WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
Our learners come from all over the world – and right next door. They aremale, female; African, Asian, Hispanic, and native-born. Our learners rangein age from 18 to 93. Some have college degrees from their own countries,while others have had no prior schooling at all, or were designated as“learning disabled.”Our students come to us because they require flexible scheduling toaccommodate work or family obligations, can’t afford tuition-based classesor need individualized instruction in order to learn.
BECOME A TUTOR
Anyone fluent in English can become a Literacy Council tutor. Our tutors arebusiness executives, secretaries, research analysts, graphic designers andteachers. They are employed full-time, retired or stay-at-home parents. What sets them apart is their desire to share their time to help anotherindividual increase their literacy skills. We require no special skills or previous training. LCMC will provide you withthe tools and training you need to become a tutor. Once you are trained, wewill match you with a student or small group of students that are available ata time and location convenient to you. We provide you with all the necessarymaterials both you and your student need at no charge. We have a waiting list of students who are eager to be matched with a tutor.You will equip these individuals with skills for life, helping them meet goalsthat otherwise might not be attainable.
HELPING IN OTHER WAYS
Besides tutoring, there are many other ways you can help LCMCachieve its goals. We always need help with fundraising, leadingconversations, general office work, photography or graphic designand serving as a Board Member.No time to offer? You can help us with a financial contribution bysending in your check along with this form.Help us provide students with Skills for Life$_________ Contributor$75.00 Friend$150.00 Sponsor$300.00 Patron$1,000.00 Angel$_________ To honor a friend or loved oneName: __________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________ ______________________________________________ City: _________________ State: _____ Zip: _____________
Please send me information about becoming a tutor.I’d like to help the Council in other ways. Please contact me about:
Helping with fundraising
Leading a Conversation Class
Helping with general office work
Donating photography or graphic design services
Serving as a Board Member
Phone (301) 610-0030Fax (301) 610-0034Email: Info@literacycouncilmcmd.org
The Literacy Council of Montgomery County was established in 1963to provide tutoring to native-born residents who needed help withreading and writing. As the county’s immigrant population grew, theLCMC added the English as a Second Language (ESL) program to meetthe literacy needs of non-native speakers.Since its founding, the LCMC has recruited, trained, and supportedover 8,000 volunteer tutors who have taught more than 11,000 adultlearners throughout Montgomery County.Community demand for literacy services continues to grow, and theLCMC has responded to this need by expanding our programs toinclude ESL classroom-based instruction, English for Daily Livingclasses, and a computer language lab. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County equips adult learners withskills for life. Our students use their literacy and English skills to getbetter jobs, become U.S. citizens, support their children’s educationalachievements, and participate fully in the community.The LCMC receives funding from individual contributors, corporate andfoundation grants, the Montgomery County government, Maryland StateDepartment of Education (Literacy Works and the U.S. Department of Education), and the United Way/Combined Federal Campaign. We areaffiliated with ProLiteracy America, the largest volunteer adult literacyorganization in the United States, and use ProLiteracy materials,training, and tutoring methods.
County studies show that over 100,000 foreign-born individuals in Montgomery County requiresome form of assistance in carrying outeveryday activities because they lack sufficientskills in English. An unknown additional numberof native-born adults can’t read or write, eventhough they may have completed 12 years of schooling, because of learning disabilities orinterruptions to their schooling due to illness orfamily circumstances.
THE IMPACT OF ILLITERACY
The inability to read, write, speak, andunderstand English affects not only theindividual, but all of us. Those who lack thesefundamental literacy skills tend to remain inlow-level service jobs or may be unemployed,thus depriving local employers of the skilledworkforce they need. Illiteracy goes hand-in-hand with poverty and crime.
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