The mission of Literacy Volunteers Ontario - Yates, Inc. (LVOY) is to provide adults the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens.
Why We're Successful...
We use highly qualified, committed tutors who are trained in student-centered learning. We provide tutoring that is specifically geared to each student's particular learning style. We set mutual goals that are realistic and attainable. We offer scheduling that is flexible and accommodating for both the student and tutor.
LVOY is an accredited program of ProLiteracy. Find out more about ProLiteracy here...
How We Can Help
We are an organization that focuses on student-centered learning. This means that we match people who have specific needs with a tutor who will work with them for up to two hours a week to reach their goal(s). The tutoring sessions are held at a mutually-agreed upon location where they can meet confidentially to work on the student's goals.
For Corporations and Businesses: If you are in search of entry level employees, you may have noticed that there is a large pool of potential employees who lack their high school diploma or GED or lack English speaking skills. You may also have current employees who would be good candidates for promotion but you are unable to promote them due to their literacy levels or lack of GED. We can help you meet the needs of your company by matching these employees with a tutor to help them work toward their literacy goals!
How You Can Help
"There is no greater joy than teaching an adult to read, to share that excitement when everything comes together for your student."
There are many ways that you can contribute your talents and experience the reward of bringing the gift of literacy to adult learners in Ontario and Yates County.
LVOY Yates County office suffered damage in the flood in Penn Yan
Thank you to those who generously donated to our flood recovery efforts, we sincerely appreciate your contributions. We are looking forward to re-opening soon!
The Impact of Literacy
Basic Facts about Literacy
- Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
- In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country's adult population — don't read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
- The United States ranks fifth on adult literacy skills when compared to other industrialized nations.
- Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States:
- More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
- Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
- Low literacy's effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
Source: ProLiteracy America
News and Events
13th Annual Adult Spelling Bee:
Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 1:00PM
It’s the time of year when the offices of Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates are abuzz with planning for our annual Adult Spelling Bee, an afternoon of good-natured fun and competition.
This is our 13th year pitting teams of three against each other, teams that are eager – or at least willing to try – to earn bragging rights as the best of the best when it comes to spelling. For the first time, we’re bringing this event to Geneva!
We are currently looking for teams, sponsors and other donations. The entry fee is $300 per team. All of the money raised at “The Bee” supports services for Ontario and Yates county adults who need literacy tutoring or assistance preparing for a high school equivalency test. Here are a few great ways to get involved:
BEE the first to sign up! We’re accepting teams through January 31 – but the first THREE teams to complete their registration (with payment) will get a free word pass. Bee-lieve me, this comes in quite handy! Call (585) 396-1686, or complete the registration form above and return it to us!
Thank you for supporting our efforts to create a stronger, more literate community!