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As a community, we have the opportunity to educate the 1/5th of adults in the Tarrant County area who lack sufficient literacy skills to succeed in today's complex job market. At the Tarrant Literacy Coalition, we work to facilitate information-sharing about literacy, enhance networking within the literacy community, and promote collaborative programming with organizations and businesses.
Adult low literacy feeds unemployment, increases the number of families in need of public assistance, and significantly increases the population in our correctional institutions. It also weakens an individual's ability to reach his or her goals, a family's ability to provide for its children, and can decimate an entire generation.
The Coalition was created because a diverse group of people in the Tarrant County area recognized that in order to address the growing need for additional literacy services, a coalition must be established to bring together the entire community. Through the leadership of the United Way, led by the efforts of Sue Matkin, the Coalition was established and a Board of Directors was recruited in early 2009. The organization received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status in March 2009.
Since that time, the Coalition has continued to grow and build the capacity of literacy programs in and around Tarrant County. As a result of the progress toward its mission, the Coalition was named a United Way agency in January 2010.
Our mission is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of adult and family literacy programs through collaboration with organized adult literacy providers and community partners in Tarrant and surrounding counties.
Our vision is to make appropriate and accessible services available to every adult who wants to become literate.
By launching new programs and improving the quality of existing programs, the Coalition works to provide new opportunities for determined adult learners to attend classes and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives as literate citizens.