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Learning is Life Changing for These Students, Tutors

Imagine trying to find a job in Pittsburgh if you didn't speak English. Sounds almost impossible doesn't it? That's the challenge faced by hundreds of immigrants who come to the region each year.


Imagine trying to find a job in Pittsburgh if you didn't speak English. Sounds almost impossible doesn't it? That's the challenge faced by hundreds of immigrants who come to the region each year. One organization has made it their mission to help.

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council), helps non native English speakers learn the language, earn a GED, even achieve citizenship. Their volunteers are amazing and passionate about helping their students, as you'll see when we had the chance to visit:

Kathy Gorcyza has been volunteering as a tutor with Literacy Pittsburgh for seven years. In that time, she's developed a connection with her students that goes well beyond the classroom. "They've all been to my house, I've been to their house many times," Kathy told Sparkt.

The tutors and the students work together to keep a positive atmosphere even though learning a new language can be challenging -- and frustrating. The tutors often relate a new word or concept to something the students are already familiar with.

If you feel inspired by the stories of Kathy and the other tutors at Literacy Pittsburgh, they always need new volunteers. You don't need any special skills; they'll train you. Click here to find out more.

Or if you or someone you know is a non-native speaker and need help learning English, they'd love to hear from you. Click here to learn how to sign up.

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