Congratulations on choosing the Read & Lead Facilitator's Guide for your cross-age tutoring program! This guide is designed to help you facilitate a National Literacy Corps in your own school, after school program, organization, or community. The National Literacy Corps began in Philadelphia high schools in 1991. Since that time the National Literacy Corps model has been implemented in schools across the country and in England. The National Literacy Corps was recognized as an exemplary model at the President's Summit on America's Future in April 1997. Since 2000, the model has been modified for successful implementation in middle and upper elementary grades as well as an innovative model for college work study, after school, and community based programs. Hundreds of AmeriCorps members have used these resources to train youth as Leaders, to break the cycle of illiteracy in local communities.
Read & Lead, the National Literacy Corps cross-age tutoring model incorporates civic engagement and work place readiness skills into an effective literacy based service-learning model. Good citizens are literate, well informed, and know how to address a problem in their community. To be ready for the world of work young people must be able to work well with others, take a leadership role when necessary, and plan and carry out the steps required to reach a final goal. As such, program participants in the National Literacy Corps study literacy as a community issue and design a service-learning project to meet a community need. At the same time, youth who may themselves be "at-risk" engage in a one on one relationship to increase the literacy level of a young child.
Institute for Global Education and Service Learning, "Read and Lead: Fostering Literacy through Cross-Age Tutoring (Facilitator's Manual To Implement a National Literacy Corps)" (2000). Curriculum. 39.
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