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Upcoming Events

MAY 11

Spellebration 2017

The Literacy Center of West Michigan’s signature event, Spellebration, will be held on May 11, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Masonic Center. Now in its 24th year, the evening event draws more than 350 guests to celebrate the community’s efforts to bring about a just and vibrant West Michigan through the power of literacy.

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Volunteer Orientation

Learn more about tutoring an adult learner in our community as they improve their reading, writing, and English language skills.

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Volunteer Orientation

Learn more about tutoring an adult learner in our community as they improve their reading, writing, and English language skills.

Ahmed: Being As Prepared As Possible

Katherine Payne, a Literacy Coordinator with the Adult Tutoring Program, submitted this profile of Ahmed and his tutor, Rachael.

Ahmed has been working with his tutor, Rachael, for more than one year. Ahmed, a Sudanese refugee, is incredibly devoted to improving his English skills. Since working with his tutor, he has also enrolled in English classes through the Literacy Center’s Customized Workplace English program.

Ahmed works for a local manufacturing plant that is in the process of laying off all employees at his plant due to advancement in robotic technologies. With the threat of being laid off constantly in the back of his mind, Ahmed pushes himself to constantly improve his understanding of English so that he has the skills to find his own future employment.

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