South Bay Literacy Council

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


18436 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 110Torrance, CA 90504 United States

Organization Information

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 40 years, SBLC has provided group and individual tutoring in Torrance, Hawthorne, Gardena, Wilmington and other South Bay-Los Angeles communities. Since COVID-19 restrictions, we have been tutoring online.

Our training workshops equip volunteers to teach adults how to read, write, and speak English.

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.


Would you recommend South Bay Literacy Council?
11 reviews Write a review
by susan j. (July 30, 2021)
I took your class many years ago and then taught many students during my time there...for approx 4 to 5 years. I am now looking to once again get involved in helping people
by ayendrila s. from IN (April 24, 2021)
This organisation is a great place to volunteerily help build a more educated society
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 Karol M. (November 12, 2013)
As a retired teacher, I am excited to be a part of this wonderful organization. I know we are having a great impact on our students' lives by providing instruction in English and English reading. Tutoring is very rewarding, and I look forward to working with my students each week. In addition, I enjoy working with the other council members. They are a dedicated and motivated group, and I am pleased to be working with them. If you are looking to make a difference in someone's life through literacy, come to one of the Council's information meetings and see how you can become part of this great effort.
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 SBLC O. (Administrator for this Organization) (October 9, 2013)
There are few things more thrilling or rewarding than teaching someone how to read, write or speak English. If you're looking for a way to give back to the community, I highly recommend you check out the South Bay Literacy Council. You don't have to have teaching experience.
by Jacob Y. (November 12, 2012)
I would highly recommend this non-profit organization to other volunteers. It is run by a dedicated group of people with integrity and heart, some of whom have been with the organization for many years. These people care deeply about the cause they've chosen to stand behind! Even if you volunteer for a shorter amount of time, you'll walk away with a sense of satisfaction that can only come from helping those in need. And personally, I've learned much about working with others in a more collaborative environment. This was a great lesson for me since I've preferred to work independently in the past. I believe it has opened up new paths to personal and professional growth, and I'm grateful to have had this opportunity.
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. from San Pedro, CA (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 ILONA R. (April 8, 2009)
I've been a computer tutor for the last year and recently completed the ESL training and have started tutoring. The students are so eager to learn and it feels good to help them aculturate to their new country, or learn to read for the first time in their lives. It gave me goosebumps when I sat with an adult student when she realized that each letter is a sound, and the sounds make words. If you are looking for rewarding volunteer work, look into the South Bay Literacy Council!
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.

Report this organization