Community in Action is a new program by Blue Line Media designed to grant money (i.e., donation) to worthy nonprofit organizations. Blue Line Media understands that grants/donations are the lifeline of organizations that work to improve other people’s lives. Grants will be made to those organizations that show a need for dollars to enhance their community.
We appreciate this support from Blue Line Media, every dollar helps to support a student to reach his/her literacy goals.
Increased literacy and English language skills not only provide confidence, but give students the tools they need to change the trajectory of their lives.
Adults with increased literacy and English language skills are better able to participate in our local workforce, economy, and community. Children who can read, write and spell at grade-level have the basic skills they need to be successful in every subject. Through three tutoring programs, over 300 students of all ages increase these skills each and every year.
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is seeking an experienced and passionate candidate to lead the organization’s Adult Education and Augustine Project programs. These two programs provide tutoring to adults and children who struggle with reading or who are low-literate. Many students in both programs have learning differences, like dyslexia, and live in low-income households.
The Adult Education & Augustine Project Director plans, coordinates, and implements all aspects of the Adult Education & Augustine Project programs, including: training volunteer literacy tutors, performing student intakes, matching students with tutors, tracking student progress, overseeing budget expenditures for instructional materials and curricula, and providing ongoing support to tutors and students. The Adult Education & Augustine Project Director sets goals for program development that are aligned with the organization’s strategic plan and budget.
A deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults, youth and those who are from other cultures
A bachelor’s degree in education or related field
Experience with multisensory instruction, familiarity with Fundations and/or the Wilson Reading System and/or related approach to teaching reading and spelling
Experience with program evaluation
Volunteer management experience
Outstanding written and oral communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively with the Board of Directors, students, volunteers, staff, and others
Ability to be self-directed and work independently, yet collaborate effectively within the organization and in the wider community
Exceptional organizational skills with an ability to balance competing, changing priorities
Ability to provide sensitive, constructive feedback and instructions to tutors
Available to work an average of one evening per week.
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office
Master’s Degree in education, reading, curriculum, special education, or related
Experience working with low-income or at-risk adults and/or children
Experience with program databases
Compensation and Hours
This position is full-time exempt. Annual compensation is $36,000. The Literacy Council offers ten paid holidays and a generous PTO package. The Literacy Council does not provide health benefits at this time.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references via email only to: email@example.com.
The Literacy Council’s 27th Annual Spelling Bee crowned Malaprop’s Buzz Killz as this year’s winners.
The Buzz Killz in all their crowned glory.
The Imagination Librarians judged the event with aplomb despite the weight of their wigs.
JB Media provided the entire judges panel this year, The Imagination Librarians, left to right: Sarah Yerkey, Tara Mele, Dolly Parton, Leah Shapiro, and Mandy Gardner.
It was a fierce competition that came down to the final three teams: The Words & The Bees (Soomo Learning), The Phonetix (ESOL Tutor Team), and The Buzz Killz (Malaprop’s). After The Words & The Bees were eliminated, The Phonetix and The Buzz Killz went head to head to the finish.
HUGE thanks you to all the teams that competed this year!
Bee Magic—Lily Stejskal
Beenut Butter Spelly Time—Buncombe Partnership for Children & Spellbound Bookshop
The Buzz Kills—Malaprop’s Book Store
The Phonetix – ESOL Tutor Team led by Ben Fehsenfeld
The Stone Cold Jane Austens—Pack Memorial Library
Tremendous Tutors—ESOL Tutor Team 2 led by Sarah Oram
Scattered & Smothered—Jasper Adams
The Words & The Bees – Soomo Learning
BIG bee hugs and thanks to all our in kind donors!
Asheville Bee Charmer
Nantahala Outdoor Center
The Gorge/ Green River Adventures
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The Literacy Council has an exciting opportunity to join our team for a year!Apply today to become the Literacy Council’s next Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator through AmeriCorps. Please follow the link below to fill out your application.
Join AmeriCorps and “get things done”! Become a NC LiteracyCorps member at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and improve literacy and English language skills in our community.
NC LiteracyCorps members provide literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer tutor recruitment and management. The LiteracyCorps member working with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will have the opportunity to:
provide direct service tutoring,
recruit and orient volunteers,
recruit and support students,
develop and enhance community partnerships,
conduct visibility campaigns,
manage a book gifting program, and
participate in national days of service.
