Newly trained tutors stand ready to help at Aquinas Literacy Center, including, from left to right, in the front row, David Duszynski, Mikael Karlstrom, Evelyn Omotosho, Joan Riley, Jim Goodridge and Freddy Hernandez-Alvarado; in the second row, Ashwin Anil Kumar, Bill McGowan and Colleen Costello; in the third row, James Hanovnikian, Rhonie Hendee and Sarah Portwood; and in the back row, Emily Perez, Carolyn Bierma, Caroline Foulk and Cara Salvatore.

Aquinas Adds 16 Volunteers To Literacy Tutor Brigade

Published October 23, 2019

Aquinas Literacy Center, a McKinley Park neighborhood-based non-profit organization, shepherded 16 new volunteers through its two-day literacy tutor training on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. The training, taking place at the center at 1751 W. 35th St., Chicago, prepped the volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy training to local residents.

"Without the support of many volunteers, Aquinas would not be able to carry out its mission of empowering adults to learn English and become more engaged in their community," said Sabrina Poulin, volunteer coordinator at Aquinas. "Aquinas knows the value that volunteer tutors bring to our organization."

The training process focuses on giving volunteers the skills needed to tutor English as a second language. Once trained, tutors receive a certification from Proliteracy and are ready to begin working with an individual adult learner for about 90 minutes per week.

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"Aquinas Literacy Center still needs tutors because there are over 30 students waiting to be matched with an English tutor," Poulin said. "Knowledge of a second language is not required: All instruction is in English."

The next English Literacy Tutor Training is slated for Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, with the single session spanning both days. Anyone interested in getting more information and signing up should contact Poulin by sending email to or calling the center at (773) 927-0512.

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