Widespread Impact
Literacy Works strengthens non-profits all over Chicago. Over 50 member organizations receive exceptional training for their adult education staff and volunteer tutors.
Experience from the Field
We create engaging workshops for adult learners, then share our innovative methods of instruction with literacy professionals.
The Literacy-Employment Connection
Workforce development programs turn to Literacy Works to ensure that their services are engaging and effective for job-seeking clients with low literacy.
Hands-on Approach
Recognized as experts in adult education, our staff creates dynamic trainings that help English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Parent Education instructors improve their practices.
Intergenerational Learning
We provide parents with creative ways to help their children become eager readers and enthusiastic learners, so they will succeed in school.

Join us for the 3rd Annual A Book that Changed My Life!

Thursday November 3, 2016
8:00pm - 10:00pm
at the Fulton Street Collective

Because we could all use a good laugh and a good cry in a room full of book-loving strangers. Come hear the personal stories of a dozen readers and the books that changed their lives. WBEZ's Tony Sarabia will be our emcee, ushering us through an evening that showcases the power of books.

We'll award a prize to the presenter who is the most interesting. Or funniest. Or most poignant. Use your dollars to vote for the story that moves you the most. Your participation supports Literacy Works. Doors will open at 7:30pm.

Literacy Works' FY2015 annual report is a look back at our first 20 years of service. Take a look!

Tutors for adults are needed more than ever.

Due to the state budget impasse, a majority of Literacy Works' member agencies have not received funding since June 30th . Operating on shoestring budgets, many of these programs have been forced to suspend services, lay off staff, or shut down entirely. For those programs that remain open, volunteers are more essential than ever.

Until our vital network of professional instructors can return to their work, volunteers are sustaining services by tutoring the most vulnerable adult learners.

If you are no longer tutoring but might consider returning, now is the time!

To find out more about becoming an adult literacy tutor, click here to fill out a short application or call us at

Literacy Works offers introductory training to tutors of English as a Second Language & Adult Basic Education. The training is free for volunteers who tutor at one of our 50 member agencies.

Contact us to learn more and sign up for training.

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