Volunteer tutor Ken Grieves, left, and Edgar Rodriguez, a participant in one of the English language groups. (Special to The News)

Volunteer tutor Ken Grieves, left, and Edgar Rodriguez, a participant in one of the English language groups. (Special to The News)

Community Adult Literacy program seeking volunteer tutors

Applications being accepted until Mar. 29

The local adult literacy program is looking for tutors to help people improve their reading and writing skills.

Community Adult Literacy Program, (CALP), is currently recruiting volunteer tutors, who will be trained and matched with learners who want to improve their literacy skills.

Janice Williams, coordinator of the adult literacy program, noted that according to international literacy studies, more than 700,000 people across the province, or 45 per cent of adults, struggle with their reading and writing, and do not have the literacy skills for most jobs in Canada.

“Without these skills adults can also be challenged with reading health information, food labels, notes from their child’s teacher, and may not be able to fully participate in society,” said Williams.

Tutor training will be either in person or online on three consecutive Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:15 p.m. from April 6-20.

CALP is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training and supported by the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee and the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Applications are being accepted from Mar. 8-29. To receive and application email Williams at readridgemeadows@gmail.com.

“If you have two to four hours a week to volunteer and support a learner on their literacy journey, we would like to hear from you,” said Williams.

For more information call 778-951-7045.

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