During the past decade, the staff of the Adult Literacy program has developed a variety of opportunities to address the needs of learners studying English as a second language, or improving reading and writing skills. Services are provided through small group classes, one to one tutoring with trained tutor volunteers. Our highly successful Adult Basic Education is learner centered. We schedule classes and tutoring to meet the students' needs and schedules.
The school age program has been the greatest area of growth during 2012. We are serving nearly 40 at-risk youth in Fairbanks. These students are being tutored intensively three to four times every week during the entire school year. These children are at risk of performing below or far below average in school and missing out on foundation skills. This has been an exciting program at Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's Birch Park Community and the Boys and Girls Club of Fairbanks.
Our summer Cross Age Tutoring program involves teens, aged 14-18, who volunteer to tutor elementary school children. This program provides critical thinking skills building for students in grades 1-3 who need support with reading and math skills. Tutors take turns presenting lessons to enhance their own teaching and public speaking skills and take an active role in developing guidelines for each session.
Books are donated from the community, cleaned and sorted, then redistributed through the Forget-Me-Not Bookstore, the programs at LCA, and community and worldwide organizations.
This program finished in 2011 after sending over 20,000 books to Head Start sites across the state. This program was funded by the Administration for Children and Families Head Start Innovation and Improvement Projects Grant. We continue to provide books to several of our partnering Head Start sites.
Computer literacy is needed in order to function in today's world. The LCA has two components to the program: computer recycling and the computer literacy lab with classes.
From mid-January to mid-February, adult guys enter elementary classrooms and read fun books out loud to the boys, showing them that reading is fun and that guys do read!
From mid-January to mid-February, adult gals enter elementary classrooms and read fun books out loud to the gals, showing them that reading is fun and that guys do read!