Educational Institutions

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

English language proficiency for Economic Security

Worcester, MA

Mission

Providing English language skills to help people thrive. Our strategic outcome is English language proficiency for Economic Security.

Ruling Year

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Jolene Jennings

Main Address

3 Salem Square, Room 332

Worcester, MA 01608 USA

Keywords

ESL, ESOL, English language education, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, Learning English, Tutoring, Teaching

EIN

04-2914294

 Number

5926662666

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ESL Group Courses: Literacy Academy at Madison Place

Individualized One-to-One Tutoring

Volunteer Tutor Training

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of adults who received literacy services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Minorities,

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Individualized One-to-One Tutoring

Context notes

1. Tutored Students: 75% of tutored students with pre and post assessments gained an average of 1.4 SPL growth (n57/76).

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Context notes

Students report primarily from individual tutoring and some in courses only.

Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Minorities,

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

At Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester (LVGW), we provide English language skills to help people thrive. Providing the adult foreign-born and native speakers with the English language and literacy skills they need to achieve their immediate and long-term goals. English language proficiency is a key barrier for these adults to move forward on reaching and meeting these goals and economic security. LVGW provides English language skills to immigrants, refugees and low-literate adults. LVGW strives to provide education instruction to all those who seek English literacy education through One-to-One Tutor Program in ESL/ESOL and Basic Literacy, ESL group courses; Survival through High Intermediate Level and Distance Learning programs such as Rosetta Stone and DuoLingo on desktop or tablets. Our student set and met goals include:
• Obtaining a Drivers License
• Becoming a US Citizen
• Improving pronunciation and communication
• Learning to read, write, and help school age children with homework
• Securing a job or advancing
• Developing skills to improve employment situations
• Navigating Healthcare systems
• Increasing awareness of US Culture
LVGW has had much success with individual, confidential tutoring to meet our students availability and skill levels. LVGW currently has 150 trained volunteer tutors with 154 student/volunteer pairings. Our standard assessment of NRS is Best Plus 2.0, MAPT and TABE 9/10 for our Tutored Students and our growth level for Student Performance Level in FY17 was 1.4 SPL-above average for the state.

• Define and communicate Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester as English language skills provider
• Develop Adult Basic Education (ABE) program offering at LVGW in addition to the primary English as Second Language (ESL/ESOL) programming.
• English language proficiency skills for Career Readiness: The Road to Economic Security
• Harnessing Civic Engagement & Career Readiness
• Create multiple sources of learning opportunities for constituents within and outside of classroom
• Develop further ESL/ABE Partner Collaborations
• Revenue Diversity and Expansion
• Growth Management for long-term sustainability
• Human Resource Development

Qualified team of administrative and programming staff in place. Supportive Board of Directors and community collaborations. Tracking student success more fully to capture quantitative and qualitative results.

An annual review of strategic plan and goals, along with standard assessment for student English language proficiency gains.

ABE Tutor Training has been added once a year to compliment ESL Tutor Training. Staff and volunteers receive ongoing training and educational opportunities within organization and externally. Students have shown significant gains in SPL growth performance with standard assessment measurement.

Three female students where empowered at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester (LVGW) in 2017 thru sharing of their oral history as Immigrant Woman of Worcester. This oral history was a collaboration led by WWOHP and contributed to by LVGW in recording and transcription of these stories for public recording.

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Affiliations & Memberships

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Financials

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable