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Our Mission

The mission of the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA (LCSWPA) is to empower adults and families with literacy skills that enable them to lead successful, fulfilled lives as members of our communities.

Our Vision

Founded in 1985, the LCSWPA has transformed the lives of adults and their families throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania by giving the gift of reading, writing and language skills to adults, thereby empowering economic opportunity, a sense of community and a higher quality of life. The LCSWPA is a volunteer-run, privately funded nonprofit with a mission to promote economic opportunity, a strong and united community, and a higher quality of life for all people through literacy.

The LCSWPA, in collaboration with Intermediate Unit 1, provides adult tutoring services through their Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, both TOEFL and Citizenship preparation, and GED Test Preparation programs. It supports the families of the students by offering a Children’s Literacy program and the signature Baby Book Bag program.

Our students come from over 69 different countries.

LCSWPA Student Video Interview

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