About Victoria Literacy Connection
The Victoria Literacy Connection (VLC) was formed in early 2017, but its roots reach much further back than this date. The VLC was created when the Boards of The Victoria READ Society and Literacy Victoria decided they would be stronger and more effective working together to reach a wider and deeper range of people who struggle with literacy in its various forms. Both founding organizations had a decades-long history of working to improve literacy, the former with children and the latter with adults.
We help children, youth, and adults improve their literacy skills, including reading, writing, and math, by providing tutoring and a variety of other programs.
We provide two free-of-charge programs for vulnerable individuals who are in need of literacy support: Noise Kids Reading Club & 1 to 1 Tutoring for Children, Youth & Adults.
Noisy Kids Reading Club is an after-school literacy and numeracy reinforcement program for children in grades 2-5 who have been identified by their teachers as academically at risk. Studies have shown that children who are not reading at grade level by the end of grade 4 usually experience literacy challenges for the rest of their lives. Poor literacy skills are correlated with poor outcomes in many aspects of life: social, employment, civic engagement, interaction with the justice system, and life satisfaction. The Noisy Kids Reading Club is intended to intervene early to improve the chances for the children we are able to serve.
Child, Youth and Adult 1 to 1 Volunteer Tutoring Program provides learners with a trained tutor and an individualized program to address their particular literacy needs and goals. These goals range from increased capacity to manage school work, completing high school credits, achieving high school graduation, acquiring basic reading skills for every day life or employment, or acclimatization of new Canadians and more. We work in community centres, coffee shops, libraries, our own office space - anywhere that is suitable and available free of charge. This program provides tutors to work with inmates at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre on general literacy and to help them acquire credits towards high school graduation.
The programs need financial support so we can offer them at no cost to the vulnerable learner. While commercial tutoring services exist, our learners are unable to afford these services. We serve those who need our services to improve their opportunity for an engaged and productive life.