William Mitchell, a READ Center student

William Mitchell is All Smiles: A READ Center Student Story

‘Tis the season for inspirational stories of hope. That’s why we’re sharing one of our favorites, that of READ Center student William Mitchell. Re-posted from an article by Bill Lohmann of  The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Mitchell arrived at the center reading at about the first-grade level. His childhood proved to be pretty much a loss academically. As a kid, Mitchell was big for his age, and he stuttered, making him an easy target to be picked on. He did more fighting than...

The Tutor Space Facebook Group

International Volunteer Day: A Celebration

December 5th is recognized by the United Nations as International Volunteer Day. To celebrate, we’re giving all of our current and past tutors a gift: a Facebook group! Without our volunteer tutors, READ could not exist. If you’re a soon to be tutor who just joined us for Orientation, we celebrate you. If you’re a tutor that has been volunteering with us for several years, we celebrate you. If you’re a former tutor that has moved on to other great...

72,000 Reasons to Support Adult Literacy on Giving Tuesday

72,000+ Reasons Why We Participate in Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday. CBS put it best: “It’s like Cyber Monday for Charities.” There are over 72,000 reasons, one for every adult in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield who cannot read well, to give to The READ Center on Giving Tuesday. By showing your support, you’re helping adults in our area attend classes and receive tutoring free of charge so they can improve their quality of life. Just about every cause you care about starts with literacy –...

Why We're Thankful

Why We’re Thankful: READ Center Students, Tutors, and Teachers Share Their Stories

Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to share what we’re thankful for this holiday season. Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Some include eating turkey, watching football, and decorating for Christmas. Our favorite tradition is sharing what we’re thankful for. We’re thankful for our teachers, who lead classes and create curriculum to help our students learn. We’re thankful for our tutors, who volunteer their time to mentor and guide our students as they work to achieve their goals. We’re thankful for our amazing students,...

Don't forget to vote cartoon

Exercise Your Right: Vote!

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ― Abraham Lincoln If you are like me and many other citizens, the election cannot come soon enough to put an end to the political ads on TV! But, what if that was your main source of information? What if you did not read well enough to learn about candidates’ policies...
UN Day-READ Students from Around the World

UN Day: READ Students From Around the World

Tuesday, October 24th is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. In honor of the UN’s important role as a force for good on a global scale, we are highlighting the many countries our adult literacy learners hail from. The majority of READ Center students are native English speakers, but we are proud of our ELL learners (English language learners*). READ students were born in: Colombia Egypt El Salvador Ethiopia Gambia Guatemala Jamaica Liberia Senegal Sudan Trinidad and Tobago Vietnam

Adult literacy students share their stories

Throwback Thursday – READ Students Share Their Stories from The Student Voice

While READ Center students may struggle with reading and writing, their stories in the Student Voice express their ideas, hopes and dreams very clearly. Here is a look back at a few articles written by READ Center students that have appeared in The Student Voice over the years. This reading center by Romi This reading center has helped me drastically I haven’t learned this much since I went to school. The reason I came here is to improve my readings skills. In...

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2017

Support Adult Literacy Year-Round

Adult Education and Family Literacy week ends tomorrow, but your support of adult literacy doesn’t have to. It’s been a great week at The READ Center! Mayor Levar Stoney issued a proclamation. Students, tutors, and teachers wrote letters to Editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, two of which have been published (so far!). The Henrico Citizen published an article online. Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean of VCU’s School of Education, produced a video about AEFL Week. Students have...

Literacy Changes Lives

September 24 – September 30 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Tonight, invited guests will hear from authors of “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail” at Read Between the Wines. The authors are former prisoners who have used the power of writing to heal themselves. READ Center students are learning to read well to improve their quality of life. Both have faced challenges in life that they are meeting head-on with renewed optimism. When adults improve their literacy skills,...

Mayor Stoney Issues Proclamation

City of Richmond Proclamation: National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

September 24 – September 30, 2017 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Read Mayor Levar Stoney’s Proclamation below. Transcript: WHEREAS, The Reading and Education for Adult Development (READ) Center is a community-based nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities to adults with low-level reading and communication skills; and WHEREAS, READ was founded as the Literacy Council of Metropolitan Richmond in 1982 by Altrusa International Richmond, Inc., a professional women’s business service club and became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1984; and WHEREAS, in the City of Richmond,...