Become an AmeriCorps member at the Literacy Council in 2019/20

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.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County will host one full-time NC LiteracyCorps (an AmeriCorps Project) member beginning September 2019. The application period is now open and closes August 1.

The NC LiteracyCorps places members at literacy organizations, providing literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer management. The Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s member will: 

• provide direct service tutoring 
• recruit and orient volunteers
• recruit and support students 
• develop community partnerships 
• conduct visibility campaigns 
• manage a book gifting program 
• participate in national days of service

The Literacy Council’s full-time member will provide 1,700 hours of service with a 10-month commitment, receiving a living allowance of up to $13,992. Upon successful completion of requirements, the member will be eligible to receive an additional educational award.

Requirements to serve with the NC LiteracyCorps are that the member must:
• be at least 17 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

The Literacy Council is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Please follow the link for more details and to apply online: http://nclc.web.unc.edu/join-nclc/americorps-member/ You may also contact Nureena Faruqi (faruqi@email.unc.edu) or Ashley Lasher (ashley@litcouncil.com).

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Tutors: You Can Help Reduce The Student Waiting List

Help us recruit fabulous new tutors just like you!

We currently have waiting lists in all three Literacy Council tutoring programs, and we find that word-of-mouth recruitment is one of the most reliable ways to bring new tutors through our doors. 
 
There are two templates below for you to choose from. Please use whichever fits your schedule and preferences.

If you have two minutes to spare, send this email to everyone you know:

Hello friends,

Tutoring at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County has been a truly engaging and meaningful activity for me. Today I’m asking you to join me in this work because right now there are so many students asking for help and not enough volunteers to serve them. The Literacy Council runs on a staff of six people and serves about 325 students in the community. They accomplish this great feat through the commitment of over 200 volunteer tutors.

All three of their tutoring programs — Adult Literacy, Youth Literacy, and English for Speakers of Other languages (ESOL) — currently have long waiting lists. Students on the waiting list are looking for help from a caring volunteer tutor to increase their basic literacy and English language skills.  These programs work, and they can change the course of a student’s life. Will you please join the cause and become a volunteer tutor? Click here to learn more: litcouncil.com/become_a_volunteer.htm 

If you have ten minutes to spare, share your LCBC story on social media. Here’s how:

  1. Upload a photo that has to do with your volunteer work at the Literacy Council. It can be a photo of you volunteering, your student studying, a stack of your favorite books… anything that reminds you of LCBC. If you’re stuck, you can download and use this image.

  2. Use 2-3 sentences to answer one of the following questions:
    – Why do you volunteer at the Literacy Council?
    – What was your favorite tutoring experience?
    – What makes your student special?

  3. Then include one of the following:
    – Please join me and become a volunteer tutor at the Literacy Council.  
    – You can impact a student’s life by becoming a volunteer tutor. 
    – Volunteer with me!

  4. End your post with the following: litcouncil.com/become_a_volunteer.htm #readersareleaders @Literacy Council of Buncombe County (on Facebook) or @LitCouncil (on Twitter)

Here is an example of Ashley Lasher’s Facebook post, the Literacy Council’s Executive Director:

One of my favorite times of the day is reading three bedtime books to Jeanette and Madelyn. And it’s more than just fun. Did you know that a caregiver’s reading level is the single greatest determinant in their child’s academic success? I support the Literacy Council of Buncombe County because I want ALL families to be able to enjoy bedtime books together. You can help a low-literate parent create generational impact by becoming a volunteer tutor. litcouncil.com/become_a_volunteer.htm #readersareleaders @litcouncil

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Upcoming Career Fairs

Is your student looking for a new or better job?

Please use the list below to help your student connect with potential employers.

Edington Center Career FairMay 8, 2019, 1:00-4:00 pm: “Connecting career seekers with living wages”

WNC Career Expo – Oct. 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm: “The WNC Career Expo, hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, connects area employers with talented workers.”

+ online job seeking resource Mountain Area Careers

 

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How to help your student show improvement on their post-test

 
Update 5/31: Check here throughout post-testing season to see how many Literacy Council students have improved scores by a full level! If you have not received your students’ post test yet, please contact your Program Director, Erin or Rebecca.

What you can do to help your student do their best on the annual post-test:

  • Teach your student for two hours every week, asking for substitutes when you’re away, and turn your attendance records in on time! The attendance records are crucial for us in determining when your student is due for a post-test. Hours also count towards the Literacy Council’s student outcomes, helping us retain critical funding.

  • Attend a post-test prep in-service workshop for tutors, to learn more about the test itself and the practice materials. Upcoming workshops: March 7 from 5:30-7:00pm and March 15 from 1:00-2:30pm. RSVP to esol@litcouncil.com

  • Beginning in the spring, incorporate test preparation into your lessons. Use the practice tests provided by the test manufacturers and others. This will help your student feel more comfortable and confident when you do administer their post-test, and it will provide you with information about the specific areas where your student needs to practice further. You’ll need to know which test (CASAS or TABE) your student will be taking, and which level. Check the Student Evaluation Report you received when you started with your student to see which pre-test they took, or contact your Program Director (Rebecca or Erin) to confirm. Three different types of CASAS practice tests are available here. TABE practice tests will be posted there soon; until then you can get them here. We’ll distribute these in the post-test workshops as well.

  • Watch your email and USPS for testing information and packets. Administer the test and get it back to us by the deadline indicated.

  • Let us know if you have any questions at all about this!

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Tutor a child, change a life.

An unmet need and a substantial waiting list

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s biggest current need is additional volunteer tutors for the Augustine Project. This program serves low-income children who read, write, and/or spell below grade level.  The current waiting list has more than 50 children seeking tutoring. Tutoring is one-on-one and every new tutor we train will be matched with a student from our waiting list who desperately needs literacy tutoring to catch up with their classmates.

New training model makes it easier to become an Augustine tutor

We have made the training commitment easier, working with current and potential volunteers to restructure the timing, content, and delivery of the volunteer training. 

Augustine Project volunteer tutor training will take place Jan. 14-18, 9am-4pm. After training, tutors will spend two hours per week with their student. New tutors can typically be matched with students at schools of their choice.

Contact Rebecca to sign up today! rebecca@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 x202

Create the impact of a lifetime

“The Augustine Project and Mary Fraser (my son’s tutor) have been an answer to our prayers…  This program has helped Graham’s reading  immensely, and his self esteem has also improved. Our family is truly blessed by this program and by the help that Mary has provided.” 

Barbara, an Augustine Project student’s mother

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