CENTER FOR LITERACY INC Overview
Target demographics: Adults living in the city of Philadelphia and Delaware County.
Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 2,000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteer tutors at CFL are asked to make a six-month commitment to work in small groups or one-on-one with adult students working to improve their reading, writing, math, or English language skills. No certification is necessary; CFL provides training, all necessary materials, a place to meet, and ongoing support. Although no certification is needed, a bachelor's degree or current enrollment in a 4-year institution is required.
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia and Delaware County
Programs: Adult basic education (ABE): Center for Literacy’s (CFL) community classes improve the literacy skills of our learners and serve as a pipeline into our GED prep program. Classes are designed to improve learners' reading, writing, language, math, and/or technology skills. Lessons may be delivered individually, in small groups, or as a whole class, and address goal-specific objectives that are defined during the orientation process.
GED prep: Classes prepare GED candidates to take and pass each of the five subject areas of the GED test: Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
English as a second language (ESL/EL CIVICS): CFL holds English as a second language (ESL) classes throughout Philadelphia. We have beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes that progressively address the basics of the English language and the concept of civic responsibility. Many of our ESL learners apply for citizenship, and our classes support their application.
Tutoring program: CFL began as a volunteer tutoring program in 1968, and this service remains a core activity today. When matched with a tutor, learners will meet for small group or one-on-one sessions to achieve educational goals. Tutors are trained and supported by our team of professional instructors.