Affiliate Programs.

San Diego County

Family Literacy and Youth Literacy

Contact:  info@rorsd.org 

Website: http://www.rorsd.org

About: Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Reach Out and Read San Diego serves more than 65,000 families in 74 pediatric clinics throughout the county with a focus on low-income and underserved communities.  Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. Children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and parents who read to them more often.

San Ysidro

Youth Literacy

Contact: drobello@ymca.org

Website: www.borderview.ymca.org

About: Border View YMCA currently provides services at Los Altos and Silver Wing Elementary Schools. Their classes at Los Altos are Tuesday – Friday, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Their classes at Silver Wing are Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Our services focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) topics.

Carlsbad 

Adult Literacy

Contact: literacy@carlsbadca.gov

Website: www.carlsbadlibrary.org

About: Literacy Services at the Carlsbad Library Learning Center provides one-to-one literacy tutoring services for English-speaking adults in North Coastal San Diego County. The program also provides literacy tutoring to selected high school students.

Chula Vista

Youth Literacy

Contact: dysla@chulavista.lib.ca.us

Website: www.chulavistalibrary.com

About: Chula Vista Public Library provides space for one-on-one tutoring and provides various youth literacy programs including the Kindergarten Boot Camp.

San Diego County

Youth Literacy

Contact: jzawadzki@chworks.org 

Website: www.chworks.org

About: Running Readers helps kids learn to love reading and builds the skills they need to read at grade-level. The program is similar to small group reading circles, where youth get together twice a week to listen to a read aloud and participate in fun enrichment activities. These circles help build reading skills and make reading fun. Running Readers also features Family Nights, which are monthly events that bring families and community together as parents and youth participate in read alouds and craft activities that engage the whole family with literature.

San Diego

Adult Literacy

Contact: orodriguez@dcsofsd.org 

Website: www.deafcommunityservices.org

About: DCS’ literacy program is unique as it enables deaf adults to perform successfully in college or in today’s workplace by providing small group instruction. In addition to improving their ability to read and write English, students engage in developing communication skills, computer knowledge, and preparation for college and/or employment.

Escondido

Adult Literacy

Contact: Lnataraj@ci.escondido.ca.us

Website: http://library.escondido.org/adult-literacy.aspx

About: Escondido Public Library provides literacy services for Escondido and surrounding areas. Services include small learning communities and one-on-one tutoring for English speaking adults.

El Cajon

Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education and ESL

Contact: mailto:slund@guhsd.net

Website: http://adultschool.guhsd.net/

About: The El Cajon Adult School provides free English as a Second Language classes to anyone who needs to learn English and is over 18 years old. We offer over 50 classes at over 25 sites from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in East County.  We also offer: Adult Basic Skills, U.S. Citizenship, High School Diploma, and GED (General Educational Development.)

San Diego & El Cajon                                                           

Adult Literacy, Family Literacy, Youth Literacy and ESL

Contact: sandiego@rescue.org

Website: www.rescue.org

About: The International Rescue Committee provides literacy services for refugee parents and their children. Programs include English language instruction, life skills training, family literacy, and home visits. Programs are located in east San Diego and El Cajon.

San Diego

Youth Literacy 

Contact: bobbiekunath@ymail.com

Website: www.juvenilecourtbookclub.com

About: JCBC provides an innovative literacy program for incarcerated teens who are wards of the Juvenile Court residing in Juvenile Hall, East Mesa Detention Facility and Girls Rehabilitation Facility.  Their volunteers discuss monthly book club selections with about 150 teens at 4 sites.  They also provide one-on-one tutors to teens in need of remedial reading assistance and GED preparation.

San Diego County

Adult Literacy and ESL

Contact: lamariesmith@gmail.com

Website: www.laubachsandiego.org

About: The Laubach Literacy Council is an all-volunteer organization providing free English language tutoring to adult second language learners in one-on-one and small group environments.  They also provide free tutor training for new members. Centers are located throughout San Diego County, including numerous county libraries for which they are the ESL component provider.

North County

Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education and ESL

Contactmsilva@miracosta.edu

Website: http://www.miracosta.edu/instruction/continuingeducation/index.html

About: The Continuing Education program at MiraCosta College provides free noncredit courses in four areas for adults in Carlsbad and Oceanside:  Adult high School, GED, ESL, citizenship, short term vocational, and other noncredit which includes special education and older adult courses.  Also offered are enrollment services, counseling, tutoring, a writing center, Math Learning Center, library services and an open computer lab. MiraCosta College also offers ESL classes in Carmel Valley and Del Mar.

San Diego

Youth Literacy

Contact: hjensen@ymca.org 

Websitehttp://www.missionvalley.ymca.org/community/pryde2.html

About: The Mission Valley YMCA PRYDE: Literacy Program is a donor-funded program that serves 24 schools throughout San Diego during the after-school PrimeTime hours. Serving approximately 3,000 students with their weekly character development curriculum, they also support their 10 lowest academically performing schools through daily direct literacy instruction and enrichment before the school day begins, while providing additional STEAM and literacy-rich experiential learning opportunities in the afternoon.

National City

Adult Literacy

Contact: Cindy.lieu@nationalcitylibrary.org

Website: http://www.nationalcityca.gov/index.aspx?page=210 

About: Adult Literacy Services provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to English-speaking adults who would like to improve basic reading, math, and computer readiness skills in National City.

