ProLiteracy, the oldest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the United States, in May received a $200,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to demonstrate and refine a replicable and scalable model of creating adult literacy programming within non-literacy service networks in two communities: Ardmore, Oklahoma, where Dollar General is a major employer, and a second location to be determined by August 2013.
In Ardmore, ProLiteracy is joining with other national partners selected by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to work with local communities, including the public schools, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses, to address literacy issues where Dollar General customers, employees, and their families live and work. Because of its distribution center and several store locations, Ardmore, Oklahoma, is one of those communities.
ProLiteracy will direct its efforts toward building the number and/or effectiveness of adult basic education services designed for the adult and out-of-school youth populations in Ardmore and neighboring communities, particularly those who are English-language learners or have not completed high school.
“The Dollar General Foundation’s support for this unique initiative is key to our work to reach underserved populations. In order to survive in today’s world, all adults—no matter economic class, level of education, or ethnicity—need to have the literacy skills and to have access to services that provide those skills,” says Kevin Morgan, interim president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “We are extremely grateful to the Dollar General Foundation for this grant and for their leadership in the adult literacy field.”
ProLiteracy’s involvement in the Ardmore, Oklahoma, initiative is an extension of the Expanding Access project, which was piloted in El Paso, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, to serve undereducated populations. The goal of the Expanding Access project is to develop and demonstrate a model for mobilizing existing service networks and establishing new services to expand adult literacy service capacity in communities of high need.
For more information about ProLiteracy’s work in Ardmore, Oklahoma, El Paso, Texas, or Little Rock, Arkansas, contact Jane Hugo, senior project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.