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Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William, Inc.

Listing Last Update: January 26, 2019

Location

4326 Dale Blvd
Suite 6
Woodbridge, VA 22193
www.lvapw.org

Primary Contact

Deborah Abbott

(703) 670-5702

lvapw@lvapw.org

Educational services

  • To study for high school equivalency
  • Math
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Volunteer at a Program
  • Information about the GED Test
  • Other
  • Citizenship Classes

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

LVA-PW is an award-winning adult literacy non-profit serving the community for over 28 years. We offer classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), GED preparation, Civics and citizenship, Conversation classes, Computer literacy and Workforce Development – Job Readiness classes (all levels) with classroom and one-on-one instruction and an innovative Confidence Course. Classes are taught at locations throughout Prince William County with day, evening and weekend options available. LVA-PW is the only adult literacy program in Prince William County that offers classes year round.


Mission Statement

The mission of LVA-PW is to teach adults to read, write, and communicate effectively in the English language, and to obtain the literacy skills necessary to enable adults to gain greater control of their lives, build independence, better provide for themselves and their families, and to more actively participate in our community.

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 10-4, Friday 10-1

Cost info: LVA-PW charges a one-time assessment fee of $100, there are no tuition fees. Adult learners can attend as many classes as they want for the one-time fee. (Certain classes such as GED and citizenship require the purchase of a textbook.)

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

LVA-PW's approach to improving lives through education and encouraging adult learners to reach their potential has inspired our learners to become volunteers. In the past year, over 10 learners, in addition to improving their literacy skills, as measured by post-assessments and surveys, have themselves become assistant volunteer tutors. One young man from Mexico worked diligently with his classroom tutors and received individual instruction for two content areas of the GED until he achieved his goal of passing the exam. He followed our customized learning plan and set manageable goals with realistic deadlines to stay focused until he passed each individual section of the exam. In November, Roberto completed his last section of the GED and received his certificate. He wanted to give back and enrolled in our 10-hour Tutor Training Workshop. He is now an Assistant Tutor in the Confidence Course and in the GED program. His firsthand knowledge of the exam has been invaluable in helping his (former) classmates better prepare for the GED and develop their own successful learning plan and study strategies. He's like many other adult learners who are so grateful for the service they received, they want to give back and help others achieve their educational goals such as earning their GED, becoming citizens or beginning their journey to post-secondary education.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

LVA-PW serves over 700 adult learners each year; over 8,500 since its inception, impacting the lives of over 35,000 family members. Across the board, the majority of our language learners are from Spanish speaking countries; over the past two years, the largest number of new learners are refugees from Afghanistan. Dari has replaced Spanish as the predominant first language of our adults. With goals of learning English and finding jobs quickly, our job readiness program helps integrates language, computer and job skills resulting in over 100 adults finding jobs, obtaining promotions or moving from part-time to full-time in the last year.

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Program Status:
Active