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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: All Mission Learning Center programs, for children, their parents, and the community, spring from the widely acknowledged fact that literacy is a key component in escaping poverty and living a fully realized life.

Results: Since its founding in 1972, the Mission Learning Center has been teaching reading to thousands of Mission District students, and helping their parents learn how to create a positive learning environment in the family and community. After seven months in our program, children on average advance two grade levels of literacy.

Target demographics: Children and parents in the Mission District looking to improve children’s literacy, including non-native English speakers

Geographic areas served: The Mission neighborhood

Programs: Recognizing that parents are their children's first and most important teachers, we added parent empowerment programs in 1986. Parents learn strategies for creating strong families and communities, environments in which children will thrive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Mission Learning Center is an amazing organization that has helped make a substantial impact on the San Francisco community. Since joining the Board of Directors, I have seen former students come back to discuss their experiences, crediting Mission Learning Center for instilling a lifelong dedication to reading that helped propel them to law school and other successful careers. The Mission Learning Center's ability to improve reading by 2 grade levels in less than a year is testament to MLC's powerful and proven techniques in working with students and parents to enhance education.



Rating: 5

Mission Learning Center (MLC) is a small organization with a huge impact. The ability to read is a fundamental requirement for success in our world and MLC demonstrates quantifiable results as they work with children who need help the most. Not only do they provide services to children, they offer programs for parents as well to ensure a well-rounded approach for the entire family. The staff is energetic, dedicated and talented and it is heart-warming to observe them in action. I am incredibly proud to offer my assistance to this organization and encourage others to see how they too can help!