2301 1st Ave N, Ste 102
The mission of The Literacy Council is to strengthen and support organizations that provide literacy services in central Alabama.
RESOURCES AND REFERRALS
Refer tutors and learners to adult, children and family literacy programs through the (205) 326-1925 and 1-888-448-READ Helpline
Award grant funding directly to literacy providers; secure and distribute books and in-kind donations; and assist providers with grant writing
Encourage networking and cooperative efforts between members of the family and Literacy Providers Network to ensure that learner and tutor needs are being met and gaps in services are being filled
Develop strategic plan for community-wide literacy initiatives
Provide direct staff support to Literacy Council boards in outlying counties
Provide free tutor training workshops throughout Central Alabama
Administer Adult Literacy Education Resource Training (ALERT) to community practitioners
Host workshops and seminars for local literacy providers
ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS
Co-sponsor the annual Literacy Summit
Promote children and family literacy involvement through AdventuREAD
Conduct public awareness campaigns to heighten the importance of adult, family, and children’s literacy initiatives
Develop marketing campaigns using television, radio, and print media to recruit both learners and tutor
Develop additional resources to support ongoing and new literacy initiatives
Host annual fundraising events
Expand vision for future through ongoing strategic planning to align our mission with the growing needs of the community
The helpline is available for those seeking information on literacy programs and volunteer opportunities. Literacy Council staff can provide the names of literacy or adult education programs that assist callers and can transfer them directly to one of those education providers. Please call (205) 326-1925 or 1-888-448-READ (7323) for more information.
The Literacy Council provides free-of-charge tutor training workshops throughout the year to certify volunteers as Basic Literacy and/or ESOL tutors. The materials used are from Laubach Way to Reading, a phonics-based method that has proven to be effective in helping adults learn to read, and from LifePrints. The Literacy Council also teaches workshops for volunteers wanting to tutor school-aged children. After completing a workshop, participants are ProLiteracy certified tutors and are ready to volunteer in area programs.