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Austin, TX 78702
- Community & Nonprofit Development
- Education & Youth
The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas works to improve the quality and availability of literacy services in Central Texas.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000, a small group of literacy service providers and concerned community leaders coordinated a series of community forums and facilitated discussions centered on literacy needs in the community. Several themes emerged, including the needs for both a centralized point of coordination for the community’s literacy services, as well as increased public awareness and resources for these programs. In response the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas was founded in 2001, and became professionalized with its first paid staff member in 2003.
The Literacy Coalition supports basic reading and writing, family literacy, workforce literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), GED preparation, financial literacy, computer literacy, health literacy and more. By working with our network of partner programs, we have implementer services to under-served communities, expanded into new markets, increased the awareness of literacy needs in Central Texas, and effectively doubled the number of learners being served by literacy programs in the region.
We play a central role in coordinating and supporting high-quality literacy services throughout Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties to create a Central Texas community where businesses can hire, people can work, and families can thrive. Read More
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The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas Programs
AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is the national service program designed specifically to lift people out of poverty. Founded in 1965, VISTA has been on the front lines fighting poverty in America for 50 years. The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas has been a proud intermediary organization of AmeriCorps VISTA in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2012. Coordinating VISTA service at coalition partner agencies is one of the fundamental ways in which the Literacy Coalition achieves its mission. By leveraging federal resources, our existing partnerships with nonprofit agencies in Central Texas, and creating new partnerships across the state, the Literacy Coalition is changing the landscape of service provision and nonprofit sustainability. VISTA members are full-time volunteers at our partner agencies. They help to improve health services, create and evaluate programs, strengthen community groups, conduct outreach, and much, much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTA members and their service sites create, implement, expand, and improve programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. A VISTA member's commitment to serve includes: 1-Year term of full-time (40 hours/week) volunteer service at nonprofit agency A monthly living allowance of ~$1000 a month (depending on county) Health and prescription drug benefits Eligibility for additional stipends and benefits to assist with relocation expenses and childcare End-of-Service Benefits - members elect to receive either a cash stipend or the Segal Education Award (applicable to student loans or future tuition) upon fulfillment of their service commitment We currently have 28 VISTAs serving throughout Texas in our partner agencies.