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YWCA Adult Literacy & Learning

Listing Last Update: February 19, 2019


YWCA Pekin, 315 Buena Vista
315 Buena Vista Ave.
Pekin, IL 61554

Primary Contact

Tonja Ohnemus

(309) 347-2104 Ext:4023

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

The YWCA Adult Literacy & Learning program helps adults in Tazewell, Mason and Peoria Counties improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English speaking and listening skills.

Our specialty is helping adults with learning disabilities like dyslexia. For most of our students, learning was hard and they dropped out of school. Many have been out of school for a long time.

In our program, you will meet once or twice a week with a tutor at a place, time, and day(s) that work for you to help you reach your goals.

Mission Statement

The mission of YWCA Adult Literacy & Learning is to give all adults the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives through literacy. Our philosophy is based on the principles of best practice in learner-centered, evidence-based adult reading instruction. Our vision is that all adults will read and learn for information, for practical application, for pleasure - for a lifetime.

Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday & Wednesday; 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday; by appointment on Friday & Saturday; closed on Sunday

Cost info: Adult Learners do not have to join the YWCA, pay their tutor, or buy their own books or supplies. Volunteer Tutors do not have to join the YWCA, pay for tutor training, or buy books or supplies for tutoring the learner they are paired with.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

In phonics, we had the "ink" sound. "Wink" was one of the words. Hui Ling asked what it was. I explained and then I winked. She said that one of the older men customers winked at her. Now she knew what it meant and that it was friendly. We laughed about this. - Jan, tutor

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