The mission of Literacy Volunteers – Pitt County is to promote literacy in Pitt County through trained volunteer tutors who provide one on one and small group tutoring to adults with limited reading, writing or English speaking/literacy skills.
Definition: Adult literacy is the ability to read, write and speak English proficiently, to compute and solve problems, and to use technology in order to become a life-long learner and be effective in the family, in the workplace and in the community.
One of Many Success Stories
Hola everybody! My name is M.B. I am originally from Peru and recently obtained my American citizenship in November 2010. It is an honor to share with you my immigrant experience and struggle with English.
My arrival at the airport in Raleigh on July 22, 2005 was a shocking experience. I felt mute, deaf, and blind because I could not read, understand, or speak with anyone. I did not know the system of transportation, education, how to apply for work, how to be social, or any other cultural aspect of normal human behavior in this new environment. I had everything against me except my great hunger to make my dreams come true; this was my only source of hope and strength.
In June of 2005, I acquired a Visa through a Visa lottery to come to America just one semester before I was to finish my Master's degree in International Business Administration. At first, in America, the lack of resources and language skills hindered me in realizing my goals. Realizing that acquiring English fluency was essential to attaining success in the United States, I sought help at Literacy Volunteers - Pitt County and was assigned a tutor. Since the first time that I entered into this institution, I perceived their dedication and interest to help me to reach my goals based on their skills and resources. With their dedication to "Customized service," I felt that they really cared for me to help me reach my goals. I had been assigned a wonderful tutor who since the first time that I met him had shown me his sincere passion, determination, and respect for each of his students. My tutor has been a witness and partner in my journey of learning English, he celebrated and enjoyed every little step, helping me learn to read, write, and speak English. He never got tired of teaching and supporting me. His support and trust in me is one reason of my success in my personal and professional life. He had brought to my life more than English; he became my second father. Ultimately in this organization, I became a tutor for other Latino learners and even a board member of Literacy Volunteer for a short time.
Literacy Volunteers - Pitt County is not a just an institution to teach academic or job skills. It is a family who embraces each individual and dreams and works with you one to one, hand in hand. Literacy Volunteers – Pitt County has provided me the stable and safe environment to overcome my fears of learning English and come back to school to pursue my Master's degree. Going back to the master's program was my dream, but my fear of doing Master's level work in English was tremendous and it many times paralyzed me. Having the support and care from Literacy Volunteers – Pitt County, I am successfully finishing my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at ECU. Currently, I am working as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at Green County Health Department and ECU providing therapy to the Latino population, farmworkers, and American families as well. Literacy Volunteers – Pitt County's support and existence is one of the reasons that my dreams are coming true! I strongly encourage you all to support this great cause and family to continue helping others and creating change in people's life and community.