PLATINUM2023

Literacy Lubbock

Creating a more literate community - one person at a time.

aka Literacy Lubbock   |   Lubbock, TX   |  www.literacylubbock.org

Mission

Literacy Lubbock is a local Non-Profit United Way Partner Agency that provides literacy services and instructional material free of charge to adults in the Lubbock Community. We match adult students with individual volunteer tutors to work one-to-one or we enroll adult students in small classroom settings with certified teachers. Literacy Lubbock individualizes the student's chosen course of study for his or her level of need. Adult Basic Education, Pre-GED, GED, English as a Second Language and Workplace Literacy are all available instructional tracks.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Julie Laughlin

Main address

1306 9th Street

Lubbock, TX 79401 USA

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EIN

75-2293940

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lubbock County has a 13% illiteracy rate. In terms of health, lower literacy rates correlate to higher poverty levels, poor health outcomes, higher rates of hospitalization and more frequent outpatient visits. Over $230 billion per year is spent on health care costs linked to low-literacy adults. In terms of economic status, low-literate adults are over 10 times more likely to receive public financial aid. Employees are less likely to hire low-literacy adults, thus leading to longer bouts of unemployment. Again, those high unemployment times and the loss of tax revenue costs the government upwards of $225 billion per year.

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

Adults are taught to read and write in English.

Population(s) Served
Adults

One to one trained volunteer tutors are used with the Susan Barton Bright Beginnings curriculum to work with adults exhibiting characteristics of dyslexia

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer pre-test and preparation assistance for the GED test.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Basic English classes to non-English adult learners focused on reading, comprehending, speaking, and writing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Distribution of children's books to children (birth to 5 years of age) to establish an early pattern of reading.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

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 students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Basic Education

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers show enrollments across all adult education programs (ABE, ESL, & GED).

Number of children's books distributed in Lubbock, TX and surrounding communities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Tiny Tots Reads a Lot

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

United Way required us to track demographic information on the children who received the books. As such, we were unable to pass out books at some of the events where we'd done so in previous years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 aim is to lower that literacy rate, thus improving the health and economics of Lubbock and the surrounding areas. By improving basic literacy, we can ensure that our students improve their health, resulting in decreases in poor health outcomes, rates of hospitalization, and poverty levels. Further, by offering GED and ESL courses, we make our students more impressive job candidates, thus lowering unemployment rates. With jobs, our students are able to afford better care of themselves and are able to contribute back to the community. In this manner, we lessen our students' need for financial aid and improve our economy.

Our strategies involve offering classes and courses designed to strengthen our students' literacy rates. We offer courses and tutoring pairs designed to teach basic literacy competency, as well as classes and tutoring focused on passing the GED, the TOEFL, and learning English as a Second Language. With only 27% of low-literate adults possessing a high school diploma or a GED, we hope that by increasing the number of GED graduates in Lubbock, we can improve their economic levels and give them better options for the future.

We are fortunate enough to have a community motivated to giving back. We have teachers and tutors prepared to put in the time and effort needed to ensure our students pass the GED, the TOEFL, or improve their reading or comprehension of English. These volunteers, along with the generous donations and grants we receive, allow us to provide our services at no charge to our students. This free incentive helps bring in students otherwise unable to pay.

We have around 500 students across our varying programs, with many of them utilizing multiple services. As for what's next, we hope to focus on our Family Literacy programs more. These programs promote reading to young children at an impressionable age. By instilling a love of reading into children, we hope to get them comfortable with books and reading, so that they excel in school and remain students through high school, if not college. To this end, we pass out free children's books to families that might otherwise be unable to afford them. And by teaching parents the value of reading to their children, we hope to spark the parents to action as well. If they read to their children, and love the time spent doing so, we hope that that will become a tradition as the child ages. And with age comes more complex books, so that both the parents and the child will steady improve their reading skills.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Literacy Lubbock

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Justin Rivas

Dr. White & Associates

Term: 2026 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mr. Joshua Salmans

Texas Tech University

Term: 2021 - 2025

Joshua Salmans

Texas Tech University

Tena Gonzales

Texas Tech University

Justin Rivas

Dr. White & Associates

Reese Wright

Agnew Associates Inc.

Jerry Stoddard

Author

John Lowe

UMC

Lori Bean

Retired

Natalie Harris

Retired

Sheri Lewis

Retired

Hannah Stewart

Lubbock Public Libraries

Lisa Thomason

City of Lubbock

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/27/2020

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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

No data

Disability

No data