LITERACY ACTION OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS INC

aka Literacy Action of Central Arkansas   |   Little Rock, AR   |  http://www.literacylittlerock.org

Mission

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that strives to build a community of adults empowered through literacy by teaching reading skills to adults and English language skills to nonnative adults. Our vision is literacy for all.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Marci Robertson

Main address

P.O. Box 900

Little Rock, AR 72203-0900 USA

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EIN

71-0638565

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Local Community Partner Organizations (LCPO)

Our LCPO program involves training volunteer tutors within community partner organizations who want to offer one-on- one sessions or small classes for adults who read at or below a 5th grade level and need tutoring in basic reading and writing skills or
for adult immigrants that who want to learn English.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The ABL program is designed for people 18 years or older who read below an 8th grade level. Many of these adults have coped for years with the enormous handicap of being unable to read and write well enough to function effectively in the community. They have realized that in order to improve their lives, they must improve their literacy skills. For some, making the first contact with Literacy Action means overcoming the embarrassment of admitting that they cannot read.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Imagine living in a foreign country and not being able to read or speak the language. Think about how difficult it would be to perform the everyday tasks most of us take for granted: shopping for groceries, renting an apartment, getting directions, reading a bus schedule, or communicating with doctors, merchants, or teachers. Without good English skills, most immigrants cannot reach their full potential and become active contributors to the community.

Just as in other communities in the United States, the immigrant population in the Central Arkansas area has grown rapidly in recent years. Since 1999, Literacy Action’s trained volunteers have taught non-English speaking adults from all over the world to read and communicate in English. These students come from all walks of life from professionals with advanced degrees to unskilled workers and stay-at-home mothers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

ProLiteracy America 2016

United Way Member Agency

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Literacy Action's goals are to advance literacy among Central Arkansas' families and adults through direct services, advocacy, and collaboration. Our vision is literacy for all. Founded in 1986, Literacy Action is the only Arkansas agency focused solely on adult literacy instruction through evidence-based adult literacy programming. Literacy Action has touched thousands of adults reading at or below the basic level of literacy--meaning approximately 5th grade-- throughout the Central Arkansas area. Literacy Action's program design focuses on mitigating barriers to access while maximizing the time students spend in the classroom and providing relevant, applicable outcomes. We will continue to provide quality, individualized, free instruction at convenient times and locations, expanding not only the number of classes and locations, but also the types of classes and support services offered. We provide English instruction for a majority of nonnative speakers in this area. Literacy Action hopes to grow our staff so that we can meet the needs of more students in Central Arkansas, with specific programming for job training, improved volunteer tutor recruitment, and management of partner organizations, and additionally, we grow our existing citizenship and TESOL programs. We would also like to see more strategic alignment with agencies meeting complementary needs. These are steps that will take us closer to realizing our vision of Literacy for All.

We are currently embarking on a five year strategic plan with support from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Out of this plan will come our new goals, as well as strategies to reach them.

We have highly qualified staff and volunteer tutors using excellent curriculum to meet the needs of our students. We have a solid system in place for running the organization smoothly and partnering with a large number of local organizations to reach additional students. We have just reached a point of growth where we cannot manage the student numbers effectively without additional staff.

Literacy Action has been able to add a citizenship class through one of our partner organizations and potentially start another class through our VISTA partnership. We have an ongoing TESOL program for specific students. Also, we were able to develop and eventually turn over a bridge program for potential community college students who have difficulty passing the entrance exam.

Financials

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LITERACY ACTION OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS INC

Board of directors
as of 3/7/2021
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Board chair

Mary Waldo

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