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Changing lives one word at a time

Welcome!  Our Mission Statement:  Believing that literacy is the foundation for a sustainable community, Washtenaw Literacy provides literacy support, free of charge, to adults through a network of trained tutors. It is our vision to eliminate illiteracy in Washtenaw County.  For over 40 years we have been empowering adults through improved literacy. Since our founding in 1971, we have served over 20,000 learners and trained and fully supported over 10,000 volunteer tutors.  Learn more.

  • Free TUTORING for ADULTS of ALL AGES!  Free, flexible tutoring in basic reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language (ESL): Learn more.
  • Learners: We have so many learning opportunities for you throughout the community. Take a look at some of our featured programs below: 
    • Attend an ESL Open Tutoring session today.  See the schedule for locations and times, all are open to new learners: Click here for the Fall ESL Open Tutoring schedule.
    • Basic Literacy Learners: Attend a Basic Literacy Open Tutoring session today.
      • Click here for the Fall 2016 Basic Literacy Open Tutoring schedule. 
        • For directions to the Community Outreach Center, click here
    • Register for a Learning Lab: These are small-group, topic-specific workshops. RSVP REQUIRED
  • Tutors: It is time to do the Spring Summer 2016 Semester Updates (for tutoring May 1st - August 31st, 2016).  See below for the appropriate forms. Semester Updates are due September 15th, 2016.
    • Group Tutors: Please complete the Tutor form and ensure your learner(s) complete the Learner form. Click here for the Tutor form. Click here for the ESL Learner form. Click here for the BL Learner form. 
    • Personal Tutors: Please complete the Tutor form and ensure your learner(s) complete the Learner form. Click here for the Tutor form. Click here for the Learner form. 
  • ANNOUNCING! New tutoring opportunity for ESL at the newly renovated Westgate Ann Arbor Library Branch. Tutoring will be 6-7:30pm on Thursdays, starting October 20.  We look forward to seeing you there.
  • VOTING WORKSHOPS FOR LEARNERS - All adult learners are welcome. These non-partisan workshops provide sample ballots, plain language voting information, and an opportunity to better understand our democracy. For more information, Contact Renee at 734-377-0552. All Voting Workshops will be held at the Community Opportunity Center (1301 S. Harris, Ypsilanti).
    • Wed Sep 21, 4-6pm
    • Mon Oct 10, Noon-2pm
    • Mon Oct 10, 6-8pm
    • Fri Oct 21, 10-Noon

 


Meet Some of Washtenaw Literacy’s Learners 



Washtenaw Literacy will be honoring outgoing Development Director Vanessa Mayesky at a reception on November 19 at Kerrytown Concert House from 5:30 to 7.  Vanessa has been with Washtenaw Literacy for twelve years, at first as a VISTA volunteer.  She became the agency’s first Development Director in 1999.  In that role, Vanessa built a diversified and strong resource development foundation that included implementing the Benevon system of fundraising, overseeing the creation and implementation of World in a Basket, and developing a solid grant base. 

Vanessa will not be far from Washtenaw Literacy.  She will be the first full-time Coordinator for the new Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.  Founded in 2007 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Coalition’s 38 members include literacy agencies, educational institutions, businesses and individuals.  The charge of the Coalition is to implement the Blueprint to End Illiteracy.  Washtenaw Literacy is a founding member of the Coalition.