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Adolescent Youth Literacy Initiative



This project is an informal academic program that supports refugee youth in achieving grade level performance in school through one-on-one adolescent literacy tutoring with a college tutor.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Most of the youth served by the program received their elementary schooling in refugee camps. For all of these youth, English is their second language. As a combined result of limited language proficiency, lack of prior formal schooling, and low literacy levels within the adult population, these youth are unprepared for the structure and content rigor of the traditional American high school.

How will this project solve this problem?

The program provides participants with proven strategies for school success, as well as opportunities to apply their new skills and competencies to furthering the goals of their community through community service.

Potential Long Term Impact

This program provides a structured opportunity for teens to improve their grades in school, as well as to prepare them for a new culture and social world, while remaining connected to their communities of origin.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,290

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,290 .  The original project funding goal was $4,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Michele James-Deramo

Director of Service-Learning
Blacksburg, Virginia United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Adolescent Youth Literacy Initiative
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