“What is poverty anyway?” That’s the first question Mickayla Eldridge asked community school volunteers who attended cultural literacy training the last week of April.
Some people kept quiet and glanced around the room in uncertainty, while others said things like “limited resources” and “a government standard”. It was good to clear the water before diving in.
Mickayla works for Friends of Literacy, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting the delivery of free, high-quality literacy and adult education programs for adults in Knox County. They do that by training community volunteers how to effectively tutor their GED-seeking population, which is often adults who’ve come from generational poverty.
It’s no secret that some students who attend community schools also come from generational poverty. Mickayla taught our volunteers some strategies she uses for her adult students, who often have about the same level of elementary education.
Beyond strategies for effective tutoring, Mickayla also facilitated an understanding of the psychology behind poverty. At the end of the training, every attendee received a certificate.
Due to the positive feedback received from this first round of cultural literacy training, we will be offering this training again in the future. Stay tuned!