History


Learn to Read Jacksonville is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving adult literacy in Duval County. Since 1969, Learn to Read Jacksonville has served adults 16 years of age or older in Northeast Florida who want to improve reading skills or learn to read. Relying almost entirely on volunteers and operating primarily on community and grant funding, Learn to Read Jacksonville is a grassroots, 501(C)3 organization with accreditation from ProLiteracy and memberships with the Literacy Council of Jacksonville, the Florida Literacy Coalition, the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., the Nonprofit Center and others. Through community support, Learn to Read provides literacy tutoring, free of charge, to over 500 students each year.

 

A Timeline of Learn to Read History

1969 – Literacy Action was founded an organization dedicated to helping children with their homework.
1970 – Literacy Action visited Atlanta, Georgia, and was introduced to the Laubach Methods of teaching, reading, and issues surrounding adult literacy.
1972 – Literacy Action was incorporated as Learn to Read.
1977 – Learn to Read was admitted to the United Way.
1993 – Learn to Read held the first Annual Kiss the Pig for Literacy.
1995 – expanded services to Workplace Literacy programs.
1996 – Learn to Read moved from Riverside Avenue to Riverplace Boulevard on the south bank of the St Johns River.
1999 – Learn to Read held the first annual Scrabble Soiree.
2002 – received accreditation from the newly created ProLiteracy America, formerly Literacy Volunteers of America and Laubach Literacy.
2003 – created English as a second language (ESL) program.
2004 – began Basic Literacy classes.

– received reaccreditation from ProLiteracy America.

2005 – began employment-training segments to include interviewing skills, computer classes, and workplace training.
2007 – began financial and health literacy segments in the curriculum.

– received “Flight for Freedom” award for outstanding student from the Florida Literacy Coalition (Gatwhech Guandong and Douglas Smith).

2008 – received the Student Excellence Award from ProLiteracy America (Douglas Smith).
2009 – moved into the Center for Adult Learning at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville.
2012 – added classes at Tiger Academy and the Johnson Family YMCA.

– added classes at Community Connections of Jacksonville.

2013 – added classes at the Clara White Mission and the Arc.
2014 – celebrated 45 years of serving the literacy needs of adults in Jacksonville.

– began math classes.

2015 – resumed financial literacy.

– opened Bradham Brooks location.