Volume 9, Issue 2
The Insider, the monthly newsletter of LVA, Essex & Passaic Counties, will keep you in the loop on all of the organization’s upcoming events.
Join our team of dedicated tutors and hard-working students, who are now meeting remotely, by attending our next tutor training workshop beginning Feb 19th. Details on Page 2.
Literacy Volunteers of America Essex & Passaic Counties
90 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 566-6200, ext. 217 or 225
195 Gregory Avenue, 2nd Floor, Passaic, NJ 07055
Cristhian Barcelos -Executive Director
Russell Ben Ali -Social Media & Newsletter Coordinator
Jorge Chavez -Data Processing Coordinator
Debbie Graham -Education Coordinator
Mary O’Connor -Trainer & Tutor Support Specialist
Marisol Ramirez -Student Coordinator
Greetings LVA family,
It’s always a pleasure to hear good news from our students and tutors, especially during a year-long health crisis that has brought so much disappointment. So we couldn’t be happier to offer our congratulations to student Carolina, who found a full-time job as a data processor for BioReference Laboratories, a large testing and clinical diagnostic services company. The firm, among other things, provides COVID-19 tests for players from the NBA, NHL, and the US Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams.
Carolina says the job’s income enabled her and her husband to move into a house that’s large enough for her family and dog in Costa Rica, from whom she’s been separated for two years. She said she wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply, had it not been for her work with tutor Rachel Tomosieski. “I can now present myself in a positive light,” Carolina told her tutor.
Congratulations and thank you to ProLiteracy and its Workforce Atlas, the online career pathways platform it developed with Pearson. Adults who complete Workforce Atlas’s online assessments are recommended occupations, online resources, and local service providers to help them achieve their goals. The platform was featured last month on the Fox Business Network’s “Behind the Scenes”, a national television program hosted by actor Laurence Fishburne. Literacy issues don’t often receive national attention so it was a delight to view the “Behind the Scenes” segment “Advances in the Workforce.” You can view the segment here under the website’s Business section: https://bit.ly/3q4QAEd
In case you missed the inspirational story of Evelyn Uba, a Nigerian immigrant who learned last month that she passed the bar exam after taking it more than 10 times during nine years of study, you can read it here: http://gma.abc/3tCi9ag She’s the perfect example of achievement through persistence.
Friends, please don’t overlook the NJALL Adult Learner Writing Contest 2021 which offers cash prizes in five categories - - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and photography. It also provides an opportunity to have one’s work published in the organization’s annual magazine, which has given a tremendous boost of confidence to many of our students. More information can be found at: https://www.njall.org/news-925899.html
In the News
To view the following stories, copy and paste the highlighted website into an internet search bar.
“4 Tips to Learning a New Language.” UC Davis Magazine. http://bit.ly/3q3Ibky
“Being in the classes has been good for me,” said Rosa, a student from the Dominican Republic. “I can talk to my daughter’s teachers. I read with my daughter every day.”
Tutor Training Workshops
Online Training, by Karen Cardell & Mary O’Connor
Platform: Google Meet
Fridays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
February 19, 26, March 5, 12, & 19, 2021
Online Training, by Catherine Mitch
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2021
Tutor Support Workshops
"Get to Know Your Students on a Personal Level,"
with Diana Sefchik
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Comprehension Strategies in Adult Literacy Instruction,"
with Erik Jacobson
Platform: Google Meet
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
11:00 am -12:30 pm
Additional info: http://www.lvaep.org/workshops.html
Getting to Know Us
“In ‘achingly beautiful’ letters to Biden, students who are learning English, working full time and taking care of siblings share their hopes.”
Getting to Know Us