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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   102 reviews 3,260


80 West St Ste A Annapolis MD 21401 USA


We are a volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that provides free, individualized, one-on-one literacy, math and ESL instruction to adults and out-of-school youth with low-level literacy skills in Anne Arundel County.


There were 216 active tutor/student matches during 2015. Also, 81 new tutors and 3 assessors were trained during this time.

Target demographics:

low income adults and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County, MD

Direct beneficiaries per year:

216 adults and out-of-school youth throughout Anne Arundel County.

Geographic areas served:

Anne Arundel County, MD


We provide free, individualized, one-on-one literacy instruction for adults and out-of-school youth in our county.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

I am currently working with a 20 year old young man who dropped out of high school after the tenth grade. I cannot praise too highly the quality & quantity of support I receive from those in charge of AACLC: E-mails with suggestions for different techniques and new resources, seminars on specific topics, continuing training opportunities, and responses to e-mail queries within minutes. AACLC even sponsored a dinner party with a motivational speaker for students and tutors earlier this month.

When I started with this student, six months ago, he really couldn't read at all! Meeting twice a week and using the Laubach method prescribed by AACLC, he has completed Book 1 and is truly able to read fluently the materials provided with confidence. That AACLC provides all materials to students and tutors at no charge is amazing. The gift of the tools needed to learn to read truly enhances their value. My student and I are proud of his progress and look forward to broadening and refining his skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing! Great job, everyone!

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My tutor played a huge role in helping me pass the ged and helped me to be able to score in the top 10% of the country. I am very thankful for the help I got from the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

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It has been a pleasure to work with my student, Eric. While he is somewhat handicapped, he is working in the Challenger books and is making good progress through it. I know he is happy to have the chance to read with a tutor each time I come. He expresses his appreciation at every session.
I'm thankful to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in so many lives, bringing the joy of accomplishment to many who would not otherwise experience it.

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2 people found this review helpful

Teaching someone to read has been something I have wanted to do for many, many years. Each time I inquired through other organizations in the past the classes were either non existant or too far away from my residence or held in the evening and I was working at the time. The Literacy Council was just what I had hoped for. The classes were held in a church, on weekends and the church is close to where I live.

The training was held on two consecutive Saturdays with a follow-up half day class held about a month after the initial training. I found the instruction to be very well thought out and presented clearly and effectively, especially when you consider the broad spectrum of clients that are served. During the follow-up session we each shared our experiences to date. It was both interesting and helpful to hear first hand from other volunteers the pluses and minuses of their sessions. And we were provided the opportunity for additional coaching. I find the group to be very committed, energetic and eager to help move us along in our progress with our clients.

I have a wonderful client. He is motivated, and enthusiastic, there is no question in my mind that he wants to learn to read. His enthusiasm is what keeps me motivated. I feel that the teaching resources provided to us by the Literacy Council plus the help we know is just a phone call away provide the tools needed to keep his classes interesting.

I am very pleased with the program. It is much more than I expected. I admire the staff and the dedicated volunteers who have worked together, literally for years, to make this program what it is today. I would be happy to tell anyone interested in volunteering to come and see for yourself if this would be a good fit for you. I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful organization.


Priscilla Gray

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Rating: 4 stars  

The AACLC is focused on the long-term success of students, not simply on the best short-term learning tactics. The tutors that I have met are incredibly dedicated to this cause, and I am proud to be among them.

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1 person found this review helpful

The Literacy Council has been changing lives through literacy for adult and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County for the past 38 years. Last year 216 tutor/student matches were supported through the dedication of 233 volunteers. The Literacy Council is a much-needed community resource in our community.

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I have worked with this great nonprofit for several years.
The work they do is invaluable to the community. I am proud
to be a part of AACLC.

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I was referred to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council a little more than 1-year ago. I have found them to be attentive and consistent in their follow-through. We were quite fortunate to have them available to assist our need.

Much appreciated!

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The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council does a great job teaching people to read, including ESL students and people whose native language is English. There is no charge to the students. Everyone involved with the program shows lots of heart and dedication, which results in great progress by the students.

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1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I became tutors for AACLC last year, and it's been a wonderful (and eye-opening) experience. The staff (mostly volunteer) is dedicated, proficient, well-trained and enthusiastic. We were new to tutoring, and the training and support they provide is excellent. The students (both ours and others we've observed) are motivated, hard-working, and determined to succeed. The AACLC is truly making a difference in the lives of many, many people.

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