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Literacy Volunteers needs tutors for Albany, Schenectady counties

"She wants to learn because this is her new beginning," said Po. "She wants to learn."

The children of relocated refugees will get the help they need through public school systems, said Allen, but the adults are left to their own devices. The help they get is two-fold, she said.

"Our goal is to get them to a point where they can improve their employment," said Allen. "But they also form little support groups for each other while they're here."

Allen says many of these refugees are in desperate need of English instruction to help them survive in their new homes in the Capital District. Once the small classes end in the spring, the organization would like to match the students with individual tutors to help them improve their English skills.

There is always a need for tutors, Allen said, and there are plenty of seats left in the tutor training that is to be held at the Bethlehem Public Library on Feb. 19. Tutors are unpaid.Another workshop in Guilderland is for tutors who will be trained to work with people who already speak English but need help with reading and writing. There are about eight spots left in that class, she said.

Allen said the classes are not only for relocated refugees. She said one-in-five people in the Capital District can't read beyond a fifth-grade level. All are welcome at Literacy Volunteers -Mohawk/Hudson.

For information or to volunteer, call 452-3382, e-mail info@lvamohawkhudson.org or visit www.lvamohawkhudson.org.

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