Literacy workers also described some of the barriers to employment
and education that exist for their students:
"I don't think students should be penalised for missing
because they haven't got transportation. It was supposed to be one
of the things that was guaranteed for this project. I have a student
who has been in this program since January and who still doesn't
have a bus pass. She's been walking every day (for 6 months)..Some
of my students tell me that they came to school because they wanted
to be there with their last bus ticket. They knew when they came
they didn't have one to go home."
"I find the issues with my people are life issues like
child care, substance abuse issues, living in abusive relationships.
They're not ready until those things are dealt with. No matter how
nice their resume looks they may get a job but they'll never keep
it. I think there has to be a way to build in those kinds of
supports and opportunities for people to get their life under