WELCOME TO OZARKS LITERACY COUNCIL

ILLITERACY IS PREVENTABLE

WE BELIEVE IN PRO-LITERACY

Ozarks Literacy Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of raising awareness and promoting literacy through free services to adults and children in Southwest Missouri. Ozarks Literacy Council offers free programs, including Basic Literacy, Child and Family Literacy as well as Reading Advocacy. Through these programs, OLC provides free one-on-one tutoring and low-literacy prevention programs for school children. 

Literacy and the Economy

Researchers at George Washington University estimate the cost of low health literacy to be between $106 billion to $238 billion annually.
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The Survey of Adult Skills conducted by PIAAC reveals that there are 36 million adults in the United States who cannot read better than the average 3rd grader.

In Springfield, MO

In April of 2016, The Missouri Career Center, in conjunction with Ozarks Literacy Council and Missouri State University, randomly sampled 200 individuals seeking employment. From this sampling, 27% were below a 6th grade reading level.

 

2015 MAP English Language Arts scores for Springfield Public Schools reveal that 18% of children are at a “below basic” level.

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TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

Ozarks Literacy Council is amazing. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be sitting here today with a high school diploma and the confidence to move on and move up.

Robbie Swenson

OLC Graduate

When you have an 8 year old and a 2 year old, they come up and ask, ‘Mom will you read to me?’ I have to say, ‘No, I can’t do it.’ And that’s pretty sad.

Georgia King

OLC Student

By increasing my literacy skills everything is better. I am doing better than I ever have before. It’s like being born again. I can now sit down and gather what is needed in life.

Anonymous

OLC Student

LITERACY MATTERS

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