Literacy Advance of Houston, Inc.

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aka Literacy Advance   |   Houston, TX   |  www.literacyadvance.org
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Mission

The mission of Literacy Advance of Houston is to transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.

Ruling year info

1972

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Melanie Fisk

Main address

2424 Wilcrest Dr. Ste. 120

Houston, TX 77042 USA

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EIN

23-7228302

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Economic Development (S30)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine 14 NRG Stadiums filled with Houstonians who struggle with reading, or English, or both. That's close to one million adults who lack the basic skills to help their families succeed - right here in Houston. One million adults who struggle to communicate with their children's teachers; read prescription bottles; use a computer; obtain and succeed in a living wage job. One million adults who can feel isolated, afraid, or ashamed – unable to reach their full potential and achieve self-sufficiency and stability.

In order to meet the growing demand for adult literacy in Houston, Literacy Advance – the oldest and largest community-based adult literacy agency in the area – works to help adults of all ages increase their practical literacy skills, through learning English or through improving their reading and writing. Classes have a practical focus and help adults learn life skills linked to literacy - and gain confidence at the same time.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are available for English-speaking adult learners in need of improved functional and workplace literacy skills.  ABE learners receive one-to-one instruction in basic reading, writing and grammar skills from trained volunteer tutors.  The relationship that is created through our 1:1 tutor-learner pairing allows for an optimal learning environment for persistence and student-paced goal attainment.

Population(s) Served

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are comprised of small groups of non-English speaking adults at a similar starting literacy level.  Our ESL program focuses on listening and speaking skills, integrating reading and writing as learners increase their competency. ESL classes are led by trained volunteer tutors and provide a supportive environment that is culturally diverse and motivates learner participation.

Population(s) Served

Family Literacy events encourage families to become literate together, promote learning for both parent and child, and provide tools parents need to be literacy coaches at home.  Our Family Literacy events are supported by many community stakeholders in the Houston, Pasadena and Spring Branch Independent School Districts. The level of involvement that we bring to our partnerships with area schools through our Family Literacy programming offsets the financial burdens of their limited budgets and provides a gateway for parents to become more involved in their child’s education and literacy.

Population(s) Served

Transition Services assist students through the continuum of literacy needs by connecting learners to services in the community both while they are taking literacy classes, and after they graduate from our program. Our Transition Coach delivers counseling and coaching to reach employment goals, assistance with writing a resume and developing interview skills, assistance with job searching, and the expansion of our work readiness class offerings. The Transition Coach also connects learners to financial stability and workforce development agencies through a broad referral pipeline.  Through our collaborative leadership, we work with entities such as the United Way THRIVE initiative to increase the social and economic health of the greater Houston area.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Adult Learner of the Year 2012

Literacy Texas

Adult Learner of the Year 2013

Houston Center for Literacy

Adult Learner of the Year 2013

Literacy Texas

Adult Learner of the Year 2015

Literacy Texas

Volunteer of the Year 2015

Literacy Texas

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy America 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults who received literacy services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Adult students who attended at least one literacy class at Literacy Advance in the calendar year.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Literacy Advance is an adult education and workforce development nonprofit providing free literacy, family engagement, and workforce development programming to Houston adults and families, with a focus on life skills and transition support to prepare students for economic independence. Our goal is to prepare basic literacy students for the transition to higher-level services, educational training, job placement, and life-long learning.

An investment in adult literacy pays dividends for the whole family, and its positive effects are seen for generations. Research has shown that a child's literacy level is strongly correlated with their parent's education level. A single year of parental education has a greater positive impact on the likelihood of a child attending a post-secondary institution than does an extra $50,000 in parental income (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario).

Helping parents raise their literacy levels breaks the cycle of low literacy within a family.

Literacy Advance offers student-centered literacy services to strengthen the literacy development, self-confidence, and life skills of our adult learners, giving them the tools and resources needed to increase their children's early literacy development and prevent illiteracy in future generations. Our services bridge to partner programs that complement our mission, and connect families to resources they need to move on to their next steps toward economic independence. Our vision, literacy as the basis for advancement in our community, speaks to the heart of what we do – using increased literacy as the gateway for families to achieve permanent self-sufficiency and stability.

Literacy Advance is the oldest and largest community-based adult literacy program in Houston. Our agency culture is one of continued learning and growth, and we are known in the community as a dynamic agency known for our high-quality programming and collaborative leadership. We have built a strong infrastructure that allows for flexibility, creativity, and a continuous focus on both the academic and personal success of our learners. Our 50+ years of experience, attention to continuous quality improvement and data-driven decision making, successful collaborative partnerships, flexibility, and innovation make Literacy Advance a key part of the local solution.

To support the agency's long-term sustainability, we have shifted our fundraising approach, focused energies on transition services for workers and parents, and focused our efforts on an enhanced board structure. We are continuing to diversify our funding streams to ensure the sustainability of our growth. For the past few years, the Literacy Advance Executive Committee has been working to create a solid, transparent governance framework and recruitment system to strengthen our board structure. We have updated our orientation and committee systems, and focused our attention on board training and on developing visionary leaders and strategic thinkers. With our committed, prepared, and capable board, we are undergoing a strategic planning process to guide our agency's sustainable programming for our next 50 years.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Literacy Advance of Houston, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Robin Tooms

Savage Brands

Term: 2017 - 2018

Michael Landers

SolomonEdwards

Michelle Simmons

Empresa Energy IV, LLC

Val Aldred

Net Expat

Jolea Payne

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston

Larry Dierker

Houston Astros, Retired

Diana Hoover

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Robin Tooms

Savage Brands

Chris Corwin

Occidental Petroleum

Martin Gremm

Pivot Point Advisors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes