Silicon Valley Gives Day: May 5, 2015
We are delighted to be participating in Silicon Valley Gives which will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. This is a 24-hour online fundraising effort hosted by SVCF.
Show your support by donating to help us provide basic literacy skills to adults.
You can schedule your donation here:
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A Message From Our Honorary Board Chair
Facts about Literacy
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Why Tutors Support Adult Literacy
It was an honor to work with the parents at Ellis School this past year. The moms were very eager to improve their English and make a better life for their families. They wanted to be able to help their children with their homework and be able to talk with their children’s teachers without an interpreter. It was a real learning experience for me as well. I got to know my students, their backgrounds and their hopes for the future. By helping these young moms, you are helping the whole family adapt to their new life in this country. The adults are setting great example for their children, they see their mom’s studying and doing homework and it makes them want to work hard as well. It is a win-win for everyone.
I tutor because I realize that I have been blessed with many opportunities in my life, yet also understand that many other adults are not as fortunate. I want to give back and be able to provide the necessary tools to adult students who may have never had access to them. I try to understand the students’ needs and model the class to meet them. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I want to create a fun environment where the students feel free to take risks and make mistakes and where laughter is a common occurrence. I understand that many of the adult students who are spending precious time in my session have come from a long day of work. I want to make sure that they learn everything they possibly can to help them reach their potential. Most-of-all, I want them to have fun, so they will return and continue to learn.
I am a retired NASA aeronautical engineer with a love of reading that was passed on to me by my mother. I firmly believe that reading is the key to a successful, happy life, and I want to share my enthusiasm with all those who are willing to learn. This was my first experience as a tutor with Vision Literacy, and it was a wonderful one for me. My "students" were four Spanish-speaking ladies, all with lots of enthusiasm and good senses of humor. They were all very willing to learn and worked together to help me communicate with them, since I speak no Spanish. After our time together was over, I felt as if I had made a difference in their lives, and I look forward to continuing on as an adult literacy tutor.
What Our Learners Say About Vision Literacy.
Valentyna, a recent immigrant from Ukraine enrolled in the Vision Literacy program over a year ago as an adult learner. She wanted to volunteer in our office to get the chance improve her English and have the opportunity to engage in conversations and practice her English reading, writing and speaking skills. Currently, while with working in our office, Valentyna has taken up some Stanford University courses which will help her in the future.
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Posted by Vision Literacy on Sunday, April 19, 2015
Give The Gift of Literacy!
What is Literacy?
Definitions of literacy are always changing -- 50 years ago it was enough to sign your name; today one needs to use a computer for routine tasks. We define literacy as having the language, numeracy, and technology skills necessary to be self sufficient and participate fully in society.
Through our key partnerships with donors, volunteers, and organizations, Vision Literacy helps individuals reach these goals.
At Vision Literacy, our programs focus on the key areas of importance in an individual’s life to provide him or her with the skill set they need to thrive at home, at work, and in their community. Volunteers and instructors are trained to provide learning services in the following areas:
Community Literacy: Individual and Small Group Tutoring providing customized learning for the needs & goals of each individual Learner.
Computer Literacy: Group sessions that teach computer basic skills to adults.
Family Literacy: Parents build skills that promote independence and help increase their children's academic achievement.
Leadership Development: Learners improve leadership skills and positively impact their community.
Health Literacy: Skills are built that increase understanding of health issues.