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Cape Fear Literacy Council

Listing Last Update: September 17, 2020


1012 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Primary Contact

Yasmin Tomkinson

(910) 251-0911

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) was founded in the mid-1980's to help local adults improve their basic reading skills using an "each one teach one" approach. As the educational needs of the community changes, CFLC evolves as well. We now offer Adult Literacy and ESL programs, with one-on-one tutoring, small classes, and computer-based instruction at all levels. We maintain our focus on personalizing instruction to help each individual reach his or her goals.

Mission Statement

To provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community.

Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon-Th, 8:30 - 4:30 Fri

Cost info: No fees for adult learners

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Clint had a great month; he improved a full grade level on his test, and he got a job for the first time in 10 years. He is elated and loves the people he works with. They have praised his work ethic and promised him training so he can advance." - Adult Literacy tutor report

"I want to read stories to my grandson. His parents are busy, just like I was when my kids were little, but I want my little man to have better, and learn that books are joyful things." --George, AL student

"I've just been promoted to full-time at work. I've passed every exam, and they're talking about making me a supervisor!" --Shannon, AL student

"I can't believe it. Studying with Ms. Diana has changed my life. I always thought I was bad at math; it was the one thing I didn't learn easily. Having this one-on-one thing made such a huge difference. That anxiety just isn't there anymore. I know I can do this. I can't believe how much progress I've made
in such a short time."
–Lucy, AL student

"My boss told me yesterday that my English was much better and that I had "more English" than I used to. I have worked for her for 10 years and she asked what I was doing to improve my English and I told her about my tutor here. I am very proud." -ESL student

"One of the refugees spoke up at a meeting recently. What he said brought tears to my eyes. He said that he and his family never expected such kindness and generosity when they arrived in the United States. He wanted to say thank you to all the local people who have helped them, including the English teachers. He now has a job and his child is enrolled in school." -ESL tutor

"I was able to read a book to my grand-daughter! I know it was a children's book but I still feel so good." - ESL student

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Last year, CFLC served 516 adults and their demographics included: 62% low income, 82% minority, and 35% had dependents (doesn't include grandparents). In our ESL program, students represented 38 different countries and 17 languages. 40% of all students tested between a 4th - 5th grade level at intake, and fewer than 10% tested above a 9th grade level.

Our volunteer tutors tailor instruction to meet students' needs. Last year, adult learners logged a total of almost 15,400 instructional hours. This does not include homework hours that are completed independently.

As adult learners' skills improve, their new confidence and abilities have a ripple effect through their families, their jobs, and their community. Last year, student accomplishments included: 70% of post-tested students made quantifiable
progress, 77% of students with work-related goals made progress including 19 individuals who got new or better jobs, 90% met child-related goals, and 100% with 40+ hours met goals for increased community involvement.

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