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 I-READ Adult Literacy Program

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I-READ (Illinois - Reading Education for Adult Development), located at Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, is funded by a grant through the Secretary of State’s office. The I-READ program provides one-to-one tutoring to adults with trained volunteers at area libraries or in adult education classes located throughout the IVCC district. 

Volunteer Training Information:

Volunteers must complete 15 hours of training before being paired with learners. Training sessions are conducted in the spring, summer and fall. Click Tutor Training Dates to open a pdf file of the current training schedule. Individualized and online training are also available. Continuing staff development is offered throughout the year.  

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Literacy Volunteer Position Description

Objective:
To teach reading, math or English language skills on a one-to-one basis or in a class to adult learners who are eligible for the I-READ program
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Opportunities:
Help adult learners acquire reading, computing or English language skills
Gain satisfaction from helping others
Use skills and talents
Meet interesting people
Become involved in the community
Learn from field experience
Select your time and place for tutoring assignments
Explore a new career

Qualifications:
High school diploma or its equivalent
Ability to teach, but no college degree or teaching experience needed
Good interpersonal skills
Effective communication skills
Patience, understanding and respect for adult learners
Age 18 or older
IVCC district resident

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Responsibilities:
Complete 15 hours of tutor training offered by the I-READ Adult Literacy Program
Provide instruction to adult learners
Provide a comfortable setting for learning
Respect adult learners' rights to confidentiality
Submit a monthly tutor report
Tutoring sites include local libraries and adult education classes in:

DePue
LaSalle
Mendota
Oglesby
Ottawa
Princeton
Streator

Once trained, volunteers are matched with learners, and sessions are established for a minimum of once a week for at least two hours. Completion of training does not guarantee placement.

Still not convinced the I-READ Adult Literacy program is for you? Click on information packet, and we will send you more information. For additional questions or more information, call program manager, Angela Dunlap, at: 815-224-0372 or literacy specialist, Chris Warren, at 815-224-0345.

Literacy Resources:

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/home.html 
Secretary of State Literacy office

http://www.thecenterweb.org/alrc/hotline/index.html
1-800-321-9511 - The Illinois Literacy Hotline
A state wide referral center for adult learners and volunteers

http://www.proliteracyednet.org/articles.asp?mcid=2&cid=24
ProLiteracy Education Network - Free online courses for tutors

This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.