Los Angeles Volunteer Receives National Recognition for Work with KOREH L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy

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Reading tutoring and mentoring activity created by a Los Angeles volunteer will help students worldwide.

America Learns announced today that KOREH L.A. volunteer Virginia Raucher’s literacy volunteering strategy, “Racetrack,” is the July 2006 America Learns National Strategy of the Month. Virginia’s strategy was selected out of hundreds to be highlighted by America Learns and distributed through its monthly newsletter to thousands of individuals worldwide.

Virginia has been participating in The Los Angeles Jewish Federation's KOREH L.A. program as a volunteer "reading partner" for five years. “KOREH L.A. was a natural fit for me after I retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District,” said Virginia. She worked with LAUSD as an Aide, helping mainly students just learning English with reading and language development. On top of volunteering with KOREH L.A., Virginia also volunteers in the Los Angeles Public Library's "Grandparents and Books" program and volunteers to teach computer lessons at her local library.

"We are very proud of Virginia's accomplishments with KOREH L.A.,” said Elaine Albert, Executive Director, KOREH L.A. “The strategy that Virginia has contributed through the America Learns Network will be an invaluable resource for volunteers throughout the nation as well as for KOREH L.A. volunteers."

Virginia gives KOREH L.A. high marks as well. “I enjoy being in the school environment and I appreciate the support that KOREH gives its volunteers,” said Virginia. “The satisfaction that I get from doing something that might improve another person’s life and thus the world, is of infinite value."

“Virginia’s ongoing commitment to her community drives home the importance of engaging adults with a wealth of experience as volunteers in our community,” said Gary Kosman, Founder and CEO, America Learns. “Virginia’s background as a long-time LAUSD Aide mixed with her amazing heart and our global distribution of her strategy is allowing Virginia to help children worldwide develop the basic literacy skills they’ll need throughout life. KOREH L.A. is doing an amazing job of recruiting and retaining adults with relevant work experience, turning their dedication and experience into large scale impacts one student at a time.”

Virginia’s strategy may be accessed for the remainder of July at http://americalearns.net/strategy.htm, and will be permanently available to all America Learns Network members.

About America Learns, LLC (America Learns):

America Learns is headquartered in Mission Hills, California and is home to the National Performance Measurement & Support Network (the “America Learns Network”), an easy to use, cost effective Web-based service that helps nonprofit tutoring and mentoring programs get the evaluation and reporting data they need by providing personalized guidance to their tutors and mentors. America Learns is the nationwide leader in helping nonprofit tutoring and mentoring programs provide superior support to their students, tutors, mentors and staff. In 2003, the global social venture fund Echoing Green seed funded America Learns out of a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants worldwide. Additional information is available by calling 310-709-4947 or visiting http://www.americalearns.net.

About KOREH L.A.

KOREH L.A. is a broad based coalition of Los Angeles Jewish organizations and synagogues committed to mobilizing a veritable army of volunteers to help all Los Angeles children learn to read. The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and its Jewish Community Relations Committee formed KOREH L.A. as part of a national effort led by the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. KOREH L.A. volunteers spend one hour, once a week reading with a preschool, kindergarten, first, second, or third grade child in a Los Angeles Unified Public school. Volunteers receive orientation and training and participate in periodic events with other volunteers in order to share experiences and celebrate the work they have done. Additional information is available by calling 323-761-8153 or visiting http://www.korehla.org.

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