Achieve adult literacy in Maricopa County by providing educational services to adults who desire to learn to read, prepare for the GED exam or communicate in English.
Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, Inc. (LVMC) began in 1982 by offering free literacy services to adults who read below the fifth grade level. Volunteers at that time had backgrounds in education. That first year, approximately 50 adults received services and were linked with one-to-one tutors. Today LVMC serves almost 1,800 students annually. In 1982 the population of Maricopa County was about 900,000. Currently, the population is over 2.8 million. Estimates are that there are more than 500,000 adults in Maricopa County who are "functionally illiterate." These individuals are unable to keep pace in our complex society and in today's highly technical workplace.
In this country alone, 70% of the prison population is illiterate, 75% of the unemployed are illiterate, and 85% of the juvenile offenders have reading problems. Arizona has one of the highest high school drop out rates in the nation. LVMC has targeted specific issues related to this area.
Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, Inc. is one of approximately 1200 affiliates of ProLiteracy America. In 1997, LVMC was selected the best volunteer-based adult literacy program in the nation and in 1998, LVMC was again given LVA's top award, the Exemplary Practices Award in recognition of their exemplary program practices. In 1999, LVMC was awarded the nation's highest award, the "Secretary's Award" for Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Program from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Learn Center
Our Learn Centers in Phoenix provide students with flexible, self-paced computer-based instruction. Our certified adult educators use software specially selected for adult learners to guide instruction in reading, GED preparation and English language acquisition. We also have classes, workshops and trained volunteers available to support student learning.
This program expands our geographic reach by supporting students with online services. Last year, our DL program served 125 students, and 89% of these students achieved at least one educational gain of 2.3 grade levels.
Our partnerships help adult literacy students connect their basic education goals with workplace, community and higher education goals. Partner services help adults in our community learn new job search skills, learn more about career options and financial aid, and set and work toward achievable and sustainable goals.
Workplace & Community Outreach Classes
LVMC provided ESL and GED classes for the Alhambra School District and for the City of Phoenix Housing Program. Contracted classes allow LVMC teachers to reach targeted areas in the community upon request.top
- Family Literacy Alliance Advocacy Champion
National Center for Family Literacy, 2004
- Exceeding State Performance Goals for Learning Gains
Arizona Department of Education, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Community Partnership Award
City of Phoenix, 2002
- Shining Star Award
Maricopa Workforce Connection, 2001
- Promotion of Literacy Awareness in Arizona
Arizona Department of Education, 2001
- Best of Phoenix
New Times, 1999
- Exemplary Delivery of Adult Education Services
Arizona Department of Education, 1998-1999
- Secretary's Award for Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Program
US Department of Education, 1998-1999
- Exemplary Practice Award
Literacy Volunteers of America, 1998
- Connie Haendle Affiliate of the Year Award
Literacy Volunteers of America, 1997
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Jesus Love, U.S. Bank
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Kate McMyler, VNSA
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