Learning Advantage (previously Reading Advantage)
Learning Advantage is a literacy program which pairs volunteers and adults with low literacy skills, for a period of approximately one year. Volunteer coaches help participants develop basic reading and writing skills, experience the joys of reading, and pursue individual goals. A student-centred method is utilized to build upon each individual’s needs, strengths, learning styles and life experiences.
Learning Advantage is designed:
- To provide one-on-one coaching for adult Calgarians who want to improve their literacy skills and engage in lifelong learning activities.
- To support Calgarians in achieving their reading related goals.
- To increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs.
Length of the program
- A strong commitment to adult literacy and interest in helping adults learn to read and write.
- Ability to work independently with a learner
- Excellent listening and communication skills
- Flexibility, creativity and good problem solving skills
- Demonstrated ability to accommodate a diversity of backgrounds and skill levels
- Attend a two day training session
- Help learners develop basic reading and writing skills to enrich their lives and promote lifelong learning
- Develop and implement individualized learning plans based upon the learner’s goals
- Develop and maintain learning journals, individualized learning plans and learner portfolios
- Consult with learner and library staff to arrange mutually convenient meeting times, generally 2 hours per week. An additional 20–60 minutes is required for program preparation
- Commit to participate in the program for a minimum of one year
- Maintain regular contact with library staff to discuss the participant’s progress and activities
- Respect confidentiality
- Volunteers receive 13 hours of comprehensive core training, plus opportunities for supplemental training
- Training includes an introduction to the CPL vision, mission, goals and core values; roles, responsibilities and expectations; boundaries (role of volunteer vs. staff); typical session; FAQ; and list of resources
- All volunteer training takes place at the Central branch
- All branches
- Volunteers may specify which locations they prefer
- Extremely rewarding opportunity to make an impact in a learner’s life as literacy is essential today in every facet of life: education, employment and relationships.
- By working one-on-one with a learner, you have the opportunity to provide empowerment and lasting change in a person’s life.
Learning Advantage Contact:
Lindsay Burns Email: Lindsay.Burns@calgarypubliclibrary.com Phone: 403-260-2729
If you are interested in volunteering for the Learning Advantage program, please apply here.