Mission: The mission of the JCLC is to develop a better community through literacy. It is our vision to help learners defeat literacy challenges and overcome the barriers to becoming more literate, confident and engaged to the best of their ability in their homes, communities and places of work.
Results: In 2010, the Jefferson County Literacy Council (JCLC) celebrated 10 years of improving literacy in the county. The JCLC started as a small organization in 2001 to serve those facing literacy challenges in our communities. Since then, the Council has served hundreds of learners, guiding them in improving their literacy, job and life skills. The JCLC began with one part-time staff member, a handful of volunteers and seven learners in 2001 in the basement of the Fort Atkinson Library. At the time, tutoring was provided only in a one-to-one format. By 2003, there was a staff of three and the Council had moved to a building loaned to them by an area plumbers union. By 2007, the organization and had expanded programs to include one-to-one basic skills tutoring, group English classes, a jail instruction program, computer skills, and civics/citizenship.
Target demographics: Adult learners
Direct beneficiaries per year: 239 adults in the community-based literacy program, 124 incarcerated adults received services at the Jefferson County Jail
Geographic areas served: Jefferson County and the surrounding communities
Programs: reading, writing, and math help through one on one or group tutoring, citizenship classes, and GED prep