First Literacy’s mission is to ensure that adults with low-literacy or limited English proficiency have high-quality educational opportunities that enable them to thrive as individuals and as family members, in their workplaces, and in their communities.
For Adult Learners
- Mentor pairings to ensure success
- Support during the academic year
For Their Programs
- First Literacy Lab Initiative
- On-site technical assistance and support
With this multi-faceted approach First Literacy reaches approximately 5000 adult learners and 250 teachers in 150 programs across Massachusetts every year.
The Importance of Adult Education
Our national dialogue on education often overlooks adults who, for many reasons, did not receive an education in their childhood or youth, or are struggling to learn English to make a life in the United States. They have trouble finding and keeping employment, helping their children with homework, understanding instructions from healthcare providers — but adult education empowers, lifts each adult learner, their family, and their community.
First Literacy Scholar and Board member, Ciro Valiente, says it best — watch the video.