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Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

July 20, 2013 Annual Meeting Report









This report is for information purposes only and is not the minutes of the meeting.

On Saturday, July 20, 2013, Laubach Literacy of Ventura County held its annual meeting. I’m going to claim that it is our 43d annual meeting, because we have been active in Ventura County since 1970. Of course, we did the usual meeting things, financial report, past year accomplishments, our plans for next year, election of new officers, appreciation for those who make this organization rock. We also got acquainted with some amazing people who joined us and heard some of them share why they are involved with LLVC. We also met many others from the community who are affiliated with our wonderful friends, Armando and Debbie, at the Café on A, and who came to get acquainted.

I want to share with those who did not attend that this was an extraordinary meeting and went far beyond the usual scope of such meetings. We celebrated an amazing organization and two extraordinary individuals who shared an incredible story about their American Dream.

Dorjee Tsewang and Dolkar Tso joined us on Saturday at our invitation to receive the 2013 Adult English Learner Achievement Award presented to Dorjee...



and the Adult English Learner of 2013 award, presented to Dolkar.

We were delighted to recognize this year an adult English learner who is working with a tutor. We had the opportunity to learn of her background which sadly we seldom get to do with most of our adult learners.




We feel that it is important to acknowledge the extraordinary people who come to this country from other countries often at great risk and loss. In their journey they had to overcome enormous hardship, deprivation, exploitation and probably worse, in the pursuit of their dream of a better life. They had to have extraordinary determination, optimism, motivation, tenacity and pure grit to push-on over the Himalayan Mountains, then spend years in a refugee camp often on the verge of starvation, and finally through pure perserverance they met a person who sponsored them to enter this country. And after all that… they get here with few resources and are faced with another major obstacle, learning American English and the American way of life.

But they did it. Dorjee and Dolkar overcame these challenges and succeeded beyond those original dreams. They live in Ojai and work in the county. They have become American citizens and have gone beyond to reach out and share their success and prosperity with those in their Tibetan home towns. The week following this meeting Dorjee and Dolkar returned to their Tibetan home to initiate a mobile clinic service that will operate from the clinic they established several years ago to provide medical services to local communities. This is possible because Dorjee and Dolkar founded the TibetanAid Foundation several years ago which has made significant contributions to villages near their home villages. This is one man who is truly making a difference, with support from his family and friends.

I believe the story that Dorjee Tsewang and Dolkar Tso shared with us on Saturday morning is the quintessential American Dream story and one I am sure many of our adult English learners could share if we provide them with the opportunity. More information about this amazing couple is available on

The Ventura County Star published an article on Saturday about Dorjee and Dolkar with many of the details of their journey to this country. It is an amazing and inspiring story. Additional information is available on the VC Star website, video is available on YouTube and the Laubach Literacy website in the video gallery.

We are going to participate in The City of Oxnard's Multicultural Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The festival will be held at Historic Plaza Park in Downtown Oxnard from 10 AM – 6 PM. The festival offers a variety of performing groups, live music, food vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, and hands on activities for the entire family. Mark the date on your calendar. Help us let people know about Laubach Literacy, spend an hour at our booth.


llvclogobluev3_4x4  Nita Song, a Korean immigrant recalls a funny cultural     learning experience that took place in a pizzeria.        


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llvclogobluev3_4x4Visit the Immigration Archive Project.  Share your story


 llvclogobluev3_4x4       VC Star July 20,2013



 llvclogobluev3_4x4Help us raise funds.  When you shop online use the Laubach Literacy Shopping website.

Over 400 of your favorite merchants to choose from.  Each purchase will generate a donation to Laubach Literacy.  No cost to you.

Click this link to Visit the Laubach Literacy Shopping Site

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llvclogobluev3_4x4Entrepreneurship, It's about the Original American Dream

Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame


llvclogobluev3_4x4From Ted Talks 

   5 fascinating examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think—from how we interpret colors to the way we assign blame.           Click on text to view


llvclogobluev3_4x4Ethiopian Woman faces

the toughest challenge to speaking English


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llvclogobluev3_4x4It's about the Original American Dream

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llvclogobluev3_4x4Recent Census data indicates that there are 150,000 - 200,000 residents in Ventura County who came from other countries and are not proficient in speaking, understanding, reading and writing American English.  Many of them have given up trying to learn because they have been embarassed when they tried to communicate using American English . 

We Need 100,000 tutors to provide a person-to-person safe and supportive situation for Adult English Learners to practice and learn American English. Group conversation practice opportunities are also available at local libraries.

Be a tutor, change a life. It's about the original American Dream.

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County has been doing this for over 40 years so we know it really works. 


llvclogobluev3_4x4Ventura School Official

Receives Achievement Award


Dr. Kyunghae Schwartz, Director of Student Support Services for the Ventura Unified School District recently received the Adult English Learner Achievement Award from Laubach Literacy of Ventura County, Ed Lynch, Treasurer of LLVC, made the presentation.

