About Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) -Stoughton
LVM-Stoughton has been helping adults with basic literacy needs in the greater Stoughton area since September of 1998. One of 12 LVM affiliates statewide, the program was nationally accredited in fall of 2001 and offers one-to-one, confidential, individualized tutoring to adult learners in basic reading, writing and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Volunteers are recruited from the greater Stoughton area and trained to become Basic Literacy or ESOL tutors. Students and tutors are matched once the 18-hour training is completed and work at the library for 2 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year.
LVM-Stoughton is committed to:
- Enabling adults in need of basic literacy skills to achieve their potential through one-to-one free instruction that is student-centered.
- Training, supervising, and supporting LVM-Stoughton volunteer tutors and learners.
- Strengthening and improving the organization's capacity to provide free literacy instruction and services to adults in the community.
- What's the Training Like?
Both Basic Literacy and English for Students of Other Language workshops are approximately 18 hours in length. Topics addressed in the workshops include adult learning theory, learning styles, reading strategies, the writing process, conversation techniques, goal setting, lesson planning, and others. Training participants' work in small groups and pairs, view video segments, and practice applying newly learned techniques in class.
- Who Are the Adult Literacy Students?
The students are people who range in age from 19 to 75, live in the greater Stoughton area and may come from countries other than the United States. Some of the students are Americans who struggled for years with literacy issues. While some of the students come to the program with major reading difficulties, others desire to improve their writing or speaking skills. For some students, whether American or immigrant, the G.E.D. is a prized goal. Regardless of what specific literacy challenge brought them to the program, the students share the goal of improving their skills.
- What is LVM-Stoughton's mission?
Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts-Stoughton believes that the ability to read and write is critical to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society. The mission of the LVM-Stoughton, therefore, is to promote increased literacy for Stoughton-area adult learners through the effective use of volunteers, the provision of support services for volunteers and learners, and collaboration with individuals, groups, or organizations desiring to foster increased literacy.
- Who Pays For the Program?
The town of Stoughton and the Massachusetts Department of Education funds LVM-Stoughton. These funds pay for part-time staff and books and materials specifically created for the adult literacy population.
If you or your company/organization would like to contribute to this important cause, please contact the program at 781-232-9360.