Literacy Volunteers Core Values

We affirm the following as guiding principles for everything we do:

  • Literacy is a civil right, the foundation of democracy.
  • There is no substitute for the caring heart of a volunteer.
  • Everyone has the right to access lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Barriers are challenges to be eliminated.
  • We believe in readiness instead of compliance.
  • There is no such thing as an average learner, and there is no such thing as the best way to learn.
  • We seek to change the direction of their lives without judgment, not to change their lives.
  • We are providing opportunities for lifelong learning, not remedial education.
  • Adults expect and deserve individualized, personalized education.
  • Mistakes are opportunities to learn.
  • The adult learning process is a teacher/learner partnership and relationship.
  • The process begins by starting where the adult learner is.