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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education

Mission: Empowering individuals to improve the quality of their life through literacy education.

Results: KALC has shown impressive growth since May 2013 increasing its student population by 94%. This is due to a greater presence in the community and Kern County's high need of literacy training.

Target demographics: Kern County residents

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2480 clients with the help of 120 volunteers who provided 14,440 hours of tutoring in 2013.

Geographic areas served: Bakersfield, California

Programs: Adult Basic Education, ESL Instruction, GED Preparation, Family Literacy, and Citizenship.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For over the last 3 years I have worked as a tutor at the Kern Adult Literacy Center. I have worked with students who had low self esteem, but as they started to learn to read, their self esteem skyrocketed. The one-on-one tutoring is the big key to them overcoming shyness, also with each passing day I see their drive to excel and to beat away the chains of ignorance that had held them down.

The staff is excellent, they listen to both tutor and student, they note what works and what doesn't. This in a way has built sort of a family atmosphere. They care about the students and welcome them to drop back from time to time to let them know how they are doing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a rewarding experience - that of tutoring some forty total students over the past years.
Using the Laubach Method, in the early years, and continuing the philosopy of Frank Laubach, "Each One Teach One", benefitted both my students and I.
My firm belief in education is the fact that Reading and understanding that subject enriches one's life immeasureably. It is the basis for all learning that follows.
Volunteerism has truly touched MY LIFE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My association with KALC has been inspiring. I see adults come through the door eager to to learn and better themselves. Your available resources and knowledgeable staff make for a great learning environment. As a tutor, it is a pleasure for me to educate the adults in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KALC has made doors open for me because I have the tools to be able to read and better understand things around me.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kern Adult Literacy Council has helped thousands of people since it was founded. The volunteers work with people getting their GEDs, those learning English as a second language and those just needing to learn to read. We have several programs now working with families to enable parents to read and work with their children. It is very rewarding to see how lives change as a result of being able to read or to see someone get their GED and go on to college or to a new job. I tutored for a while myself and it was an incredible experience. Our staff and volunteers are outstanding.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Kern Adult Literacy Council is an outstanding non-profit that provides a much needed service to Kern County residents. The rate of illiteracy is extremely high in Kern County, and the Kern Adult Literacy Council provides free services to combat that problem. With the generous support of individuals and corporations, the Council will continue to improve lives through literacy!
Become involved today and help change lives!