Volunteer literacy tutors wanted

Helping hand: Volunteer tutoring the MULTILit program at Cobargo School. Photo: Supplied.
Helping hand: Volunteer tutoring the MULTILit program at Cobargo School. Photo: Supplied.

School is back and the Youth Educational Support Service (YESS) is looking for volunteer literacy tutors.

Coordinator of the YESS Bega High School Program Verna Mackintosh, believes ‘it’s one of the most satisfying volunteering tasks they’ve ever undertaken.’

For nine years, YESS has operated successfully in eight public primary and high schools from Narooma to Bega.

This year both Bega High School and Primary School will be running the program as well as Quaama, Cobargo, Bermagui, Tilba and Narooma Primary Schools.

As the academic year has just started, YESS is actively seeking new volunteer tutors willing to give from an hour and a half to three hours a week. 

No formal background of teaching is required, just a willingness to help children.

The program will allow tutors to work closely with teachers and the NSW Education Department.

YESS uses MULTILit, a highly effective literacy program developed by Macquarie University, to provide one-on-one tutoring for students selected by their school.

The NSW Education Department will provide new tutors with a day of MULTILit tutoring training in on March 13 and YESS provides further training and support.

YESS’s key objectives are to promote the educational achievement and career development of students and young people on the Far South Coast. 

Over the last nine years, YESS volunteers using MULTILit have achieved wonderful results in boosting students’ reading skills, enhancing their confidence and improving their success at school. 

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, contact Frances Perkins on 0423780498, or email potts_perkins@bigpond.com

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