Oceanside

Adult Literacy

Contact: CMiles@ci.oceanside.ca.us 

Website: http://www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org

About: Oceanside READS provides one-on-one tutoring and computer-assisted literacy instruction for English-speaking adults in Oceanside and neighboring communities.

San Diego

Adult Literacy 

Contact: michele.mcewen@neighbor.org

Website www.neighbor.org

About: Employment and Housing Services provides San Diego area residents of the St. Vincent de Paul Village with one-on-one tutoring, computer-assisted programs, and classroom job search and literacy services to English-speaking and limited English-speaking homeless adults.

San Diego

Family Literacy and Youth Literacy

Contact: jayne.gongol@neighbor.org

Website: http://www.neighbor.org/ 

About: This program provides literacy services to homeless children age infant through 18. The program includes early childhood education and childcare, parent and child together time, after school activities, homework help, and family literacy activities. The program also coordinates a literacy mentoring program and afternoon tutoring program.

San Diego

Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education and ESL

Contact: mdoerner@sdccd.edu

Website: www.sdce.edu

About: San Diego Continuing Education provides classroom instruction at beginning and intermediate basic skill levels in reading, writing, math, spelling, and vocabulary. Other literacy programs include GED preparation, Parent Education, high school diploma completion, and English as a Second Language classes at six locations throughout the City of San Diego.

North County, East County and Imperial Beach

Adult Literacy                                                                                                           

Contact: learnstaff@sdcounty.ca.gov 

Website: www.sdcl.org/learn 

About: LEARN provides one-on-one literacy tutoring services for English-speaking adults 18 years of age or older at branches in North County, East County and Imperial Beach.

San Diego

Youth Literacy

Contact: cidunlevy@sdcoe.net

Website: http://www.sdcoe.net/lls/ccr/lms/Pages/Everyone-a-Reader.aspx

About: The Everyone A Reader Volunteer Program serves elementary students in San Diego County who need additional support in decoding and comprehension reading strategies. Trained tutors reinforce classroom reading strategies as students practice in a one-on-one supportive environment. During the process the students not only become more proficient readers, they build their confidence to become independent learners.

San Diego County

Youth Literacy

Contact: jdunnicliff@oasisnet.org

Websitewww.sandiegooasis.org

About:  San Diego OASIS supports successful aging for older adults offering lifelong learning classes, travel activities, and Intergenerational volunteer opportunities to work as tutors and mentors with low income elementary school students to improve literacy skills, self-esteem, and attitudes toward learning.  40,000 older adults engage with them, and over 1000 members volunteer in the community.

San Diego

Adult Literacy and Family Literacy

Contact: readstaff@sandiego.gov

Website: http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/adulteducation/read/index.shtml

About: READ/San Diego provides one-on-one tutoring and computer-assisted literacy services for English-speaking adults 18 years of age and older in the City of San Diego. READ/San Diego also provides family literacy and workforce literacy services.

Oceanside

Adult Literacy and Youth Literacy

Literacy Program Administrator: Colleen Mertes

Contact: mertes.c@jcfprogram.com

Website: www.johncorcoranfoundation.org

About: Second Nature Reading provides one-on-one tutoring at their center in Oceanside and online for all ages (both children and adults) and for all ability levels. Technology scholarships are available to families in need who want to participate in the online program. The John Corcoran Foundation advocates for literacy, consults in local schools and trains tutors and teachers in Evidence Based Literacy Instruction.

Chula Vista

Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education and ESL

Contact: michelle.dullea@sweetwaterschools.org 

Website: http://adulteducation.sweetwaterschools.org/

About: Sweetwater Union High School District provides classroom literacy, high school diploma completion, GED preparation, and English language instruction to adults in Bonita, Chula Vista, National City, and Imperial Beach.

San Diego County

Youth Literacy

Contact: info@travelingstories.org

Website: www.travelingstories.org

About: Traveling Stories is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to outsmarting poverty one book at a time. To help children become confident readers, Traveling Stories has gone into the neighborhoods, and specifically Farmers Markets, setting up Story Tents. These Tents are comfortable, relaxing environments where children are encouraged to read aloud. To motivate children to read, volunteers offer “book bucks” in exchange for books read. These book bucks can be used to buy “goods” from fruit snacks, pencils, and erasers, to backpacks, board games, and sporting goods priced according to their value. Internationally, Traveling Stories establishes libraries in villages that have never had access to books.

San Diego

Youth Literacy

Contact: student.services@uplift.sdcoxmail.com

Website: www.upliftsandiego.org

About: UPLIFT provides tutoring and mentoring services for low-income children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade for those who live in inner-city San Diego. UPLIFT operates at eleven sites and offers after-school enrichment activities and a summer program that assists children with academic skills.

San Diego County

Family Literacy and Youth Literacy 

Contact: info@wordsalive.org

Website: http://www.wordsalive.org/ 

About: Words Alive is a non-profit reading advocacy organization that opens opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading. They accomplish this by creating and supporting: Targeted programs for underserved communities; Community learning forums; Community-wide reading projects; Model reading programs; and Networks for communicating about reading.

El Cajon

Youth Literacy and ESL 

Contact: info@yallasd.com

Website: www.yallasd.org

About: With soccer as the hook and college as the goal, they are the first comprehensive program in California to motivate child survivors of war and immigrant youth to rebuild their lives through soccer and education.  We currently serve at-risk youth and families in the East County in El Cajon.