Top Ten Things That Make Greenville Literacy Association Unique


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GLA has some amazing things they do to promote literacy in our community. And so here’s a little shout-out to them and what they do, with ranking our top ten favorites about their organization. Keep up the good work, GLA! And mark your calendars for the AMAZING book sale they have coming up. We score great finds every single time.

-Greenville Literacy Association has served Greenville County for 52 years and is the largest community-based adult literacy program in South Carolina. GLA touched over 1,400 adult students last fiscal year through its three learning centers, and its mission is to enrich our community by increasing the literacy and employability of our citizens. GLA aims to put these students on a better pathway through their programs for basic literacy, Pre-GED, GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), and career readiness.

-Each fall, GLA hosts one of the largest used book sales in the southeast. The 2017 Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap book sale will be held August 12-13 at McAlister Square with a Preview Party on August 11. This is GLA’s largest fundraiser and features books across multiple categories. Prices generally range between two for $1 to $5. Last year’s Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale raised over $143,000 and a total of 138,045 books were sold.

-Greenville Literacy Association creates a welcoming, encouraging environment for its adult students that come to them with limited English or typically with less than an 8th grade education.

-With all of the growth and opportunity in Greenville, there are still over 40,000 adults in Greenville County without a high school credential. So far during this fiscal year, 32 students passed their GED through the help of GLA staff and volunteers. GLA recently hosted a successful GED boot camp led by one of its faithful volunteers.

-Speaking of volunteers, GLA relies on volunteer tutors to reach its mission through its three learning centers. Hundreds of volunteers are needed each year to teach various subjects including math, social studies, and language arts.

-GLA is a safe place to learn English and they also offer citizenship classes and walk students through the process of becoming U.S. citizens.

-GLA’s approach is “one student at a time” and the staff and volunteers seek to empower their adult students through education. GLA is in it for the long haul with their students.

-GLA’s program managers match students with the classes they need and support the volunteer tutors with curriculum.  GLA uses…

-GLA helps to develop problem solving employees and point them to jobs with a self-sustaining wage.  GLA offers career pathways in healthcare and manufacturing as well as transition services that help connect students with employment opportunities and support

-GLA has many partnerships that allow the organization to extend its programs to those who need it most. Those partners include Miracle Hill Ministries, Rotary, United Ministries, Hispanic Alliance, Greenville Technical College, and many others.

Executive Director Jocelyn Slaughter has been in her role slightly over a year and brings her passion for literacy along with her nonprofit and business experience to GLA.  She’s excited to help GLA move the needle!

And we couldn’t be more thrilled because literacy counts. It matters. Thank you to GLA for letting us profile you in our philanthropy spotlight!

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