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Mission Statement

Because we believe literacy is life-changing and empowering, we volunteer to teach adults to read, write, and speak English for free.


The South Bay Literacy Council (SBLC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching adults over 18 to read, write and speak English.

For more than 30 years, SBLC has provided group and individual tutoring in Torrance, Hawthorne, Gardena, Wilmington and other South Bay-Los Angeles communities.

Our training workshops equip tutors to serve in one of three programs:

  1. English as a Second Language (ESL)
  2. Computer-aided Literacy (CAL)
  3. Literacy for English Speakers (LES)

Headquartered in Torrance, the organization is an affiliate of ProLiteracy America. We are staffed and operated entirely by volunteers. The council relies solely on private sector donations and receives no government funding.

There is an urgent, ongoing need for more trained volunteers for tutoring and for management support. Be part of the solution and make a real difference in someone's life.




South Bay Literacy Council accepts donations. Donate Now.



Average Review 9 reviews

Would you recommend South Bay Literacy Council?

by Laney Q. (July 12, 2014)
I've volunteered with SBLC for 14 years! It's hard to explain the satisfaction of giving the gift of literacy. It's definitely fun and stimulating. Try tutoring. You don't have to be a trained teacher--I'm not.
by Kristen P. (November 6, 2013)
Volunteering with SBLC is a positive, enriching and rewarding experience for me! I was trained and certified as an ESL tutor through my membership and have been tutoring since September 2011. The South Bay Literacy Council operates learning centers and also offers individual tutoring. Whether your interests lie in one-on-one tutoring, classroom instruction, administration, special projects or fundraising, your enthusiasm for promoting literacy will be appreciated by those who need help in learning the intricacies of the English language.
by Heather E. J. (October 5, 2012)
The South Bay Literacy Council is a well established non-profit that has succeeded in teaching adults to read for over 30 years. I've been learning how to write grants with the SBLC to provide funds for this program - so I'm gaining a valuable skill I'll use in my graduate school career while helping those in need. The people I work with are wonderful and help you with everything. They're on call and are totally dedicated to the cause. If you need extra-curricular work for a resume or school requirements, look no further than the SBLC. It's enjoyable, rewarding, and, in the long run, it helps you way more than you help them.
by Christine E. (November 16, 2011)
I've enjoyed helping adult learners who want to help themselves. I've learned that reading and spelling can be very difficult for many adults. There will always be people that struggle to read but at least we can help them feel better about themselves. Student Craig L. says, "Most of my life I was unable to read. For the past six years with the help of the SBLC I am able to read. I'm able to get out there. I've always had 'street smarts' but now I can read street signs. Before finding the SBLC I could care less about a newspaper but now I read the Daily Breeze everyday. I especially like the Out & About section. SBLC has made a big change in my life. I've told people I'm going to school to get help with my reading. They're surprised because I don't look any different... Sometimes they want to know how often and where this help is because they might know someone who could use some help. Even my family had no idea that I had a reading problem." Word of mouth helps get the word out.
by Deborah H. from Torrance, CA (February 11, 2009)
I've met the nicest, most dedicated people through SBLC. The volunteers -- whether they are tutors, office staff or organizers of our twice-yearly conferences -- are focused on students and our mission to teach adults, for free, to read, write and speak English. Our volunteers care -- and they're very intelligent.
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