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Literacy KC

Listing Last Update: October 27, 2020


3036 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64109

Primary Contact

Gillian Helm

(816) 333-9332

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
  • Family literacy program

Program Overview

Literacy KC provides free adult education classes to people in the Kansas City Metro area. We believe in the multifaceted nature of literacy by teaching reading, writing, math, digital, and English skills. Many students come to Literacy KC in order to gain the skills necessary to obtain a job, get a promotion, seek a high school diploma, and to better their lives and the lives of their family members.

Mission Statement

Literacy KC's mission is to advance literacy within the Kansas City metropolitan area through direct services, advocacy, and collaboration. Our vision is literacy for all.

Hours of operation: 8:30am-7:30pm

Cost info: Free

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"The people here are super nice and they are kind of like family here. I came a long way. Now I can read. I still have a little bit to go but I'm getting there. So every time I come to school and go home, I feel like I did a good job. I feel like I'm smart." - Travis L

"Because of you, I choose education over incarceration."-John C

"Literacy KC is my home away from home." - Glenda A

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

According to a 2003 Federal NAAL survey (the most recent data available), 225,000 adults in Kansas City lack basic literacy skills. Of those, 145,000 function at the lowest literacy level. In fact, 43 percent of adults with the lowest literacy rates in the US live in poverty, and 89% of our program participants are low-income.

Ethnic Group Served: 70% African American, 13% Caucasian, 9% Hispanic, 8% Asian, American Indian, or mixed ethnicity

Age Group Served:
63% are age 25-54
8% are age 15-24
22% are older adults 55-64
7% are seniors 65 and older

Male: 49%; female: 51%.

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