MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 11, 2014

Teach literacy to adults to help improve community

By Penny Chastain
Adult Literacy

— One out of every four adults 18 and older is not functionally literate, and you can help improve this by volunteering to tutor in Muskogee Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program.

When you volunteer as an adult literacy tutor, you make a difference in another person’s life and help their family and the community. You also reap benefits for yourself. You will be part of a team even when you tutor one to one. You will meet people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Tutoring adult learners can be fun, relaxing and energizing. If you choose to volunteer, it will be one of the greatest gifts you will ever give and receive.  

You might have some apprehension about the requirements to be a tutor. It’s easy. You must have a high school diploma or GED, be 21 or older, read and write English proficiently, and have a genuine interest in helping others with various backgrounds improve their literacy skills.

You should be willing to participate in the 12-hour adult literacy training, which is given over a period of time. This will give you needed information and prepare you to work with the adult learners. You will be able to begin tutoring after the first six-hour training.

We ask that you volunteer at least one to two hours a week with your student and attend a three-hour continuing education session in the fall.

The tutoring and training sessions are presented at Muskogee Public Library by the Adult Literacy coordinator. All materials needed for tutoring are in the literacy department and library. While tutoring, you will have the assistance and guidance of the coordinator.

The Adult Literacy Program encourages you to volunteer as a tutor to help change the lives of another adult, their family and our community.

Information: Penny Chastain, Adult Literacy coordinator, (918) 628-6657, ext. 246.