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Welcome to the Ulster Literacy Association - ULA
At Ulster Literacy, we have been providing our neighbors with one-to-one free tutoring in basic reading and writing skills as well as teaching English as a new language for over 35 years.
We always have a long list of learners eager to better their lives by improving their literacy and language skills - not so surprising, since there are many adults in Ulster County who cannot read above a fifth-grade level, and many new immigrants trying to learn English.
Coming to ULA is perhaps the most important step towards the future success of our learners.
Overall, ULA serves nearly 400 students annually through the following programs:
- One-to-one tutoring
- Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
- BOCES classroom support
- English for Farm Families
- Off-site workplace literacy
- The Corrections Education Program
- English for parents in Kingston, New Paltz, and Wallkill
Basic reading, writing & math
ULA tutors teach adults basic language skills in a one-to-one setting for two hours weekly on average. Our approach is learner centered and our mission is to ensure learners meet their personal and professional goals. Some are working toward their high school equivalency, others are getting a driver's license, some want to read to their children or write letters, and others are working on job applications.
Tutors provide instruction, support and encouragement to students who come from all over the world as well as right here in Ulster County.
The ULA Corrections program has been providing inmates at our local Ulster County Correctional Facility with opportunities to learn to use computer programs, improve their writing, and gain basic life skills such as financial and health literacy. This program runs year-long and serves about 140 inmates annually.
English as a new language - listening, understanding and speaking
ULA tutors work with people from all over the world who are learning English as a new language. In addition to the one-to-one setting, small group classes are also available in workplaces, local schools, and several libraries. We believe in academic studies as well as exploring the socio-cultural components of language.
Become a volunteer tutor
People who choose to become a volunteer tutor at Ulster Literacy find an opportunity to engage in an immensely helpful and satisfying endeavor.
After completing a 24-hour, nationally certified training course with ULA, each tutor is carefully matched with a learner. We ask that each tutor commit to a year's service, if possible.
Learners and tutors typically meet once a week for at least an hour in a public space, such as the ULA offices, a local library (we have our own office at the Kingston Library), church or diner.
No teaching experience is necessary. If you are interested in sharing your love of reading, writing and language with a motivated student, become a part of Ulster literacy association.
To get started, please fill out our Tutor Application Form and drop it off at the office.