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P.A.L.S.- Project Adult Literacy Society

The mission of P.A.L.S. - Project Adult Literacy Society is "Changing Lives Through Literacy."

P.A.L.S. is a community-based literacy program that addresses the learning needs of adults with low level literacy. Literacy is having the skills to use printed material in daily living. Being able to read a book to your child, navigate the transit system, order food from a menu or submit an application for a job ...skills that most of us take for granted. One in three adults in Edmonton has low-level literacy skills.

One in two adults in Edmonton has low-level math skills. Many of our math students are preparing for entrance into a job training program and/or an apprenticeship. Improving their math skills can help them pass an entrance exam and get them on a path to educational opportunities and better employment. Approximately 30 students a year from P.A.L.S. pass the apprenticeship entrance exam.

How the Programs Work:

P.A.L.S. match students one to one with a tutor who will help them learn to read or write or do math.

P.A.L.S. also offers English classes in conversation and literacy. 40% of our students are LELL (Literacy for English Language Learners). Most of them are established immigrants who are working to improve their literacy skills. This helps them become more active contributors to the Canadian economy. For all our students every academic level they master can give them up to 10% in increased income and an immeasurable increase in self-confidence and pride.

There is no cost to the student and lessons are set up so they fit into the student’s life.

Our volunteer tutors are people who enjoy reading or math and want to share that enjoyment with some one else. Volunteers work with the adult students to meet their goals and set the direction for the programs.


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