Peninsula READS Adult Basic Literacy Program works primarily with American-born adults seeking to improve their literacy and/or math skills. Learners enroll in the Adult Basic Literacy Program for a variety of reasons. Their future goals may include obtaining a General Education Development certificate (GED), joining the military, or going to college. Some learners are seeking to increase employment opportunities or to obtain job promotion, while other learners want to enhance every day survival skills, to understand written medical instructions, file insurance claims or complete tax forms. Learners may just want to enjoy reading to their children, or reading the newspaper for themselves. With the variety in reasons for seeking our help, all learners at Peninsula READS do have one thing in common: the need to increase their literacy skills to progress toward their goals.
Basic Literacy learners are given an initial assessment using the standardized Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to determine a baseline from which to begin to target these goals. At the time of initial assessment, a $40.00 intake fee, which includes the cost of the initial textbook, is required. Learners are matched on a one-on-one basis with trained volunteer tutors, and regular meetings are then scheduled in a public place on days and times convenient to both. Peninsula READS' facilities and public libraries are recommended for tutoring sessions. Periodically, learners are reassessed at the cost of $5.00 to identify any challenges in the learning process and to ensure that progress is being made toward the learner’s objective. With the exception of intake and periodic reassessment, all services are free to the learner.
Whatever the stated goal, Peninsula READS is committed to linking each enrolled learner with a trained volunteer whose task is to help him develop competence in reading, writing and/or math, the first step in advancing toward their goals.