Total Volunteer Hours in November
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Dear Literacy Source Volunteers,
As you know, I will be transitioning to my next adventure in the New Year. I want to express my deep, personal gratitude to all of you for your support in helping this last six years be such a great experience for me at Literacy Source. I am so proud of what we all do each and every day and what we have accomplished together. We are truly blessed with an amazing group of volunteers - without you, we literally could not do what we do. With your ongoing commitment we are able to fulfill our mission of offering equitable opportunity for education to all of our students. I am very excited for the next chapter in the  Literacy Source story, and look forward to  us continuing to serve the needs of adult learners in our community.  
A heartfelt thank you to all, and a big thanks for your continued support for Literacy Source as we transition to a new Executive Director.
Lynn Livesley
Executive Director 
Winter Party: Thursday, December 20 
ESOL 1 students walked to the Lake City Community Center to invite Talk Time students to the winter party. It was a fun way to practice English while helping spread the word about the party!
Winter Party
Thursday, December 20
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

It's time for our annual Winter Party! This year, it will be at Lake City Community Center. We are excited for the larger space to accommodate more activities, entertainment, and room to move! We look forward to music and dance performances from our students (including a Chinese dance and a traditional Ethiopian music performance), family activities, and delicious food. Please join us to celebrate the end of 2018 and the many accomplishments of our students and the Literacy Source community. It's a potluck, so please bring a dish to share if you can. We hope to see you there! FG
Focus Group Results
Our focus groups (community meetings) took place on November 19 & 20. 
Some of the results and posters are on the walls throughout the center.
As mentioned in our last volunteer newsletter, we held focus groups and community meetings during all of our classes this term. We combined classes taking place at the same time, and students were grouped by language with facilitators and/or interpreters to discuss questions about student leadership, resources, what they like about Literacy Source, what they would change, and how they like to give feedback. The purpose of these meetings was to facilitate a space for students' opinions to be heard, to encourage the participation of students as leaders, and to bring everyone together as a community to send a message that student feedback is valued and important.

The first two questions involved voting with dot stickers (students were given 4 dots per question to vote with), and there was a voting poster for each question at each table. Our students shared many fantastic ideas about visions they have for Literacy Source and what they'd like to see at the learning center. They also liked giving feedback via community meetings. We received so much feedback - here are some of the many ideas:
  • Support for getting a driver's license
  • Participation in activities in the broader community as a school
  • More opportunities to interact with students from other classes (ie. community meetings, game nights, assemblies to share center-wide test results, etc.)
  • Activities involving youth
  • Community forums (a chance to speak to those in positions of power)
  • A student-led study club
  • More teachers and tutors who speak their languages
  • More physical space for classes and tutoring
Check out this folder on our Google Drive if you are interested in seeing the materials, questions, and results summary. We have also taped some of the posters and a graph summary throughout the center, so be sure to look for those the next time you are in. We'll leave these up throughout winter quarter for students and volunteers to view and reflect on, and will be working with our ABE 4/5 class on a related follow-up project to help us move the process forward, continue the conversation, and decide what new actions to take. We are also incorporating the feedback into our strategic plan for the coming year. We are grateful for our students who shared their opinions and ideas as we try to build more opportunities for student engagement at Literacy Source to advise and inform the work that we do.
Community Organizing Panel Recap
Last month, local leaders Cesar Garcia of Lake City Collective and Mark Mendez of the Lake City Mural Project came to Literacy Source to discuss the Lake City neighborhood, local politics, and the organizing work they are doing. Cesar and Mark talked about the unique projects they're engaged in (check out: North Helpline Mural and Environment Equity Assessment Project), and then participated in a Q&A discussion with students about the most pressing issues for Lake City residents right now, from affordable housing to school access and the development of green spaces. 

This was an important evening to collaborate with veteran organizers and leaders of color in Lake City, and to connect as neighbors. Mark and Cesar talked about the importance of getting political leaders to recognize what's happening in our North Seattle neighborhood, the diversity of Lake City residents, and what's important to them as community members. As we all know, many minority communities in Seattle have been pushed out of their neighborhoods with the city's growth, but Lake City remains a diverse, vital, and engaged community. Cesar left us with an important call to action: with the challenges of growth and gentrification in the city, we have to organize and work together to prevent displacement, keep communities living where they are, and encourage them to thrive. This means making sure immigrant and minority residents are better represented within the neighborhood and city - whether at City Council meetings or school PTA meetings. This also means building community by bringing various groups together in discussions, initiatives, and events. Lake City Collective strives to do just that.

