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Since 1964, Literacy Advance of Houston has been assisting adults to achieve personal goals and self-sufficiency through improved literacy. Trained volunteer tutors help deliver a variety of free programs at multiple locations across the Houston area.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a United Way agency for more than 30 years, Literacy Advance is grateful for the widespread support of the Houston community, from our generous donors and supporters, to the volunteers who are at the heart of who we are and what we do.


Thanksgiving Celebrations

Literacy Advance will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving:

Wednesday, November 25, through Saturday, November 28.

Open again: Monday, November 30, 8am

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for.

Student Speaker: Gerald Francis II

gerald francis II"Like the phantom in the room, the invisible boy or perhaps, Casper the friendly ghost, that’s truly one of the best ways to describe my life as a child and a man when it comes to the world of reading. Hiding the truth of my inability to read has made me feel this way for quite some time in my life.

"Learning anything seems so impossible wallowing in a world of chaos from lack of finances and other things bred frustration with home life. Made learning at home seem like torture most times. School being no different from frustrated teachers and bullying by peers from time to time, led me to create ways to avoid them and reading all together. Although my will to learn never diminished. Cause in even the darkest room there will always shine a glimpse of light.

"My mother found ways to inspire me, my second grade teacher, Miss Fordham, made learning fun. Dr. Aaron helped me pave a way to confidence.  All helped me see the light in my dark room, but the embarrassment and humiliation from peers still shoved me further and further away from my goals..."

Gerald was the guest of honor at our recent Opening Opportunities Breakfast. Read the rest of his speech here.

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