Keith Barton, President
Mission Statement: Founded in 1967, the Topeka Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who help adults learn to read better and improve their writing and computation skills to enhance their economic standing and raise their self-esteem. TLC also strives to educate the community about illiteracy and its effects on society. TLC is a proud member of ProLiteracy America (www.proliteracy.org).
Hours: Located in the basement of Doorstep at 10th & Buchanan. Call (785) 234-2806 to ensure that a volunteer is there.
TLC provides tutors free of charge to nonreaders, non-native English speakers, and individuals with poor reading and computational skills. Students are tutored individually by appointment.
TLC trains adult tutors to work with students in a confidential one-on-one setting. Tutors are trained in the Laubach Method developed by Dr. Frank Laubach in the 1930’s when he served as a missionary in the Philippines. His motto, Each One Teach One, continues to guide us today.
TLC normally holds workshop to train new tutors each year in the spring and fall. Please call our office or email us if you are interested in volunteering as a tutor. There is a fee of $25 to cover cost of materials.
Eligibility: TLC volunteers will evaluate anyone interested in improving their reading or computational skills. The word list, reading comprehension, and computational tests we use serve as an indication as to the materials with which the student may start.
How to Apply: Call (785) 234-2806
Fees: There are no fees for evaluations or tutoring sessions. Books may be purchased or borrowed at the library.
Funding: Individual donations and grants from businesses and Charitable Trusts