Literacy for Adults in Brevard (LAB) Inc. teaches literacy skills to adults so they may reach their full potential in their families, jobs and communities.
Literacy for Adults in Brevard (LAB), Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to teach literacy skills to adults who cannot read so they may reach their full potential in their families, jobs, and communities.
Approximately ten percent of US adults are not able to write, read or communicate adequately according to the National Center for Education Statistics and the US Census Bureau. That means that in Brevard County 45,000 adults do not possess the ability to read. Without intervention, the cycle of illiteracy begins. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out.
LAB volunteers dedicate their time to breaking this cycle by providing literacy tutoring throughout Brevard County. Our tutors provide free individualized one-on-one instruction that focus on the learner’s goals. Typical adults in our program struggle to read a menu, fill out a job application, or read a bedtime story to their children. Others left school before graduation due to financial hardships and want to obtain their GED to improve employment opportunities. Many of our adult learners have families in which English was not the primary language spoken and now they want to improve their English skills.
Our tutors meet with adult learners in any Brevard County library based on the preference of the student and tutor.
Tutor Training Workshop: August 24, Saturday,
Cocoa Library Room 4, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Lesson Planning Workshop: September 14, Saturday,
Cocoa Library Room 4, 12:30-2:00 PM
Students waiting for a tutor:
51 year old Haitian woman, completed 7th grade in Haiti, ENP L1, DeGroodt Library
61 year old Venezuelan man, BS Degree from Venezuela, ENP L2, Degroodt, Melbourne, Palm Bay Libraries
62 year old male, completed 9th grade, LWR Level 2, working part time, Cocoa Main Library
50 year old woman, completed 11th grade, 3rd grade reading level, Melbourne or Palm Bay Libraries
32 year old Venezuelan woman, MD in Venezuela, ENP L3, DeGroodt or Melbourne
49 year old Venezuelan man, Attorney in Venezuela, ENP L4, Eau Gallie Library
41 year old Venezuelan woman, Civil Engineer in Venezuela, ENP L4, Eau Gallie Library
48 year old Venezuelan woman, HS in Venezuela, ENP L4, Eau Gallie Library
47 year old Venezuelan woman, BA in Venezuela, ENP L3, Cocoa Central Library
What is LAB?