About Us

MISSION

The READ Center’s mission is to help adults with low-level literacy develop basic reading and communication skills so they can fulfill their roles as citizens, workers, and family members. This mission is accomplished by providing classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and adult literary curriculum and educational resources to support students.

WHO WE ARE

The READ Center is a community-based nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities to adults with low-level reading and communication skills. READ was founded as the Literacy Council of Metropolitan Richmond in 1982 by Altrusa International Richmond, Inc., a professional women’s business service club and became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1984.

WHAT WE DO

Partnership for Families 013Learning to read as an adult is complex and the students are often those who have had very limited success in the public school system. READ serves students in a very individualized way so they make literacy and life progress. READ Center’s mission is accomplished by providing classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, an adult literary curriculum and educational resources to support students.

Teacher- led classroom instruction in small groups covers the four components of reading, and student identification of personal reading goals.

Tutor Training provides eight hours of instruction for volunteers who want to help adults with low-level literacy skills improve their reading and communication skills. The training is a combination of class room instruction and opportunities to observe both instruction and tutoring taking place.

One-to-one tutors are assigned to students after tutor training and classroom observation has occurred. Tutors who are not under the direct supervision of the classroom instructor, are followed by the READ Center Program Manager, reporting on student progress, sessions attended and use of materials on a regular basis.

WHY WE DO IT

The ability to read is something most of us take for granted. It is something we assume every adult is able to do, but that is not true for one in six adults in metro Richmond and Petersburg.

Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy. The inability to read creates huge barriers for an adult trying to function in society. It impacts health, employment, housing and parenting. Illiteracy traps families in a cycle of poverty that is hard to break.

Everyone needs and deserves a literate life. 

Want to learn more about adult literacy? Click here for the facts.

The STAFF and BOARD

Click here for a list of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. You can contact board members at frontdesk@readcenter.org.

FINANCES

If you would like to view The READ Center’s 990’s or financial information, please click here for our portrait on GiveRichmond.com