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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 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.


Average Review 10 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 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 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.