Day: February 16, 2024

Literacy Lubbock

Literacy is an essential human right that enables people to make informed decisions and take action for themselves and the world. It empowers women, helps to alleviate poverty and is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNESCO, through its global network of field offices and institutes, works with countries and partners to advance literacy within the framework of lifelong learning.

OUR MISSION

Literacy is a lifelong journey, from learning to read as an infant to advancing your reading skills as an adult. In this fast-paced, text-driven world, it is vital to acquire literacy skills to thrive and fulfill your dreams.

Although much progress has been made in literacy worldwide, 763 million adults still do not have basic reading skills. Literacy is the key to unlocking the doors of opportunity for all, from reducing poverty and hunger to improving health and employment.

Our mission is to support and execute programs that enable people to become literate. Through our volunteer tutor-student paired instruction, GED study program, English as a Second Language class and Tiny Tots storytime events, we provide classes, books and tools to help our students fulfill their dreams. Literacy is more than a set of skills; it is a way of life.

OUR VISION

From textbooks to news articles, from recipes to text messages, from medication bottles to health insurance forms – words are the lifeblood of our daily lives. Yet illiteracy costs us all in many ways. Literacy is the key to unlocking doors that lead to a better future and allows individuals to fulfill their life dreams.

Our vision at literacy lubbock is to execute programs that enable people in our community to become literate. We do this by supporting and funding education for adults in a variety of different ways such as through one on one tutoring, English classes, GED study, and non-English speaking adult learners enrolled in our ESL program – all free of charge.

We also support literacy initiatives in our community such as Vista Bank’s Camp Exposure, a Dallas-Based football camp that gives student-athletes the opportunity to learn life skills, including financial literacy, at no cost to participants and their families. Additionally, we provide books to children in our Tiny Tots program.

OUR APPROACH

Literacy Lubbock provides ESL and GED classes as well as early literacy services through its Tiny Tots program. They are a nonprofit and rely on donations and volunteers to fulfill their mission.

A growing body of research supports varied and authentic writing instruction, but many teachers consider these practices to be time intensive and out of sync with their immediate writing needs. Insufficient writing development is a national problem that impacts students in elementary through twelfth grade, contributing to higher levels of poverty and poor health outcomes and costing $230 billion annually in public education costs, hospitalizations and health insurance claims.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when many schools were closed, Lubbock ISD teachers used Istation to provide them with consistent assessment data so they could intervene appropriately and monitor student growth. As a result, they were able to maintain their students’ skill growth and in some cases even increase their reading proficiency scores. The results demonstrated that teachers who follow the science of reading have the most success in raising student achievement.

OUR PROGRAMS

To fulfill its mission, the organization provides free tutoring in both one-on-one and group settings for adult learners. The organization also helps adult students prepare for the GED, and it offers English as a second language instruction.

Classes are on a set schedule and take place at locations such as Mahon Library, Buckner Family Hope Center, Hodges Community Center and Catholic Charities. But for people who cannot attend, Literacy Lubbock will help provide alternatives such as online options or even transportation and books.

When choosing a book for the program, LHUCA looks at its age range and popularity and reception, as well as for artistic elements it can build events around, like visual or musical art activities, guest speakers, film and opera screenings and stargazing. The organization’s annual community read is a highlight of the festival. KTTZ will talk with two of the event’s attending authors, Linda Broday and Kim Hunt Harris, next week.

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