The paper reports on a literacy pilot project conducted in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from 2006 to 2007. The project was undertaken to introduce the ideals of a learning community to a group of students, while teaching survival skills such as basic literacy and information literacy (IL). A novel method was adopted by linking literacy instruction to engagement in culture and the arts. Personnel with a wide range of skills and talents were selected for this non-traditional approach. The project results indicated that the venture was a success, as it offered a model that demonstrated how the intellectual and creative potential of young people could be channeled towards personal and national development.
Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science