Out with the old (data) and in with the new (data)
The results are in! The Reading Program just completed its annual number-crunching for 2012-2013. The compiled data goes to the California Library Literacy Services agency for incorporation into the annual report to the legislature on its state-wide literacy campaign. We are very excited to report some great outcomes for students and tutors.
Here are highlights from the fiscal year:
A total of 220 students participated (180 tutor-learner pairs in libraries and 40 beginning ESL students at the Gilroy Apartments).
Our hard-working staff of 162 tutors, including 94 new volunteers, provided 7,822 instructional hours to adults building their reading skills.
The program distributed 529 workbooks to students and tutors at no cost.
In all, volunteers donated over 8,052 hours of their time to teach new concepts to students, facilitate small-group conversations for beginning speakers, assist participants with computer literacy needs, and prepare weekly lessons. Reading Program volunteers are especially amazing!
It was a big year for goals, with Reading Program students setting 891 and meeting 326 goals during the year. Every goal—big or little—is proudly documented by volunteers and entered into the database by staff. That’s a lot of goals to be counted. Here are some of the outstanding accomplishments:
Students read 133 books, newspapers or magazines with support from their tutors.
Students wrote 47 letters for personal or professional purposes.
Twenty-two students reported that they were checking out library items with increased frequency.
Eighteen students worked on professional development goals related to applying for jobs, writing resumes and preparing for interviews.
Thirteen students got new jobs or were promoted.
Eleven students accessed community resources and services.
One student passed the citizenship test, and one student passed the GED test.
The Reading Program staff sends an enthusiastic high-five to the students and tutors who contributed to an exciting and productive year.