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The Portland Literacy Council (PLC) is a nonprofit organization that supports adult literacy programs, tutors, and students in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. PLC activities include publishing an online newsletter, sponsoring an annual tutor conference, partnering in local tutor trainings, and awarding GED scholarships and community grants. 

In this short video, Kris Magaurn, PLC chair, describes the program in a Comcast Newsmakers interview:

Seeking Volunteer Tutors

So, you want to be a tutor...  Please see our Tutors page for a short questionnaire and more information about being a tutor:

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Upcoming Events

  • Registration for the November 8 and 15 Tutor Training is now OPEN.
    See our Tutors page for details.
  • Upcoming Board Meeting
    October 29

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  • 2014 Community Grants Program - Apply Now!

    The Portland Literacy Council invites community nonprofit organizations to
    apply for grants to support Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, or
    English-as-a-Second Language instruction

    PLC’s Community Grants are limited to $500. Grant funds are
    available to support existing projects and may be used to meet
    program or operational expenses.

  • Click here for more information and grant application instructions.
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  • Donations help us maintain our volunteer-driven activities, deliver quality tutor training, and/or assist those in need with a scholarship for taking the GED exams.
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Literacy Facts:

  • Adults who have not received high school diplomas are unemployed at nearly three times the rate of their peers with high school diplomas. (State of Oregon Employment Dept.)
  • The literacy levels of parents are crucial in predicting their children's literacy levels and educational attainment. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level,which prevents them from working at jobs with a living wage, hinders their ability to vote, and impedes their ability to read a newspaper. (National Institute for Literacy)