Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County provides free, confidential tutoring to adults and out-of-school teens in reading, writing, and conversational English; and recruits and trains volunteers to provide this tutoring.
There is no cost and anyone in our area who qualifies and needs help can receive it. Sometimes, however, a person may need more help than we can give, and we will refer them to another program.
A person is accepted into our program after a confidential interview and placement test. The student is told at this time if they qualify for our program.
Practice Makes Perfect
Hi my name is Shardaha. I’m 19 and I have a 3 year old daughter. I had to leave school at age 15 to raise my daughter. I felt like my teachers didn’t care if I finished my education. I left school when I was only in the ninth grade.
So, I’ve been struggling to be a good mother. But it’s frustrating and hard not to be able to answer my babys questions or read her a book. There were lots of things I couldn’t do because I could not read and write. I was down and ready to give up.
Then I met my tutor from Literacy Volunteers. The first thing that I thought was it’s not going to work. I had no confidence, I didn’t believe in myself and I thought it would be too hard.
My tutor Linda gave me ideas to make my life better. She understands me when I’m trying to explain something to her. I did a lot of things that I thought I couldn’t do. I even met most of my goals. We meet at the library twice a week. Finally I’m learning to read and write. I’m working to get my G.E.D.
Now with Linda’s help I believe I can do it! Practice makes perfect! It’s all worth it.