Adult Literacy

Imagine helping an adult increase his or her reading and writing skills in order to become a more active member of society. The new learner acquires skills necessary to function more fully in his/her personal life and in the community. We use a one-to-one tutoring approach, which has been proven to be the most successful method in working with an adult new learner. The tutoring sites and times are determined by the volunteer tutor and the adult learner. Public sites, such as libraries, churches, parks, or community centers, are recommended meeting locations. It is recommended that tutors meet with their students twice a week for an hour or an hour and a half each time. We hold orientations which are open to anyone interested in learning about the problems of illiteracy, some of its causes and effects, and the Hawaii Literacy program. An orientation is required before you take the tutor training, which is 16 hours long.

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Family Literacy

Would you like to help improve the literacy skills of children? Hawaii Literacy is looking for volunteers to help with our Family Literacy program. Volunteers are needed to help run educational activities for children, parents and/or caregivers at Mayor Wright Homes and Kuhio Park Terrace. This may include reading books aloud, helping with an art or writing activity, or assisting people in choosing and checking out books. A criminal background check is required.

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Classroom on Wheels

You can help improve literacy skills and school readiness on the Waianae Coast. Hawaii Literacy's Classroom on Wheels program visits housing projects and Boys and Girls Clubs there. Serving all ages, from young children to adults, the literacy minibus brings books, laptop computers, toys and activities to communities during weekly visits. Currently, site visits are weekday afternoons. Volunteers assist in literacy activities, read to children, and help adults and children check out books and use the laptop computers. We ask for a minimum commitment of one visit per week, for at least four months. A criminal background check is required.

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Drop-in Center

Depending upon the needs of those seeking assistance and on the availability of volunteers, the Center offers one-to-one, small group, and classroom settings. Volunteers work with adults on a variety of subjects from the improvement of reading and writing skills to assisting with filling out forms, writing a letter, or studying for a Citizenship or Driver's License test. Volunteers also offers assistance in speaking the English language. On-the job training will be provided to complement any previous experience volunteer may have.

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Main Office

Hawaii Literacy has an on-going need for people to assist with office work - filing, data entry, answering phones, typing, miscellaneous computer work. We are looking for people who are able to commit to work in the office at least one half-day per week.

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