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Craven Literacy Council is a nationally accredited volunteer-based provider of adult literacy instruction.  Since 1986, CLC has been changing lives of families in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties by providing adults with a place to establish and enhance basic reading, writing, math and technology skills.  CLC delivers instruction through one-on-one tutoring and small group classes. Our programs offer flexible scheduling and individualized learning plans tailored to the goals of each learner.

CLC has over 125 specially trained volunteer tutors certified by ProLiteracy, many other volunteers and over 200 students.  Most of our students are actively employed in our local labor market and are learning to be even more productive individuals, workers, parents and citizens.

Their Story Is Our Story:

Students Share Their Stories
New Citizen Gloria Aranda celebrates with her tutor

When Gloria Aranda came to Craven Literacy Council in 2007 with a high school certificate from her native Colombia, her oral English abilities were sufficient only to satisfy basic survival needs and very routine social demands. She appealed to CLC for help communicating effectively so that she could be involved at her daughter’s school, participate in her church, find employment, and ultimately become a U.S. citizen. Three years later Gloria’s oral skills had increased so much that she could function independently and competently in social and work situations.

Today Gloria runs her own small business and recently became a U.S. citizen. That success is the result of years of hard work and perseverance. Click here to read Gloria's inspiring success story.


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Our Mission

Building literacy skills to empower adults and improve lives.

Our Vision

The cycle of low literacy will be stopped and individuals will have the skills to achieve their full potential.

  Click here for our Core Values

What Craven Literacy Council Does

  • Provides free one-on-one and small group literacy instruction
  • Creates individualized curriculum based on each student's abilities and goals
  • Provides continuing education to tutors and students through mentoring, training and computer labs
  • Increases public awareness of literacy through community events

Why Literacy Matters

When individuals the world over learn how to read, write, do basic math and use computers, they are more likely to lift themselves out of poverty, contribute to lower health care costs, and find and keep sustainable employment. Educated mothers have been shown to be more likely to send their children to school. It has been widely reported that a mother's level of reading skill is the greatest determinant of her child's academic success. Click here to read more about how low literacy affects all of us.

If you or someone you know wants to work to improve their literacy skills for any reason, we look forward to hearing from you. 

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2015 Annual Report

Form 990 - Tax Year Ending 6/30/2015