Our Mission

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 or illiterate. FOL offers free reading, math, and high school equivalency diploma (GED and HiSET) classes to adults at locations throughout the area.  In our Computer Literacy program  FOL provides free classes for basic computer skills to our students and the community at large.



Ralph, a Friends of Literacy student reading a book with Friends of Literacy Volunteer, Sydney

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.