC

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