Sponsored by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, VALUEUSA conducts face-to-face Leadership Trainings with local literacy program's staff members and adult learners.
The purpose of the training is to help adult learners and staff members from local literacy programs learn to work together to strengthen program services by shifting to a more consumer-driven leadership model. VALUEUSA works with organizations to bring together adult learners and staff members to learn with and from each-other by forming a mutual support network for learner involvement and leadership.
Programs which have implemented the knowledge learned through our Leadership Training report that there is a level of energy in the program not present beforehand. This is what programs have to say about their experience with our training:
"We were able to build a working group of both learners and staff, that will support a Workforce Development initiative." - Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School/Washington D.C.
"The students felt empowered and engaged in the process. It made us think about the need to have students have a voice and we plan to add a student board member in the future." - The Literacy Project/Colorado
"As a staff member, I personally learned a lot of ways that I can lead a productive discussion with students. We plan to have focus groups using the strategies that were shared with us." - Morton College/Illinois
"We have trained learner leaders who are assisting us with outreach and fundraising events. They are bringing their contacts and resources to the program to support our operation." - Each One Teach One/Texas
They also report that by working in tandem with learners, adult learner involvement has enhanced recruitment, retention, resources, and reform in their program.
Regarding the literacy programs, they get invaluable tools and information to evaluate and improve their services at virtually no cost to the program. Adult learners themselves will be involved to help achieve program improvement. Ultimately, the training will help respond to student engagement demands under the current Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation.
The staff and adult learners will benefit from this training by learning critical thinking skills, organization structures, priority setting, organizing skills, strategic planning and more. All these skills are all transferrable to the workforce and community. At the end of the training, they will be left to develop a project that interests them the most in improving the program using the knowledge they gained. Their participation time and commitment to the training will be compensated.
How to Participate?
If you're interested in participating or need more details about the training, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (484) 443-8457.