Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Friends and Supporters,
We are excited to hold our annual fundraising breakfast next week on May 7, 2019 from 7:30-9 am at Seattle Pacific University. This is our 17th annual breakfast and we are humbled by the strong supporters that come out every year to support us. This will be my first breakfast as the new Executive Director, and I have been amazed by my team, partners, board members, and allies who have done an incredible job in inviting guests and getting everything ready. I am looking forward to connecting with everyone, and most importantly celebrating our work together.
We have grown in services through the years, and I am thrilled to continue meeting the needs of our community by providing education, equity, and opportunity for all. Thank you for all that you do to empower adult learners - whose stories of Big Dreams and Bright Futures you will hear at the event. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please donate here.
Thank you again, and I hope to see you all at the breakfast.
With Gratitude,

Eileen Aparis
Literacy Source Executive Director
Community Partnerships: Cooking Matters
Literacy Source students creating recipes on the last day of the Cooking Matters course.
We partnered with Hunger Intervention Program these past 6 weeks to host a Cooking Matters course at Literacy Source. During each class, students participated in interactive discussions and cooked healthy meals from affordable ingredients. For the last class, students created their own recipes. It was no surprise that their creations were absolutely delicious! The eagerness and involvement of students in this course is just one example of the many ways our students contribute to building our strong community here at Literacy Source.
Come Work With Us!
Now Hiring!
Literacy Source is currently hiring for the following positions. Please help us spread the word! Full job descriptions can be found here.
Literacy Source is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, physical or developmental ability, or ethnic origin in the hiring of its personnel. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
Student Spotlight

This month, we are excited to feature Zheng as our student spotlight! Zheng is currently enrolled in our Ready to Work class, which prepares English language learners for employment. Zheng is originally from China, where she worked as an elementary school music teacher with children from 3rd to 6th grade.

Zheng is a loving mother whose number one priority is caring for her 12 year old son. One of her most important goals during her time at Literacy Source is to improve her English so that she can help and advocate for her son in school and support him in his education. She would also like to eventually find a job.

Currently, Zheng is working as one of our Democracy Voucher Program Ambassadors who are educating others about democracy in their home languages. Zheng likes the opportunity to help the community understand information from the city.

When asked to share one interesting fact about herself, Zheng said that she is a very good photographer. In fact, photography has been a hobby of hers since she was 7 years old, and she took photographs for her community and during events when she was living in China.

We appreciate Zheng's cheerful personality and eagerness to learn. Thanks, Zheng, for all of your hard work!
New Student Registration
Please help us spread the word about our upcoming New Student Registrations! If you or someone you know is interested in attending our classes, please call us at 206-782-2050 to register.

Monday, June 24th and Wednesday, June 26th
10 am-1 pm or 6-8:30 pm  
Lake City Learning Center - 3200 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA 98125

Spring 2 (space available in ABE/GED, Citizenship, and Ready to Work only):
Tuesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 9th
5:30-7:30 pm
Lake City Learning Center - 3200 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA 98125
Community Volunteer Training

Literacy Source is a proud participant in the Community Volunteer Training (CVT), which was formed in 2015 in response to a community need for trainings for volunteer tutors working with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and ABE (Adult Basic Education) adults in the greater King County region. A committee of non-profit groups came together to create a cohesive team of sponsors and trainers to offer this free bi-annual event. The workshops include basic trainings such as: ESOL Tutoring Toolkit, Teaching Beginner Readers, Working with Adult Learners, and Citizenship. Other trainings vary and have spanned from education in the jails, supporting re-entry to the workplace, digital literacy, and inclusion & equity. The next CVT will be held on Saturday, May 4 from  9 am-1 pm at Seattle Goodwill. 
Volunteer Spotlight
Sue McAllister

This month, we are pleased to feature Sue McAllister, a long term tutor at the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF). Sue started volunteering at KCCF in November 2016 and has donated 130 hours so far. She has been a committed and valuable part of the GED tutoring team. Liz Wurster, our KCCF Tutor Coordinator, has this to say in appreciation of Sue's volunteer service:
"Sue epitomizes the type of tutor that thrives in a correctional facility. She is determined, flexible, highly skilled, and an out-of-the-box thinker who drives and empowers her students to succeed. I'm always excited when I do a tutor evaluation with any of her students because it is fantastic to hear what an impact she is having on their lives. We hope Sue will remain a part of the education team here at KCCF for many years to come!" 
You can learn more about Sue here
Program Partnerships
Literacy Source partners with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Every quarter, we meet with the Council for Basic Skills that includes all basic skills education providers of 30+ community colleges, non-profits, and corrections education centers of Washington State. We are joined by deans for Basic and Transitional Studies and other leaders in non-profits receiving federal adult basic education funds.  The purpose of these meetings are to report out our outcomes, review the basic skills system, and learn about the issues affecting state, local, or federally funded adult and family literacy programs. In addition, it's an opportunity to share lessons learned and collaborate with other providers.
This quarter, the meeting was at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. We learned that enrollment in basic skills is down about 15% in 2018-2019 - as often happens when unemployment is low. In contrast to the state-wide trends, enrollment at Literacy Source has been stable this year. The meetings also included a committee focused on inclusion and equity. Literacy Source joined the committee and the discussion in narrowing the racial and ethnic gap between students and employee representation.
Thank You to Our Breakfast Sponsors
Current Volunteer Needs
Daytime tutors needed for ESOL, ABE, GED Prep, Citizenship, and Work Skills
1.5 hrs twice weekly  (6 months commitment, flexible times)
Tech Tutors
Daytime/Evenings, 1hr once a week ( 1 term 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)

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.

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