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Capital Area Literacy Coalition

The Reading People

aka The Reading People   |   Lansing, MI   |  www.thereadingpeople.org

Mission

Empowerment Through Literacy! The Capital Area Literacy Coalition's mission is to help children , teens and adults become successful and self-sufficient by learning to read, write and speak English.

Notes from the nonprofit

During the pandemic, we were able to fully transform our building, our IT function, take a new look at the programs we are currently offering, update our volunteer services, hired new employees to better move our programs forward and update all of our materials that we are utilizing. In addition, we have revamped both our board packet given to potential board members as well as our employee handbook. We have rebuilt our board to more fully embrace the term "working board" and we have added many folks from varied background to help make our organization more inclusive for all of our community members. We made many efforts to reconnect with people who were with us before the forced closure of our business, to enable everyone to stay healthy. We are aiming to be the best we can be, in order to be able to help those that need help with their literacy issues. Our updated mission statement is "Empowerment through Literacy" and that is where we aim to focus our goals.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Barbara C. Schmidt

Main address

1028 E. Saginaw

Lansing, MI 48906 USA

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Formerly known as

LVA-Capital Area Literacy Coalition

EIN

38-2625057

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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Our programs

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Read to SUCCEED

The Capital Area Literacy Coalition (CALC) professionally trains community volunteers to provide literacy instruction one-on-one to children grades k-12. The tutors are supervised and given support at each tutoring site. The Read to Succeed participants attend for one hour twice weekly either immediately after school, early evening or before school. The program coincides with the school year. Read to Succeed students will improve overall academic performance by increasing their basic skills levels. Every child will have the opportunity to improve his or her language arts skills, i.e. reading, writing and comprehension, thereby increasing their success in school and their self-esteem. All students are given pre and post literacy tests. All services are free.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Goals for teens: to provide guidance to teens in career exploration
to develop work place skills and a small income
to learn how to build children’s self esteem
to learn how to guide children’s learning

Goals for children: to provide learning enrichment
to integrate reading, writing, art, social studies, science, math, crafts
to learn new concepts and vocabulary
to build home libraries
to enjoy learning

Goals for children and teens: to provide a safe environment during the period of the day
when they are most at risk

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

• Basic Literacy - One-on-one tutoring for English speaking adults who are functionally illiterate. Volunteers are provided with training and support. The time commitment is 2 hours per week, for a minimum of three months. Locations and meeting times are flexible.

• English As A Second Language (ESL) - One-on-one tutoring for non-English speaking adults. Some students are also functionally illiterate in their native language. Volunteers are provided with training and support. The time commitment is 2 hours per week, for a minimum of three months. Locations and meeting times are flexible. The tutor does not need to speak any foreign language.

GED Preparation - Trained tutor works with adult studying for the GED comprised of 4 tests.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Finalist for top volunteer organization 2009

Michigan Commission Community Service

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy America 2020

Afterschool Alliance 2020

United Way of Greater Lansing 2022

Goals & Strategy

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Read to Succeed
Reading, writing & math instruction for children in area schools.

Family School Partnership Star
Trains teens to tutor younger children in an enrichment program, under supervision in public housing and community centers: includes career development and mentoring for teens.



Adult Tutoring
Free, confidential, one-to-one help that is individualized to meet each person’s goals: Basic Reading, English as a Second Language, and GED Preparation.

Children’s Books
Thousands of books per year are collected and given to children and adults in need.


We provide professional tutor training and on-going support to volunteers in all programs. We provide professional literacy diagnosis for participants so we may best serve their needs.

We have been successfully working with adults and children since 1985. We are able to provide professional literacy diagnosis and support for free. We have successfully expanded our services to include GED preparation and English Second Language and are able to fund the cost of the tests.

Financials

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Capital Area Literacy Coalition

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Larry Dubias

Capital Area Literacy Coalition/ The Reading People

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr. Anthony Andrus

Capital Area Literacy / The Reading People Coalition

Term: 2021 - 2023

Kristine Ranger

teacher

Jerry Hodak

retired media

Gayle Main

retired educator

Larry Dobias

Printing sales, retired

Kamal Subnanu, CISA

Senior IT Auditor, Jackson National Life Ins. Co

Gregory Crockett

Attorney at Law

Jill Dehlin

teacher,R.N.

Elahe Crockett,PhD

MSU Professor

Stephan TePastte, MD

Medical doctor

Anthony Andrus

teacher

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/13/2022

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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

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Gender identity

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Disability