The mission of Friends of Literacy is to provide high-quality adult education programs for those in our community who are inadequately educated to meet the challenges of daily life. Our goal is to enable our students to achieve their full potential and become better citizens.

Since 1991, Friends of Literacy (FOL) has been a resource for adults in our community who are under-educated. FOL offers a free beginning reading program, as well as basic and intermediate level language arts and math classes. Through our computer workshops, FOL provides instruction to our students and the community at large on topics such as basic computer skills, digital privacy, and parental controls.

Benefits of literacy include:

  • Better job opportunities and higher earnings
  • Opportunities for educational advancement
  • Decreased intergenerational cycle of poverty
  • Increased workforce effectiveness
  • More active civic participation

Friends of Literacy is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, governed by a volunteer board of community leaders and supported by individual donations, corporate gifts, and grants.   

For more information about literacy and adult basic education issues, visit ProLiteracy, the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, and The Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

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