Second Start Adult Literacy - Oakland Public Library

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment
  • Immigrants & Refugees


125 14th StOakland, CA 94612 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Second Start helps adults improve their basic literacy skills in order to achieve personal learning goals and dreams.


The Need for Adult Literacy Services is Great - In Alameda County, 19% of English-speaking adults do not have basic literacy skills. In Oakland, this percentage is probably higher. People who do not have basic skills might have trouble with filling out a form, writing emails at work, applying for a better job, or reading bills. They face health risks because they can't read information about their medical conditions.

Oakland Public Library's Second Start adult literacy program (established in 1984) offers free and confidential help with reading, writing, and computers for adults. We train volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adult learners.


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