To make dramatic improvement in literacy levels in the Brownsville area.
Brownsville Literacy Center exists to promote literacy in the Brownsville area by providing appropriate and accessible educational programs designed to meet the needs of underserved adults and families.
The Brownsville Adult Literacy Council, Inc., is a private non-profit adult literacy provider established in 1986 in response to the profound, unmet literacy needs of the Brownsville community. Funded by private charitable and corporate donations, the United Way of Southern Cameron County and a Community Development Block Grant, the Council operates the Brownsville Literacy Center (BLC) and a Mobile Learning Lab equipped with twelve computer stations.
The Literacy Center has developed a classroom program which is designed to give students a solid foundation in communicative, functional English pertinent to adults. The center has also implemented a Neighborhood Literacy program, which provides services in community locations such as churches and community centers.
In 1996 the Mobile Learning Lab project was initiated to provide literacy instruction for adults who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access education programs. This vehicle offers individualized instruction in two-hour segments at easily accessible locations.
In 1999, the Center introduced a family literacy program, which allows parents and their children to learn together. This approach enables the adults to develop English literacy skills and the children to build pre-reading and language skills.