Project Read Menlo Park

Project Read-Menlo Park is appealing to the local community to augment a range of programs and a vision to provide additional services to the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park.

Community members may easily make a secure donation to Project Read through its nonprofit fundraising partner, Literacy Partners, at a newly-improved website.

For more than 30 years, Project Read-Menlo Park has provided one-to-one tutoring in English for non-native speakers as well as U.S. natives who never learned to read and write to their satisfaction. Typically, says Program Manager Jason T. Sugimura, learners meet once or twice weekly with a volunteer tutor to improve their language skills. Many, he says, go on to continue their education, achieving GEDs, college degrees and promotions or new jobs. Most improve their ability to talk with customers or bosses or their kids’ teachers.

For nearly four years, Project Read has offered a weekly Conversation Club (pictured, top), an informal weekly drop-in activity at the Menlo Park Library offering flexibility for learners and tutors alike. Participants gather in small groups to engage in informal discussions, often centered around a topic such as “shopping for food,” to improve verbal language skills.

“With English Conversation Club, we are able to expand our services to English learners while they are waiting for tutors — who are always in short supply — or have busy and shifting schedules precluding the regular weekly commitment expected of one-on-one learner-tutor pairs,” Sugimura explains.

Cristina Carrillo, the Project Read staff member who coordinates Conversation Club, says: “Whether or not they are seeking an assigned tutor, CC is an opportunity for many in our community to practice their English in a supportive, nonthreatening environment.

“My goal is to eventually expand English Conversation Club to our Belle Haven site and expand the times we are able offer the program,” she says. “We need a variety of times and at least two locations to ensure that busy working people, often juggling multiple jobs and/or child and family care responsibilities, can find a time or location to attend one of our sessions.”

Other Project Read-Menlo Park services, including Belle Haven beginner English classes and digital literacy coaching that helps residents communicate online with teachers or their small business clients, have been expanded in part because of community contributions, according to Linda G. Carlson, president of Literacy Partners, the nonprofit which supplements the City of Menlo Park, State of California Library System, and corporate funding that has supported 736 learners from 56 different countries since 2012. Project Read-Menlo Park was founded in 1985.

Contributions — made online or via mail — will help ensure that staffing and materials will be available to support learners and tutors throughout the Menlo Park community.

{ Be the first to comment }

Project Read Menlo Park celebrates 30th anniversary with Pearls of Wisdom brunch

To mark its 30th anniversary, Project Read Menlo Park is hosting a celebratory brunch on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center (700 Alma Street) in Menlo Park. Since 1985, the program has reached more than 3,000 adult learners and 2,000 volunteer tutors. “One-to-one is still our core offering, but […]

Click to read more →

Project Read – Menlo Park hosts party as part of Silicon Valley Gives on May 5

Not everyone can become one of the 90 tutors helping more than 90 adult students develop the literacy skills needed to survive and thrive, but anyone can become part of Project Read – Menlo Park during the second-annual Silicon Valley Gives 24-hour online fundraising event and party on Tuesday, May 5. “Come to our website, click the […]

Click to read more →

Project Read-Menlo Park sets next tutor training dates

Project Read-Menlo Park will be offering tutor training over the next few months. You will be trained how to teach adults to learn to read. No experience is necessary and all materials are supplied. The first session is Tues., Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm; second session is Sat., Feb. 28 from 10:30 am […]

Click to read more →

ESL conversation group meets every Wednesday at Menlo Park Library

Project Read-Menlo Park has started an ESL Conversation Club. It meets every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library. The purpose is to give English language leanrs an opportunity to practice their skills in English with other learners aided volunteer facilitators. For more information, contact Elibet Jimenez at 650-330-2525 […]

Click to read more →

Project Read Menlo Park is recruiting new literacy tutors for Fall tutoring

Registration is underway for Project Read-Menlo Park’s next Tutor Training. Training begins Wednesday, October 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street. The training continues on Saturday, October 12, from 10 am to 3:00 pm. A final part of the training, on Wednesday, November 20, is a meeting for […]

Click to read more →

Project Read is recruiting tutors for spring training

In San Mateo County, more than 86,000 adults have extremely limited literacy skills and/or English language proficiency. They have limited ability to advance at work and in education, help their children with homework, take care of their family’s health, or participate in their communities. Project Read-Menlo Park is working to change that. We currently have […]

Click to read more →

Project Read Menlo Park seeks volunteer literacy tutors

Registration is underway for Project Read-Menlo Park’s winter 2013 tutor training, designed to show volunteers how they can help local residents learn to read and write. The next tutor training sessions begins Tuesday, February 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street.  The session continues on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 […]

Click to read more →

Project Read-Menlo Park partipates in Compassion Weekend by building bookcases

People from Project Read- Menlo Park’s Families for Literacy program joined forces with volunteers participating in Menlo Park Presbyterian Church’s Compassion Weekend on Sunday to build 30 new bookcases for Belle Haven neighborhood families. “I’ve been participating in Compassion Weekend for four or five years,” said MPPC member Mark Trail. “But this is the first […]

Click to read more →

Singers raise their voices for literacy at fundraiser for Project Read Menlo Park at Cafe Zoe

A series of performers sung out for literacy today at a Project Read Menlo Park fundraiser held at Cafe Zoe this afternoon. Fifty percent of the proceeds from food and beverage sales at the Cafe were being donated to Project Read. Among the singers was Menlo Park resident Hannah Steuer (pictured above), a sixth grader […]

Click to read more →

Sing out for literacy! Project Read Menlo Park fundraiser on March 11

Project Read-Menlo Park is having its first Open Mic fundraiser on Sunday, March 11, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Café Zoe (1929 Menalto Ave.) in Menlo Park Bay area jazz pianist Bennet Roth-Newell will emcee the event. This is an opportunity for community members to showcase their musical talent in front of a live […]

Click to read more →