Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey is an organization committed to improving the basic literacy skills of adults in New Jersey by maximizing the capacity and effectiveness of LVNJ's network of affiliates, by increasing the public's awareness of the services provided by the network, and by promoting greater communication and action on the literacy needs of New Jersey.
Annual Professional Development Conference
Our annual Literacy for Life Conference is held each spring. Click here to see photos from Literacy for Life 2012.
Train the Trainer Workshops
LVNJ conducts workshops for experienced tutors from local literacy programs who wish to become trainers of new tutors. Our Train the Trainer workshop offers a full day of comprehensive training in presentation skills and techniques for conducting participatory learning activities.
"Training Tune-up" is a professional development workshop for experienced tutor trainers, which focuses on key content segments from LVNJ’s Guide for Training Adult Literacy Tutors. Participants learn ways to enhance their training skills by focusing on the delivery and timing of training content.
Health Literacy Workshops
LVNJ has taken a leadership role in raising awareness about the impact of low health literacy on both individuals and the health care system. Health care providers and educators from around the state attend our health literacy workshops to learn practical strategies for improving communication with low literate patients. Learn more about our customized training entitled "Just What the Doctor Ordered?".
Financial Literacy Workshops
The goal of LVNJ’s financial literacy initiative is to give adult students access to the information they need to make good financial decisions. It is designed to provide opportunities for adult literacy students to increase their knowledge of financial topics, such as opening a bank account, using an ATM, and budgeting and saving. Participants in our workshop examine how cultural and personal values affect the way we manage our money, practice activities to use with students, and learn about free resources to support financial literacy education.
Log on and Learn
LVNJ provides training to adult literacy programs committed to improving students’ computer literacy and incorporating computer technology into learning sessions. Computer technology has the potential to transform adult literacy education, but many adults lack the basic computer skills required to take advantage of the opportunities. Adult literacy instructors also often feel unprepared to teach computer skills, or don’t have the time to sift through websites to find suitable resources. Log on and Learn addresses these questions: How do we determine which computer skills to teach our students? What strategies do we use with new and low-literate computer users? Where can we find free resources for online learning, lesson plans and curricula, and professional development?
LVNJ conducts 6 regional management meetings each year for staff members of our affiliated programs. These meetings provide a forum for discussing topics of mutual concern and sharing best practices.
LVNJ provides grants to member programs so they can serve more students.
Toll Free Literacy Hotline (800-848-0048)
Our office maintains a toll free literacy hotline and refers hundreds of prospective tutors and students to local literacy programs throughout New Jersey each year.
Development of New Instructional Materials
LVNJ has created a new streamlined curriculum that prepares volunteers to tutor both Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language students. Literacy organizations in 21 states have adopted this 15 hour training model.
Our Tutoring with Technology resource guide is designed for tutors who wish to teach computer skills or integrate computer technology into their tutoring sessions.
To learn more about The Guide for Training Adult Literacy Tutors or Tutoring with Technology please click here.
All members of the LVNJ network must be fully accredited by ProLiteracy America. LVNJ provides financial and administrative support to each program in our network to assist them in completing the accreditation process.
Raising Public Awareness about Adult Literacy
To raise public awareness about adult literacy and generate new resources for literacy programs, LVNJ participates in a broad range of coalitions, commissions and advisory councils at the state and national level. These include participation on the New Jersey State Council on Adult Literacy Education Services and the New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning.
Annual Literacy For Life Conference
Each year in the Spring LVNJ holds a professional conference offering workshops for tutors, trainers, students and adult literacy professionals. LVNJ also recognizes outstanding tutors, students and volunteers from throughout the state at this event.
Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey (LVNJ) is the state-level organization that provides training, administrative support, program development, referral services, and instructional materials to literacy organizations throughout New Jersey. These local programs rely upon LVNJ to help build their organizational strength and increase their capacity to deliver high quality literacy services.
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Fax #: (732) 635-2000
Pat Tumulty, President
Hal Beder, Vice-President
Jane Brady, Treasurer
Leigh Freeman, Secretary
LVNJ's work is currently supported by grants from the NJ Department of Labor and Workfoce Development, The Walmart Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Verizon Check into Literacy, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and State Farm Insurance. Thank you!