About Literacy KC

Changing Lives Beyond Words For Over 30 Years

For over thirty years Literacy KC has had the privilege of helping hard-working Kansas Citians improve their literacy skills.  Thirty years is a long time, and we don’t always realize how many people our work has affected.  But, sometimes we’ll be out and about and run into a person who shares with us the story [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|About Literacy KC, Student Stories, Tutor Testimonials, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Changing Lives Beyond Words For Over 30 Years

We Launched the Literacy KC Podcast!

We want everyone in Kansas City to know about the free services Literacy KC offers to help adults improve their reading, writing, math, and digital skills. To help get the word out we launched our own Literacy KC podcast series. Over the next few months we’ll share a series of audio interviews with our students, [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|About Literacy KC, AmeriCorps VISTA|Comments Off on We Launched the Literacy KC Podcast!

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 | February 2nd, 2017|About Literacy KC, Digital Literacy, Programs & Services, Student Stories, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Students of Literacy KC

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 | 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 | 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 | January 5th, 2017|About Literacy KC, Announcements, Understanding Adult Literacy|Comments Off on Ticket To Read 2016 Recap

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 | 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 | 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 | December 1st, 2016|About Literacy KC, AmeriCorps VISTA, For Volunteers|Comments Off on Seeing the Change: A Literacy KC Experience

Teaching Families to Bond Through Reading

The Let’s Read Family Reading program is a multi-generational approach to family reading. Built to inspire a tradition of reading in the home, Let’s Read offers an action packed hour each week for caregivers and children to laugh, read, and play together. Each session centers on a weekly theme and includes age appropriate books, crafts, [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|About Literacy KC, Programs & Services|Comments Off on Teaching Families to Bond Through Reading