The Adult Literacy Corps Member will serve as a full-time AmeriCorps Member to expand adult education and literacy instruction for adult learners in Duval County. Service would include providing reading and math instruction to adults through one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, or topic focused workshops. Members will help the students develop goals and develop contextual learning activities that incorporate those goals. Overall instruction can also include other forms of literacy including, but not limited to, financial, health, family and digital literacy.
AmeriCorps Members will provide support for the following types of adult education activities:
- Adult Literacy and Education (reading, math, and language classes below the 9th grade level)
- Computer Assisted Learning in the Computer Lab to include technology and content support
- GED Preparation Classes (Reasoning Through Language, Math, Social Studies and Science)
- Adult Life Skills Workshops (Financial Literacy, Health Literacy, Digital Literacy, Family, and Career Development)
- Homework help sessions
- Individual coaching and mentoring
- Student registration and orientation (including pre and post testing)
- Curriculum adaptation or development to meet student interests and goals.
- Recordkeeping of attendance and student outcomes
- Data entry to support student intakes, attendance, and outcomes using our LACES tracking system
- Community outreach for student and volunteer recruitment
Community Need Addressed
According to the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 21% of adults in Duval county perform at a beginning literacy level. Students at this level struggle to understand basic vocabulary and will have considerable difficulty comprehending print material. At the most, they can read short texts or perform simple tasks such as filling out a basic form. An additional 34% of Duval County adults are estimated to perform at a low to intermediate level, indicating that they are nearing proficiency but will still struggle in working with information and ideas in text or in performing tasks with text based information. This means that 55% of the local adult population is in need of some form of literacy skills instruction.
Adult Literacy Corps Members will help adult learners improve their overall literacy and numeracy skills. With those improvements, adults are better able to secure and maintain employment, vote, participate in the civic process, maintain the their health, monitor their finances, and help their own children learn to read.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
- Helping adult learners improve their literacy and math skills to improve job prospects, continue their education, and increase their quality of life.
- Networking with other community organizations and workspace in the Jessie Ball duPont Center in downtown Jacksonville
- Comprehensive training and professional development.
College Degree, Credential or Certification
The Literacy Alliance will support Members in attaining a wide range of certifications in which they may be interested to further their own professional development.
Skills you will gain
Time management, planning, data analysis, organization, curriculum development, instructional techniques, teaching skills.
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment