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.
Awards & Recognition
Named "One of the best small nonprofits in the DC region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy, 2014 & 2018
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- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for The Washington Literacy Center is: $500k to $1 million
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