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SHINE THE LIGHT
Year in Review!
December 12, 2023
Grace Presbyterian Church
9301 N Rodney Parham Rd
Little Rock, AR 72227
In today’s workplace, literacy levels and job skill development go hand in hand. Higher literacy levels improve our economy by helping adults get family-supporting jobs.
Parents who have at least basic literacy skills can make a big difference to their children’s future by supporting them in school and engaging in family literacy activities.
Adults with low literacy skills are hospitalized at much higher rates than those with more literacy. Better health literacy can mean healthier lives and saved money.
Literacy is our most critical skill …
… and it can mean the difference between a life well lived and a life of hardship. Unfortunately, more than 43 million Americans read at or below a basic level—with nearly 100,000 in central Arkansas alone struggling with basic literacy skills that most of us take for granted.
Teaching an adult to read has a profound and lasting impact on their ability to function successfully within our community by improving their ability to find and retain family-supporting jobs, engage in family literacy activities, and help make informed decisions that will ensure healthy lives.
Since 1986, Literacy Action has trained volunteer literacy tutors to provide basic literacy and English language instruction to thousands of adults in central Arkansas. Our success depends on the support of individuals and organizations who believe that literacy has the power to build and transform communities. We invite you to become engaged by learning more about adult literacy issues, volunteering as a literacy tutor, or by making a donation.
How We Do It
Literacy Action offers a welcoming community for adults to improve their literacy skills and enhance their quality of life—for free. With support from volunteers, donors, partners, and the community at large, Literacy Action invests in Central Arkansas’ greatest asset: our people.
Our volunteer instructors and tutors build a collaborative learning environment where adult students can expand their reading, writing, and speaking skills. Our personalized approach allows students to shape the instruction they receive, leading to improved literacy and life skills.
Qualified volunteer instructors teach relevant, responsive, and level-appropriate curriculum for small groups of students in a classroom or online environment.
Trained volunteer tutors help our students meet their individual literacy and communication needs in one-on-one tutoring sessions, usually twice a week.
Each student identifies academic and personal goals, and tutors design lessons to help them meet these goals. Students and tutors can meet for lessons at a location and time that is convenient for them.
Help Literacy Action thrive with your gift today
We cannot do it without you! Help us continue the fight against illiteracy in our community and improve the lives of our students one word at a time. Your gift helps Literacy Action thrive, grow, and serve more of the nearly 100,000 students in the central Arkansas area that cannot read.
Literacy Action Stories
The Arkansas Literacy Councils 2017 Student of the Year was our very own James Hawkins from Conway! Many thanks to the ALC Board, and to James' tutor, Michael Siniawa, who wrote the nomination for James below. And, of course, to James Hawkins, for being such an...
Literacy Action Receives $15,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Literacy Action of Central Arkansas a $15,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant...
Westover Hills Presbyterian Church teams with Literacy Action to help inmates at Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility improve their reading and writing skills A student nervously twists a bit of hair around her fingers as she completes a test to determine her...
Betty Harp, one of Literacy Action’s dedicated founders, was a pioneer in the fight against adult illiteracy. Traveling throughout Arkansas in the 1970s, Harp and her colleague, Margaret Booth trained volunteers to teach adults with basic literacy skills how to read....
Party with a Heart announces 2017 nonprofit partner: Literacy Action of Central Arkansas A special “Girls Night Out” dance party, Tuscan Wine Dinner, and a Mamma Mia Sing-A-Long were just a few of the fun-filled events Party with a Heart organized to support Partners...
As we marked our 30th Anniversary of providing free English instruction for native and non-native students, we are pleased to report that, with the support of our volunteers, donors and partners, we were able to help over 600 adults improve their literacy skills - a...
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Little Rock – NEW LOCATION!
9301 N. Rodney Parham Road
inside Grace Presbyterian Church Education Building
Little Rock, AR 72227
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
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