While a lot of the conversation was focused on the Lake City community more broadly, the evening also invited us to reflect on an ongoing effort within Literacy Source to create more opportunities for student involvement, collaboration, and leadership. Students asked many great questions about issues that are important to them during the panel, and some approached Cesar and Mark afterwards about how they can become involved. Our focus group sessions also indicated that some students are interested in participating in activities in the broader community as well as at Literacy Source. We are in the process of determining next-steps in response, and are continuing to seek feedback about learners' experiences as we work together on ideas for the future. We look forward to seeing them in action in the New Year!
New Digital Literacy Coordinator - Sarah Olson
Sarah working with one of our Learning Lab students.
Hi Volunteers! I'm Sarah Olson and I'm excited to be here as Literacy Source's new Digital Literacy Coordinator. Part of my role is to support staff, students, and volunteers in their digital/tech work here at Literacy Source. We are happy to announce that we will be offering some round-table workshops in February for volunteers who are interested in learning more about Google Drive, Google Docs, and other digital tools and programs that we use. If you are interested, please make sure to check next month's volunteer newsletter for dates and times. Also, if you have any computer or tech questions related to your Literacy Source work, I am more than happy to help. You're welcome to stop by my desk if I'm there, or you can call or email me at to arrange a time to meet. You may also refer students to me with computer/tech questions if needed. I look forward to meeting more of you and supporting you in the great work that you do!
New Citizen Spotlight
Domitila and Citizenship Instructor, Heather.
Congratulations to Literacy Source student Domitila Rodriguez for achieving her citizenship this month! Domitila visited her citizenship class shortly after her oath ceremony, and celebrated alongside her classmates with with cake and dessert. Thanks to tutor Mary Davis for working with Domitila this past year!
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to take a moment to thank Beverly DeCook, Fay Barnett, Hana Lee, Isabella Lubin, Jim McHugh, Linda Bevis, Matt Rilling, Stephanie Smith, Sue Laurenti, Teresa McCormick, and Teresa Shields for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thank you all so much for your time and commitment! 
Staff Reads
Staff Reads features books that Literacy Source staff are currently reading or would recommend. Read along with us and let us know what you think!    
Staff: Lauren Plitkins
Staff: Sarah McCormick 
Staff: Cat Howell

Staff: Marisa Parshotam
Staff: Jennie Snow

Staff: Caroline Socha

Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings
One-on-One Tutors
Daytime and evening tutors needed for ESOL, reading, writing, math, GED prep, and citizenship
2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)

Student Assessment Proctors 
2-5 hr shifts every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Sight Words and Phonics Testers
1-3 hr shifts, 2 times every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Fundraising Help
Our Annual Breakfast Fundraiser is 6 months away and we need help planning!

Interpreters and Translators
As needed basis (1-3 hrs each time)
Languages needed: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese
Outreach Helpers
As needed basis. Mulit-lingual a plus!

Training and ongoing support provided for all positions. For more information, please visit our website or contact Caroline.
Upcoming Trainings:

Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment (WALDE)

Monday, January 14
5:30-7:30 pm 
Location: Literacy Source

Register  here

Note: Please complete the online prerequisites: Principles of Adult Learning (you do not need to do the worksheets), and The Danger of a Single Story (Ted Talk)

Teaching ESOL Adult Learners

Saturday, January 26
9 am-1 pm 
Location: Literacy Source

Register here

Tutor Orientation Training

Saturday, February 9
9 am-12 pm
Location:  Literacy Source

Register  here

Literacy Foundations: Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing

Friday, February 15
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register  here

Beginning Literacy Training

Saturday, March 2
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register  here

Citizenship Toolkit

Tuesday, March 19
5-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register  here

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New Volunteer Orientation
Please help us spread the word!

Our next New Volunteer Orientation will be on Wednesday, January 9, at Literacy 
Source. Sessions will take place at 1 and 7 pm.  
Please note: The January orientation will be on the second Wednesday of the month, to avoid potential conflicts with the New Years holiday. After that, orientations will resume to being on the first Wednesday of each month for the rest of the year.

Individuals can  register online here !
Important Dates and Center Closures
Literacy Source is open:

Mon and Wed, 8:30 am-8:30 pm
Tues and Thurs, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:

December 24-January 4: Center closed for the holidays
January 7-10: No classes, tutoring only and center open for New Student Registration
January 14-17: First week of winter classes
January 21: Center closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 18: Center closed for President's Day
March 11-14: Last week of winter classes

Miss any of our past volunteer newsletters? Check out our last one here for 
additional tips and resources. You can also access the newsletters at the bottom 
of the  Volunteer Resources page of our website.
Literacy Source is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people, 
and we pay our respect to elders both past and present.

Literacy Source recognizes the inherent dignity, equality, and value of every person and strives to create and maintain a learning community that is respectful and welcoming. To foster and maintain a safe and inclusive community of respect, openness, understanding, and civility, it is crucial that students, volunteers, and staff are aware of their rights and options when confronting a discriminatory or bias-related incident. To read more, click here.