POTSDAM -- Literacy of Northern NY begins its next round of volunteer tutor training Saturday, Sept. 22.
Volunteers attend six sessions to prepare them to help adults improve their reading and other skills.
Adults with inadequate literacy may be unable to get a job or perform their job duties if they are hired, may not understand the instructions given to them by a doctor, may be required to sign contracts they’re unable to read, or may feel inadequate when conversing with their child’s teacher. This can also be true of adults who have come here from another country.
Society in general is affected by this problem, since those with poor literacy skills are more likely to depend on public assistance programs to help them cope. These adults are restricted in how active they can be in their communities and in their ability to participate in the democratic process of voting in elections, among other shortcomings.
Literacy of Northern NY is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to helping adults improve their reading, writing, math and oral English skills. Volunteer tutors are given free training and then matched with adults seeking help. The students decide on and work toward their own goals. Training for new tutors is offered 2 or 3 times each year.
Anyone interested in registering for the training or in getting more information should contact the Literacy office at 265-0194 or email@example.com.
Those who cannot attend this training but are interested in becoming a tutor may call or email the office to be contacted about future training sessions.