For Shauna Brown and her husband, 2001 was going to be a giant 12 months. With airline tickets in hand to maneuver to Taiwan, the Browns received a prompting they’d one thing extra necessary to do.
Shortly after that, Brown was named the chief director of Venture Learn, the place she has been now for 22 years.
Whereas the group had been functioning since 1987, it wasn’t till Brown’s administration coupled with a giant transfer into the Provo Metropolis Library at Academy Sq. that issues actually began taking off for the Utah-County based mostly nonprofit grownup literacy program.
Over time, Venture Learn has offered particular person tutoring and small group instruction to assist people enhance their potential to learn, write, compute and use expertise sufficiently to fulfill private targets, perform nicely in society and change into extra productive residents.
“Venture Learn is a beneficial and important accomplice to our neighborhood,” mentioned Invoice Hulterstrom, president and CEO of United Means of Utah County. “Grownup literacy continues to be a essential want in our space.”
Now, Venture Learn is increasing into Salt Lake County. The next places can be including to this system Brown has labored laborious to construct.
- Salt Lake workplace: Granite Peaks Grownup Training, 501 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake Metropolis
- Salt Lake lessons: The Co-Op on the Columbus Middle, 2530 S. 500 East, South Salt Lake
- Particular person tutoring classes are being held in one of many 18 Salt Lake County Library places.
“When the longtime director of the Literacy Motion Middle in Salt Lake determined to retire, we knew it was the appropriate time to increase our providers,” Brown mentioned. “We needed to verify their college students, particularly, nonetheless had entry to high quality grownup literacy instruction. As well as, we knew there have been extra adults in Salt Lake County who wanted assist with literacy, math and laptop fundamentals.”
The necessity was there, and the Utah County program offered a template for the providers they needed to supply, Brown added.
“It is vitally thrilling to be bringing our programming to the world.” mentioned Rob Fuller, Venture Learn’s newly appointed Salt Lake County program coordinator. “We’ve already seen the optimistic affect on so many people in Utah County, and now we’ve got the prospect to have an effect on comparable change within the Salt Lake space.”
In keeping with the American Neighborhood Survey, Salt Lake County is residence to 784,800 folks over the age of 16. Of these adults, an estimated 17% are illiterate, which means roughly 133,416 adults in Salt Lake County can’t learn above a fourth grade studying degree. By working with this underprivileged neighborhood, Venture Learn hopes to enhance their high quality of life, in addition to bettering the neighborhood and economic system of Utah.
“The necessity is there,” Brown mentioned. “And we’re thrilled to be ready to increase our providers to fulfill that want. I believe individuals are shocked to listen to that grownup literacy is such a difficulty in Utah, however it’s. Our college students are passionate and devoted and dedicated and excited to study these abilities that may actually change their lives.”
Venture Learn’s Salt Lake workplace is at present based mostly out of the Granite Peaks Faculty for Grownup Training. As Venture Learn turns into extra established, the plan is so as to add extra weekly labs for his or her college students to attend and to extend the variety of adults enrolled within the one-to-one tutoring program.
Should you or somebody you recognize is combating their studying, writing, math or laptop abilities, Brown mentioned to ship them Venture Learn’s means.
“We’re additionally searching for volunteers and donors to assist assist this system,” Brown added.
To become involved, contact the Venture Learn workplace at 801-448-7323 (READ) or go to our web site at www.projectreadutah.org.