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Literacy Pittsburgh - Beaver County Office

Listing Last Update: September 29, 2018


336 College Ave
Beaver, PA 15009

Primary Contact

Mary Leitao

(724) 773-7810 Ext:4123937600

Educational services

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

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

Literacy Pittsburgh (formerly Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council) helps create better lives through learning. Recognized as a national leader in adult and family literacy, Literacy Pittsburgh is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Last year, Literacy Pittsburgh helped more than 4,500 individuals acquire reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their communities.

Classroom, small group and one-to-one instruction is offered free of charge. To enroll as a student, please call (724) 773-7810.

Volunteers are needed to work one-to-one with students, help in the classroom and assist with fundraising programs. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call (724) 773-7810.


Mission Statement

The mission of Literacy Pittsburgh is better lives through learning.

Our vision is a more inclusive and productive community driven by access to education.

Hours of operation: 8:30-4:00 M-F; Classes and tutoring are offered in evenings as well.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

A new job in management prompted Shawnice to brush up on her skills. Her annual review was approaching and she worried about writing the three required essays. Shawnice turned to Literacy Pittsburgh for help. She chose to work with a volunteer tutor in her neighborhood. Together, they worked on spelling and presenting her ideas effectively. At Literacy Pittsburgh, Shawnice gained valuable communication skills and confidence. Her successful performance evaluation led to a promotion and a raise that will help her to support her two children. Her next step is to go back to school for computer technology. Shawnice knows that her success will influence her children. "They see that I did homework, so they can do it, too," she explains. "It will inspire them to stay in school and further their own education."

Emmanuel resettled in the United States after fleeing violence in his home country of the Congo. His immediate goal upon coming to Pittsburgh was to attend college, but he lacked a high school diploma. He started at Literacy Pittsburgh first as an English as a second language student to brush up on his English skills, but quickly advanced to our high school equivalency diploma program. Emmanuel excelled in each of his classes and credits his teachers for his success. "The love, commitment, and support of the whole staff supported me on my journey," he explains. With the help of our on-staff transitions manager, Emmanuel applied for and won the Terri Gould Foundation Scholarship and attends Community College of Allegheny County. He finds the college writing class he took at the Literacy Pittsburgh to be especially invaluable. His goal is to earn his associate's degree and then transfer to a four-year university where he can eventually pursue a master's degree in mechanical engineering. One of his favorite things about his Literacy Pittsburgh classes? "The different people of various races and cultures, all in one class, with a goal to succeed."

"Literacy Pittsburgh's tutor initial training was an excellent crash course in how to become prepared to serve as a tutor," Anson explains. "All sorts of exercises and methods were covered effectively and really allowed me to hit the ground running, even with no prior experience. Additionally, my coordinators have been wonderful, providing excellent advice, suggestions, and guidance along the way. You never feel as if you're alone as a tutor with Literacy Pittsburgh."

"My experience as a tutor opened my eyes to how hard people will work to achieve goals," Karen says. "My students are fathers, and they work to make their families lives better by bringing them here, by working seven days a week, and by attending tutoring sessions after working all day so they could deal with teachers, doctors, landlords, and grocery store clerks. Seeing their efforts, talking about their challenges, I see that immigrants are so good for this country.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Literacy Pittsburgh serves adults over the age of 18. Students are interviewed and tested upon enrollment so that we may evaluate their current skill levels and goals. Evaluation is repeated after approximately 50 hours of instruction. Last year, 79% of students reported increased confidence in their literacy skills, positioning them for future success.

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