Dr. Schwartz, a middle school teacher in Korea; came to the U.S. in 1986
with a three year old daughter and an American husband.
She mastered English as an Adult English Learner while working at a
variety of jobs, including working at a bakery and selling dresses at a
department store, and working in financial institutions as a teller and
then a supervisor. She completed the state teaching credential while working
full-time; teaching at a middle school in North Hollywood, at a high school in
Reseda and then in Oxnard. She obtained an from CSUN with an
administrative credential and Ed.D from USC. That led to holding school site
administrator positions in Oxnard and Ventura. Now she is working at the
Ventura Unified School District office. Her aspirations are to live with purpose,
with kindness and wisdom. The things she enjoys are family time, reading,
yoga and meditation, and working with the children of the community schools.

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and has been active for over forty years using the Laubach teaching methodology and materials published by the Laubach organization. Each year a hundred or so tutors have giftedabout 10,000 hours of time, patience, and encouragement to adult English learners whowork hard to achieve their goals.... their American Dream.

Many more tutors are needed, there are always adult English learners from many countries around the world waiting for a tutor.

Click on the link below to read

Recent articles on the VC Star website


llvclogobluev3_4x4Have you ever had to learn a second language as an adult? It wasn’t easy, was it?Have you needed a second language to get a job, to shop at the market, to get a driver’s license or medical attention or to simply to talk with your grandchildren? Did it take a long time to be able to communicate well enough to be understood and to understand your neighbors and co-workers?

When immigrants come to America, they come with great dreams for a better life and they always face great challenges. Acquiring skills to be able to function in a new country requires hard work and determination. One of the greatest and most difficult challenges immigrants face in their quest to realize their “American dream” is that of learning American English as an adult.

New arrivals often depend on English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered through adult education programs or local colleges. However, work schedules, family demands and transportation issues frequently interfere with taking advantage of these opportunities. Many who do manage to attend have to struggle to keep up in a classroom environment. And now, ESL resources are gradually disappearing as a result of budget cuts.

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is a non-profit all-volunteer non-sectarian organization whose members share their time and talents in a one-on-one learning situation with adults who want to learn English. Volunteers are trained as tutors at no cost, provided with free study materials and paired with a learner. The learner and the tutor decide when, where and how often they will be working together. This approach provides flexibility not found in classroom situations. The tutor also acts as a ‘cultural coach”, explaining the new and different experiences their students encounter.

Learning English as an adult is a slow process, but it is a process that can profoundly change the life of the learner and of the tutor. You can help another person reach his or her dream of a better life, enriching your own life along the way.

Laubach Literacy of Ventura invites you to be a “Life-Changer” by becoming a tutor. You have it within your power to make dreams come true! If you are not able to help by tutoring, then please consider providing the financial support that buys the books and study materials provided without charge to those we serve.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with Laubach Literacy of Ventura County, Inc. visit the other pages on this website or contact us at 805-385-9584.





llvclogobluev3_4x42012 will mark the 25th Anniversary of Laubach Literacy of Ventura County becoming a 501(c)3 non-profit organization although the organization has served the county for over 40 years.  This milestone will be celebrated in a number of ways.

Laubach Literacy invites anyone in the county, as well as, everyone who is currently or has ever been a tutor, adult English learner, Board member, or volunteer to share your experiences with us so we can compile an album of how Laubach Literacy has impacted Ventura County. We have important stories to share with the world, but only if you choose to share them with us. I am also hopeful that many of you will be willing to do a short video interview about your experiences so we can produce a promotional/training video this year.  Please contact any Board member, or contact us at 805-385-9584 or, to let us know who you are and how we can get in touch with you.



llvclogobluev3_4x4Laubach Literacy trains and supports volunteers who provide free, student-centered tutoring to foreign born adult English Learners who want to improve their English skills and understand U.S. culture.

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llvclogobluev3_4x4Our Mission...

"Train and support volunteers who provide free, student-centered tutoring to adult English Learners who want to improve their English skills and to understand U.S. culture"

Our Vision...

"A world where all people participate successfully in the community, empowered by language skills that are the key to effective participation."

Laubach Literacy is an all volunteer non-profit organization whose volunteers provide no-cost, student-centered tutoring to adult English Learners who reside in Ventura County and want to improve their speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension of English, as well as, understanding the U.S. culture in which they now live.

Laubach ESL Tutoring is based on the ESL teaching methodology originated by Dr. Frank Laubach, and is affiliated with Proliteracy America, an International Literacy organization.  

In 2002, Literacy Volunteers of America merged with Laubach Literacy to become ProLiteracy.

The ProLiteracy Newsletter is available at

ProLiteracy Annual Member Reports

llvclogobluev3_4x4Volunteer Tutors are trained by certified trainers in the Laubach ESL methodology at no cost to the volunteer or English Learner.  Tutoring is done at a time and place that is convenient to both parties, usually local public libraries. 

This is not an adult literacy program sponsored by a library.  Library adult literacy programs often refer individuals whose English skills do not meet their criteria.

Volunteer directors register and maintain adult English Learner contact information and match the student with a tutor in the same area.









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