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Topeka Literacy Council

Listing Last Update: September 13, 2021


1119 SW 10th Ave
Suite 6
Topeka, KS 66604-1284

Primary Contact

Kevin Koen

(785) 234-2806

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills

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Program Overview

The Topeka Literacy Council provides free and confidential one-to-one tutoring to adults, both native English speakers and those whose first language is not English, who want to improve their literacy or math skills. All tutors and office staff are volunteers.

Mission Statement

The Topeka Literacy Council is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization of volunteers who help adults learn to read and write to improve their economic standing and raise their self-esteem. TLC also strives to educate the community about illiteracy and its effects on society.

Hours of operation: Vary by day--Monday-Thursday

Cost info: There is no cost for tutoring. The only cost is for books purchsed, but books are provided free of charge for those who can't afford to purchase books.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"I was trying to go to technical school, but I couldn't read the assignments. I went to the literacy council and told them I needed help reading. I started to work with Jerry and my life has never been the same. He's been my angel." Rosa, student

Rosa, whose first language is Spanish, has completed a technical degree, started her own cleaning business and has earned an associate's degree in business administration from Washburn University. Rosa said learning to read gave her the confidence to succeed.

"It gives me great satisfaction to see students increase their confidence levels as they improve their reading skills." Jerry, tutor

As a young man, Jerry wanted to be a teacher, but ended up working in sales. After retiring, Jerry joined the Topeka Literacy Council. He tutored one or two students annually for several years, fulfilling his dream of being a teacher and helping others.

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