Transportation: This site is within walking distance, but if you do choose to walk, please travel in pairs.
By bus: take the westbound #30 or #10 bus on the corner of 16th and Wisconsin to Plankinton and Wisconsin. Walk 1 block south. Literacy Services in on the corner of Michigan and Plankinton.
Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 14 minutes
Approximate Travel Time By Car: 5 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Class sessions are scheduled consecutively from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am – 12:30pm on Friday.
Students must confirm a weekly 90 minute class session with a Literacy Services of Wisconsin staff member before being confirmed as a Service Learner with Literacy Services of Wisconsin.
Description of Agency/Activities: The primary objective is to help adults who want to improve the quality of their lives through literacy education provided by volunteers. Literacy Services is a very well organized agency with a friendly atmosphere. The center offers a condensed training, involving the utilization of materials and progress charts for interested volunteers.
Student Role in Agency: Service Learner will tutor adults, ages 18 and up, implementing English as a Second Language curriculum or Adult Basic Education. Tasks a tutor facilitates include reading, writing, vocabulary, conversation, ESL and computer literacy. ESL Tutors must also attend a basic ESL training, which lasts two hours, before they can begin tutoring. Service Learners might not have the same student every time but the experiences have been overwhelmingly positive.
Student volunteers have the opportunity to learn a great deal educationally and personally with others from different educational backgrounds.
Commitment/Requirements: To tutor adults: Students tutor 1.5 hours a week, on a weekly basis throughout the entire semester.
Orientation, observation and a two hour ESL training are required before a volunteer can start tutoring. (These do not count toward your required hours)
Special requests, including the working with students of a particular language of origin, must be made in advance and are subject to the approval of LSW staff.