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ERIC Number: ED401527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-10
Pages: 11
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University Students as Literacy Tutors.
Smith, Arthur E.
Two literacy programs based at the State University of New York, College at Brockport (SUNY-Brockport) universities have achieved some success, but both programs have changed, for various reasons. University students have much to gain from their involvement in literacy programs, including the satisfaction of helping others, the opportunity to learn about the institutions and organizations in which the literacy programs are situated, and identification of academic and career paths they might not have otherwise considered. The Promote Yourself Career Development Program was developed and supported through federal funds. Literacy help provided to members of two labor unions representing maintenance, clerical, and food service workers ranged from basic skills for job retention to advanced skills for career advancement. Participants met with tutors on a one-to-one basis at times convenient for both. Federal funds were eliminated and the program ended. The second program, the Student Literacy Corps, reached out into the surrounding community to provide literacy instruction. University student tutors worked within the structure of existing literacy programs and earned three credits in experiential education. Most students tutored more than the required 60 hours, and some exceeded 100 hours. The Student Literacy Corps now serves few adults--most of the tutoring is done with children in elementary school. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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