American Youth Literacy Foundation

American Youth Literacy Foundation

5.0 (2)
1 hire on
16 employees
12 years in business

About this tutor

We are one of the preeminent literacy non-profits in the nation, and we are based here, in Collegeville, PA.  Over the past 11 years we have hired and trained hundreds of reading tutors and taught thousands of children how to read.  We are currently building a smartphone app that will teach children, almost independently, how to read in as little as 12 hours.  If your child needs help with reading, please contact us.  We are working on a global solution to the literacy crisis, but we are available locally to help you and your child.  Visit our website at for more information or connect with me on LinkedIn:  

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Trappe, PA 19426
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2 Reviews


  • Elizabeth Niskala

    Kali has been tutoring my son for a couple of months. He is a great tutor. My son enjoys the lessons and they are interesting and fun. He is learning more each week and looks forward to his lessons. My son has a sense of accomplishment at the end of each season and is proud of himself.

  • Cara Caplan

    Very knowledgeable and professional

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Regardless of where you are in the reading learning process we will do a quick assessment, then jump right in using our AMAZING alpha prototype of our smartphone reading app called FUNetix.  FUNetix currently has approximately 2 hours of content.  After the 2 hours are completed we will continue with our proven reading curriculum for up to an additional 4 hours for a total of 6 hours of instruction.  Teaching sessions are typically 20-30 minutes long and will only go longer if the student is able to maintain sufficient focus. Otherwise it is highly preferable to stop and come back and create a consistent schedule of tutoring.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Please see my LinkedIn profile and our website.  I personally have over 35 years of teaching experience, but when my own son was unable to learn how to read, I took him out of school to homeschool him for a year.  Based on my background as an Arabic linguist for U.S. Army Intelligence and as an ESL teacher in South America, I completely reinvented the reading learning process. I wrote the book on literacy instruction called How to Become an Excellent Reading Tutor.  I wrote Happy Plaid Cats Stack Black Hats, an introduction to phonemic awareness and the sounds of the English language for pre-k through 2nd grade students (available on Amazon), and I founded the American Youth Literacy Foundation in 2008.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We do not "charge" a fee for any of our services.  We are a nationwide 501 c 3 tutoring non-profit that provides free tutoring to underprivileged children.  If, at any time, you would like to make a donation to help other children in need, we certainly welcome that, but it is entirely up to you.  Make checks payable to the American Youth Literacy Foundation, 492 Reginald Lane, Collegeville, PA 19426.

How did you get started teaching?

Not that it's 100% relevant, but I dropped out of Wesleyan University after my freshman year and hitchhiked to South America in 1984, specifically Bogota, Colombia, where I lived for a year and became an ESL teacher for corporate executives, government officials, adults and teens. I returned and became an Arabic and Spanish linguist in the Army 1985-1989.  I went on to get my BA at Austin Peay State Univ. and Law Degree at UCLA.  I taught ESL in the U.S. multiple times and began teaching reading, specifically, 16 years ago, after my son went back into the public school system. I founded the American Youth Literacy Foundation in August of 2008.

What types of students have you worked with?

Underpriviledged, under-served, inner city, suburban and rural, children, teens and adults.

We currently only work with students in grades 1st (second semester)-5th (including summer after 5th grade).

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask them if they know ALL 44 sounds of the English language.  Then ask them to recite them.  If they don't know the sounds of English you are wasting your time!  Reading is about sounds and mapping letters and letter combinations to sounds.  Before you can teach phonics you need to understand "phonemic awareness."  If you do not know ALL of the sounds of the English language you are not qualified to teach phonemic awareness.  This is the fundamental reason that children are not learning how to read in our public schools.  This is not to say that other methods of teaching reading don't "work."  They rely on arduous one on one training and take months or years of, essentially, painful memorization of rules and/or rote memorization of sight words and irregular phonics patterns.  Our reading program is fun, teaches a "Secret Code," engages children immediately in "Real Speech" reading materials and doesn't teach reading through rules, but rather through a painless process of using a pronunciation guide as training wheels to help children directly assimilate English spelling patterns.

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