We're looking for new volunteer tutors who can begin working with children and adult learners this summer, especially in the Bath/Brunswick area.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, school closures, and stay-at-home directives have all made the need for literacy programs more acute,” says Don Lader, Midcoast Literacy’s Executive Director. We're looking to recruit tutors right now for school-age children who are struggling to read at grade level; for children and adults from asylum seeking families; and for adults wanting to improve their literacy skills so they can improve their lives.
The need for tutors to work with adult and child English Language Learners has been particularly magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Kids who are being tutored are getting to speak English outside school, and they’re picking it up quicker than the other (immigrant) kids,” Nsiona Nguizani, Brunswick's Cultural Broker, told us. “The tutors are the person-to-person keys that bring them to the language.”
Currently, tutoring sessions are taking place remotely via Zoom and other platforms, and in-person at outdoor sessions. In the coming months, some tutoring pairs will move their sessions to inside locations that allow for appropriate distancing and protection measures. Adults meeting in-person can be provided with face shields and/or masks and are asked to maintain adequate physical distance as they work. Midcoast Literacy will also have tutoring stations at our new office in Bath that will include large tables with tabletop, plexiglass dividers.
Volunteer tutors must be at least 18 years old. They also need to participate in tutor training, and be able to make a minimum one-year commitment. Under the current health conditions, tutors must also be willing and able to tutor using PPE during in-person sessions and/or use an online platform for remote sessions. People who want to work with adults can participate in Midcoast Literacy’s online training for new volunteers and start tutoring as soon as the training is completed. Those who wish to help children can sign up for a Read Together tutor training which will be held July 13, 15, and 17, from 12:00-3:00pm. The training will be in person at Midcoast Literacy and be limited to a maximum of 8 participants. You can read more about becoming at tutor at: https://midcoastliteracy.org/index.php/volunteer/become-a-tutor