(May 18, 2013) The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) founded in 1963 is one of the oldest adult literacy programs in the District. Executive Director Terry Algire leads a dedicated team of staff, instructors and volunteers committed to helping some of the 90,000 functionally illiterate adults living in the city find their way to reading. The inability to read directly impacts employment. In DC’s Ward 8 alone, it’s estimated that one in five adults is unemployed.
WLC is located in the historic Thurgood Marshall Center on 12th Street NW, two blocks from the U Street Metro Station. This video shows a special “Evening of Literacy” program put together by students and instructors to show how the Wilson Curriculum works to aid adults learning to read. Members of the board of directors, WLC supporters, donors and the public heard testimonials from students whose lives have been impacted by this program. Then groups toured stations where they could experience first hand some of the instructional modules. Adult literacy is profoundly important to the economic health and well being of our communities. Consider donating money or your time to this effort. WLC can be reached by email at [email protected]