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The mission of Literacy Volunteers and Advocates (LVA) is to change the lives of adults with literacy needs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. LVA exists to empower those who currently cannot read or write to achieve, through increased literacy, their educational, professional, and personal goals. To this end, LVA:
•Teaches basic literacy - to strengthen related life and work skills - by offering free, confidential, and volunteer-based one-on-one adult tutoring, family services, and small-group instruction;
•Educates the community, with outreach and awareness efforts, about the underlying causes and consequences of illiteracy; and
•Partners with other organizations who share LVA's vision to work in innovative ways towards the elimination of illiteracy in the Washington, D.C. area.
Our programs directly impact the lives of individuals in the National Capital Area who struggle with reading and writing.
We provide free classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring to adults who cannot read. Literacy Volunteers & Advocates also provides training to volunteers who wish to teach literacy skills. More than 40 million adults cannot read well enough to fill out a job application, follow a bus schedule, understand a medicine label, or read to their children. The District of Columbia has an illiteracy rate twice the national average. Literacy Volunteers & Advocates works to change these statistics one individual at a time.