The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) was founded in 1963 to address adult illiteracy in Washington, District. WLC began as an all-volunteer literacy organization. For the first forty years of the program, the WLC was a one-on-one tutoring program based on the “each one teach one” philosophy of literacy pioneer Frank Laubach. For Laubach, literacy training was a matter of social justice and individual dignity. While this remains true, the current approach to literacy stresses its role in breaking the poverty cycle and access to jobs.
In 2010, the board of the Washington Literacy Council directed the staff to focus the organization’s efforts on adult non-readers seeking to earn their GEDs. While the District strongly supports job training and GED programs, many residents lack the basic literacy and numeracy skills required to enter or successfully complete these programs. These are the people that WLC serves. We are determined to do so effectively, proving that it is possible to make the main paths out of poverty — education and work — accessible to this segment of adult residents.
How To Enroll
District of Columbia adults over the age of 18 who struggle with reading can apply to enter the WLC program by calling 202-387-9029 X 13. You will be asked to leave your name and a phone number on the Intake Voicemail. You can expect a return call the following Friday. The WLC is not the best program for all adults, so we offer referrals to other community reading programs. Our goal is to find the best program to meet your needs.