"Give to the max day is coming so we are excited about that. In the next couple of weeks we will know if we will receive a couple of grants we want, and next week we have a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch for the high school Cultures United Club."

by Alice Guo, Community Impact Intern

In order to learn more about tutoring in the corrections system in Minnesota, I was thrilled to interview Abby Roza, who is an Adult Education Instructor at the Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility. I’m excited to share with you some valuable information and insights on this program.

Prison literacy is a concept that caught my attention after living in the States for eight months and working as a Community Impact Intern at Minnesota Literacy Council. You know, I barely kept an eye on such a topic when I was growing up in China.

            This summer has been an amazing volunteer experience. In my position as Volunteer Outreach Intern at the Literacy Council, I worked mainly with recruitment, tabling at events and managing social media. Working with so many dedicated individuals and community organizations was a real pleasure, and I gained insight into the great system of educators in the Twin Cities area. As part of my internship, I had the privilege of visiting some of the centers in our volunteer community.

The Literacy Leader for August is Christie Roberts, a creative and passionate computer skills volunteer with Learner Web Computer Classes. Since she started volunteering last September, learners and volunteers have recognized Christie’s kindness, patience and energy in the classroom. JennaRose Bondeson, coordinator of the Learner Web classes, particularly appreciates Christie’s approach when dealing with ideas that are new to students.

Check out this blog post from called "Computer Literacy: See if you know the basics." I read this list and thought it was an excellent summary, and a great place to begin building a computer literacy curriculum.
While the browser wars continue to wage, often with tools you never think of using, Read on Web is a small plug-in that could be a big help to learners.
"Reading Rockets" is a series from PBS that focuses on issues of children's literacy, including brain research into reading difficulties, teaching strategies that work, and ways to empower parents. Although the series does not deal directly with adult literacy issues, much of the information is valuable to the adult literacy community.
The Minnesota Literacy Council volunteer outreach staff have collaborated with technology and training staff to produce a fun new video for YouTube. It features adult literacy volunteers and learners discussing the importance of volunteer tutors in their programs.


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