For 90,000 of DC's functionally illiterate adults, low literacy skills are a barrier to just about everything – completing an education, getting a decent job, staying out of poverty. WLC removes the barrier by teaching basic literacy, reading, math, and even workforce development skills to adults who read below a fifth-grade level. It also works with individuals who are not literate either in their native language or in English. Professional, part-time educators provide individual attention in groups of 8-10, while a case manager connects students with the next steps in their long-term education. Research shows that individuals with reading deficiencies need 200-250 hours of practice to begin closing the gap and at WLC they are well on their way. This year, WLC will help many District adults read the signs that point to a brighter future. You can lead the way.
WLC has adjusted its program to deliver lessons by mail and virtually. Its website also serves as an informational hub on all things COVID-19: information on testing, available government resources, (food, kids and school, health notices, senior resources, healthcare providers), CDC resources in multiple languages, and informational videos (handwashing, 10 things You Can Do to manage COVID-19 at home), and informational flyers (symptoms, facts, what to do if you are sick).