Our Story

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy estimates more than 60,000 adults in New Hanover County have skills that are not good enough to do all they need to do for themselves, their families, their jobs, or the community. To address this issue, the Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) provides personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community. We have two programs: Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). We offer free, confidential one-on-one tutoring, small classes, and computer-based instruction to help adults improve their: basic literacy and English language proficiency; math competency; skills related to computers and employment; test-taking preparedness for the GED, US Citizenship, etc. CFLC leverages the talents of volunteers to serve as one-on-one tutors and small class teachers, delivering content at the right level and pace for each learner, using research-based strategies and curricula. CFLC provides high-quality training for volunteers, an effective matching/placement system, appropriate instructional materials for students and tutors, and support throughout the learning process. Last year, CFLC engaged 176 instructional volunteers who, in turn, had a positive impact on 492 adults.

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