This week the Illinois State Library spotlights the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) in Chicago.
This adult learner managed to hide the fact that she couldn’t read for 30 years. She always wanted to obtain her GED, but was embarrassed to admit that she could not read. She turned to JARC and was matched with a volunteer tutor who made her feel comfortable, secure and unashamed. With this support and her own determination, the student learned to read.
At JARC, this learner improved her reading by three grade levels and began to feel more confident about herself and her future. Like many adults, she has both a job and a large family to take care of, but she faithfully attends her tutoring sessions and even attends welding classes. Her determination to obtain both her GED and to finish the welding program makes her a true inspiration to others.