YES! (YMCA Educational Services)
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the YES! facilities, NOPL offered the YMCA's adult literacy program the use of the Main Library's Learning Center space (having lost our Learning Center staff) -- and a flourishing partnership was born.
YMCA Educational Services (YES!) is the adult literacy branch of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans. YES! provides quality instruction to adults ages 16 and older in reading, math, and language. The goal is to give adults the skills they need to find better jobs, help children with homework, or effectively manage household finances.
YES! serves adults who read at the 8th grade level or below. It is the only adult education provider in the area that focuses exclusively on serving these lowest-level learners.
Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hey Sarah Jane---
The most promising lead I got was the Yahoo Group for Teach for America--which is a program that sends young kids from all over the place to cities like New Orleans that are rebuilding their education system.
The group says its for all general postings, information, etc. I think if you joined the group and relay the information you shared here, you might get a promising response--maybe a direct offer of help, or maybe just a refer all to good resource.
Thanks for the support Alan!
I've asked many people and searched the internet for local programs. . . Dead end after dead end is all I find.
Just think about this........ "They pay for him to live but not learn."
What is a life if you don't know how to live?
Thanks for letting us know Sarah Jane. I'll see who I can get in touch with in the education community.
I have a beautiful friend who rides the bus every day to a job for a DO-GOOD charity for the last 33 yrs.He desparetly wants to take a computer class @a local job PLACE.The problem is he can't read/write/count.They pay for him to live but not learn.Any passionate educators out there willing to spend an afternoon helping a man achieve his goals?Don't know where else to go .Already asked library to look into.Nothing so far.Pro bono, of course.He also may teach you a thing or 2.Bit of a savant when it comes to everyone elses stop.Dedicated need only apply