Literacy Advance Programs & Services
At the core of our activities are literacy classes:
All classes are led by trained volunteer tutors, who get involved because they want to give back to their community and help their neighbors. We are very grateful to them!
The majority of classes take place at our main location (Wilcrest Campus, in west Houston) with growing programs at our satellite sites (Literacy Advance Bay Area, in Clear Lake, where we've been since 1990, and our newest satellite site in the Waller County United Way Service Center, in Brookshire, where we started classes in 2016).
Literacy Advance students who want additional help with work readiness or connections to further help or opportunities outside their literacy classes, may work with our Transition services team. They may choose to work one-on-one with the Literacy Advance Transition coach to create a job search plan, get personalized referrals to partner agencies and services across Houston, or to attend supplemental classes at Literacy Advance.
Any registered adult student, including those on the wait-list, can take part in supplemental classes. These short-term additional learning opportunities add greater depth to what the students are learning in their main class, and include computer literacy, work readiness, practical conversation skills, math, financial literacy, weather preparedness, and much more.
Literacy Advance holds whole-family literacy events from time to time, open to parents in our literacy classes and their families. Parents learn more about ways to make literacy a part of home life, and children do book-related activities together and are presented with free books to add to their home libraries.
We are firm believers in partnerships at Literacy Advance! We believe in the power of combining forces without duplicating efforts, and form effective partnerships with other agencies as we can, to mutual benefit. In the past, partnerships have included the delivery of literacy classes and Family Literacy events at partner sites; currently the most common partnerships include referrals, training conducted by Literacy Advance staff for partner organizations, and invitations to experts at other agencies to present on relevant and practical topics for our students.
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- 175 adult students took reading classes (Adult Basic Education, or ABE)
- 1,165 adult students took English classes (English as a Second Language, or ESL)
- 770 classes of all types (reading + English + supplemental)
- 99% of students made progress toward a life goal
- 260 volunteer tutors
- 10 Family Literacy Events
- 850 Family Literacy attendees
- Over 2,000 new books given out to kids
- 600+ check-in phone calls made in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey