The YWCA of Canberra's Youth Literacy Program has been developed in partnership with the University of Canberra, Lanyon High School and the YWCA Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre.
In March 2012 the YWCA of Canberra launched the six month pilot, with ten students from Lanyon High School participating in the orientation day. The program is now running in 2013 on a Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon.
The program aims to:
• Improve the literacy learning opportunities and outcomes for students who are struggling to acquire sound literacy skills and to prevent their disengagement from school.
• Showcase effective literacy teaching practice.
• Develop a model for literacy support that can be adopted and implemented at other sites.
• Adopt innovative and cutting-edge literacy teaching practices that incorporate the use of technology and e-readers
An integral part of the program is the use of e-readers as tools to motivate the students to read and write. At the conclusion of the pilot we will present each participant with a book pack to keep. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and Canberra Toyota in providing donations towards purchasing the books for the presentation.
If you would like to make a donation to the Youth Literacy Program, please fill out our online donation form.