The Augustine Literacy Project® of the Upstate South Carolina (ALP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training and supporting volunteer literacy tutors for disadvantaged children.
COVID-19 Pandemic Update
The pandemic has interrupted our volunteer work in schools but not our commitment to our students. The need for Augustine tutors will be even greater when schools reopen and we'd love to talk to you!
If you are interested in becoming an Augustine tutor, please submit an inquiry form to learn if this organization is a fit for you.
The Issue is Serious
"By three years of age kids from poverty, disadvantaged, whatever their race or ethnicity, are already thirty to forty percent behind in vocabulary development." (Dr. Reid Lyon)
The completion of 3rd Grade is generally "…the turning point where you go from learning-to-read to reading-to-learn." (From EdNC.org "Third-grade reading proficiency: It matters" by David Rhodes)
In 2015, 67% of South Carolina's 4th graders scored below proficient in Reading Achievement (NAEP).
85% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a 4th grade level.
Since early, intensive intervention can increase reading ability to an age-appropriate, average skill level for 90% of poor readers, our one-on-one expert literacy instruction can help achieve this.
ALP volunteers help improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children, who are at least one grade level behind, with our successful, research-based methodology.
Lessons are typically provided twice a week at the student's school. ALP actively recruits, rigorously trains, and supports caring volunteer tutors who then provide free, long-term, one-on-one, specialized instruction to these children at their schools. ALP's methodology is derived from the research-based Orton-Gillingham instructional approach and uses materials developed by Wilson Language Training Corporation® and ALP.
"At the beginning of the year my student scored a 5 on the Reading Curriculum-Based Measurement (R-CBM). His mid-year score was 7. Last week he scored 26! Everyone is happy to see the progress."(Diana Matson, Augustine Tutor, May 2016)