The Butte Literacy Program is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides free and confidential tutoring to adults in the Butte-Silver Bow County area. Our mission is to provide instructional assistance to adults who desire to increase their literacy skills. Our definition of literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential.
The One-to-One tutoring program began in 1987, and was incorporated in 1988. The first four tutors were VISTA volunteers with the first paid director hired in 1990. The literacy program has been located in the Silver Bow Homes, Homeward Bound, and most recently, at the Butte High Career Center.
Funding for the OTO program comes from United Way, fundraisers, foundation and corporate donations, and private donations.
The literacy program accomplishes its mission through the use of volunteer tutors. The program provides all the necessary resources, books, and learning tools for both the students and tutors. The program is “student centered” meaning that each person is tutored individually in the subject that they need. This does not mean that they cannot read. They just do not have all the necessary skills needed to achieve their goals.
All tutors must complete our volunteer tutor training which is offered two times a year (fall and spring). The tutor training is a fifteen-hour course that focuses on student-centered learning. The tutor training covers techniques for teaching adult students and instruction for teaching reading such as language experience, reading comprehension, sight words, phonics, word patterns and writing. The volunteer tutors are also trained in goal setting and lesson planning.