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LEARN TO READ JACKSONVILLE | JACKSONVILLE, FL


About the Finalist:

"Learn to Read Jacksonville is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving adult literacy in Jacksonville, Florida since 1969. Learn to Read (LTR) provides reading, writing, and math instruction at no cost to adults 16 years of age or older who are generally below a 6 th grade reading level. Through grants and community support, LTR delivers over 1,900 hours of small group instruction, computer-assisted instruction, and one-on-one tutoring to more than 500 students each year. 

We help our students achieve goals such as: preparing for the GED test, reading to children/grandchildren, preparing for a citizenship or a driver’s license exam, and securing or retaining employment. We are proud of our students and our Organization’s recognition: Northeast Florida Nonprofits LOCAL FOCUS. LASTING IMPACT.™ Grassroots Award and Florida Literacy Coalition’s Excellence in Education Award."

Website:  www.learntoreadjax.org




JUDGING CRITERIA


VIDEO | PHOTOS | STORIES




Tony has been a student in the Learn to Read program since 2015. He attends small group classes for reading and math and has participated in the computer lab. Tony is hearing impaired. At Learn to Read, we believe our students make us a Literacy Hero. Tony was paired with his tutor, Douglas in May 2018. Douglas shares this story about their tutoring relationship. Tony is courageous, determined and working hard to achieve his goal.

THERE IS A NIGERIAN PROVERB WHICH SAYS THE FOLLOWING: “NOT TO KNOW IS BAD, NOT TO WISH TO KNOW IS WORSE”

THE REASON I’M QUOTING THIS PROVERB IS BECAUSE I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT TONY WHOM I TUTOR. I MET TONY THROUGH THE LEARN TO READ PROGRAM (LTR). RIGHT AWAY I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT HIM. I COULD TELL HE’S A DEDICATED PERSON WHO HAS A THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE. HE TOLD ME THAT HE NEEDED TO IMPROVE HIS READING COMPREHENSION AND VOCABULARY SKILLS. TONY IMPRESSED ME WITH HIS HONESTY AND SINCERITY.

SOME PEOPLE TALK A GOOD GAME AND HAVE UNREALISTIC GOALS, BUT IN THE SHORT TIME I’VE WORKED WITH TONY I CAN TELL HE’S ON A MISSION TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOALS.

TONY IS ABLE TO ARTICULATE HIS GOALS IN A CLEAR AND CONCISE MANNER. HE WANTS TO GET HIS GED AND ENROLL IN THE CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM AT VIRGINA COLLEGE. IN ADDITION TO WORKING WITH ME, TONY PARTICIPATES IN A SMALL GROUP CLASS AND GOES TO THE COMPUTER LAB, WHICH IS A COMPONENT OF THE LTR PROGRAM. TONY HAS A HEARING AID AND READS LIPS (WHICH I HAVE TO ADMIT I WISH I HAD THAT SKILL). HE SAID TAKING THESE CLASSES AND WORKING WITH ME IS PART OF HIS PLAN TO MAKE HIS GOALS A REALITY, WHICH BRINGS ME BACK TO THE NIGERIAN PROVERB, “NOT TO KNOW IS BAD, NOT TO WISH TO KNOW IS WORSE”

TONY IS ANTITHETICAL TO THIS PROVERB.

HE KNOWS NOT KNOWING IS BAD, PLUS HE WISHES TO KNOW MORE IN ORDER TO DO AND BE BETTER, SO HE CAN BECOME A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY.

I MOVED TO FLORIDA FROM DETROIT, MICHIGAN IN OCTOBER 2016 AFTER WORKING AS AN EDUCATOR FOR 30 PLUS YEARS. I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP IMPROVE THE LITERACY RATE. ONE DAY WHILE VISITNG THE JACKSONVILLE LIBRARY DOWNTOWN, I SAW A FLYER FOR THE LTR PROGRAM. I INQUIRED AND SLOWLY GOT INVOLVED. THE PROGRAM IS A GODSEND FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP AND FOR THOSE LIKE ME WHO WANT TO GIVE BACK. I THANK LTR FOR BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

DOUGLAS



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