Boston Adult Literacy
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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.

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline is a user-friendly, searchable database of Massachusetts adult literacy programs. Whether you're an adult literacy learner, a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker of an adult learner, or a potential literacy volunteer, check our database for the quickest, most up-to-date results.

Adult Literacy Resource Institute (ALRI) / SABES Greater Boston Regional Support Center is a program and staff development center for adult literacy / basic education and English for speakers of other languages programs in the Greater Boston area.

English for New Bostonians is a strategic, public – private – community partnership initiated by the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians established in 2001. This citywide initiative focuses the attention and resources of Boston's leaders and immigrant communities on meeting the needs of English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the city of Boston.

Boston's Redevelopment Authority (BRA) – Jobs and Community Services (JCS) plans, procures, manages, coordinates, leverages, and dispenses public and private funds and services to empower Boston residents through education, training, career development, and human services.

Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) is a statewide membership organization of educators, adult students, and others who support equal educational opportunities for adults. MCAE is dedicated to the advancement of adult education through high quality services and professionalism in the field from basic literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages through transitions to post-secondary education.

Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) is a unit at the Massachusetts Department of Education, oversees and improves no-cost basic educational services (ABE) for adults in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Alliance for Adult Literacy (MassAAL) is the voice for the adult learner in Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and GED programs in Massachusetts. MassAAL assists the adult learner in developing lifelong leadership skills, creates public awareness about the need for adult literacy, and strengthens the adult learner's voice in shaping public policy for adult literacy services in Massachusetts. MassAAL empowers adult learners by helping them to have a collective voice in how their ABE programs are run.

Boston Public Library Literacy Services provides a variety of literacy services:

  1. Learning English
  2. Dudley Literacy Center
  3. Class Sets
  4. Volunteer Opportunities
  5. Class Tours
  6. Upcoming Programs and Special Events was developed in 2011 as part of a capacity building project supporting staff of 21 GED and ESOL programs in Boston. The project is administered by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) which received a federal Strengthening Communities Fund grant in 2010 to work with the 21 programs.