Over 500 scholarships awarded to adult learners throughout Massachusetts.
Adult educators learn best practices and evidence-based techniques at our free workshops.
Supporting adult learners and Adult Basic Education teachers throughout Massachusetts.
First Literacy provides life-changing educational opportunities for adult learners and educators across Massachusetts.
Adults with low-literacy or limited English proficiency and the teachers who support them are often overlooked by traditional education systems. At First Literacy, we see you. Through our program grants, free professional development workshops, and student scholarships, First Literacy reaches approximately 6000 adult learners and 200 educators in 100 programs across
Massachusetts every year.
First Literacy awards scholarships to adult learners as part of its mission to improve the lives of adults with low-literacy or limited English proficiency and positively impact communities.
First Literacy offers free Professional Development Workshops, grants, and shared resources for Adult Basic Education and ESOL teachers, administrators and counselors.
First Literacy supports adult learners and Adult Basic Education teachers through scholarships, free professional development workshops, and program grants.
“I now know that there is no age or time limit for beginning my new life. First Literacy has shown me what direction to take to achieve my goal. I have learned that no matter how difficult my situation, I should never give up.”
– First Literacy Scholar
“I always come away reinvigorated by the presenters and the attendees at the First Literacy Workshops. I am not paid for attending PD and am not reimbursed for attending MCAE so I especially appreciate your wonderful workshops. They keep me going! Thank you!”
– Workshop attendee
“Funding from First Literacy, that is unrestricted in terms of eligibility (immigration status, welfare status, referral systems, residence or employability), allows us to create and maintain our specialized morning class for non- or low-literacy learners. Simply, First Literacy funding ensures literacy instruction for the highest-need students.”
– First Literacy Grant Recipient
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Do You Know How to Help an Adult Learner in Crisis?
Adult Basic Education programs are welcoming immigrants, refugees and asylees from war zones and disaster-stricken regions across the globe. These adult learners are most at risk for emotional stress disorders, but because they come from different cultures and levels of stigma around mental health, they may be hard to identify, connect with, and help.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
When you donate to First Literacy you help create life-changing educational opportunities for adults throughout Massachusetts with low-literacy or limited English proficiency. Additionally, your donation helps support the front line in adult basic education ensuring that adult learners receive the high-quality education they need to reach their full potential.
We’re excited to share that our organization has earned a Gold Seal of Transparency with Candid! Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence.