Literacy Minnesota (previously Minnesota Literacy Council)

Mission Statement

To share the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Serving Minnesotans: Actual outcomes ? FY 2016-17 results: 2,432 ABE students enrolled in Open Door Learning Center. Of those who were pre- and post-tested, 35.9% made at least one level gain. ? FY 2016-17 results: Hotline Specialists answered 1,540 learner, volunteer and service provider calls, emails and texts. Just over 18,000 unique website users conducted searches for literacy programs by accessing our online database, ? FY 2016-17 results: 37 children attended Open Door Preschool. 92% of those assessed made early literacy and language gains. 125 parents participated in Early Literacy and Families parenting classes. 100% of participants showed improvement in knowing what their child’s school expects of them as parents. ? FY 2016-17 results: 2, 903 children received summer reading enrichment. 80% of participants pre- and post-tested increased or maintained their reading fluency. In addition, 98.6% of VISTAs reported that their Summer Reads experience helped them grow personally and/or professionally. Supporting Organizations: Actual outcomes ? FY 2016-17 results: Literacy council staff channeled 3,557 new volunteers through 141 Children’s Tutor Training and Adult Tutor Training workshops. In the English as a Second Language pre-service training, 99% rated the training “very valuable” or “valuable.” ? FY 2016-17 results: Our technology service staff worked with 545 participants and attended to 257 help desk tickets. ? FY 2016-17 results: 93% of programs indicated increased efficacy in the area of improved volunteer recruitment and/or training.
Current Goals Serving Minnesotans: Expected outcomes ? 50% of adult learners will make significant improvement in their literacy skills ? More than 1,500 callers and 19,000 website visitors will receive referrals to literacy programs through the Adult Literacy Hotline ? 90% of preschoolers will achieve language fluency and school readiness skills ? 80% of parents will increase their ability to prepare their child for school ? 80% of K-3rd grade Summer Reads participants will maintain or increase their literacy skills Supporting Organizations: Expected outcomes ? More than 2,500 volunteers will receive pre-service and ongoing trainings to be effective tutors ? 550 practitioners will receive training on digital literacy, distance learning or classroom technology ? 90% of trainees will increase their skills and knowledge after attending our tutor trainings ? 90% of VISTA sites will report increased effectiveness on at least one indicator as a result of VISTA
Community or Constituency Served Serving Minnesotans – The literacy council fosters strong students, community members and employees. # The Early Literacy and Families program inspires parents to be their children’s first and most important teacher. # The Summer Reads program sends VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to schools and community centers in June and July to improve the reading skills of children across the state. # Open Door Learning Center offers ESL, work-readiness, GED prep, computer and citizenship classes at six locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. # The Adult Literacy Hotline refers Minnesotans to nearly 400 literacy programs across the state through our phone, text and online system. Serving Organizations – The literacy council helps community programs strengthen their services. # Tutor Training offers pre-service and in-service workshops to more than 2,500 volunteers as literacy tutors and teachers each year. # Volunteer Outreach supports hundreds of literacy programs statewide in volunteer recruitment, training, support and management. # Technology Services provides customized training and technical assistance for adult education professionals in the use of educational technology. # Literacy VISTA sends national service members to schools and community organizations to provide capacity-building support for literacy programming to improve educational outcomes for the children and youth they serve. # Literacy Strategies provides management consulting services to libraries and literacy organizations in Minnesota, the Midwest and beyond.
Geographic Area Served Minnesota and Midwest.

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 02/26/2018

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700 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114-1780
Phone: 651-645-2277

General Information

Alternative Name: MLC, Literacy Council
EIN: 23-7217182
Principal Staff: Eric Nesheim
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 40
Number of Volunteers: 788
Number of Clients: 70,371
Ruling Year: January 1973


Board Chair: Theresa Weimerskirch
Number of Board Members: 16
Average Member Attendance: 10

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