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Literacy Action of Central Arkansas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that teaches reading skills to adults and English language skills to non-native adults. We strive to build a community of adults empowered through literacy.
Literacy Action, which started in 1986, provides one-on-one tutoring for adults whose needs were not being served by traditional classroom adult education programs in the Little Rock area. Over the years, the organization has recruited and trained hundreds of community volunteers who have taught thousands of adults to read. In 1999, the program expanded to offer tutoring to immigrants who wished to improve their English skills. Today, there are adult students from countries around the world who work with tutors to learn English and to use their new skills to fully participate in community life.
Tutors paired with students meet together for at least three hours per week in public places thourghout the Little Rock area. Instruction is tailored to the literacy skills and learning objectives of each student. Tutors work with students on practical applications of their new skills so that students see the benefits of their efforts right away. Learning to read or speak English is hard work, but most students see significant progress in the first twelve months of instruction.
All services are offered free of charge. The program depends on the efforts of volunteers who give thousands of hours each year and on the financial support of individuals and organizations who realize the importance of addressing the tough issues of literacy.