Become a Coach

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Volunteer Coaches play an integral role in helping the ABLE program reach its goals to improve the literacy skills of local adults, to increase the literacy rate in Lafayette County, and to increase the number of residents who possess a GED credential. Many local adults would not have the opportunity to experience the civic, economic, and educational benefits of functional literacy and GED credential attainment without the help of volunteers like you.

As an ABLE Volunteer Coach, you will receive such benefits as an increased awareness of literacy issues in the local community, new one-on-one tutoring skills, improved computer skills and use of technology, and, for GED coaches, retention and use of your knowledge in English language arts, math, social studies, and science. You will also be recognized as a valued member of LCLC and will have opportunities to participate in activities and social events.

If you would like to have a rewarding and challenging experience and play an active role in helping adult learners in Lafayette County improve their quality of life, apply to become an ABLE Volunteer Coach today!

Follow these four easy steps to become a volunteer coach.

1. Familiarize yourself with what you need to know about becoming an ABLE coach:

  • The program offers one-on-one coaching to adult residents of Lafayette County who are 18 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school.
  • The program trains community volunteers to serve as coaches who are matched with adult learners in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or GED preparation.
  • Adult Basic Education learners read at or below a sixth grade reading level; GED learners have different skills levels in each of the four GED test subjects.
  • Learners and coaches are expected to meet at an approved coaching site at least once a week at a time that is convenient for both; coaches report hours coached.
  • The program provides access to resources and support materials but does not define a set curriculum; coaches and learners work collaboratively to reach the learner’s goals.
  • The use of technology in coaching sessions is expected as computer literacy becomes increasingly essential to function in everyday life and to access resources. GED learners must take subject tests online and need to practice these skills in order to pass the tests.
  • The program asks coaches for a commitment of at least two hours a week for a period of six months; it takes time to build trust between a coach and an adult learner.
  • ABLE staff and LCLC members provide on-going support for coaches and learners.

2. Review the qualifications to become a Volunteer Coach.

  • 18 years of age or older and a high school graduate
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a one-on-one setting
  • Ability to think strategically and develop manageable goals
  • Basic computer and technology skills
  • Passionate about learning, patient, and flexible
  • Dependable and able to maintain a learner’s confidentiality
  • For GED coaches, knowledge of at least one GED test subject

3. Complete and submit the online ABLE Volunteer Coach Application. After your application has been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted by a member of ABLE staff about attending an informational meeting.

4. If the ABLE Volunteer Coach position is a good fit for you, you will be required to attend a coach training workshop where you will meet program staff, explore resources, and receive materials. After completing the training, you will be contacted by a member of ABLE staff when a learner is available.

Thank you for interest in the ABLE program!

Please contact us at 662-234-4234 or email ablelafayetteliteracy@gmail.com for further information or any questions.