Womens’ Literacy Program
Teaching literacy and life skills through mentorship. Our literacy-mentorship program is tailored to the needs and preferences of refugee and immigrant women.
For the past two decades, women have consistently made up two-thirds of the global illiterate population, remaining at 477 million (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2015). Women often have difficulties in gaining access to educational opportunities due to child care responsibilities, lack of reliable transportation, discrimination and stigma.
Our specially-designed literacy mentorship program is conducted in public libraries and connects women with female mentors to learn basic literacy skills, as well as practical life skills (i.e. how to speak to their child’s teacher, how to schedule a medical appointment, understanding currency, etc.). In addition to literacy tutoring, our class includes several workshops from local community organizations designed to provide additional comprehension and support for otherwise complicated U.S. customs and procedures.