Pro-Literacy Detroit realizes the severity of this problem.
WHAT IS PRO-LITERACY DETROIT
Pro-Literacy Detroit is a non-profit organization that aims to solve adult illiteracy. We help adults 16 and over become independent readers, writers, and speakers of English.
We match each student with a volunteer tutor.
The pair meets at a time and space convenient for each other.
Through the use of online learning programs, the tutors empower students to achieve their goals.
Pro-Literacy Detroit works closely with the following community organizations below to empower adults through literacy.
- Black Family Development
- Children’s Aid Society
- Detroit Eastern District Initiative
- Detroit Housing Agreement
- Detroit Parent Network
- Detroit Public Libraries
- DW Enterprise
- Empowerment Plan
- Matrix Human Services
- My Place Center for Wellness
- Michigan Rehabilitation Services
- Southeastern High School
- Southwest Solutions
- Spectrum Family Services
- Urban League of Southeast Michigan
- University of Phoenix
- Wayne County Department of Human Services
- Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
- Yorkshire Woods Community Organization
- Zaiman International
HISTORY OF PRO-LITERACY DETROIT
Pro-Literacy Detroit was founded in 1984 originally as Literacy Volunteers of America-Detroit (LVA-Detroit). Its first meetings were held in the home kitchen of a founding member. The organization later moved to a space of its own thanks to the generosity of a fellow Detroit literacy organization.
On March 1, 2004, LVA-Detroit was renamed to Pro-Literacy Detroit with the motto, “Read, Empower, Succeed.”
In January 2014, Pro-Literacy Detroit moved into its current building on Morang street thanks to the generosity of Comerica Bank. The organization empowers over 500 students annually while serving a total of over 12,000 students to-date.
Pro-Literacy Detroit Board and Advisory Committee Members 2020
- Patricia Hays Forsythe | President
- Catherine Wolford | Secretary
Systems Librarian IV
Wayne State University/DALNET
- Mohammed Kabir | Treasurer
- Bruce Maters, Esquire
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
- Rev. Dr. Allen D. Timm
Retired, Executive Presbyter
Presbytery of Detroit
- Alex Scharg
Partner, Flow Video
- Bobette Jackson
Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop Leader
- Saundra Howard McGee
CEO Giving Back Enterprises, LLC
- Juliette Okotie-Eboh Ph.D.
Wayne County Community College District
- Monica D. Davie, M.Ed.
Character Education Initiatives, LLC
- Margaret Thorpe Williamson
Executive Director, CEO