Volunteers needed for adult literacy program

SURREY – With International Literacy Day having just passed on Monday, Sept. 8 and Surrey Libraries’ campaign to promote digital literacy, there are still some adults and seniors who just need the basics.That’s why READ Surrey/White Rock is looking for volunteer adult literacy tutors to help with the process."Literacy is a significant yet largely hidden issue for so many adult learners," Shanti Ang, READ Surrey/White Rock literacy coordinator, told the Now in an email. "Getting a good cohort of volunteer tutors trained up will help many learners in the coming months."A training program orientation session is scheduled to happen at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29 at the City Centre Library for interested participants.Minimum qualifications for would-be tutors include having to be at least 19 years old and possessing a high school graduation or equivalent, along with excellent written and oral English skills and competency in reading, writing and math.Tutors will help adults develop reading, writing and math skills, and a free 15-hour tutor training will take place in October. "The info session is free but space is limited so anyone interested should contact me to reserve a seat," Ang said. To register for the orientation session, call Ang at 778-255-5508 or readswrs@gmail.com.

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