Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Rating: 4.88 stars   98 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 411 Seventh Ave., Ste. 550 Pittsburgh PA 15219 USA

Mission: The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is to ensure that adults and families acquire reading, writing, math, English language, workforce skills and computer skills so they may reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their community. 
Direct beneficiaries per year: GPLC provided services to approximately 4,600 students in 2012.
Geographic areas served: Allegheny County
Programs:    More than 135,000 adults in our area lack the reading, writing or math skills needed to read a utility bill, complete a job application, read a note from a child’s teacher or understand the instructions on a prescription bottle.   Through GPLC’s Adult Basic Education programs, men and women receive free instruction in reading, writing, math, GED preparation, health literacy, computers and workforce skills.  Some students work one-on-one with volunteer tutors and others are enrolled in classroom instruction.   They come to gain the skills they need to move off welfare, obtain jobs that allow them to support their families, make more informed health decisions, encourage their own children in school, and vote for the first time among many other accomplishments. 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My friend attended the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 she reached her goal to enhance in her math skills after being out of school for many years. She always had so many positive things to say about the program, and staff. I'm happy that she was able to find a program that helped her. And she didn't pay anything. So kudos to a wonderful organization that helped my friend. Keep up the wonderful work GPLC!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Early on Saturday morning, Sept. 25, attendees of the Carson Academic and Creative Writing Conference at Chatham University were asked to silently read this… jfashl ekspretions and hed moovmints can yu tel how sumwun feals abowt yu bu reding boddi langwij? authoryteas klame yu can, frum thu luuk uv skorne, however phleting, too thu suttle nods and brite ize that sae sumwun iz reesepyv too yor thauts… As Becky Carpenter, Director of Special Projects at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, watched each participant she noticed that students and professors alike read with confusion and frustration. I repressed my English major reflexes of wanting to snatch a pen and revise the text. We were informed that the text is written by someone just below the official level “low literate.” She then pressed all of us to think about what restrictions someone would face if they were not literate. Responses from not being able to most likely not being able to find a well-paying job to not knowing what type of service you receive at the doctor’s office to not being able to take care of finances were daunting. During a day of intellectual vigor, it was humble yet refreshing to recall our opportunities as members of Sigma Tau Delta. This was an eye-opening moment for all of us, as everyone was nervous for their own panels that included reading Toni Morrison from an eco-critical lens to discussing realist theories of international politics. In that instance, we were all reminded of our privilege to have the ability to revise. The first session was an amazing opportunity for participants from Chatham University’s undergraduate and graduate program, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, University of Pittsburgh Main, Duquesne University, Ohio Wesleyan University and Westminster College to network with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and learn more about making a direct influence in the community by corresponding with a student through email to teaching a mini- class. Becky Carpenter inspired all participants to take a greater stake in the community by contributing to the growth of literacy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning about the privilege of my own literacy through Becky Carpenter's presentation. Learning about others overcoming adversity directly through this organization is truly inspiring.

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

reach out even more to college campuses to recruit more students!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they really opened my eyes to the privilege of being literate. In order to have a successful community, everyone must give back and share their talents and skills.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about helping others achieve literacy and spreading awareness about how to help the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

achieve global literacy and cultural understanding.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had even more materials and resources to send to people and get people excited about spreading literacy awareness.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fundraising, as with every non-profit it can always be improved!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is one of the most efficient and productive non-profits I've worked with.

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One time

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As a student in GPLC, I benifit a lot from it. I improve my English, including listening, speaking and writing. My tutor is very kind and patient.

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