Ozark Literacy Council

aka OLC   |   Fayetteville, AR   |  http://ozarkliteracy.org/

Mission

Our mission - Ozark Literacy Council offers free literacy programs and resources in Northwest Arkansas in order to build a welcoming, inclusive and empowered community. Our vision - Ozark Literacy Council works to ensure all people possess the literacy and community building skills needed to fully contribute and connect to the world.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Patty Henson Sullivan

Main address

2596 N Keystone Crossing

Fayetteville, AR 72703 USA

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EIN

58-1958477

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to ensure that all people in Washington County, Arkansas, possess literacy and language skills that enhance their lives and empower them to become full participating members of the community.

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 Literacy

Ozark Literacy provides one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteers to help people improve their basic skills of reading, writing, comprehension and English Language Acquisition. Ozark Literacy also provides group instruction for ELL students to learn English and create community connections in our region, Northwest Arkansas. Our organization works closely with immigrant and refugee organizations to create opportunities in our region.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our adult education work provides opportunities for students to learn language skills so they may gain employment or further their educational goals. Language skills are an essential part of the workforce development goals in Arkansas and particularly in our region, which is experiencing rapid growth and has many employment opportunities available.

We prepare adults in Arkansas to enter the workforce by providing English language classes at no cost ever. Ozark Literacy Council offers English education courses and individual tutoring to adult students. We offer five levels of course offerings for English language learners, with the higher-level courses focusing on workplace skills. We track all class hours and using TABE, test enrolled students after 40 hours of participation to show skills gains. Students who complete higher levels may be navigated to workforce or further educational programs. Ozark Literacy Council coordinates with state offices, such as community colleges, technical schools, work force development offices, and GED programs to navigate students so that they may access further opportunities, once they have achieved the appropriate level of language skills for their intended goals.

For 55 years, we have been serving Washington County, Arkansas, by teaching adults to read and write. Our services are provided by trained volunteers and are free to all students. We offer classes and individual tutoring, at our center in Fayetteville, and at the Fayetteville and Springdale Public Libraries. We also teach classes at a local Tyson Foods poultry plant and at their corporate center. At the heart of our work is our love and dedication to our students. We work hard to help them succeed at their chosen goals - a citizenship test, a driver's license exam, reading to a child - literacy changes everything.

Ozark Literacy Council will continue to welcome adult students to classes, individual tutoring and workplace instruction at our sites throughout Washington County, Arkansas. Our goals are to strengthen our role in welcoming new Arkansans, provide more integrated education training with potential employers and expand learning opportunities throughout the county.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ozark Literacy Council

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Molly Jensen

University of Arkansas

Term: 2022 - 2020

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/23/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.