What We Do

Changing Lives Through Literacy
Each year, nearly 100 highly trained literacy volunteers deliver more than 6000 hours of instruction through our programs, serving 250-300 adults, teens, and families.

Since 1992, we remain the only privately funded adult literacy and education organization in Northern Arizona. This distinction enables us to provide individualized instruction so that all learners can progress at their own pace. This unique approach is the hallmark of our organization. We assess each learner when they begin at TLC and administer ongoing assessments after 40 hours or 6 months of instruction (whichever comes first). Our individualized assessments focus on measuring literacy skills and progress towards the stated educational goals of each learner. Our learner-centered flexibility increases our capacity to help our learners grow and prosper.

Our learner accomplishments are many and include starting a business, attaining U.S. Citizenship, acquiring a new job, and being able to read to their children. We change lives and strengthen our community one learner at a time.

Our Programs

  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Drop-in tutoring
  • Classes at our center
  • Classes in the community
  • Partnership for Literacy Rehabilitation (jail program)
  • Family Literacy
A TLC volunteer teachers classes at the Coconino County Detention Facility (jail).

A TLC volunteer teaches at the Coconino County Detention Facility (jail).

Our Mission
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County is to increase the basic English language and literacy skills of adults, teens, and families in order to improve the quality of personal, economic and community life for all. Professionally trained volunteers carry out our mission at The Literacy Center and in the community.

An Overview
Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County is a private non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and operated by four part-time staff members, including a federal work-study students from Northern Arizona University. Funding for LVCC comes from the United Way of Northern Arizona, the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, private foundations, individual and business donors, and fundraising. LVCC receives no state or federal money for its operations.

Our Origins
ProLit(R)_4color_MemberOrgLVCC started in 1992 as an initiative of the United Way of Northern Arizona. In 1995 LVCC became an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of America. Inc. (LVA) and was recognized as the Organization of the Year by the Arizona Daily Sun. In 2002 LVA and Laubach Literacy International merged to become the world’s largest volunteer literacy organization, ProLiteracy Worldwide. In 2002 LVCC became a fully accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, the United States division of ProLiteracy Worldwide, and continues to be a member organization of Proliteracy.

Our Accomplishments
Over the years, LVCC has sponsored programs in adult literacy, family literacy, computer literacy, workplace literacy, literature and Spanish. LVCC launched the Flagstaff Reads Literacy Lecture Series in 1995 and the Northern Arizona Book Festival in 1997. LVCC continues to be involved with the Book Festival. LVCC opened The Literacy Center (TLC) in the spring of 2008, providing on-site learning opportunities for the first time. In 2010, we added drop-in tutoring services to our program model. In 2011, we began developing the Partnership for Literacy Rehabilitation (PLR) which provides tutoring for the incarcerated and newly released adults and teens in Flagstaff. In 2015, we expanded our family literacy services through collaborations with other community organizations and began providing services at Flagstaff Shelter Services. TLC is also a site for Northern Arizona University student interns and practicum students who wish to learn about managing non-profits, promoting social justice, and developing language and literacy skills.