- Organization Name:Adult Literacy League, Inc.
- Address:345 W. Michigan Street
Orlando, FL 32806
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We serve to build a literate community.
We educate adults to become self-sufficient members of society and we advocate on behalf of adult and family literacy.
One in five residents of Central Florida does not read at a functionally literate level. Our students come to us entirely voluntarily, often overcoming great shame and years of hiding their reading challenges. English language literacy students are equally committed to learning to read, write, and speak English to participate fully in our community. Teaching people how to read and communicate is the definitive means of ensuring they are self-sufficient and self-sustaining. If you cannot read, you cannot learn. How much you can earn is directly proportional to the amount you can learn.
Since 1968, the Adult Literacy League (ALL) has been the premier provider of adult and family literacy services in Central Florida. In 2013, we celebrate 45 years of literacy service to the community. In the past 12 months, more than 2500 adults received instruction in one-to-one, small group or classroom instruction. We offer 45 classes in 12 different locations throughout the service area all made possible by the selfless efforts of 450 active volunteers.
The men and women who gather their courage and come to the Adult Literacy League desperately want to learn and are willing to commit to long hours studying each week. Over the last 16 months, we’ve faced the largest increase in demand for our services in our 45-year history. We are requesting support from the Lawrence Foundation to help us increase our capacity to serve. We currently have over 90 students on the waiting list for a tutor. Forty percent of students lack basic adult literacy skills, while sixty percent speak one of 18 other languages and yearn to become literate in English.
In addition, ALL provides a family literacy program called “Read to Me! Book Club.” We provide parent training and support which ensures that pre-school children and their families develop home reading and learning habits. The participants are all from low-income households and receive books and learning materials so they may develop the pre-literacy skills requisite to reading readiness and long-term success in school and in life.
Funding in the amount of $10,000 will allow 30 NEW students to receive weekly one-to-one tutoring sessions with a trained volunteer tutor for one full year. Students average 2 to 6 hours instruction per week. Students will also have the opportunity to attend one or more two-hour weekly classes scheduled at a variety of times and locations in our service area. Students’ books and learning materials are prepared specifically for and proven to facilitate adult learning. We use the highest quality of research-based curriculum, including coursework for students with limited English. All students receive an assessment to determine their skill level and to ensure correct curriculum leads to maximum success.
It takes time, patience, and determination from both our students, their volunteer tutors, and our professional as well as volunteer instructional staff. Many of our literacy students have learning differences and personalized one-on-one instruction is the best accommodation to ensure success. Our program staff is available to facilitate student recruitment and assessment, and monitor the activities of students and tutors/instructors. We are thus able to monitor the success of our students, our programs, and our impact on the community we serve.
The One-to-One and Small Group Tutoring program helps men and women build a better life when they acquire the literacy skills that many of us take for granted. Their world expands when they can fill out a job application, improve employment skills, open a bank account, use a computer, read to their children, or earn their GED. Our students become financial stable and self-sufficient.
The Adult Literacy League (ALL) has a 45 year history of providing the highest quality of literacy service in Central Florida. The organization was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers. One of our founders, Esther Myers, is 103 years old and still keeps actively engaged in the activities of the organization she helped to start. The dedication of all of our volunteers has made our history one of growth and success in Central Florida.
In the past two years we have doubled the number of Adult Basic Education students and English language literacy learners (also known as English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL). This year, we are on course to provide instruction to 3,000 students – up from 1250 in 2011. Our students accessed over 34,000 hours of instruction last year, and over 90% of these, active for one year or longer, achieved measurable gains.
- Year established:1968
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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