About Read to Learn


This adult Literacy/Volunteer Program is free, and volunteer-based.

The program's major goal is to improve the quality of life in the Northwest suburbs by raising the level of literacy among adults.

Volunteers are trained to work one-on-one tutoring adult learners with the goal of improving reading abilities and basic skills.

Funded by a start-up grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, the first class of eight adult learners was held in January 1985 under the leadership of Township High School District 214 Community Education.

Community-business-education partnerships with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, Township High School Districts 211 and 214 have led to additional grants from the Illinois Secretary of State Literacy Office and the Illinois Community College Board as well as contributions from the private sector.

Thirteen classes are conveniently located throughout the Northwest suburbs in schools, libraries, and churches, providing greater accessibility for adult learners.

Site Supervisors, who are professional adult educators, direct the assessment and evaluation of the adult learners, plan individualized lessons, provide instructional materials, and supervise the tutors. Each adult learner’s reading level is assessed. Goals, interests, and needs are identified.

Advanced tutor training programs continue to be provided through seminars and workshops.

The total, unduplicated number of adult learners enrolled in this program since 7/1/86 is 11,125.

The total, unduplicated number of volunteer tutors trained for this program since 7/1/86 is 5,812.
 
All of the READ TO LEARN sites are NON-SMOKING FACILITIES.
 
This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy. Approximately 24% of the cost of this program is covered by federal funds in the amount of $32,910.

Mission Statement
The mission of the District 214 Community Education Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer program is to improve the quality of life for those adults living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago who read and write English below the ninth grade level.

Vision Statement
The vision of the District 214 Community Education Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer program is to raise the literacy level of adults residing in the northwest suburbs of Chicago who read and write below the ninth grade level so they are empowered to have better employability success, knowledge and access to good health care, are able to assist their children with educational needs and be a productive and active member of their communities.

Purpose Statement
The purpose of the District 214 Community Education Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer program is to raise English literacy levels of adults reading below the ninth grade level by matching adult learners with volunteers trained to implement prepared individualized lessons designed to help adult learners succeed in improving their English literacy skills.