Literacy KC

About Literacy KC

Literacy KC is a nonprofit organization that helps adults in the Kansas City metropolitan area improve their reading, writing, math & digital skills.

Students of Literacy KC

This post is part three of a three part series made possible by the Writers for Readers program, a partnership between UMKC’s Creative Writing Program & Literacy KC. It gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new, exciting, and more imaginative ways all while improving basic reading and writing skills. Here are some [...]

By | 2017-02-02T22:28:19+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|About Literacy KC, Digital Literacy, Programs & Services, Student Stories, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Students of Literacy KC

Tips For Improving Vocabulary

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you know what you want to say but you can't seem to find the right words to properly express your thoughts? One way to prevent this from happening is to expand your vocabulary, as the more words that you are familiar with, the less likely it [...]

By | 2017-02-02T22:15:42+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Tips & Trends|Comments Off on Tips For Improving Vocabulary

What do Volunteers do for Literacy KC?

At Literacy KC, we rely heavily on the participation and active engagement of volunteers. In 2016, over 300 volunteers served a total of 8,472.55 hours at Literacy KC, the equivalent of over four full-time staff members! According to The Independent Sector's rates for volunteer hours, the value of the work of our volunteers was over $195,000 [...]

By | 2017-01-19T21:03:08+00:00 January 19th, 2017|About Literacy KC, For Volunteers|Comments Off on What do Volunteers do for Literacy KC?

Students of Literacy KC

This post is part two of a three part series made possible by the Writers for Readers program, a partnership between UMKC’s Creative Writing Program & Literacy KC. It gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new, exciting, and more imaginative ways all while improving basic reading and writing skills. Here are some [...]

By | 2017-01-12T23:22:41+00:00 January 12th, 2017|About Literacy KC, Digital Literacy, Programs & Services, Student Stories, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Students of Literacy KC

Ticket To Read 2016 Recap

At Literacy KC, 2016 was a year full of student progress and development! Our flagship program, Ticket to Read, meets students where they are both academically and geographically. Adult learners complete a basic literacy assessment before joining the Ticket to Read class that will best meet their learning needs. Classes are small with up to 14 [...]

By | 2017-01-05T21:45:05+00:00 January 5th, 2017|About Literacy KC, Announcements, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Ticket To Read 2016 Recap

Kansas City AmeriCorps VISTAs Needed!

As we celebrate the holiday season, it is common to spend time and resources being generous to others. As we look forward to a new year, Literacy KC & AmeriCorps VISTA have new opportunities for people that want to make a difference in the Kansas City community! Along with managing the VISTAs at Literacy KC, we [...]

By | 2016-12-22T18:47:31+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|AmeriCorps VISTA|2 Comments

Students of Literacy KC

With 2016 coming to an end and the holiday season in full force, it is common to find yourself reflecting on this past year. The Writers for Readers program, a partnership between UMKC's Creative Writing Program & Literacy KC,  gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new, exciting, and more imaginative ways all [...]

By | 2016-12-22T20:42:52+00:00 December 16th, 2016|About Literacy KC, Community Partners, Student Stories, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Students of Literacy KC

The Digital Skills Component of 21st Century Literacy

When you think of literacy, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of one of your favorite books, or a piece of notebook paper waiting to be covered in neat rows of writing. Maybe you think of your email inbox, full of unread emails needing to be answered. Or your Facebook account, filled with posts [...]

By | 2016-12-22T20:44:28+00:00 December 8th, 2016|About Literacy KC, Digital Literacy, Programs & Services, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on The Digital Skills Component of 21st Century Literacy

Seeing the Change: A Literacy KC Experience

by Gabriell Smith I had the nervous feelings that everyone has had on their first day of work. The non-profit world wasn’t new to me, but this non-profit was new. Literacy KC welcomed me with open arms, of course. Between my coworkers, the students, and even my office (though it’s very cold)—Literacy KC made settling in [...]

By | 2017-02-07T20:50:11+00:00 December 1st, 2016|About Literacy KC, AmeriCorps VISTA, For Volunteers|Comments Off on Seeing the Change: A Literacy KC Experience

In its Fifth Year, #GivingTuesday is a Day of Global Giving

#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and widely recognized shopping events like Black Friday & Cyber Monday. Originally created by the team at the 92nd Street Y -- a cultural center in New York City that has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back since 1874-- #GivingTuesday connects diverse [...]

By | 2016-11-17T21:43:55+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Announcements, Community Partners, For Volunteers, Special Events, Tips & Trends|Comments Off on In its Fifth Year, #GivingTuesday is a Day of Global Giving