The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Triangle (ALP) trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide free, long-term, one-to-one instruction, to improve the literacy skills of economically disadvantaged children.
Augustine Literacy Project®, a non-profit charitable organization - tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) - was founded in 1994.
Our program provides each tutor with intensive training --pre-course work, classroom, and practicum -- based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, using research-based materials from a variety of sources, including the Wilson Reading System®. The Orton-Gillingham approach is multisensory, structured, systematic and phonetic. It has been proven effective, with children who have language-related learning differences, are English Language Learners (ELL), and those living in poverty.
Upon satisfactory completion of Augustine training, each tutor is paired with a economically disadvantaged child and commits to work with him or her pro bono for a minimum of 60 lessons. Tutors usually meet with their students at the child's school two or three times a week. An Augustine lesson is typically 45 minutes long and includes the five essential components of research-based reading instruction. Pre- and post-assessments are administered to measure student progress.
Students are referred to the program by family members, guardians, teachers, counselors, principals, psychologists, social workers, or learning disability specialists.
The two eligibility requirements for Augustine tutoring are:
Economically disadvantaged, e.g. qualifying for free or reduced price lunch
Below grade level performance in reading, writing or spelling.
Reading, writing and spelling difficulties can result in poor school performance, behavior problems and low self-esteem. Augustine Literacy Project® is committed to providing caring, professionally-trained tutors for those whose families cannot afford to pay. The combination of nurture and knowledge that an Augustine tutor offers can mean the difference between prison and productivity for an at-risk student.
Augustine tutors currently serve in 35 schools and after school programs in 5 Triangle area school systems: Chapel Hill, Durham, Orange, Chatham and Wake Counties.