Literacy Council starts tutor training

One way to make a profound difference in someone’s life is to become a literacy tutor and teach children and adults to read.

There is a great need for tutors in Ridgecrest, with more people signing up for tutoring than there are tutors available.

The Literacy Council of the Indian Wells Valley trains volunteers to teach in a one-on-one setting, for those who are learning English as a second language and those with reading difficulties.

This service is offered free to the learners.

The council is hosting a four-session training opportunity geared for ESL starting Oct. 7. This session will run Oct. 7, 9, 14 and 16, evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Training is free to the tutors.

Longtime tutor Joy Young, an exemplar for the other tutors, was honored in June by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce with its first-ever Seniors Award, for her decades of volunteerism and community involvement.

Young has served with the Literacy Council for more than 40 years, both on the board and as a tutor in the Laubach Literacy Program.

She has also been a member of the Pick Ladies at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for 33 years, volunteering with Camp Fire Girls, teaching Sunday school for more than 20 years, working with Child Abuse Response and Prevention and, last but not least, baking and decorating all those beautiful cakes for so many events.

The Literacy Council has conferred on Young the title of Legendary Tutor.

For reservations and more information, call Joy Young at 760-446-5227.

Story First Published: 2013-10-01