In a 400 square-mile area where 64 different languages are spoken and families hail from 93 different countries, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s adult education programs are in great demand. Since 1962, LCNV has imparted the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English, empowering participants to engage more fully and confidently in their communities. Unique among literacy programs, LCNV focuses specifically on adults who cannot read or write beyond the fifth grade level – and cannot take advantage of citizenship, GED, or technology classes elsewhere. For these individuals, LCNV is the first serious step on the road to higher education. Last year its 700 trained volunteers provided more than 34,000 hours of instruction to 1,500 students. Its Family Learning Program also teaches English and reading skills to immigrant parents through activities that reinforce what their children are studying in school; civics, nutrition, and health are covered too. In the words of one successful graduate: "Now I feel good about myself. I don’t know how I could repay the Literacy Council."

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Crestwood Elementary School; Glasgow Middle School; John Adams Elementary School

  • Adult learners served annually:   Over 1,500
  • LCNV-trained volunteers providing hours of service annually:   530 volunteers provide over 20,000 hours
  • Students who completed 40 hours of instruction and improved by an educational level in FY 2016:   77%
  • Students in the Family Learning Program reported increased involvement in their children's education in FY 2016:   86%

Awards & Recognition

-LCNV-AmeriCorps Instructor Kat Contreras received Blackboard's prestigious Teacher Appreciation Month recognition.
- LCNV Board President Kitty Porterfield selected as 2015 Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year in Alexandria
- The White House selected LCNV’s AmeriCorps classroom instructor Xavier Munoz as one of the ten recipients of the 2014 Cesar E. Chavez “Champion of Change” award in 2014.


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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