Helping adults acquire literacy skills to reach their goals!

The Chatham County Literacy Council is a non-profit whose mission is to help adults, living or working in Chatham County, N.C., acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society.  Through our free one-on-one tutoring and small group classes, people in our community are reaching their goals and becoming part of a work force that will be prepared for the new jobs  envisioned for Siler City, Moncure, Pittsboro, and other parts of our county.  Join us as a student or volunteer, and be part of making positive change happen!

Chatham Literacy: 10 years of enhancing knowledge…
Embracing Civic Engagement

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

In 2012-13, twenty five Chatham Literacy students accepted that invitation, becoming U.S. Citizens!

Students involved in Chatham Literacy citizenship classes produced 25 new U.S. Citizens in 2012-13. Twenty-two of them voted for the first time in the presidential election, and two volunteered at election headquarters for a political party. The three citizenship classes held in Siler City and northern Chatham County served a total of 62  students. They learned how the government works, American history, and the voting processes.

After completing citizenship class, 13 of the 25 new Citizens enrolled in English as a Second Language classes to reach for new goals. They joined students from several Latin American countries, as well as Togo, Burma, and China. Fifty-one adults participated in group and individual ESL sessions over the fiscal year. Nine improved their literacy by three grade levels, three moved on to Central Carolina Community College to study for their high school equivalency (GED) certification, and three obtained new jobs. Students who took the classes also reported that they were using the library more and becoming involved at their children’s schools and in Hispanic civic groups. This is how community engagement is nurtured.

Read our Ten Year History at it unfolds in these stories.

Coming up

August 25 (9 am – 3 pm): Tutor Training in Pittsboro

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