What We Do
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor's mission is to connect adults who want to improve their literacy (either learning to read or speak English) with trained, volunteer tutors. Our focus is to serve those adults with the lowest literacy levels since they face real challenges in their personal, work, and community life. Their children are also at risk since adults with low literacy often give this legacy to their children. LV-Bangor seeks to empower the adults who come to us for help and break the cycle of low literacy within their homes so that their children may have different and better opportunities.
Volunteers gain the skills they need to become a tutor by enrolling in one or both of the certification courses that LV-Bangor offers. Basic Literacy Tutor training (15 hours) prepares volunteers to help adults improve their reading skills. English Language Learner Tutor Training (18 hours) prepares volunteers to help adults improve their English speaking skills.
Once tutors receive their training, they are paired with an adult learner. Tutors also have on-going training opportunities so they can expand their skill set and network with other tutors.
Read more about our work in our Literacy Matters newsletter, our semi-annual publication.