We change lives through improved literacy.
The Oakville Literacy Council is a non-profit, volunteer group providing personalized tutoring to adults in reading, writing, and basic math and computer skills. Our service is:
Two Oakville Literacy Council students were featured in the 2007 United Way campaign video called Building Independence. You can view it here. Note that we are the second agency profiled in the video, after Food for Life.
Our students do not fit one profile. What they do have in common is a challenge that restricts their quality of life. Think about all the potential outcomes of improved literacy – filling out a job application, passing a test to upgrade job skills, reading to a child, getting a driver’s licence, communicating with relatives by email, and handling everyday banking.
Potential students are professionally and respectfully assessed and then carefully matched with a suitable tutor. Using the Laubach approach to literacy, we help them meet their indivdual goals.
We are the only organization in Oakville offering a free personal learning environment to adult students, many of whom feel intimidated by a classroom.
Low literacy is a serious problem and often a hidden one. The Oakville Literacy Council works hard to remind people that addressing low literacy means attacking the root cause of many other difficulties people face in their lives. Improved literacy means improved quality of life.
Literacy service providers are faced with a unique challenge – it is difficult to find and attract new students because they typically avoid written material, including traditional print advertising.
You can be our eyes and ears and help us uncover and engage those who can benefit from our services.