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Walworth County Literacy Council, Inc.

Listing Last Update: September 17, 2021


400 County Road H
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Primary Contact

Lilly Barrett

(262) 475-9180

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

Program Overview

Walworth County Literacy Council (WCLC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer based organization, governed by a board of directors and established in 2003 by Judy Stone, whose goal was to teach those in her community to read. Recognition for Judy's mission and dedication came in 2018 when she was awarded Literacy Advocate of the Year by Wisconsin Literacy.

The Walworth County Job Center was instrumental in instituting this program into the community. WCLC is supported by grants, foundations and individual donations, and is a proud partner provider of United Way of Walworth County. The Literacy Council has a long and trusted relationship with the communities it serves. Partnership with organizations such as the Lakeshores Library System, Walworth County Job Center and Gateway Technical College has many benefits. Funding, referral, training and resources that assist the council in remaining current in its educational programming, growing as an organization to provide for the rise in service demand, and evaluating the success of its programs are some of the advantages. WCLC operates under the guidelines of ProLiteracy America, the national organization of literacy councils and is a member of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. and Coalition of Basic Adult Education (COABE).

Trained volunteer tutors teach one-on-one and small group classes of adults at libraries throughout Walworth County. Classes are also offered on-site at local businesses and at the Walworth County Jail. In 2015, the Walworth County Jail Literacy Program was awarded the Eisenberg Award from the State Public Defender Board.

Literacy services include:

· Adult Basic Education(ABE) which addresses the need of individuals with low literacy skills in reading, writing and math.

· English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance to help adults speak, understand, read and write English.

· U.S. Citizenship Preparation classes that prepare individuals to pass the U.S. Citizenship Test.

· General Education Degree (GED) assistance for passing the GED examination.

· Jail Literacy Program to improve math, reading and writing skills for the incarcerated adult.

Since its inception, Walworth County Literacy Council volunteer tutors have taught over 500 students!

Mission Statement

Walworth County Literacy Council (WCLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life to residents of Walworth County by raising awareness of literacy needs in the community and by providing adult student-centered, volunteer-delivered instruction.

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Being a tutor with the WCLC has been a very positive experience. The students are determined and motivated to learn English so they are able to communicate in society and at their place of employment. They are always very appreciative of the help and the encouragement given by the tutor. One of the most rewarding parts of the WCLC has been helping three students become U.S. citizens. The students wanted to become citizens in order to vote, obtain a U.S. passport, have a stronger place in society as well as other benefits. They were diligent in studying for the exam and spent hours on their own to master the 3 parts of the test: reading, writing, and speaking. Immediately after passing the test, they called with excitement and said, "I passed. I am a U.S. citizen!" They expressed their appreciation for the tutoring and indicated how proud they were to be a citizen of this country. One student has continued attending classes after passing the exam because she wanted to continue improving her English."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Walworth County Literacy Services provides tutoring to adult residents of Walworth County.

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