Reading Works Adult Literacy Agency Partners

We have chosen these 9 adult literacy agencies because each has a proven track record, the potential to serve more clients, a commitment to share best practices and have agreed to publish detailed reports on their learners’ progress.  Our network of partner literacy agencies will grow in future years.

  • ACCESS-Youth and Education

    With Reading Works support:
    ACCESS could shuttle learners between sites where no public transportation is available.  It could eliminate its waiting list of more than 75 people.  It could secure future classes after funding for AmeriCorps volunteer teaching is eliminated.

    Hours:  Mon – Thurs, 9am – 5pm (classes meet 4 days per week, 2 hours per day. Times vary, based on proficiency level. )

    Who they serve:
    Adult learners 18 and over who don't have a high school diploma or GED.

    What kind of teaching they offer:
    Students participate in a combination of classroom instruction, small group instruction, individual tutoring and/or independent study on computers.  Students are grouped into small classes based on proficiency level.  Teachers also serve as case managers to help students transition into GED, vocational training or the workforce.

    Volunteer opportunities:
    Teachers and tutors are needed.

    Training involved:
    Teachers are trained in ACCESS’ adult education goals/activities, student recruitment/registration, instructional best practices, assessment, record keeping, etc.  Additional ongoing professional development is also provided throughout the program year (i.e. principles of effective preparation, establishing an appropriate learning environment, effective instruction, etc).

     

    For more information:
    Anisa Sahoubah, Director
    2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn, Michigan 48120
    313-842-6762
    salarashi@accesscommunity.org
    www.accesscommunity.org





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  • Dominican Literacy Center

     

    With Reading Works support:
    Dominican Literacy Center  could offer more evening and week-end classes.  It could test every learner for vision problems and train program staff at its sister agency, Siena Learner Center.

    Hours
    :  8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon.–Thu.; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.–Sat.

    Who they serve:
    Adult learners ages 18 and above, low-level (grades 2-3) to pre-GED, GED and English as a Second Language.  Learners can begin tutoring at any time during the year.

    What kind of teaching they offer:
    Learners are matched with a trained volunteer tutor for one-on-one tutoring, 2 hours per week on-site. Professional educators supervise and teach small classes, including job-readiness skills; supplemental computer learning is available daily.

    Volunteer opportunities:
    Volunteer tutors are needed for one-on-one tutoring in math and reading; also seeking volunteers with teaching experience who can handle small group instruction classes.

    Training involved: 
    Tutor orientation and training requires 12-14 hours.  A two hour orientation is offered twice a month.  The 11-hour tutor training workshop, beginning Friday evening (5:30 pm to 9:30 pm) and ending Saturday (8:30am to 3:30 pm) is offered at the Dominican site in October, January and May.  Alternative weekend workshop opportunities will be offered through Siena Literacy Center. Please call Dominican at 313-267-1000 to find out when the next training workshop is offered.  A one year commitment of two hours per week, plus preparation time, is required.

     

    For more information:
    Sister Janice Brown, Director
    11148 Harper, Detroit, Michigan 48213-2517
    313-267-1000
    dlcliteracy@gmail.com
    www.dlcliteracy.org




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  • Macomb Literacy Partners

     

    With Reading Works support:
    Macomb Literacy Partners could increase its tutor numbers by 20% to accommodate its waiting list.  It could hire staff to ensure that learners are connected to the next step in their literacy development and, eventually, to the work force.

    Office Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday through Friday

    Who they serve:
    Adults 18 and above living, working or going to school in Macomb County, functioning at 8th grade level or below, who need help with reading, writing and/or English language instruction (ESL).  Most learners are working to improve job skills & job marketability, obtain voter’s registration cards, driver’s licenses, library cards, and citizenship.

    What kind of teaching they offer:
    Free one-on-one individualized tutoring is provided to students by trained volunteers, 1-2 hours per week at a public access facility convenient to both. Tutor training is conducted throughout the year in Macomb County.

    Volunteer opportunities:
    Tutors in reading, both basic & ESL

    Training involved:
    Tutors are required to participate in a 12-hour tutor training workshop,  offered throughout the year, before being assigned to a student.   Supplemental workshops and activities are offered throughout the year for both tutors and students.

     

    For more information:
    Ken Lampar
    16480 Hall Road, Clinton Township, Michigan 48038 (Located  on Macomb Community College campus-Wayne State University county extension building, off of Hall Road)
    (586) 286-2750
    read@macombliteracy.org
    www.macombliteracy.org

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  • Mercy Education Project

     

    With Reading Works support:
    Mercy Education Project could expand its hours of instruction, increase registration and admission opportunities and offer new instructional services to learners who enter mid-term.

    Hours:  Classes: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Mon.–Thu.

    Who do they serve:
    Women, ages 18 and over without a high school diploma or GED.

    What kind of teaching they offer:
    Learners participate in a combination of classroom instruction, small group instruction, individual tutoring and/or independent study four days per week from 9am to 1pm.  They are grouped into small classes tailored to their educational level.  Meals are provided. Child care and transportation are provided to enrolled learners living in the southwest Detroit area.

    Volunteer opportunities:
    Tutors for learners at elementary to 9th grade educational level in reading and math in the Pace learning room, as well as with students using computer-based instruction.  Teachers, current or retired, or who are bilingual (Spanish, French, or Arabic) are most needed. Volunteers interested in  becoming active at MEP are always welcome.

    Training Involved:
    Three hours of formal training plus “on-the-job” support for tutors; other training offered as needed. A minimum of a 3-month commitment – one or more day(s)/week for at least 3 hours/day; criminal background checks are conducted.

     

    For more information:
    Amy Amador, Executive Director
    1450 Howard St., Detroit, Michigan 48216
    313-963-588
    info@mercyed.net
    www.mercyed.net


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  • Siena Literacy Center

     

    With Reading Works support:
    Siena Literacy Center could double the current learner population, buy an adequate climate-control system, replace out-dated computers and software and get equipment to test for vision problems.

    Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; classes offered year-round.

    Who they serve:
    Adult learners, ages 18 and older who are functioning at 9th grade or below, needing help with reading, math or English as a Second Language (ESL).

    What kind of teaching they offer:
    Learners are matched with a trained tutor for one-on-one tutoring, 2 hours per week on-site; supplemental computer learning with tutoring software; and small classes.

    Volunteer opportunities: 
    Tutors
    Office assistance
    Computer lab assistance

    Training Involved:
    Tutor orientation and training requires 12-14 hours.  A two hour orientation is offered twice a month. The 11-hour tutor training workshop, beginning Friday evening (5:30 pm to 9:30 pm) and ending Saturday (8:30am to 3:30 pm) is offered at the Siena site in October, January and May.  Alternative weekend workshop opportunities will be offered through Dominican Literacy Center. Please contact Siena directly at 313-532-8404 to find out when the next training workshop is offered.  A one year commitment of two hours per week, plus preparation time, is required.

     

    For more information:
    Donna Nesbitt, Director
    16888 Trinity, Detroit, Michigan 48219
    313-352-8404
    sienaliteracy@gmail.com
    www.sienaliteracy.org

     

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