Allegheny County Literacy Council, Inc./Christian Literacy Associates

aka Christian Literacy Associates   |   Wexford, PA   |  https://www.christianliteracy.org

Mission

Mobilizing the Christian community to meet the basic reading needs of children and adults through the use of The Christian Literacy Series: The Light is Coming. The Series is a professionally designed curriculum for the non-professional tutor to be quickly trained in its use.

Notes from the nonprofit

Reading is the key to all higher education and illiteracy is the largest educational pitfall in the world! Christian Literacy Associates is an interdenominational ministry engaging the Christian community as a whole to meet the basic reading needs of adults and children locally, nationally, and internationally while presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a part of the reading lessons. Allegheny County Literacy Council, Inc./Christian Literacy Associates receives NO government funding. We rely on the generosity of individuals, churches, and a few private foundations to provide the funding necessary to meet the needs of those we serve. Thank you for joining us as we bring the Light into the darkness of illiteracy!

Ruling year info

1977

Founder

Dr. William E. Kofmehl Jr.

Main address

3000 Village Run Road Suite 103-113

Wexford, PA 15090 USA

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EIN

25-1326921

NTEE code info

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

65% of our nation's fourth-grade children do not read at a proficient grade level, nearly 40 million adults in the United States do not read at a functional level, and world wide approximately 750 million adults cannot read at all. The problem is too large for the school system to address effectively.

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Goals & Strategy

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In response to this crisis, Allegheny County Literacy Council, Inc./Christian Literacy Associates is mobilizing the Christian community by building the 2ten Network. The 2ten Network is comprised of churches and community ministries who are trained to use and equipped with The Christian Literacy Series, enabling them to provide the basic reading assistance that their own community's children need. It is our vision to equip a minimum of one Christian church in every town within the United States with the training and materials to help an adult or child learn to read using The Christian Literacy Series. We also continue to offer free training and consultation services for parents and caregivers to meet the needs of their children.

Our strategy to accomplish this vision begins with word of mouth advertising. As a small nonprofit we have a minimal advertising budget. Therefore, we must gain exposure to alert churches, parents, caregivers, and other social service agencies to our existence and the unique way that we can help them and their constituents. We then partner with these churches and community groups to train and equip them to provide the basic reading instruction their community's children and adults need. Partnering with funding sources to provide sponsorships for those individuals who have extremely limited means is also an important part of the equation.

Our staff is uniquely qualified to provide free training and consultation to any organization in the United States that wishes to offer basic reading assistance to those in need. Our proprietary textbook set, The Christian Literacy Series, allows us to train anyone who can read well, desires to help someone in need, has patience, and is willing to use Christian-content materials to teach children and adults how to read. Most Christian churches in the United States would have at least two people who would fit that description. Fortunately, the advancements in technology have provided us with numerous opportunities to reach out to the nation effectively. We specialize in creating and testing programs that can be easily replicated. By developing training tools for distance applications such as training videos, or live online tutor training, we are able to mobilize parents, caregivers, and volunteers from churches and community ministries in multiple regions simultaneously.

This is an ongoing national level effort to mobilize the Christian community to fight illiteracy. Along with more than a dozen churches locally, we have equipped churches in New York, Arkansas, and California, along with ministries in Florida, Georgia, and Texas who are actively tutoring using The Christian Literacy Series. The 2ten Network continues to grow as we regularly receive requests from other organizations and churches across the Untied States.

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Allegheny County Literacy Council, Inc./Christian Literacy Associates

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Kofmehl, III

Christian Literacy Associates

Term: 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? 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