We are a volunteer-driven organization focused on adult literacy. Our volunteer tutors meet 1:1 with adults to improve language, digital, and soon math skills. In the last year, our student base, tutor base, and programs have diversified. We need to create a set of stories that reflect our organization now, demonstrate the need/impact in terms of today's challenges, engage our donors, and recognize/motivate our volunteer base.
Stories are critical for engaging our volunteers and donors -- both individual donors and grantors. These are the main funding sources that are driving the growth of our programs. We need to use the stories to show that "literacy" means more than reading a book -- it means reading/writing/speaking, using a computer, math -- and without, these foundational skills, adults cannot get the advanced education and training needed to jobs that give them and their families a higher quality of life.
The Oakland Literacy Council believes that all people have a fundamental right to literacy. With support from our funders, we pair trained, compassionate tutors with adult learners until they become proficient readers, writers, and communicators. As literate adults, they make our communities and our democracy stronger. They contribute to our economy, exercise their voice in their communities, and give their children a solid educational foundation. The Oakland Literacy Council is the only organization dedicated solely to ending adult illiteracy in Oakland County, a large metro Detroit community of 1.25 million people.
We help low-literate adults with reading, writing, English comprehension and speaking, and digital literacy skills. One on one tutors, online curriculum, and small group instruction is used to further student goals.