The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council, a community based program, will strive to assist young people who are having trouble in school in their quest to improve reading, writing, and math skills so that they may enjoy full participation as citizens in the community.
Formerly located in Walkerton and called the Walkerton & District Literacy Council, our Youth Literacy Program was incorporated to serve youth literacy in 1989. Our primary service to the communities in the South Grey Bruce area has been to offer confidential one-on-one tutoring for youth falling behind at school by matching children whose parents requested tutoring with an appropriate tutor from our trained and screened volunteer base. We also offer tutor training on a regular basis for new volunteers, and have always been concerned to advance education and increase public awareness of issues surrounding youth and family literacy.
On August 1st, 2006, our name was legally changed to the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and we relocated to our present more central office at 467 10th St in Hanover. We remain, as before, a charitable not-for-profit organization serving communities throughout the South Grey Bruce Area, working in partnership with our local public libraries, youth oriented arts groups, and community service organizations to support and assist family literacy. We continue to administer our volunteer tutoring program and to provide support and advocacy for children with learning difficulties and other exceptionalities which may impact learning, including learning disabilities, sensory disabilities, and giftedness. We are building a resource library for community use including links to other relevant family and child service organizations. Beyond this, we also aim to champion cultural enrichment by hosting and promoting arts activities, helping to provide experience with spoken word poetry, storytelling, theatre and drama.
With the assistance of the whole community, we are striving to carry forward and expand the good work of the past twenty-four years assisting youth with learning difficulties and promoting family literacy.