Boston Adult Literacy
Student Stories

Volunteer in a Program

Help someone learn English, computers, read better, improve math skills, get a GED, or become a US Citizen. Call / Email the organization contact person in the neighborhood of your choice.

Presently, 5500 Boston residents are on waitlists for classes.

The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI) consists of Boston adult education providers that receive funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and/or the City of Boston to provide adult education services. ALI member organizations work closely with other adult educators and community-based organizations through neighborhood coalitions to provide a comprehensive system of adult education services for the city of Boston.

LISTED TO THE RIGHT is contact information by neighborhood of Boston adult education providers funded by multiple sources. Members of the Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI) are identified by an asterisk (*) next to their name. All services listed are provided free of charge unless otherwise noted. If anyone would like to have an organization listed on this site, please contact an Adult Literacy Initiative member in your neighborhood.

The following definitions will assist with understanding the contact information format:

ABE Adult Basic Education Classes in basic reading, writing, and math skills from beginning literacy to Grade 9 equivalency
DL Distance Learning program Program providing education services not (always) involving traditional attendance
GED General Educational Development Classes in preparation for the high school equivalency diploma exam
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages Classes in oral and written language for non-native English speakers
Young Adult ABE and/or GED Classes for young adults in basic reading, writing & math skills that leads toward obtaining a GED
Pre-Literacy ESOL Basic Literacy for English of Speakers of Other Languages Beginning literacy instruction in student's native language (previously Native Language Literacy)
ADP Adult Diploma Program
(previously the External Diploma Program)
Competency-based classes that lead to a Boston Public High School Diploma (minimum 23+ age and other specific eligibility requirements)
Evening High School for Adults High School Academic Program for adults, graduates receive a Boston Public High School diploma
Job Skills Classes in job training, career development, job-readiness skills (e.g. Hospitality, Office Skills, Culinary Arts, etc.)
College Transition College preparatory services
Citizenship Preparation for Naturalization Interview
Family Literacy Literacy classes for Parents/Guardians and their children, including intergenerational skill building
Tutoring Stand-alone program with 1-2 hr/wk in basic literacy or ESOL with a teacher or trained volunteer tutor
Computers Classes in basic computer skills
Morning^ Between 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Afternoon^ Between 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Evening^ Between 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Weekend^ Saturday or Sunday
$ Indicates services are fee-based

^Exact times can vary by program. For specific class times contact the program in question.

This web site is sponsored by funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the City of Boston.