Tutor Spotlight: Susan Levy
Susan Levy understands what it’s like to move to a new country. A former immigrant from South Africa, she came to the United States in 1976, starting her career in Clinical Social Work. Even though she was already an English speaker, adapting to the culture was still a struggle, she says, because “Language is used differently” here.
In fall 2016, Susan completed LiteracyCNY’s Tutor Training Workshop. Because of her professional background, she has had a continued interest in connecting with people: “I wanted more contact, more opportunity to interact with the ELL [English Language Learner] population in Syracuse.”
Growing up in South Africa, Susan appreciated being surrounded by many different languages and cultures. Today, she volunteers as a Teaching Assistant in LiteracyCNY’s ENL (English as a New Language) classroom twice a week. The class, which allows brand new speakers of English the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language, includes students from all over the world. It’s an experience from her earlier days she had missed.
“It has been a wonderful challenge,” she says, to work with these students. From her students, Susan has learned a lot about food and healthcare in other countries. During her time in the classroom, she’s found that there are more similarities in other cultures and languages than she realized.
Adult literacy makes our community stronger! The possibilities are endless for an adult learning to read, write and speak English. Getting involved with LiteracyCNY promises to be one of the most fulfilling experiences you will ever have.
LiteracyCNY offers training for volunteers to work with adult literacy students:
* In one-to-one tutor-student pairs
* In small group classes taught by credentialed instructors
* In oral English conversation practice groups
* In OCM BOCES and Syracuse City School District adult classes helping struggling students
For information about volunteer training opportunities, call LiteracyCNY Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Bianchi at 315-471-1300 X177 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office and Event Support
Provide assistance with preparing bulk mailings, data entry, answering the telephone, compiling workshop manuals, copying, and updating mailing lists. To inquire about volunteering in our office, call LiteracyCNY Operations Manager Betsy Lang at 315-471-1300 X172.
Do you have a special technical skill (e.g. Human Resources, Legal, Information Technologies) or talent (e.g. Graphic Arts, Writing and Editing, Fund Raising)? We are always looking for capable and interested people to join our Board of Directors to lend their expertise to our staff. To express interest, please send an inquiry and resume to our Executive Director, Marsha Tait, at mtait@LiteracyCNY.org.
Save the date for 2018 LiteracyCNY SCRABBLE Mania!
SCRABBLE Mania is an evening of food, fun, music, local celebrities, and competitive team SCRABBLE playing — all for the great cause of promoting adult literacy in our community.
When: Friday, February 2, 2018. Doors open at 5 p.m. All volunteers will be required to arrive by 4 p.m.
Where: Sky Armory, Syracuse NY. Parking will be available at a reduced rate in the adjacent garage.
To volunteer for SCRABBLE Mania: Contact Operations Manager Betsy Lang by email at info@LiteracyCNY.org or 471-1300 X172 by Dec. 31, 2017. All event volunteers will be required to attend event training.