Program Success Brings Increased Enrollment & Need for Tutors
January 19, 2009
Seeds of Literacy, a nonprofit organization providing free, one-to-one-tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults in Cuyahoga County, has seen a dramatic increase in student enrollment since December, accompanied by a growing need for volunteer tutors. Seeds of Literacy’s student retention and graduation rates are twice the national average.
“One of the strengths of our program is our one-to-one tutoring in which relationships of trust are built,” states Bonnie Entler, Executive Director for Seeds of Literacy. “Each student works at his or her own academic level, meeting personalized goals. Our program currently serves over 850 students with the invaluable help of about 200 volunteer tutors. Over the past month, we’ve seen about 20 new students registering each week, so we are increasing our tutor training sessions beginning in January.”
This month, tutor training sessions will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, January 24th and 31st, at the Seeds of Literacy Resource Center, 3104 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor (corner of West 25th Street and Clark Avenue), from 9 am to 1 pm. Once training is complete, tutors agree to a time commitment of one tutoring session per week for one year. Each tutoring session lasts about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and may be scheduled during the day or evening, depending on personal preference. Tutors do not need teaching experience in order to volunteer. Other tutor training sessions are scheduled for February 21st and 28th, and March 21st and 28th at the Resource Center.
“Our students are committed to achieving their goals and strengthening their skills in order to better advance and compete in society. We are committed to serving those vital needs through our successful program,” adds Entler.
For more information and to register, please contact Julie Rugh, Director of Teaching and Learning, at 216.661.7950 ext. 20 or . Seeds of Literacy is a not-for-profit, 501(C)3 organization, and is the only adult literacy program in Cuyahoga County to be nationally accredited by ProLiteracy America.