P.A.L.S. - Project Adult Literacy Society is based in Edmonton, Alberta and is committed to changing lives of others through literacy. P.A.L.S. provides services for adults who want to improve skills in reading, writing, speaking and math.
Students are matched with volunteer tutors one-to-one or in small groups and generally meet for two hours, once each week. Matches can meet days, evenings or weekends - the meeting schedule is flexible, based on the availability of both student and tutor, and can accommodate work, school, child-care, vacation, and so on. Matches meet in neutral locations such as the P.A.L.S. office or the Public Library. Services are available free of charge. P.A.L.S. provides supplies, resource materials, and training.
To create a community in which all adults are functionally literate so that they can meet their full potential.
Changing lives through literacy
This means positive changes in the person’s life, circumstances, health, hopes, ability to improve the quality of life for the individual as a result of improving literacy, English language and math skills.
- Every person has the right to be functionally literate.
- Every person has the right to access services to improve skills. For example: financial barriers, time flexibility, and level of skill should not limit them.
- The needs of each individual are met. We build on the capacity of each individual.
- The result of improved skills is that the individual has more choices, makes informed decisions, and becomes more involved in the community.
- Literacy and English language skills have a direct impact on self-esteem.
- Our Society is open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, refugee claimants, and people on a work visa.
- Our volunteers are mentors and leaders who are vital and crucial to the Society.
- Every student, volunteer, and staff member associated with the Society will treat each other and be treated with respect.