The Literacy Council’s NC LiteracyCorps member will begin in August 2018 and complete their service year in July 2019. Over the course of the year, the member will become an integral part of the Literacy Council’s full-time team, providing 1,700 hours of service.
The initial application period closes May 21. 2018 but will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Benefits to the Member
NC LiteracyCorps members receive a living allowance of up to $13,732 and qualify for limited health insurance reimbursements. Upon completion of requirements, they are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,920. NC LiteracyCorps members receive training in volunteer management, literacy issues, tutoring strategies, diversity, and leadership skills. The member placed with the Literacy Council will also have a professional development stipend to participate in conferences and seminars throughout the service year.
To serve with the NC LiteracyCorps, the member must:
be at least 18 years old
have a high school diploma or equivalent
successfully pass statewide and national criminal background checks
be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States
Preferred qualifications are:
a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults and youth and/or those who are from other cultures
excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and members of the community
outstanding written and oral communication skills
a working knowledge of office technology including Microsoft Office suites
ability to work independently and collaboratively
creative, strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and ability to track deadlines
The Literacy Council staff is investing time in learning about building equity and social justice within the Literacy Council, in the nonprofit sector, and in our local community. Here are some resources that we are using to equip ourselves with knowledge and educated opinions. Volunteer tutors may be interested in learning through these same resources, and possibly even sharing what they learn with students in lessons, as they see appropriate.
What’s White Got to do With It Part I (recorded webinar): Explore the socio-political and historical contexts of whiteness and how the white dominant culture by which most nonprofits operate was constructed and has been upheld through policy, legal decisions, and Eurocentric cultural values.
What’s White Got to do With It Part II(recorded webinar): Take a deeper dive into the extent that white dominant cultural tendencies have been internalized and operationalized within our nonprofits and the role that gatekeepers have in perpetuating or disrupting non-inclusive practices and policies. We’ll explore tactics that unite your staff and board in prioritizing equity and looking at the organization’s work and culture through a racial equity lens.
YWCA Asheville Racial Justice Workshop (in-person workshop): This 90-minute workshop takes place on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am at the YWCA, open to anyone in our community looking to grow their understanding of racism and racial justice.
Hood Huggers (walking or driving tour): Asheville’s black history and art tours, offered weekly
White Supremacy Culture: Treachery and Transformation (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by the NC Center for Nonprofits. Promotes a shared understanding of what whitesupremacyculture is and how it manifests in our organizations so we are better positioned to challenge it.
Impact > Intention: Understanding Implicit Bias (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by the NC Center for Nonprofits. “Are we practicing what we preach? Or is our implicit bias negatively affecting our decisions in spite of our good intentions?” Presented by Ivan Canada and Michael Robinson of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad
When Racial Equity Gets Real: Moving Beyond Theory to Daily Practice (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “Tamiko Ambrose Murray, a community-based researcher, cultural organizer, facilitator and consultant and Marisol Jiménez, founder and lead consultant for Tepeyac Consulting, dive into some ‘real talk’ about racial equity and hear the experiences and perspectives of other nonprofit leaders in their efforts to move from theory to practice.”
Rain in a Dry Land (documentary): Screened in the Literacy Council office on 2/7/18, available to rent from YouTube Video. “An intimate portrait of two families who leave behind a legacy of slavery in Africa to discover new challenges in 21st-century America.”
The Waters & Harvey Show (podcast): “The Waters & Harvey Show, co-hosted by Dr. Waters and Dr. Marcus Harvey, is produced by Dr. Waters at Blue Ridge Public Radio. The show offers listeners informed conversations and interviews about history, culture and their impact on current affairs. According to Waters, ‘Our series is committed to giving voice to historically marginalized people and communities. Through our lively conversations, we hope to encourage a deeper understanding of our vibrant community.'”
Boards in Motion: Moving from Diversity to Equity (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “Tamiko Ambrose Murray (Center for Participatory Change) and Kate Pett (Asheville City Schools Foundation) explore the role of racial equity at the board level and delve into one board’s story on the road toward achieving greater equity.”