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Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Job Training, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Vocational Counseling

Mission: The mission of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council is better lives through learning.

Direct beneficiaries per year: GPLC provided services to approximately 4,300 students in 2015.

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. 

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Leslie100

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reach GPLC recommendation, the help they have given me is incredible, not only learn English but it also I have been supported with advice for my immigration status and tax advice for my husband, has also helped me with personal issues. Thank you very much!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learn many useful thing like math to me to understand about taxes.I will able to recognize on sale discounts and figure how much I need when I go to the store to buy that item.

Jaquin O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Name is Jaquin , GPLC School is helping me get my GED. My Experience here at GPLC is really great! My Teacher is amazing . She help's me understand everything I need to know on what's going to be on the GED test. Thank you GPLC for giving me a second chance on life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GPLC did amazing things for me! Picking this school was one of the best choices that I have made as far as furthering my education. They work with your schedule also with you one-on-one. And that is exactly what I needing to succeed.

Thank you GPLC !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.