Attend our first annual Food for Thought fundraiser!

September is National Literacy Month. Have fun and support Center for Literacy at the same time! Eat, drink and make merry at our first annual Food for Thought event. Creative hors d’oeuvres, a variety of wine and beer, and jamming to the music of Mark's Jazz Crew. Bid on fabulous trips abroad, top restaurant packages, iPad with accessories and more. Register here!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street, Hamilton Hall

Philadelphia, PA

Register here!

We Have Become Philadelphia's New KeySpot!

We are opening our computer lab to KeySpot participants and have identified the following open-lab schedule for KeySpot participants:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fridays from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Center for Literacy will be providing open-lab time for participants to use email, Internet, job search, create resumes/cover letters, practice computer skills, etc. No formal workshops have been scheduled at this time, but we anticipate adding workshops at a later time.
Poverty and Literacy in Philadelphia

Almost 40 percent of those living in poverty in Philadelphia lack a high school credential. Without one, they are at a serious disadvantage when trying to find work or earn family-sustaining wages. Out of reach for them are jobs in the fastest-growing sectors - education and the health services – which require higher education or post-secondary training.

While 217,000 adults in Philadelphia do not have a high school diploma, the number of adults whose lives are impacted by a lack of literacy skills is far larger: an estimated 550,000 individuals are considered low literate. This means that almost 40 percent of the adult population in Philadelphia struggles to fill out a job application, struggles to read doctors’ instructions on their medicines and struggles to help with their children’s homework.

Center for Literacy disrupts the cycle of poverty by providing the knowledge and skills for Philadelphians to succeed in post-secondary education, to compete in the 21st century economy, and to support the educational attainment of their children. 

Born as a volunteer tutoring program in 1968, CFL has served tens of thousands of individuals with classes in adult basic education, GED prep and English as a second language, along with youth initiatives, family literacy, job readiness, and small group and one-on-one tutoring.

Open Enrollment for All Classes
We are now enrolling for all classes! Please call 215-474-1235 x229 for upcoming orientations for our GED, ESL and Family Literacy programs. Multiple orientations have been scheduled so call to reserve your spot today!
Slipstream to Mainstream: Coming Soon!
Center for Literacy is excited to be working with Paul Rathblott, a friend and supporter of CFL, to develop a new service for our learners. This service will provide our graduates with an opportunity to work with a mentor as they develop a transition plan for life beyond their GED. We look forward to this opportunity for two important reasons:
It provides our LEARNERS intensive support as they consider career planning and opportunities.
It provides VOLUNTEERS a new way to engage with Center for Literacy's mission of unleashing the power of literacy to improve lives! 
If you grocery shop at any of the Superfresh locations, signing up for a myREWARDS card is incredibly easy - and free. Superfresh has joined eScrip to bring us the Superfresh Community Rewards program which can make a huge difference for us. You can register your Superfresh myREWARDS card in one of two ways:
Once your card is registered, 1% of each purchase will benefit Center for Literacy. This does not add any amount to your grocery bill. Once you complete the registration process, all you need to do is swipe your card each time you shop and everything will be taken care of.
Amazon Smile is a separate website from Amazon. The website looks and operates the same but a small percentage from each purchase will be given to Center for Literacy. To create an account, visit Amazon Smile and follow these steps:
Register for an account by filling in your information
You will be directed to a page where you can search for a charitable organization.
Search "Center for Literacy Inc" and select the one in Philadelphia, PA.
Share on Facebook or Twitter to encourage others to join.

Once you are registered, make sure you purchase using Amazon Smile and not Amazon in order to donate to Center for Literacy


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