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Literacy Advance of Houston

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Causes: Adult Education, Economic Development

Mission: Transforming lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.

Results: Adult students who have completed Literacy Advance classes have gone on to further study, better jobs, U.S. citizenship, and much more! A large number of the adults who come to us for classes are looking to improve their job readiness and find new or better jobs. Some of our greatest celebrations are when students succeed at fulfilling their job-related goals, but we are overjoyed to celebrate all learning and life successes, big or small.

Target demographics: Adults new to the USA who want to improve their conversational English, and those born in the USA who want to improve their reading and writing.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,200 adults and families.

Geographic areas served: The greater Houston area, with our main site in west Houston, and satellite sites in Bay Area (Clear Lake) and Waller County (Brookshire).

Programs: One-on-one reading and writing classes for adults who want to improve their basic literacy; small-group English classes for adults learning English; parent ESL; family literacy activities; work readiness; computer literacy, and more. Our classes are student centered and we work with the adult students to achieve their personal goals, often related to family stability and job preparedness.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Literacy Advance for over two years assisting with administrative duties. It is a wonderful organization that provides a service needed in our community. It is organized, efficient, and amazing and has the friendliest and nicest staff and volunteers. Besides teaching English as a second language and adult basic education they have family literacy nights at elementary schools to involve parents and the children in the joy of reading. It's a good feeling knowing I can contribute to a worthwhile cause and have such a great time doing it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy Advance of Houston is one of the gems of the city. They work collaboratively with outreach locations as well as in-house to suppost students where they are, whenever they can meet. They offer different classes and opportunities to help us volunteers work with people who would like help to increase knowledge and communication. The program is a wonderful addition to the community and I feel privileged to work with this staff and students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy Advance is so many things: it allows me to share my beliefs that diversity improves our city, it allows me to help someone improve their job potential, it allows me to assure people who need help with literacy to know that we are a safe environment and will work with adults at any level and treat them with dignity, it allows me to be a part of a group that extends a helping hand to others who need to learn to speak English.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just got started volunteering for Literacy Advance. This has been such an overwheming satisfation for me to be able to give to these students. I've enjoyed every minute of teaching and look forward to meeting new and interesting people. The staff here is awesome!!!!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found Literacy Advance to be one of the most rewarding, enlightening and interesting organizations I have volunteered for to date. The staff, resources and experience of other long term volunteers are all absolutely wonderful. I teach ‘while you wait’ ESL classes. These are adults from every corner of the world who are working hard at assimilating themselves into our language and culture. What a wonderful place to lend a hand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with many different organizations and Literacy Advance is by far the best! For the past three years, I have been tutoring ESL classes and leading trainings for new tutors. Literacy Advance classes are free to students. Because of this, they are so appreciative and grateful to the tutors. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to see them improve as they learn new vocabulary and gain confidence in English. What makes Literacy Advance exceptionally, though, is the support the volunteers receive from the staff. From the fantastic training session to the everyday communications and announcements, the staff ensures that volunteers are equipped to be great tutors, even if it is their first time in a tutoring role. I highly recommend Literacy Advance. Volunteering with them is a wonderful experience. Seeing a student get a new job or get their driver's license because of the English skills they have gained in your class is unforgettable!