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–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.
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.
OLC strategically places books in the hands of children who need them most. Click here to learn more about the difference reading advocacy can make.
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.
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.
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.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are a crucial part of our organization! We rely on volunteers to carry out our programs as well as help with our various events. There are numerous ways you can get involved with Ozarks Literacy Council.
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