Since 1982, the Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County (LVSSC) has offered free tutoring to adults who want to improve their functional reading, writing, and English-speaking skills. LVSSC is affiliated with ProLiteracy America, the largest adult literacy organization in the United States, and has been recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Who Are We?
Our mission is to change the lives of adults with low literacy skills by providing tutoring, educational technology, and classes that effectively increase their English reading, writing, and speaking skills at no cost to the adult learners.
In order to accomplish this, we recruit, train, and support volunteers who serve as tutors. Through one-to-one and small group instruction, offered FREE of charge, we enable adults to achieve their personal, family, and job-related goals.
What Do We Do?
SID & MARIO
Mario is one of those people working hard...
CAROLYN & TONY
Tony is 60-year old American who dropped out of school at 15…
ERNIE & TAREK
Ernie, a new tutor, was matched with Tarek from Egypt ...
LYNN & WINNIE
Winnie immigrated to the U.S. from China where she was...
LVSSC trains and supports community volunteers to be effective tutors of adults. A learner-centered, flexible approach is used in the personalized tutoring of reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, both in
one-to-one and small group instruction.
Real life communication is stressed in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with attention to both the student's speaking skills and their ability to listen and understand. Progress is measured by increased life skills and reaching personal goals.
Basic Literacy students learn to read and write using training materials appropriate for their skill level as well as everyday reading materials such as newspapers. A flexible approach to tutoring is designed to help individual learners in a manner appropriate to their learning styles, goals, and literacy proficiencies.