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Empowering adults

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Become a learner—or connect us to someone you know! Literacy for Life helps students function better in their daily lives, achieve their personal goals, and reach their full potential as literate members of society.


Make a difference in someone’s life today! Literacy for Life trains and supports tutors as they make a meaningful difference in the learners' lives.


Find out how you can contribute to our students’ success! Literacy for Life continuously strives to develop and maintain a stable funding base to provide the best services for the community.

What we do

Illiteracy or low literacy can limit a person’s opportunities in life. Even seemingly simple tasks like helping a child with homework or reading a medicine bottle can remain out of reach if you can’t read or speak English.  But through our free and low-cost tutoring programs, as well as job support, health literacy lessons and much more, Literacy for Life is opening new doors for members of our community.

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Success Stories

“I want to thank my tutor Skip for the patience, love, and passion to teach me and motivate me. Also, thank you to Literacy For Life for helping me and many others to pursue our dreams.”

Student, Adult Education & Literacy Program

The issue of adult literacy



Number of adults in the U.S. who can't read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level



Among immigrants only half are proficient English speakers



Estimated health care costs a year linked to low adult literacy skills



A mother's reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.


the earnings

Workers who have less education than a high school diploma have the lowest median weekly earnings ($592), three times less than the highest level of education


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Incarcerated individuals who participate in correctional education programs are 43% less likely to recidivate than inmates who do not.

Data Source:  ProLiteracy

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Contact us

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Literacy for Life
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795


Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m


By appointment


301 Monticello Avenue

Williamsburg, VA

Literacy for Life is located in William and Mary's School of Education Building. We are on the first floor in suite 1076.

Bus Routes:
Green – School of Education
Red – Corner of Monticello Ave. and Treyburn Dr.
Blue – Williamsburg Shopping Center (Bloom)
(walk 2 blocks south on Monticello Ave.)

Your gift empowers a neighbor.

When you donate to Literacy for Life, you're keeping alive the essential programs, services and technology for all who need the opportunity to learn and grow.  Best of all, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are enhancing the quality of life for learners who walk through our doors. Gifts at all levels are most welcome.


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