Welcome to the Ulster Literacy Association - ULA
Se habla español 331-6837 Lunes-Viernes 3:00-5:00 p.m.
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
- English for parents in Kingston and New Paltz
- English for Farm Families
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
- The Corrections Education Program
- BOCES high school equivalency (HSE) classroom support
- Off-site workplace literacy
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 or citizenship.
Tutors provide instruction, support and encouragement to students who come from all over the world as well as right here in Ulster County.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
ULA is now the RSVP station of Ulster County.
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over, is federally funded, and ULA has brought it back to Ulster County.
As the RSVP of Ulster County, ULA provides volunteer opportunities for our retired and/or senior residents. With tutor training sessions throughout the county, you can learn to teach an adult to improve their English language skills right in your own hometown. You can help build strong community bonds with your neighbors by sharing the skills, talents, and wisdom you have acquired over the years, and gain personal enrichment serving members of your immediate community.
Many of our tutors report feeling less isolated and more creatively engaged in their lives by joining other RSVP volunteers for parties, in-service trainings and recognition events.
The ULA Corrections program has been providing criminal offenders at the 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 delivers high-quality instruction with sufficient rigor to people looking to improve their lives through education, stay out of jail, and find and keep a good job.
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 several workplaces, local schools, and 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 an 18-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 call our office at 331-6837 to register for an upcoming Orientation.