Literacy students are adult and out-of-school teens who seek confidential, individualized reading help where they can set the learning pace and their own goals. They often have high aspirations but lack self-confidence because of frustration due to their poor literacy skills. The students that seek help through LVI generally read below the fifth grade level. The goal of LVI is to motivate the student to develop habits of lifelong learning to move beyond attaining minimal literacy skills.


Literacy tutors are men and women who enjoy reading, who are trained in tutoring methods and who can devote time on a weekly basis to tutoring a student. Volunteers also serve their literacy programs by training and supporting tutors, recruiting tutors and students, maintaining an office and carrying out funding development and publicity efforts. In fiscal year 2012, there were 7,976 tutors who provided services to 19,930 students in adult literacy programs throughout Illinois (Source: Illinois Secretary of State website).


Staff                                                                                                                       Board of Directors

Dorothy M. Miaso Executive Director Alex Crevi, Rothschild Investment, President
Chamala Travis Program Coordinator, VOCAL AmeriCorps John McLeod, Treasurer
Deb Sundberg Program Coordinator, Jump Start at IYC-Kewanee Blake Dunphy, Teacher and Coach at Chicago Public School
Etta LaFlora Literacy Specialist, Jump Start at IYC-Kewanee Carol Morris, Waukegan Public Library (retired)
Melissa Auer Program Coordinator, Jump Start at IYC-St.Charles Madison Palmer , Legal Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase
Pete Liebenow Literacy Specialist, Jump Start at IYC-St.Charles Don Singer, CarMarc Promotions
Teresa Urfer Literacy Specialist, Jump Start at IYC-St.Charles Maria Thiel, Moraine Valley Community College (retired)
Julie Copher Program Coordinator, Jump Start at IYC-Harrisburg Diana Turkowski, @properties
Patricia Wright Literacy Specialist, Jump Start at IYC-Harrisburg  


Last Update: May 14, 2015