Our Mission

Since 1991 Friends of Literacy has been the voice of the illiterate. The mission of Friends of Literacy is to support the delivery of free, high-quality literacy and adult education programs for adults in Knox County who are inadequately educated to meet the challenges of daily life. Working in partnership with area adult education providers, our goal is to help provide basic education and life-skill training so that our students become better workers, parents, and citizens.

Friends of Literacy is:

  • Private (not government operated)
  • Independent (not part of a school system)
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Local (Serving only Knox County)
  • Governed by a volunteer board of local corporate and community leaders
  • Is supported by members (individual and corporate donations)
  • Supported by local, regional, state, and national foundations and granting agencies
  • Supports programs that offer year-round daytime and evening adult education classes

Our Goal: To provide funding and volunteers that support basic education and life-skill training to adult students, helping them to become better workers, parents, and citizens.

Benefits of Literacy:

  • Better job opportunities, increased earnings
  • Educational advancement
  • Decreases intergenerational cycle of poverty
  • Raises workforce effectiveness
  • Increases civic participation

For more information about literacy and literacy issues, visit The Tennessee Literacy Coalition, ProLiteracy and The Office of Vocational and Adult Education.