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“More than 20 percent of Arkansas adults read at or below a fifth-grade level — far below the level needed to earn a living wage.”

“Children of adults who participate in literacy programs improve their grades, test scores, and reading skills, and are less likely to drop out.”

“Forty-three percent of people with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty, 17 percent receive food stamps, and 70 percent have no job or part time job.”

Literacy Council of Union County

Literacy Council of Union County



Arkansas Literacy Council

Mission:

The mission of the Literacy Council is to provide free instruction, through trained volunteer tutors, for citizens in Union County who lack the skills of basic reading, writing, and mathematics, computer technology, and English as a second language.

History:

The Literacy Council of Union County was formed initially in 1986 to improve the lives of individuals who need assistance with basic skills for reading and to improve their comprehension of the written word.  Due to a lack of funding in 2009, the Council was dissolved. 

It was re-established in 2010 through a partnership between South Arkansas Community College and El Dorado Connections / Tri-County RSVP. In 2013, the Literacy Council was reassigned to the governance of the South Arkansas Regional Health Center Board and is managed by the staff of El Dorado Connections. The Literacy Council is also a site for GED preparation classes led by the Community College twice a week.

Need:

The American Fact Finder of the U.S. Census 2010 states that in Union County:

  • 26% of the adults over the age of 18 years do not have a high school diploma
  • 6% of those adults have an education below the ninth grade.
  • 42% of literacy students are between the ages of 25 and 44.

The goal of the Literacy Council is to reach as many of these individuals as possible, and in turn impact not only them but also their families.  Arkansans of all ages and backgrounds need help with literacy.

Volunteer:

Volunteer tutors are given one-on-one instruction as well as encouraged to participate in Pro-Literacy web-based training, which is self-paced. 

 

Call 864-7081 to volunteer or for more information!

Funded in part by SHARE Foundation.

Arkansas Literacy Council Visit the Arkansas Literacy Councils website.

The Literacy Council is a Union County United Way Agency.