Monday, May 9, 2016

A permanent home for our study groups

Our Citizenship and GED study groups will remain at the Pav YMCA.

The Y believes in helping others build a better life. As a part of their focus on social responsibility, our goals and activities truly fit there. They also offer childcare, which has been high on our wishlist of support from a host organization.

To celebrate this milestone in the development of our local adult literacy initiative, we included the study groups in the Pav YMCA's annual support campaign video.

While we've been at the Y, we've been happy to bring on a new GED tutor and Pav YMCA member, Loretta Harper, who has experience in homeschooling. As you can see from the video, she's found our GED study group to be a good use of her talents. You'll also see Susan Brownell, who has been with us since the beginning and she continues to flourish as our Citizenship tutor.

Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County is proud to provide academic support and tutor training to the shared groups. We feel confident that the Y will be a great place to recruit the volunteers for sustainability in the years to come.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A year ahead with big changes

This month I will be leaving my Outreach Services role at the Berwyn Public Library for a new role as Marketing & Financial Development Director at the Pav YMCA in Berwyn. I look forward to using the skills I developed in marketing and grant writing at the Berwyn Library in my new role at the YMCA. In terms of career advancement, it's a natural step forward.

For the last 4 months, I have been working in both organizations in order to make a smooth transition. After 6 years with the Library, a long transition period is just the right way to go--most of my personal identity has been with the Library and the programs we created. So from here, I have to begin thinking of myself in a new light.