Literacy Source makes it possible for adults to gain the basic literacy skills they need in order to succeed in school, to find a job, to achieve life goals, and to create a better, more hopeful future.


At the heart of our work is teaching adult learners to read, write, and do basic math. That's because proficiency in these areas is a game-changer for people who are otherwise unable to attain employment, thrive in school, gain citizenship, and pursue other life opportunities.

With a small professional staff and over 300 volunteers, in our last program year Literacy Source provided over 53,843 hours of small group and individualized instruction for 1,256 adult learners, including:

  • Basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and math
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for immigrants and refugees
  • Workplace basic skills
  • Basic digital literacy and computer skills
  • GED and citizenship preparation
  • Talk Time or Conversation classes
  • Assistance with naturalization applications for low income individuals

Our learners range in age from 18 to 90, speak 50 languages, and represent 68 nations. Our students face great challenges and strive for success against tremendous odds: over 97% of our students are low-income, 88% are immigrants and refugees, and 13% are seniors. 55% of our students have less than 12 years of school and  31% less than 8 years. All of our students, however, share one common element - the desire to learn, to achieve, and to live a better life.

In addition to offering classes at our main Learning Center in Lake City, we partner with a variety of organizations to provide instruction at various offsite locations throughout Seattle. Learn more about our programs here.

Literacy Source is a non-profit corporation registered with the state of Washington, and has 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.