Literacy Program Seeks Volunteer Tutors for Illinois Youth Center

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is looking for compassionate, flexible, non-judgmental men and women to become volunteer guardians for incarcerated youth at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.

The tutoring program, called Jump Start, offers an information session on Thursday, December 2 from 9 am to 11 am at Kava Diem, 1 Illinois St. in St. Charles. You don’t have to be there all the time. Reservations are requested.

Teaching experience is not required, as 12 hours of tutor training is provided free of charge to volunteers. Most tutors volunteer between one and two hours per week and the tutoring is one-on-one in a safe and supervised environment.

Becoming a volunteer tutor can be a lengthy process as a thorough background check is required, but program volunteers find the work very rewarding.

“Young people who have the benefit of working with a tutor are more likely to earn a high school diploma or GED and are less likely to re-enter the system,” says Dorothy Miaso, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois.

Located on Route 38 west of Saint-Charles, the Youth Center welcomes approximately 35 young men involved in the juvenile justice system.

While ages range from 13 to 20, most are between 16 and 17. The educational abilities of young people vary widely, with some young people struggling to acquire basic reading and math skills, and others with a view to obtaining diplomas or GEDs.

For more information or to book, contact Melissa Auer at [email protected] by dialing (312) 857-1582.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Illinois State Library, a division of the Secretary of State’s office, using funds earmarked for literacy.

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