CALP is a one-on-one tutoring program that aims to assist adult individuals to improve basic literacy skills such as reading, writing, numeracy, computer, social, financial, and parenting. Literacy Alberni has partnered with North Island College to offer NIC Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes on-site at the Literacy Alberni Learning Centre. Classes are for people wishing to study under a certified college instructor to further their academic aspirations. An instructor is provided through the partnership, two days per week, on-site.
This provincial program enables Literacy Alberni to hit illiteracy at its roots – with small children and their caregivers. PALS offers 2-3 hour workshops that ‘teach’ parents, grandparents, and general caregivers of children how to embed and implement basic literacy games, reasoning, and skills into everyday life with their children. These programs are offered in supportive, non-judgmental environments, with focus on reading, writing, numeracy, social, and nutritional literacy.
Literacy Alberni partners with Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) to offer seniors, Aboriginal-focused, and immigrant-focused cooking classes, targeting healthy eating and lifestyle. These CDA classes are six-weeks long in duration, and are offered on-site at the Literacy Alberni Centre.
At Literacy Alberni, our most popular classes are the computer classes. Over the years, we have hosted hundreds of learners who have come seeking more comprehensive computer skills. Levels 1 and 2 are taught at the Learning Centre in our computer lab of 14 Windows 10-equipped desktops. Classes run two days per week, two hours each day, for six-weeks at a time. The classes run all year long.
Technology’s newest form of computer communication is the compact tablet. We offer an iPad class specifically for senior citizens. Led by a senior, the class members bring their own tablets to the Learning Centre to practice on and become better acquainted with. Classes run several times per year.
The Tech Buddies Program is a dynamic, new program that helps seniors understand and use modern technology. A partnership between Literacy Alberni, School District 70, and Vancouver Island Regional Library in Port Alberni, Tech Buddies is a program that runs over a three-month period. Grade 3 and 4 students partner with local senior citizens on a bi-weekly basis to explore educational applications on iPads. This program helps to bridge the digital divide for seniors in the Alberni Valley, and also offers important learning opportunities for school-aged participants.
With the same idea in mind as the computer refurbishment program, LAS also envisions a community that is rich in books. With this dream in mind, we have partnered with national book provider, First Book Canada, in the hopes of placing one new book into every home in the Alberni Valley. To date, Literacy Alberni has donated over 18,000 free new books to the community at such public events as the Canada Day Parade, Fall Fair, Halloween, Christmas, Spring Break, and Family Literacy Day. We are also the sole provider of free books for children who access the Breakfast Program and the local Feed-and-Read Program.
In tandem with our Free Book Program that has grown in popularity over the past three years, we launched the Alberni Valley and West Coast of Vancouver Island’s first ever Little Libraries Program. Twenty-three Little Libraries are in Port Alberni, and two are on the West Coast of the island, in Ucluelet and Tofino. Thousands of books have been distributed through the Little Libraries already.
IRCC immigration programming is directed at newcomers to our community and Canada. These programs help introduce newcomers through welcoming workshops, speakers’ series, orientation field trips, and advocacy. IRCC funding also includes English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and one-on-one tutorials, Canadian Citizenship examination preparation classes, and driver’s license examination preparation classes.
Through the assistance of a fleet of skilled and computer-savvy volunteers, Literacy Alberni offers refurbished desktop computers that are equipped with Windows 8.1 and 10 for sale to the general public at an extremely inexpensive price ($75). With the goal of placing a computer in every house in the Alberni Valley, the computer refurbishment program makes it achievable. To date, we have sold just over 400 computers.
Klitsa Tutoring Fee-for-Service Tutoring Program for School-Aged Children. Klitsa Tutoring takes aim at the heart of the illiteracy problem in our communities on the West Coast by offering a fee-for service social enterprise program to assist school-aged kids with their core school subject, homework, time management, and exam preparation skills. For more information, click here.
In September we partner with the Alberni Valley Times in an effort to generate funds and awareness to help sustain and grow literacy programming in the Alberni Valley. As our largest fundraiser of the year, money raised helps support our community’s most vulnerable people with literacy and learning initiatives. For more information, click here.