COMMUNITY LITERACY CENTER SITES
This innovative literacy organization is run by popular new author, Dave Eggers, and devoted to helping children ages 8-18 “in the realm of creative writing, expository writing, or English as a second language.” 826 Valencia is tucked conveniently behind San Francisco’s very own Pirate Supplies Store. Offering a variety of goods including message bottles, pirate dice and designer glass eyes; all Pirate booty is donated to the writing center. Be sure to visit the 826 National Links and check out 826NYC, 826LA, 826 Seattle, 826CHI, and 826 Michigan branches.
The Arizona Literacy and Learning Center’s mission is to improve literacy in Arizona “by providing comprehensive research based screenings, diagnosis, and treatment for individuals with speech/language and reading disabilities, training for professionals along with promoting family and community awareness programs.”
BoulderReads! is devoted to helping “people discover the power and joy of reading” in the Boulder area. Their services include adult library tutoring, literacy tutoring at Boulder County Jail, “reading buddies,” family literacy programs, and other literacy workshops.
The Center for Literacy Studies at the University of Tennessee “strengthens adult literacy education in order to equip adults with the knowledge and skills they need to be lifelong learners and effective members of their families, communities and workplaces.”
This online information repository of Indiana University’s School of Education provides “educational materials, services, and coursework to everyone interested in the language arts.”
Boston University’s Intergenerational Literacy Project provides adult and child literacy improvement programs in order to “accomplish the general goal of supporting families in working with their children, both to attain the instructional objectives of the schools and to reinforce positive attitudes toward education.”
The Literacy Initiative of The University of Minnesota is focused primarily on improving the literacy of children especially through reading. They organize tutoring initiatives such as “America Reads,” “Project Reads,” “Reach Out and Read,” and “Rise and Read.” Additionally, the organize focus groups and panels to discuss methods of improving child literacy in school districts, at home, and elsewhere.
The Spot Youth Literacy program provides a safe, free, fun environment for high-risk youth in Denver. Activities at the center are focused chiefly on creativity, and they promote art, music, and writing among their clientele. They also make efforts to bring those talents to the community via murals, publications, music recordings, and other creations. They also offer GED classes and other vocational training.
USC’s Literacy Education Program organizes several projects that promote literacy in the Los Angeles area. Tutors volunteer their time in schools, in the home, and at various book clubs and forums to improve literacy especially among underserved youth.
The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Writers Corps project works with underserved youth populations “to transform and strengthen individuals and communities through the written and spoken word.” They host workshops, create publications, and work to create awareness of their participants’ lives.