Q. How are you funded?
A. 88% of funding is from government grants and contracts for service. Because government dollars are shrinking, LQ is committed to decreasing dependence on government sources and increasing financial support from community members. This way, LQ board of directors and staff can better serve the people of Stanislaus County by making decisions on the best way to use funds for the benefit of our community, our students and our volunteers. Our goal is to raise $100,000 this year in donations and continue to increase funding from donations by 4% per year until at least half of all income is from donations.
Q. How long does it take for people to finish the program?
A. This varies greatly by person. The average amount of time in our literacy program is two years, but it is really determined by the reading level coming into the program and whether or not the person has a learning disability which tends to slow the process of learning. In the HSE program, the average is six months, and in the English as a Second Language classes, the average is two years per level.
Q. How do you assess the progress of your students?
A. We use a pre and post assessment test in reading and math, if applicable. The results are tracked by class and program. Our agency studies the data and investigates ways to improve so students learn more and have better success in meeting goals.
Q. What can I do to help?
A. There are a variety of ways to help and we believe the answer is as individual as you are. There are traditional ways in which people have gotten involved, but this list is only a starting point. We are open to how you would like to help. Some of the traditional ways are these:
- Volunteering as a tutor
- Helping on event committees, with publicity or in the office
- Providing goods and services at discount or free
- Providing items from the wish list or donations to purchase these items
- Teaching workshops for HSE students on academic or life skill topics
- Mentoring HSE graduates for transition to work or college
- Assisting people in preparing to pass citizenship test
- Assisting with children in family literacy programs