Empowering Parents Program

Funded by Impact 100, this exciting new program targets parents of elementary-age children and seeks to improve their literacy skills in four key areas: reading with children, interacting with schools, health literacy and workplace soft skills. The program also eliminates many of the barriers parents face to pursuing adult education by meeting at a convenient time at their child’s school and by providing child care.

For more information, please contact Fiona VanGheem,

EmployEd Program

The EmployEd Program provides career development services to adults who are seeking to gain employment, retain their current employment or advance in their careers. The program offers both group and/or one-to-one tutor training to adults seeking to grow  their financial literacy skills, career readiness skills, and/or soft skills. Adult participants will meet with a Certified Workforce Development Professional to develop a customized work readiness plan to enhance their interviewing skills, write a resume and cover letter, career search strategies, and utilize local resources to meet their own needs. In addition, adult participants can receive individualized and tailored training services and support to help prepare them to take the GED exam, Virginia Placement Test, and/or enter into a college or industry specific training program.

For more information, please contact Jason Thornton, via email at, or through text messaging at 804-557-0982.

Adult Basic Education (Reading, Writing & Math)

In the Adult Basic Education program, learners develop their reading, writing and math skills and work towards personal goals in areas such as employment, parenting, health, or increased independence. ABE learners range from those learning to read for the first time to those preparing for the GED exam or job-related certification. They all are striving to reach their full potential through improved literacy skills.

For more information, please contact Mary Lynch,

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Foreign-born adults improve their ability to participate in American life by developing their English language skills and their understanding of American life, government, history, and culture. Learners may lack any formal education or may be well educated, and they may speak no English at all or be fairly conversational. Many are pursuing U.S. citizenship. They are all striving to integrate more fully into American society by improving their English literacy and civics skills.

For more information, please contact Jason Thornton, via email at, or through text messaging at 804-557-0982.



HEAL Program

HEAL Rescue Squad

Literacy is a stronger predictor of an individual’s health status than income, employment status, education level and racial or ethnic group. Low literacy affects more adult Americans than obesity, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer combined. Literacy for Life’s innovative new Health Education and Literacy (HEAL) program funded by the Williamsburg Health Foundation improves the health of adults using two approaches — HEAL classes and training of medical professionals:

For more information, please contact Fiona VanGheem,

Learn more about the HEAL program here .

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