Literacy Source makes it possible for adults to gain the basic literacy skills they need in order to succeed in school, to find a job, to achieve life goals, and to create a better, more hopeful future.
At the heart of our work is teaching adult learners to read, write, and do basic math. That's because proficiency in these areas is a game-changer for people who are otherwise unable to attain employment, thrive in school, gain citizenship, and pursue other life opportunities.
With a small professional staff and over 300 volunteers, in our last program year Literacy Source provided over 53,843 hours of small group and individualized instruction for 1,256 adult learners, including:
Our learners range in age from 18 to 90, speak 50 languages, and represent 68 nations. Our students face great challenges and strive for success against tremendous odds: over 97% of our students are low-income, 88% are immigrants and refugees, and 13% are seniors. 55% of our students have less than 12 years of school and 31% less than 8 years. All of our students, however, share one common element - the desire to learn, to achieve, and to live a better life.
In addition to offering classes at our main Learning Center in Lake City, we partner with a variety of organizations to provide instruction at various offsite locations throughout Seattle. Learn more about our programs here.
Lifelong Learning: We believe that all adults can learn and grow.
Equity: We create equal access to education because systemic injustices and oppression lead to unequal opportunities and barriers to participation.
Inclusion: We foster an inclusive and multicultural space in which all cultures, traditions, social identities, and ways of knowing are respected and welcomed.
Collaboration: We seek out the knowledge and experience of our community and work with others on shared goals.
Integrity: We are honest and accountable to each other and our community.
Celebration: We believe learning is fun and empowering and deserves to be celebrated alongside the community we’re building together.