Adolescent Youth Literacy Initiative

by Virginia Tech Foundation


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.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Virginia Tech Foundation

Location: Blacksburg, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​Pilot/​main.aspx
Virginia Tech Foundation
Michele James-Deramo
Project Leader:
Michele James-Deramo
Director of Service-Learning
Blacksburg, Virginia United States

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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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