Q: What is Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley?
A: LVNRV was established in 1979 to offer free tutoring in basic literacy and conversational English for speakers of other languages. We became accredited with Literacy Volunteers of America in 1982 and we are now an affiliate of ProLiteracy America, an organization formed from the merger of Literacy Volunteers of America and Laubach Literacy in 2003.
We are a volunteer based program and rely on trained volunteers to carry out our mission. Our central office is located in downtown Christiansburg, and we have tutors in Pulaski, Giles, Radford, and Floyd. Our funding is through grants, local governments, direct contributions from community members, fundraising events, and the United Way and United Funds that serve the New River Valley.
Q: Where does tutoring take place?
A: Tutoring takes place throughout the New River Valley in public locations, such as libraries, churches, and our local offices. New locations are developed as needed.
Q: Who are the "adult learners"?
Q.What Programs are offered at Literacy Volunteers of the NRV?
A: Adult learners are a variety of ages (18 and over), income levels, and backgrounds, with diverse family and job situations. However, they often have many things in common, such as frustrating school experiences, low self-esteem and embarrassment about not being able to read well, and they often have busy lives that can make time commitments to tutoring difficult. ESOL students come to the U.S. from all over the world. They speak a variety of languages and have a wide range of educational backgrounds.
A: LVNRV offers a variety of basic educational programs for adults:
- Basic Literacy: Adult learners work with a tutor to improve literacy skills to achieve personal reading and writing-related goals such as learning to write a check, complete a job application, and prepare for exams such as the driver's license and GED.
- Basic Math: Adult learners work with a tutor to improve math skills to achieve personal goals such as understanding personal finances or preparing for the Math section of the GED, and increasing skills to enter a job training program.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Adults with limited English skills work with a tutor one-on-one or in a group to improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to achieve goals such as being able to communicate with a supervisor, doctor, or a child’s teacher, use community services such as the post office and bank, prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam, and get a new or better job.
- Digital Literacy: Digital literacy tutors work with adults to teach concepts such as using a mouse, using a keyboard, creating an email account, writing emails, searching the web, and creating word documents. LVNRV is a Northstar Digital Literacy Project sponsoring site, which means learners can obtain Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates in eight computer skill areas. This provides a credential for employment or for professional development.
- Family Literacy: Adults in our family literacy program have the opportunity to develop their basic education skills while gaining skills, knowledge, and strategies to read with their children and to help their children be successful in school.
- Job Readiness: Soft skills to get and keep a job are taught in the context of activities to improve basic education skills to increase workforce readiness.