We are so glad you asked! As a matter of fact, the Dallas Public Library is currently recruiting literacy program volunteers to teach adults English on Saturdays, to prepare adults to pass the General Educational Development (GED) tests on weekday evenings, and to work with children (ages 4-13) of English Language Learners to improve their reading and math skills on Saturdays.
The Dallas Public Library’s Literacy Programs started in January 2012 and word-of-mouth has spread like wildfire in the community! Though we can purchase material for the classes (thank you Junior League of Dallas (www.jld.net)), we depend solely on trained volunteers to teach the classes. Oh, but you aren’t a teacher and you have no experience teaching? You are in luck! No experience is necessary to volunteer. The Dallas Public Library provides all the training for you. All you need to have is the passion and commitment to make a difference in the community.
Where are the programs offered?
Below are the locations and volunteer training dates for each program. We do require that all volunteers commit to the majority of the program sessions (or at least plan on it; we know things come up) and be available to attend volunteer training. This provides consistency for the students and improves their learning outcomes.
English as a Second Language Classes and Children’s Programs - Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:30 pm (http://dallaslibrary2.org/literacy/esl.php)
GED Preparation Classes – teach reading & writing or math
Central Library – Wednesday and Thursday afternoons
MLK Branch Library – Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
Lochwood Branch Library – Wednesday and Thursday nights
Grauwyler Park Branch Library – Tuesday and Thursday nights
North Oak Cliff Branch Library – Tuesday and Thursday nights
Still not convinced? Maybe some feedback from previous volunteers will help:
“I am loving this. It is very gratifying.” J.M. – GED volunteer at Dallas West Branch
“I enjoyed every bit of my time there and have some great memories of my students.” F.G. – ESL volunteer at White Rock Hills Branch
“I have LOVED doing this in 2012-13.” M.N. – ESL volunteer at White Rock Hills Branch
“First of all I want to thank you for the opportunity of being a Dallas Public Library volunteer. I had a wonderful experience this past class semester and can’t wait for the next fall to start.” M.D. – ESL volunteer at Bachman Lake Branch
If that doesn’t do it, I think I know what will (prepare the tissue). Let’s hear from some of the students:
“I am more confident. The teachers are amazing. And thanks to them I have the knowledge and confidence to tackle the GED exam.”
“I have learned a lot and refreshed my memory of a lot of stuff I already knew. The volunteers are a big help.”
“It is changing my life in many ways, and all for the good! I am thankful for all the tutors. Mrs. Jones and Lauren and Corey. Thanks J.”
“I used to look up to Billy Mayes, the OxiClean guy. But now thanks to the GED program I can go for my GED and be a pharmacy tech instead of selling OxiClean. Thanks to the teachers and this program, I can make something of myself.”
Still have questions? Want to sign up?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with all your questions, comments and concerns, and get signed up today!