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January 17, 2018

Help an adult in your community improve their literacy skills

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The PEI Literacy Alliance is on the search for volunteers for its PEI Volunteers for Literacy Program - the only free tutoring program for adults in PEI. The program is funded in part by the Province of PEI and United Way of PEI. The Alliance is looking for people Island-wide who want to tutor adults and help them improve their reading and writing skills. The Alliance offers tutor training, a library of learning resources, tutor-learner matching, and ongoing support.

Reading and writing are essential skills in today’s workforce. However, 45% of working aged Islanders have low-literacy skills. This program helps Islanders improve their skills, increase their self-confidence, and work toward their career goals.

Since the program was launched in the fall of 2015, twenty six tutors have volunteered and made a positive impact on the lives of 30 adult learners. Margaret Knox has been a volunteer with the PEI Literacy Alliance since the program began and takes great pride in volunteering. She says, "I believe learning to read is empowering.  It puts each person in better touch with their world and gives them confidence. Without exception, my learners have been excited about their new ability and have been more hopeful about their future.”

Doug Curtis is a participant in our program and is a great example of the impact the program is making. He says, "At 57 years of age, I am just learning how much I have missed out on by not being able to read. Literacy Alliance has helped me over the last two years. I have a great tutor. My reading and spelling have improved a lot.”

Greaves says, "with the support of a tutor like Margaret, we have seen people like Doug who are determined and motivated improve their skills and go on to more advanced literacy and Essential Skills programs. We want to support more Islanders like Doug reach their career goals.  To do that, we need more volunteers,”

"This is a very meaningful volunteer opportunity,” explains Greaves. "Many participants begin the program with low-confidence but with a strong desire to change their circumstances. The relationship that is formed between a tutor and a learner is best described as a ‘supportive friend’. Part of the tutor training focusses on the importance of creating a trusting and encouraging relationship with each learner.”

Tutors and learners work together to decide on their tutoring schedule and how many hours a week they will commit to.  Most tutoring takes place in Public Libraries across the province.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to know more please contact Katie Duffy, Adult Program Diretor at the PEI Literacy Alliance at 902-368-3620 or at [email protected]. 

Call us today and make a difference in the life of someone in your community. Volunteer Tutor Application deadline is Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.  


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Media Contact Person: Jinny Greaves, Executive Director, 902-368-1810 

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