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United Parcel Service funds training of literacy leaders through SCALE

The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) has established a program to improve literacy programs across North Carolina, with support from a $138,000 grant from the United Parcel Service Foundation. Through the new Collaborative Leadership for Community Literacy (CLCL) project, SCALE is providing training and professional development to directors, staff members and key administrators of various campus and community-based literacy programs.

During 2005-06, CLCL has conducted four training programs for staff from 10 sites around the state, including the Durham Literacy Center, the Orange County Literacy Center, Fayetteville Urban Ministries, Meredith College and Duke University. The two-day workshops have focused on planning and sustainability, volunteer recruitment and retention, learning disabilities, conflict resolution and preparation for the future.

The goal of the project is to increase the staff members’ effectiveness at their respective sites in supervising, training and evaluating their AmeriCorps members, and in delivering enhanced outcomes for the people they are serving, according to CLCL’s Director Isabel Geffner.

AmeriCorps is a national program, established in 1993, that connects people to service opportunities throughout the United States. Coordinated through SCALE, the UNC-Chapel Hill AmeriCorps volunteers provide tutoring and other literacy services through their campus and community organizations.

SCALE supports campus-based literacy programs across the country and conducts a variety of literacy projects. Housed in the School of Education, SCALE is directed by Kathy Sikes.