Janette Moller is the Partner Assisted Learning coordinator for Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy. Angie Mindus photo

Partner Assisted Learning program delivers essential literacy support

Reach a Reader: Do you someone who needs support?

By Janette Moller

Partner Assisted Learning (PAL) is free!

It is a learner centered, volunteer literacy tutoring program delivering literacy and essential skills to adult learners ages 19 to golden agers.

Volunteer tutors assist with adults who want to improve their reading, writing, computer, math and English skills. We provide support for adults in training programs, and everything in between.

The PAL program provides a valuable informal learning environment and is entirely focused on adult learner needs.

The aim is to provide long- and short-term learner support; we create and maintain effective learner/tutor matches.

The program is designed to empower learners to improve their critical thinking and the ability to understand what they read.

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One who is literate has the skills and confidence to take on life’s experiences.

The encouragement aids learners to pursue and achieve their education, employment and personal goals.

PAL and our tutors

The role as a volunteer tutor is vitally important to the continued success of adult learning. We ask an awful lot of tutors and have large expectations.

The tutor must complete a training program. They are then matched with a learner and usually spend about an hour and a half a week working towards the learner’s goal.

Lessons are prepared, and the tutor communicates with the coordinator on the learner’s progress. I often hear from our tutors that tutoring is an amazing experience and is beneficial for me and the learner!

Whatever your reason for returning to learning, you may find the help you need by contacting the PAL Program.

Volunteering is the act of giving of your time and services; if you think you could join us in this wonderful effort, please give Janette a call.

Janette is the PAL Coordinator for Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and can be reached at janette@caribooliteracy.com or you can call her at 250-392-7833.

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