In 1991, the United Way of Central Alabama, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and the Junior League of Birmingham identified a need to support those battling adult illiteracy in Central Alabama. Together, they formed The Literacy Council.

The Literacy Council’s mission is to improve the lives of adults and their families through literacy education that teaches people to read, write, and speak English.

TLC provides programs for the most vulnerable people in our community. 58% of adults ages 16-74 in Central Alabama need improved reading, writing, or language skills making the need for TLC’s programs imperative. In the almost 30 years of serving Central Alabama and other parts of the state, TLC has witnessed the impact of low literacy. It touches every facet of an individual’s well-being and the communities where they live. Literacy is essential for personal well-being, addressing social justice and equality, and helping communities become stronger socially and economically.

The Literacy Council’s programs align educational opportunities for adults to optimize their potential, pursue their goals, and help their families thrive.