2003-2004 Literacy Champions

Nathaniel Stinnett

Volunteer Literacy Tutor at the Pine Street Inn, Boston, MA

Since 2000, Nathaniel Stinnett has provided literacy services to the guests of the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter as both a professional teacher of ABE/ESL and as a volunteer literacy tutor. Through the Pine Street Inn’s LEAP Program, he has helped the residents of the shelter study for the GED test, apply for jobs and learn English. He has worked to tailor his curriculum to the unique needs of Boston’s homeless community, incorporating aspects of 12-step programs and confidence- building exercises into the learning process. When proposed budget cuts threatened to curtail significant program activity, Nathaniel preformed extensive volunteer advocacy at the state wide level, fully assisting in Pine Street Inn’s efforts to maintain current service levels.