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We teach adults to read! We teach English-speaking adults, with low-level reading, writing, or math skills, to become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, writers, and mathematicians! This effective and confidential literacy education, delivered through professional staff and trained volunteers, gives these adults the tools for interpreting and communicating with print. The goal of this instruction is to engage adult learners in developing literate behaviors, assisting these learners in accomplishing literacy-related goals, and facilitating changes in the quality of these adults’ lives.
The Literacy Action Center, a community-based private nonprofit corporation, was established by June Moss, a lay minister at the First Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1984 and received 501(c)(3) status in February 1985. As the need for literacy instruction grew beyond the church’s surrounding area, our boundaries expanded to include all of Salt Lake County, Utah. In 1995, Davis County’s Project Read was dissolved and this county was added to our jurisdiction.
We teach functionally-illiterate, English-speaking adults to read, write, and calculate. The population of adults we serve enter our doors with less than fifth grade level in one or more of these areas. There are over 60,000 of these adults who qualify for our services in Salt Lake County, Utah, and over 10,000 in Davis County, Utah.
In addition to providing small group instruction, we educate volunteers to work one-on-one with these adults.
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