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Literacy Action of Central Arkansas

Listing Last Update: August 4, 2017

Location

100 S Rock Street
Suite 530
Little Rock, AR 72201
www.LiteracyActionAR.org

Primary Contact

Sara Drew

(501) 372-7323

sdrew@literacyactionar.org

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

Approximately 145,000 adults (10%) in central Arkansas struggle with basic reading and writing skills. These individuals experience difficulties when filling out a job application, understanding a prescription label, or reading a bedtime story to their children. Adult literacy is a factor in almost every socioeconomic issue, including parenting, health care, workforce development, and poverty. Adult education helps break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy and poverty by giving adults the skills they need to be successful as workers and parents.

Literacy Action has worked hard since 1986 to build a community empowered through literacy by teaching reading skills to adults and English language skills to non-native adults. We have offices in Little Rock and Conway, but serve students from a seven-county area: Pulaski, Faulkner, Jefferson, Grant, Lonoke, Perry, and Saline. In the last 12 months, Literacy Action served over 650 adults, delivering over 11,000 hours of individualized instruction. All services are offered free of charge and benefit the entire community.

Literacy Action uses a one-on-one tutoring model for Adult Basic Literacy (ABL) instruction and a group conversation model for English as a Second Language(ESL) instruction. Our ABL program is designed for people 18 years or older who read below an eighth-grade level. Between 65-75% of our student population is ESL and comprised of Hispanic, Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Central and Eastern European, and African students. Learning to read or speak English enables our students to get family-supporting jobs, have better access to health information, and teach their children the value of literacy. Students can come to our office on the 5th Floor of the Main Library in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas; or our office in the Faulkner County Library in Conway, Arkansas; to be tested and placed with a tutor. We are open 9-4pm, Monday-Thursday.

Mission Statement

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to build a community of adults empowered through literacy by teaching reading skills to adults and English language skills to non-native adults.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 9-4

Cost info: All services are offered free of charge.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"When you can't read, you're in a closet and you're frustrated. When you start learning to read, it makes you more aware. It's like going from a really bad job to a really good one. You find out what you've been missing all along...Learning to read gives you a sense of security... It makes you feel more equal with other people. I always felt like I was less than. Now, I don't feel like that anymore." - Alan Glover (ABL Student)

Did you know the Central Arkansas area is home to over 145,000 adults, just like Alan, but who cannot reach their dreams and improve their lives simply because they cannot read? Literacy Action is so effective because we are one of the few organizations that focus on empowering individuals by teaching them one of the most crucial skills necessary to help lift themselves out of poverty: the ability to read.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Literacy Action currently serves over 350 students with 150 tutors. Over the past 12 months, we served over 650 students in the central Arkansas area.

Program Status:
Active