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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Literacy skills boost success after jail

In collaboration with the Walworth County Jail, the Walworth County Literacy Council (WCLC) will introduce a new literacy program at the Walworth County Law Enforcement Center.

Two courses will be offered to inmates: 1) Adult Basic Education (ABE) literacy, and 2) English as a Second Language (ESL). Initially, class size will be limited to 10 students for both ABE and ESL. The classes will each meet 2 times per week for one hour.
The WCLC is currently looking for interested volunteer tutors to teach the classes. Training will be provided.

No teaching background or degree is required. It is not necessary to know a foreign language! The only qualifications needed are patience, commitment, and a desire to help others.
If you are interested in this exciting & rewarding tutoring venture, please contact the Walworth County Literacy Council at 262-741-5278 or bkutschma@walworthcoliteracy.com. A jail literacy training will be held in the end of April-we hope to have new jail tutors attend this training!!!

The jail literacy project began in the summer of 2007, as the WCLC Board of Directors embarked to research the need and desire for a literacy program within the jail.

"Beyond their sometimes hardened exterior and beyond the title of their offense, lies an individual who so often wants to change their life but does not know how or where to begin.

"I have represented individuals charged with everything from the most serious murder to a rather petty theft. My experiences have shown me that there must first be a desire to do the hard work to change their lives. Education is the key to change for so many of those incarcerated.
Education instills esteem and the power to leave the criminal ways behind them, to stop making excuses, and to create a brighter tomorrow," Brigette Kutschma, former Public Defender in Walworth and Rock counties was quoted as saying in a news release.


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